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Nozawa Onsen 2015/16 Thread

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

  1. Donza

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    (thats what I have just told mates of mine).
     
  2. dr80

    dr80 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Parking is an issue.
    Could be a fair way from your accom, depending on its location.
     
  3. Sandy

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    Carpark two is overnight. If you are near Nagasaka, just ski from there to your car. You will have to walk back.
     
  4. mcguyver

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    HI all
    My wife and I are off to nozawa Onsen on Saturday.
    Unfortunately she has fallen ill, She has medical clearance to travel and she is determined to come, but she probably wont be able to ski, which she is devastated about.
    I am looking for things to keep her occupied during the week. She would probably be ok to go for a gondala ride and visit a few onsens etc. I will also pack her up and send off the to see the snow monkeys, but what else can she do to occupy her time.

    Also is there a taxi service in Nozawa as she wont be able to walk for long periods of time especially of its hilly.

    We are staying at Kowamotoya, which from what I can see is a little bit away from the town centre etc

    Any info advice or ideas would be much appreciated. I really want her to have a good a time as possible
     
  5. Budgiesmuggler

    Budgiesmuggler A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    There is a really interesting temple complex in Nagano - it does require some walkin but there are some nice Cafes around to rest.

    Also Matsumoto but I've not been there
     
  6. Beerman

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    Nothing is really too far in Nozawa, but that depends on how far she can walk, it is a bit hilly but not steep. An activity that will kill a few hours is Spa Arena, sort of like an outdoor heated pool complex, between Nagasaka and Karasawa . Nice and worth doing, although it's not an all day activity. The monkeys is a 1.5-2 km walk in from the drop zone, fairly flat but its still a walk,make sure she's up for this.Back in Noz, it has plenty of charm and most women can make hours if not days disappear in shops, which Noz has a fair few of. Make sure she checks out the cooking Onsen and surrounds and temples near U road, not everyone checks out this end of town fully.

    Have fun, everyone else does..:thumbs:
     
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  7. mcguyver

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    Thanks Guys. Great ideas. Beerman you just gave me an idea. I remember seeing somewhere that does Japanese cooking classes. Cant remember where it was though.

    I'm sure she will spend plenty of time shopping which I'm not sure I'm too happy about :)
     
  8. gibbsy

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    The mrs took a fair few afternoons lapping the pampering circuit, can get you that info if you like. Not cheap but apparently very good.
     
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    Beerman One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    P.S. don't mix up your cooking and bathing Onsens, you'll see when you get there
     
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    Yes there are cooking classes but don't have the details with me. From memory they run two different classes one is making noodles the other might be dumplings. They were about 2 to 3 hours??? Noodle class was longer.
    The details were in the tourist guide.
     
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  11. mcguyver

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    That would be great Gibbsy Thanks
     
  12. mcguyver

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    Thanks Ill track it down
     
  13. bluess57

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    maybe day trip to Kanazawa, Itoigawa
     
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    It would take at least 3.5 hours in winter conditions to drive to Kanazawa from Nozawa. It's 250km.
     
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    Nagano is only 1 hour away on the bus. Lots to do there. Temple, M wave, department stores, food, smal zoo, etc etc. we spent two days there this year catching up with friends and mooching around. We had a great time. Cost me a fortune in the women's clothing shops.
     
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    They can be booked through IXSM who run the snow monkey tours (opposite the main bus stop). My wife considered doing one, but ended up not having time so I don't know what they're like.

    Kanazawa's only 75 minutes from Iiyama by train now, though.
     
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    Brilliant Thanks John
     
  18. Sandy

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    True. 14,000yen round trip, but no car in Kanazawa.
     
  19. sara777

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    Hey @Nozawaman , a group of us (@Ozgirl @Kimski @Lady Mamabear @hipo ) are in Myoko from 20-27 Feb. We would love to visit Nozawa for one day. Any chance of getting your advice/guidance, maybe :froth: /dinner? :) We are trying to hire a car (last minute thing, so still unconfirmed). Any day that would be suitable, you think..
    Can change to pm if more suitable..
    Might score a pow day @Angus_McCrory :D
     
  20. john_kr

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    Yeah, it's not massively practical as a short/day trip either way.
     
  21. Sandy

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    Yep.
     
  22. Nozawaman

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    Sure just let me know what day you come over , not the 21st though my wife arrives and I haven't seen her for 5 weeks :evil:
     
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    Have you asked your hotel if they can organise something for you?

