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Niseko 2016-17

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Hyst, Jun 16, 2016.

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    i remember it being damn cheap, if someone says it was 100yen then id agree. it was a little demountable temporary building type joint where the niseko pizza building is now, basically the hirafu zaka intersection.
    a little bit buffet style. like 10 vats with noodles boiling away and you serve yourself and add your own flavorings/etc also.
    i dont remember it being particularly good, it wasnt bad either. but that wasn't the point. warmed you up heaps, and was a great cheap energy pick me up option.
     
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    I thought it was 200 yen but it was really cheap. In those days on mountain food was around or a touch under 1000 yen. I hear it's much more now.

    I loved that Izakaya in the car park. It was there in 2007 and gone in 2008. I haven't been back since (completely unrelated).
     
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    If you want a chicken burger go to Ace Hill. The chicken and potato dish in white sauce is no more, progress?
     
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    Nope, definitely around the 100 yen mark. I remember the dish still to this day. Older lady served me, sit down in a small eatery and the dish and a long stick of butter that slowly melted on the side of the bowl. Wasn't a small bowl either. Just shows you what their charging now is all so very Australian.

    It was down from the little fire station but on the same side.
     
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    Wow 100 yen (Needed to remind myself its 2017 and that is nearly 10 years ago) What does a basic Ramen cost these days? (at Niseko) about 1500+?
    Best deal I got in Japan last year was 400 yen for a large draft beer and dozen gyoza. Nutritious meal under $5.
     
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    100 yen was the base soup and noodles then you could add pork, boiled egg or other items so it cost about 500 yen for a ramen like you would get served.
     
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    An awesome deal as a family used to be the Higgy Hilton buffet. The kids ate free and it was 1,500 yen for adults. They used to call my daughter Lucy Buffet.

    It was a favourite on bad days when guiding because you'd take the clients in, they'd eat themselves stupid and wouldn't want to ski the rest of the day, because they were too full.
     
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    I remember taking the kids there - what an effort convincing them to ski back rather than get the bus! Free food somehow sat like lead in their bellies.
     
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    If we thought a Higgy lunch was on the cards we'd always drive there with the kids, rather than ski them across, just in case lunch took hold.
     
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    havent been since about 2014, but the hilton buffet was really really shit both times i went that year
    have been going to the annupuri buffet instead. they even have an icecream machine ;)
     
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    Kids loved that one too! LOL
    I'm not a real buffet fan - just go when others want to, coz a few gyoza is enough to keep me firing for lunch - slowest metabolism in the world.
     
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    Just say no to the bain-marie of death.
     
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    Hilton buffet and then onsen downstairs = bliss
     
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    Annapuri is the go.
    The Hilton buffet holds an honoured place in our family history. We were eating there when we heard Heath Ledger had died. We had to catch the bus home because my daughters couldn't stop crying.
     
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    similarly with pizza, a base price + extra for each ingredient ordered (2005 or 2006).
     
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    Very quiet this thread. Hope everyone was out slashing pow today (and will do tomorrow)

    Back to prices... I took this photo of the Mashike menu:
    Fries 250, Ramen 600, Udon or Soba 400
    [​IMG]
    Lift pass: 2500!
    Chance of untracked pow: 100%
     
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    Forgot the classic. Katsu curry: 600
     
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    yup. the last 3 days have been proper niseko again.
     
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    @pedub Why write when you can ski?:whistle: I will be silent soon.:ski:
     
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    600Y for katsu curry is either going to be the worst experience of your life, or the best experience of your life. There is no middle ground there.
     
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    Gee that photos has brought back the memories. And no lockers here. Just leave your stuff on the open shelves adjacent to the cosy fireplace!
     
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    Because you gotta eat!
     
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    @pedub I assume very low count on the hill at Mashike?
    Wait till the weekend. It gets crazy busy.....easily 40 people and 10 cars. No one's got time for that!;)
     
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    But...shhhhh!
     
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    No time for that either -T minus 2 days!
     
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    I hate commuting:blb: last time for a while :out:
     
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    Actually quite a few school kids and army dudes as you will see at any local hill I've found.
    But they all leave pretty early on around 1-2pm and don't touch anything off piste
    After that: 5 people on the hill including us. And they run the lifts till 5pm! :) or until everyone leaves.

    We asked the lifty if we could bomb lift #2 line and got the classic arms crossed "no/closed"
    Then later in the day this japanese guy did it right in front of us! Couldn't believe his misbehavior LOL
    We were tempted to join in but thought we better respect the locals rules. There's plenty of other goodness when you make up 40% of the crowd.

    Funny thing is not even the locals I met/know from last year in Sapporo and Asahikawa even know about the place.
    They said thanks for the tip.
     
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    I've actually been somewhat disappointed with the katsu curry in Japan in general. Seems to be one of the lowest forms of food here. Meat quality not great. We are pretty spoilt for meat in NZ tho
     
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    Depends where you go.... Try a forest mushroom curry at Buna at Nozawa Onsen, with katsu. Juicy succulent pork, no fat.
     
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    Yep, often a salty mess.
     
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    After seeing the snowfall in Honshu this year it's on my radar for next Japan trip (last season did not inspire me).
    If I get to Nozawa i'll try it!
     
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    You're talking about the leftmost lift as you look up the hill? That line did look tasty when we were there last. BUT skiers left had some lovely stuff. Only thing was it was short and the lift was long and COLD
     
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    I always thought they looked like a chicken snitty with a slope of gravy on top. Never actually tried, want a curry go to India, want to explore the anatomy of a chicken thru bbq go to an Izakya
     
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    Yeah, I was a vego on my first two trips to Japan but had to try on my third. Always a better option on the hill.
     
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    Plane from Nagoyato Chitose is interesting hardly any Japanese on board - but free wife - like that.
     
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    What?!?! You don't even need a dowry? That seems like a good deal!
    :out:
     
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    Not so sure I need another wife, they get expensive when you start collecting them. ;)
     
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    I spent a varied week in Niseko last week. Got some pow out of annapuri gates, but a cautionary tale, look out for those creeks. This was on a back country trip, lucky the guys I was with pulled me out. Eventually. It was unpleasant being stuck in a Hokkaido stream with no way to lift yourself until the cavalry arrive.
     
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    saw evidence of people having fallen into two onsen holes at kiroro on friday.
    best one was a track that just straight lined down the hill right into it. hole was so deep it wasn't obvious if they were still in there or not, had to make special effort to get to a good point to lean over and check.
     
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    Not fun.

    Speaks volumes for skiing with switched on good mates.
     
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    Yes indeed. It was unpleasant but interesting being the victim for once, totally dependent on others.
     
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    Did you ski on that day?? could imagine the boots/socks/feet being saturated and freezing after that
     
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    No we were cat skiing, into the heated cab, all wet gear, boots, sox, pants off, wrapped up and sat there while the other got a few more runs in.
     
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    I fell in a glide crack in Nozawa - it was really scary!!
     
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    And risk of being buried or not found
     
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    Hence why I was wearing brown undies after. Was stupidly skiing on my own will never do it again and way more cautious now. I have it on GoPro somewhere.
     
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    o_O
    That's even more a reminder to ski with good friends!! Fwaaaarrrrck!

    Care to share how you got out?
     
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    Well done! :thumbs:
     
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    It is good with a change :D
     
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