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Nozawa Onsen 2015/16 Thread

Discussion in 'Japan' started by M_G, Jun 8, 2015.

  1. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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  2. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    And a little bit of vid to get the juices flowing

     
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  3. Angus_McCrory

    Angus_McCrory Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Locked and loaded for Nozawaman's place, somewhere 30 December to 14 January
     
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  4. BobGnarly

    BobGnarly One of Us

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    Never heard of the place
     
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    Nozawhere?
     
  6. rikedwards

    rikedwards Hard Yards

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    A bit of advice in regards to accomodation.

    We are looking at either staying at the Schneider Hotel (next to Utopia/Kandahar Pair Lifts) or a chalet called Tamanegi (in the village, closer to the Karasawa area).

    For those that have been and know the village, what would you recommend?
     
  7. FLI355

    FLI355 One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Nozawaman's place is completely booked from 6th Jan through to mid Feb, are you part of the family that has booked the whole place out for the 6 odd weeks?
     
  8. Snorkler

    Snorkler Part of the Furniture

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    I could end up in the area, outside of those booked dates.
     
  9. oppositelock

    oppositelock One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Tamanegi. At the Schneider you are stuck there after the Yu road is closed unless you want to hike through the snow (quite a hike).
    Tamanegi is a brand new renovation, owner is a really nice Swiss guy.
     
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  10. hatto

    hatto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Karasawa end is fine to stay. Lift links straight over to gondy or shuttle bus over. easy as, not far and enjoyable walk through village looking for eateries, have to go past crepe shop on the way home:love:
     
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  11. Angus_McCrory

    Angus_McCrory Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Had dinner with him just before he headed up to Japan last week and bounced a few dates around. Yes understand the bookings and will try and squeeze two weeks in that general period.
     
  12. kylep

    kylep Cage rattler Ski Pass: Gold

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    Throw me in for my 3rd trip. 22-30 Jan. Will probably leave a couple of days early but that's when I have to head to Tokyo for next morning flight. At least 3 of us for that period and working on a few others.
     
  13. oppositelock

    oppositelock One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    It's either the crepe shop or the cake/pastry shop. Damn you Japanese sweets!
     
  14. dickyknees63

    dickyknees63 Hard Yards

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    2nd visit with family, from 16-23 Jan, staying again at Villa Nozawa.
     
  15. PMG

    PMG One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Is that Gab's place?
     
  16. oppositelock

    oppositelock One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep. Top bloke.
     
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    PMG One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Another vote for Tamanegi then. Close to onsen, not far to Karasawa lifts and a fast walk into town (depending on how cold it is. ;)) Haven't been inside but if the exterior is any indication it will be very nice digs. And as opp said, Gab and Kyoko are lovely people. Will miss not catching up with them next year.
     
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  18. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    Gab's done a great job on that. Position wise it has to be much better than Schneider.
     
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    Booking in February 11 for 7 nights
     
  20. rikedwards

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    Thanks for the advice everyone. Booked into Tamanegi with 7 others from 31st Jan for a week.

    As it turns out we would have had to change rooms at the Schneider.
     
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  21. Hunter

    Hunter Part of the Furniture Endless Winter Ski Pass: Gold

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    Will be in attendance in Jan again, best mainstream resort by a country mile......
     
  22. Beerman

    Beerman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Question for the locals/regulars to Noz. Skyline has plenty of terrain off to the sides, why is it OOB ??
     
  23. BobGnarly

    BobGnarly One of Us

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    It just is, there is some dangerous stuff in there especially when the cover isn't super deep. Holes into the creek are common and it's most definitely avalanche terrain.
    Don't go in there without gear and your brain on high alert.
     
  24. Nozawaman

    Nozawaman A Local

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    And don't be first in there on an 80cm day ........... bitch putting the track in hahahaha
     
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  25. Beerman

    Beerman One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    OK, thanks for the heads up. How bout further down Karasawa off runs 43 and 44, any good for offpiste/tree ventures??
     
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  26. BobGnarly

    BobGnarly One of Us

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    sssshhhhh
    Just go and explore, don't tell the world ;)
     
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  27. Crispy013

    Crispy013 One of Us

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    Get's smashed by the sun - be careful if hitting it late in the day.
     
  28. Nozawaman

    Nozawaman A Local

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    It also slides !!!!!!!!!!
     
  29. Crispy013

    Crispy013 One of Us

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    Yep, that's what I was alluding to.
     
  30. kylep

    kylep Cage rattler Ski Pass: Gold

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    Easy to get complacent at Noz with the exploration. Had an interesting creek experience last time I was there, with conditions a little thinner than previous visit and not properly thinking about that factor! Ended as a good learning experience and funny story but had the potential...
     
