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Niseko 08/09

Discussion in 'Japan' started by GIRO, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. GIRO

    GIRO First Runs

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    Just wondering how many people are going this year, doing a season 1st time skiing outside of australia.
    Prob been done to death but are there a few places to have a beer after a long day skking. cheers
     
  2. dogs

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    I'll be there from January 5 to february 23 with two friends, been there once before for a week--its awesome!
     
  3. markopolo

    markopolo Naughty Corner Resident Ski Pass: Gold

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    A week from the 3rd of January, first time.
     
  4. Insaneous

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    it will be my first time too. Two of us (brothers) for a week from the 17th Jan. Cant wait!
     
  5. koopsmith

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    If i have it my way will certainly be back for some time at rusutsu niseko, and hopefully nagano and the southern resorts.

    pow pow at the bottom of the main (uphill) street was always a good stopping point on the walk home.
    or you can stop at A Bu Cha which is a bakery across the road from pow pow and they do an excellent toasted sandwich. goes well with a sapporo draught [​IMG]

    Wild bills also good for a plate of nachos and an ale or two.
    Or you can stop in at seico mart and buy a 6 pack of cans, some sushi surprise triangles, and wind down at your accom.

    actually the noodle bar near the learner lift is also good as you can sit on the floor and have a good bowl of noodles with a beer.
    and right near there is a nepalese (or something similar) resteraunt that has a bar and is great to sit down with some beer and nibblies (again on the floor).

    come to think of it, there are heaps of good places to wind down after a big day of japow [​IMG]
     
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  6. JA2340

    JA2340 Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    GIRO,
    You can buy a beer from a vending machine on many streets. Knock yerself out!
     
  7. Charles

    Charles Addicted Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah.. Not a fan of those at all.
     
  8. Sandy

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

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    Don't forget to stop in at Tokyo on your way, to buy some cheap ski/snowboard gear and electronic stuff!!!!
     
  9. Charles

    Charles Addicted Ski Pass: Gold

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    Unlike my mistake this year, ski/board then shop. What was I thinking?
    Then miss the snow festival by two days.

    Blah humbug.

    Anyhow, back to the topic, still working out when and where for January / Feb 2009. Tried skiing for the first time this year so might look at Kanda on the way for sales [​IMG]
     
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  10. Dupain

    Dupain First Runs

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    They have the best beer in the world too = KIRIN

    You'll have a great time.
     
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  11. toughnut

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    Nozawa Onsen 20-25 Jan, Rusutsu 25-31 Jan the Niseko 31-8 Feb then a couple of nights in Tokyo then back to Aus.

    Can't wait [​IMG]
     
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  12. Addict

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    Going back for seconds after a great time last season, group of 3 for 1 week beginning 29 Dec. Yay!
     
  13. JA2340

    JA2340 Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Addict,
    You're aware, aren't you, that there's public holidays for the New Year? that will increase the lift lines and crowding on slope (you might have to wait in line for up to 3 minutes!!)
     
  14. pandk

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    We're back again for the first week of Feb.
    Brushing up this time on more Japanese. Can't wait!
    We love it there!
     
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    Rusutsu 9th - 18th February
    Furano 18th - 25th February
    Second time, can't wait.
     
  16. Twuble

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    Hopefully going myself, still trying to figure out who I am going with but cannot wait.
     
  17. Simonw

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    Niseko 30.12-10.1
    Nozawa Onsen 11.1-18.1
    Does anyone have any feedback on Nozawa? I have read the posts previously, though nothing conclusive about out of bounds terrain. They seem to be quite ok about it, are they liberal on roped off stuff, are there gates etc you go through?
    Cheers
     
  18. Charles

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    Still thinking on where to go between Rusutsu and Niseko, might split the two. Confused a little and work is not helping me with dates I can go. I still have to wait two more weeks before I am given the go-ahead. Then the dollar is doing that slipping thing. Blah!!!!
    But the Japan Pow calls me, I am trapped...

    Sweet [​IMG]
     
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  19. McNads

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    Stuff work telling you when you can and can't go.
     
  20. cleeshoy

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    There's a good story on Nozawa Onsen, Shiga Kogam, etc in Australian Snowboard Mag this month if you're interested. From what I have read on other forums Nozawa Onsen seem Ok trees, not so sure about out of bounds.
     
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  21. willmcc

    willmcc Hard Yards

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    31st Jan to 12th Feb with 7 other mates with a few day trips to Rusutsu thrown in. My 21st will also be clocked up on the second night of the Niseko leg of the trip so that should be some fun
     
  22. toughnut

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    Might see you out there having a celebratory drink [​IMG]
     
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  23. Charles

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    Here is a question. Can you bus - train - to the Sapporo Ice Festival and back on the same day from Hirafu? Accommodation I heard can be tough during that time in Odori Park Sapporo.
     
  24. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yes, easily done by either bus or train. Bus is easier as it is direct from Hirafu. Both the bus and train stations are only a few blocks from Odori park where the main focus is. 2-3 hours will be plenty to have a good look.
     
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  25. Charles

    Charles Addicted Ski Pass: Gold

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    Many thanks Heinz. Will be good for a break between snow days and I was very disappointed with missing it last year.
     
  26. ratherb@thesnow

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    We could not find accommodation in Sapporo at this time plus the price for a room seemed to triple during the week of the festival. After some advice from some of the forum members we ended up getting rooms in Otaru ( I think its about 20 mins away by train. Otaru itself looks to be an interesting town worth spending some time in as well as having a feed of some very large crabs.
     