    TBH I'm not sure it's worth the trip for one day. You'd be better booking a stay there for your next trip to full appreciate it.
     
  24. sara777

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    Wouldn't be on the 21st for sure :D Will pm when we decide? Thank you!! :thumbs:
     
  25. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    I beg to differ. If you're not worried about the cost I think it would make a great day trip - especially the gardens which are magical in winter. It's not difficult/far to get around by taxi or bus.

    Alos check the Iiyama City website. They have a few interesting activities such as the altar factory.

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    Why not? If we do get a car (8-seater), we could leave early, do the 'ski around', have onsen/dinner/drive back! Time not dependent with the car (if we get it). @Ozgirl?
     
  27. Sandy

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    It's a 95km round trip from the hotel at Myoko.
     
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    Totally agree! After Kyoto, best place in Japan (in my opinion)
     
  29. gibbsy

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    Hi mate,the Thai massage place is just opposite o yu onsen on the downward street. Take the number in the window and call to book. Directly up hill from the oyu corner is sakaya ryokan which has a more extensive range of services. Ask for yann,a young aussie guy he'll help you our with bookings and further suggestions. Down next door to bell café opposite the bus station is a place that does paper art lessons. .origami and stuff but not sure if they are still doing it. Kirin at the tourist office is also very helpful to ask for further suggestions.
     
  30. Ozgirl

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    haha thats like Jindy to Perisher...

    I do that every day!

    I am excited about this side trip @Nozawaman be great to meet another forum-ite!
     
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  31. Donza

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    95 is nothing.
     
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    Where are you going to get the car from? It is a bit l,ike getting a car in either Perisher or Thredbo.
     
  33. Ozgirl

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    The group have discussed renting from Iiyama for the week
     
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    I was just concerned that there was an expectation of getting a car from Myoko Kogen.
     
  35. Ozgirl

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    No no - we know Myoko is small!

    It was actually my mate who is over there now who suggested Iiyama and the car.
     
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    You can get cars in Nagano or in Joetsu Myoko Station. Bit more convenient than Iiyama.
     
  37. Donza

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    Wouldn't Iiyama work better ? considering its right beside the new shink station?
     
  38. M_G

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    Further to come from Iiyama to Myoko. JoetsuMyoko is right beside the station and Nagano now has an Ekiren office.
     
  39. Donza

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    To Nozawa?
    Isn't this a Nozawa thread?
     
  40. M_G

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    They're based in Myoko. Looking to hire a car to go to Nozawa.
     
  41. sara777

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    We will already have the car when we make the trip to Nozawa. We will pick up car from Iiyama when we arrive to Japan, days before our Nozawa trip.
     
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    :)
     
  43. Ozgirl

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    Looking to hire the car for the whole week!

    From when we get off the Shink from Tokyo.
     
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    Yeah sweet.
    You won't regret it.
     
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    Hope so!

    The idea of the car has made me much more excited about the trip!

    sooo many more options - and when my friend suggested it i remembered that 9/10 times on Japan threads every one says - get car, much more mobile.
     
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    Has anybody used, or can recommend a guide for Nozawa. I'm with a larger group of intermediate skiers, but if the conditions are right I wouldn't mind disappearing for a day to explore the local "Off Piste" terrain. Won't have BC gear with me, so would need to hire that as well.

    With the lower than average conditions this year I want to avoid any risk I can, that's if we can even get out of the resort. I'm also on my own so need a partner or 2.
     
  47. Sandy

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    The distance from Iiyama and Joetsumyoko Shinkansen stations to Myoko Kogen station is identical. Or shorter if you take the short cut past the Tangram turnoff from iiyama.
    And the Shinkansen to iiyama costs 500yen less than to Joetsumyoko, and is 11 min shorter.
     
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    There is no off-piste outside the resort boundaries work exploring. In-bounds off piste is very iffy this year due to the low snow pack, lots of trees to deal with.
     
  49. M_G

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    Yes, but you don't have the up and down the mountain from Iiyama via Madarao. The route is also confusing for newbies. From JM it's straight up R18, then turn right to Akakura.
     
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    Forget off piste this year. There literally is none. There is a kiwi guide, roy, but he'd probably be taking you elsewhere. I think groups were going to hakuba a couple weeks ago, not sure if that was with him though. Helluva day trip.