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  31. Kerrie jackson

    Kerrie jackson First Runs

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    Hey guys I arrive in nozawa on the 18th dec - 26th dec..if anyone's there on those dates ..were staying at Fureai no Yado yasuragi ..can anyone give feedback on this accomodation it's also my first time to nozawa super amped to get there
     
  32. mcguyver

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    Could anyone please give me some feedback on the Mitsubachi Maya Lodge,
    Looking at booking fir mid Feb. seems to get good reviews., but would be interested if you have stayed there.
     
  33. BobGnarly

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    I can't comment on the accom but will be riding Noz at that time if you want to be shown around a bit.
    It is early season so it pays to be careful of creeks and stuff if exploring.
     
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    oppositelock One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm going to be there about that time ( 23rd Dec - 9th Jan), will try to catch up Bob. I saw you this year but you went past me like a yeti being chased by bees, I couldn't keep up. :D
     
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  35. BobGnarly

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    lol really?
     
  36. BobGnarly

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    Must have been in the line up for crepes was it?
     
  37. oppositelock

    oppositelock One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    It was on the way to the gondy station, I think you were trying to beat the shuttle bus arrivals.:)
    I think I can manage to keep up in the crepe line.
     
  38. BobGnarly

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    Ahh bummer, arrange a meeting time next season and we will shred ;)
     
  39. oppositelock

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    Will do, lines and crepes.:thumbs:
     
  40. BobGnarly

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    We always park in the car park near where the buses drop off at nagasaka.
     
  41. Sandy

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    That's quite early, and on some years, there's not so much snow down the bottom at that time of year (18th Dec)
     
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  42. hatto

    hatto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    That was probably my fault holding him up when he came for breakfast. Come to think of it, he was probably late most days!!:(ROFL
     
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  43. Kerrie jackson

    Kerrie jackson First Runs

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    Hey bob that would be awsome deffinately take you up on that offer
     
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    Bring your A game haha ;)
     
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    Dropping by Nozawa 23rd to 28th January and looking at a place to stay that is close to Nagasaka or Hikage Gondola. Last year we stayed at Nozawa view which was close to town, but a 5 min walk to the link lift; would rather something closer this time.

    A budget price range of 6,000 - 7,500 yen a night per person with a group of 5. Have found Maruken Sanso and Shikinoyado Kawahiro to fit this criteria with availability.

    Has anyone stayed at either of these or have recommendations for others that might be suitable?

    :cheers:
     
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    Stayed at Maruken Sanso in 2012. Rooms are standard Japanese with futons. Shared bathroom with a onsen/sento which opens for set time in afternoon. A seperate washroom/ toilet on each floor. Decent breakfast and Owners were helpful and accomodating. We ate out every night but other guests said dinner was very good. Great location in that easy walk to gondola and Main Street.
     
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    Lady Penelope One of some lot ... Ski Pass: Gold

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    We are (almost) set on visiting Honshu in Jan 16 for our first skiing trip o/s. This includes 3 children aged 12, 9, and almost 7. After a few days in Tokyo my plan is to spend a week in Nozawa (to fit in some sightseeing/cultural activities as well as skiing) before moving on to Hakuba for another week. A few questions for those forum members who have experienced Nozawa. Firstly, any recommendations regarding accommodation? Ideally with the children something not too far from the lifts would be useful, preferably with an onsen either on-site or nearby. Has anyone stayed at or heard anything about Hotel Haus St Anton, Ryokan Sumiyosiya, Sakaya, or Kiriya Ryokan? Also considering Villa Nozawa. I'm also wondering how easy it is to ski/travel between the various areas of the resort (eg Hikage to Nagasaka to Karasawa, etc)? My skills are low level intermediate, my children can ski a lot better than me (with the exception of the youngest). Finally, how tricky are the red runs in the Yamabiko area? Help very much appreciated, thank you.
     
  48. hatto

    hatto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    There is a cat track linking hikage, nagasaka and karasawa which is very gentle and easy although can be hard packed and icy. Reds on Yamabiko are wide with some steeper parts-depends on your skills, Paradise is very good with access via gondola and you can catch it back down if you choose not to ski to bottom. Can't help you on any of the accom but anywhere around nagasaka/Karasawa, main centre of village is easy access. Hikage area in village has steeper roads and is hilly with quite a steep uphill climb to lifts.
     
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    hatto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Village is at the bottom so all walking is uphill to lift system but main roads run across the hill with short uphill links between
     
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    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    If you stay close to the close to the Hikage or Nagasaka gondolas, there doesn't have to be much walking up hill. (or close to the "people mover")