  27. Fastlaner

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    Otaru is a great place to visit, I haven't stayed there, but it looked OK to me.
    It doesn't take very long to get into Sapporo.

    BTW, don't take pictures of the live crabs with a flash or you might end up in the pot with them. Apparently it can shock them (the crabs). Try the scallops cooking on the little BBQs.
     
  28. Donza

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    Agreed. Otaru is fantastic. I had the other experience. We had maybe 5 or 6 crabs handed to us..all for photo opps. Flash was no worries.


    They were super enthusiastic.
     
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  29. Donza

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    No it doesn't- 30mins on the dot.
    There are also a couple of ski hills worth checking out around that area.

    http://www.snowjapan.com/e/resorts/resortdetail.php?resid=132&rname=Sapporo%20Teine


    It pukes up on them there hills.
     
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  30. Fastlaner

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    Ah Soh.. maybememisunderstand! [​IMG]
     
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  31. Donza

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    [​IMG]

    Hokkaido crab at Otaru. No flash dramas.
     
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  32. Heinz

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    More Otaru crabs
    [​IMG]

    Otaru canal
    [​IMG]
     
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  33. Charles

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    Some freaky crabs in Japan, especially those little Heike Crabs (face of a samurai).
     
  34. Charles

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    Feb 02 to Feb 11, I am booked along with the other thousand Australian tourist [​IMG]
     
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  35. phunkyjunky

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    hey guys, just wondering. if i booked my trip at the end of oct. would it be too late? still deciding, coz i'm actually departing frm singapore, planning to go for 7n from 17th of jan. this would be a stab in the dark, but anyone know any groups heading up frm singapore?
     
  36. Heinz

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    Can't answer for Niseko as I don't know that scene anymore, but that shouldn't be too late. I would imagine it depends on how choosy you are with accomodation. The tour operators will probably tell you everything is almost full up and try and get you to book now, but really if you go beyond them you should be able to find something.

    And if you can't get into Niseko, just go somewhere else where you can almost certainly book in at short notice.

    Shouldn't make any difference where you are travelling from - plenty of flights from Singapore. Just meet people when you are there.
     
  37. Nozawaman

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    Yeah Niseko is the go ....do it [​IMG]
     
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  38. dogs

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    hey yer I'm in Niseko for 8 weeks from bout Jan 4 - just bought some K2 obSETHed skis for my pow specialist skis, anyone had a ride on them and know what they are like? Hope they will be awesome
     
  39. Sandy

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    8 weeks!!!! [​IMG]

    You should try somewhere else, in central Japan as well !!!

    ~~~~~~~
    Welcome, by the way!!! [​IMG]
     
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  40. Go Native

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    I work in reservations with the largest property manager in Niseko and Jan is certainly filling up fast. 1 and 2 bedroom properties are especially hard to find, you'd have a bit more luck with larger apartments/houses. I've certainly been turning away many accomm requests in Jan already because we have nothing left. If you are flexible with the dates you'll have a better chance. I'd book sooner rather than later if I were you. I can assure you this is not just marketing BS.
     
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  41. ssar

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    Yep,

    Going with 3 other mates (4 of us, all guys) from 19 Feb to 02 Mar 2009.
    First time to Japan for all of us.
    Staying in Niseko, plan to ski a few days at some other place nearby, but most days at Niseko.

    Lookin' very much forward to it!
     
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    Make sure you get to Rusutsu, especially on a powder day, the trees there are brilliant and not as crowded as Niseko.
     
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    Ahh yea, Rusutsu is the place I was trying to recall.
    133 days to go until Japow.
     
  44. markopolo

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    Anyone know what the wireless internet access is like in Niseko ?
     
  45. Charles

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    From the http://www.nisekoski.com.au/ site:
    Internet Niseko ADSL and wireless infrastructure has greatly improved Internet connectivity in the past 18 months. Wireless can be accessed at many properties and some provide PC’s for Internet access. If there is no Internet at your accommodation then Fatty’s, Kumagoro, PowPow, JoJo’s, and B’s café all operate Internet café terminals. The Alpen coffee shop and Fatty’s have wireless Internet, if you need to use your laptop.

    I personally go to Downtown Café across from the Seiko Mart.
     
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  46. markopolo

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    Thanks for that. [​IMG]
     
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  47. BoofHead

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    Jan 26th for 10 days. First time to Japan. Any shops sell cheap used skis? I'm taking my im77 monsters but would be keen to get something wider at the right price.
     
  48. Charles

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    I am not too sure about cheap nor used. New stuff is usually on par with the current gear. Plenty of previous last season gear in Tokyo and other spots but on the Mountain at Niseko? Not too sure. Depending if you are doing sight seeing in Tokyo before you head North.
     
  49. markopolo

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    If you have anytime in Tokyo make sure you talk to Sandy, last seasons new stuff can be very cheap !!
     
  50. the other white meat

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    This thread is pretty quiet! I guess the japan thing hasn't caught on as much as big white!

    I'm off with a bunch of friends (maybe 7 in total), gonna be at Niseko sometime between 4th & 24th feb.

    I'd love to hear what people are up to outside of the snow in Japan? Will anybody be spending time outside of the snow!?!?! [​IMG]
     
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