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Discussion in 'Japan' started by Ramenman, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    It the COVID-19 Travel thread:
    https://www.ski.com.au/xf/threads/coronavirus-travel-during-and-after-covid.88247/
     
  2. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    I had that exact attitude when I got home in March. Sooooo did not want to be patient zero in an outbreak! Maybe we wouldn’t be in this mess if more of us were this way...
     
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  3. M_G

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    Starting gun went today at Yeti!

     
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  4. Ramenman

    Ramenman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I wrote here that Ishiuchi Maruyama is opening new treerun zones. They haven't updated the website for 20 - 21 season yet, but I've got a brochure and it has the new trail map. "New! ツリーランコース" in the map is the new treerun courses (there are two areas as you can see).


     
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  5. PiedPiper

    PiedPiper One of Us

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    Nice, both of those sections are pretty high up on the mountain too.
    It seemed a bit limited when i rode there, but that was just night-skiing so i didn't really explore much.
     
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  6. Lucky Pete

    Lucky Pete One of Us

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    Love that sort of resort riding! Will be putting that one on this year's resort targets :)
     
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  7. ojisan

    ojisan station master Ski Pass: Gold

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    Cool... will put that on my bucket list
     
  8. Jacksong

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    Looks fun, will try getting there this season !
     
  9. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ishiuchi Maruyama really needs tree runs if you are after powder. The bottom elevation is only 256m, and top is 920m, so powder can get slushy quickly, if the sun's out.
     
  10. Ramenman

    Ramenman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep, but I have very good memories at Ishiuchi Maruyama, Kandatsu Kogen, etc (low altitude ski resorts in the region) because I could choose the best days. I mean, ski resorts in the region are very easily accessible from Tokyo (only 90mins), so when I was a university student in Tokyo, I often decided at 6 am to go to the region to ski after seeing how much fresh snow they have (how much it snowed overnight).
     
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  11. PiedPiper

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    mmmm Kandatsu! great memories @blowfin
     
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    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Tree run would be right of pic.
     
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  13. blowfin

    blowfin One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Looks nice, there's a deceptively decent amount of terrain there. As per Sandy though it will get baked quick, so it's all about being there on the right day. Having said that, I'd have other priorities in that area on a powder day before Ishiuchi. We stayed down the bottom actually, nice little quieter area away from the main Yuzawa town centre.
     
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  14. skichanger

    skichanger A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Not skiing but it is tourism:
    Madarao have just announced their new Gravel Bike Park
    Got to get my deck out the front built so we can sit out there and watch.
     
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  15. Ramenman

    Ramenman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    It seems Geto Kogen will have a new night time shuttle bus. They have been having shuttle bus between the Shinkansen station (Kitakami station) and the ski resort, but they'll newly add a night time shuttle bus which leaves the downtown (Izakaya district) / Kitakami station at 10:15 pm so that people who are staying at Geto Kogen's ski-in ski-out rooms can drink at izakaya in the downtown till late at night. It will run only on Tuesday and Friday, so it's for the people who are skiing at Geto Kogen on Tuesday - Wednesday or Friday - Saturday. You need to book before noon (12pm) and it will run only in Jan and Feb. With the new shuttle bus, you won't need to hire a car there. I mean, Tokyo - Kitakami (Geto Kogen) - Morioka by Shinkansen and you hire a car in Morioka city (to ski in the region). It's more economical and less tiring.

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    The new trail map of 20 - 21 season.
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  16. TeePee

    TeePee Early Days

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    A bit more torturous snow porn. Pic from a local friend today of new gondy station at Yamabiko, Nozawa. And looks to be more snow on the ground than there was mid December 2019. Oh the pain of it all :cry:
     
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    Nice to see the new gondola setup. I bet the guys working on it are cursing the early snow! I wonder if they got the snowmaking setup finished in time? They might not need it this year.
     
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  18. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    It will make the lifted area under the old gondola (Yunomine & Mizunashi) quieter then ever, since you can no longer mid load on the old gondola.
    That area is good on a weekend when everywhere else is busy. Powder stays longer.
     
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  19. Ramenman

    Ramenman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yokoteyama - Shibu Toge ski resort (a part of Shiga Kogen) yesterday
     
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  20. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    Air Asia Japan has just gone tits up

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  21. Ramenman

    Ramenman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Those LCCs are important for Japanese ski resorts, especially Tohoku. I mean, the foreigners we see the most here in ski resorts in Tohoku are Taiwanese. LCCs are flying between Taiwan and Japanese local airports. Tourists from Taiwan, Hong Kong, etc are repeatedly visiting Japan, so they don't need to fly to Narita / Haneda for visiting Tokyo, so many of them choose LCCs to local airports near ski resorts. Air Asia Japan only had one international flight between Taiwan and Nagoya, so it won't affect us much, but I hope other "important LCCs" won't go bankrupt.
     
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  22. skichanger

    skichanger A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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  24. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    This is not really true:
    "A visit to Shibuya is starting to slowly feel like it used to. After months in which the Tokyo neighborhood saw its famous crossing deserted and streets left spacious, trips there now seem almost normal, with larger crowds of people zig-zagging around — masks on their faces, of course."​

    Shibuya crossing is not as crowded as it was, but I was there around August, and it was still somewhat crowded, and certainly not deserted.
     
  25. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    It was a fantastic experience. Might need to buy all the carts etc and do Green Season tours in Hakuba :)
     
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  28. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ha!
    Great minds. I was thinking it’d be a fantastic green season activity in Niseko. Much safer than in the middle of Tokyo too! You’d just have to ensure you were off the roads before they became icy!
     
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    I'll have the one with the CR 500 engine thanks.
     
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  30. Ramenman

    Ramenman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I've written several times here that the prestigious British boarding school Harrow School is opening in Appi Kogen in 2022. It seems that the current owner (a Chinese company) and the local authority are serious and local papers are reporting that they'll keep investing and make the population of Appi Kogen 10,000+. Not sure the current population but I'd say it's less than 500 (the people who work for Appi Kogen resort + the people who have lodge business at the base of Appi Kogen ski resort). So, they are planning to build a new village from scratch.
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    I guess nearly half of the students will be from Chinese speaking countries (the mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, etc). So, the students aged 11 - 18 can master 3 languages, English, Chinese and Japanese. Chinese economy is the second biggest in the world after the US and Japanese economy is the third biggest after the US and China, so the international school might be very good for kids from East Asia, ASEAN and Oceania in that they can learn the 3 most important languages of the region.
     
  31. skichanger

    skichanger A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Same people own Appi and Madarao. Japanese company owned by chinese.
     
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    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    Same here. My son finished high school recently. After several road trips through Japow (variously, with my daughter, friends and solo) I had promised him a father-son road trip this coming northern winter. He has his license now, so it would have been a great experience for him to get some supervised snow driving in as well.
    Part of the plan was the Mario Cart in Tokyo, before heading up to ski. Bummer :(
     
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    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    But surely, risking life and limb in the middle of Tokyo is half the fun, right?
     
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    Looks like Nozawa getting ready to raise the curtain. Pic from local friend. Testing out their new toys!
     
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