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Nozawa Onsen 2018/19 Planning

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Nozawaman, Aug 27, 2018.

  1. Hyst

    Hyst Enjoyer 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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    Current Nozawa webcam view

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  3. Ramenman

    Ramenman One of Us

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    Today I heard Nagasaka gondola at Nozawa Onsen will be replaced by 2020. Another person also told me last year Nagasaka gondola would be replaced in the near future and the new Nagasaka gondola would directly go up to Yamabiko station without stopping at the mid station. It's 2018 now, only 2 years to go, so I think there is a concrete plan on the new Nagasaka gondola now. Anybody knows details about the new one?. Ah, I should post this in Nozawa Onsen 2020/21 planning, not here:p?
     
  4. hatto

    hatto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep, starts after this season.
    Village is replacing so the new generation can have plenty of years trouble free.
    This s what the village did back in the 80s with the current gondola.
    Completely different way of thinking to anywhere else in the world eh
     
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  5. Nozawaman

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    Here you go about 15-20cm overnight/today .
    Doubt it will last though .

     
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    sheepshaver First Runs

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    Currently booked Jan27-Feb1. Will be our first time to Nozawa. Any recommendations for must eat food, most likely dinner? Any recommendations I’m guess will require reservations?

    Or should I expect to just be eating at my accommodations for breakfast and dinner?

    Thanks!
     
  7. hatto

    hatto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Any place to eat is great, never had a bad meal. If a light is on go and ask.
    it starts to quieten down at the end of jan.
    Just be flexable with eating time.
    Its only ever about 1 beer wait if somewhere is full.
    There is some little gems down little roads that don, t get busy.
    Enjoy the walk around be nice and you will enjoy it more.
    Not uncommen for little places to jamb you in and enjoy some local hospitality if you are chilled and interactive
     
  8. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    This looks like a great new option

     
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    Looking for a good spot to get hire gear I am staying at Nozawa Utopia so somewhere central makes it easier :)
     
  10. hatto

    hatto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Beerman One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    They also look after your street shoes while you are skiing/riding for no extra. Swap out at the end of the day, so they can have the boots dry for the following day.
    Good bar upstairs and craft bar a few doors up. Can't go wrong.
     
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  12. Mils

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    Sold!
     
  13. ithilmar

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    Heading to Nozawa in mid Jan for 5 days and then on to Shiga. We need to get from Nozawa to Shiga in the afternoon/evening on the last day there, just trying to work out the best way.

    There is a direct bus taking about 2.45 hrs. This is probably the easiest but it seems a bit pricey, approx $85 per person and might not be the fastest. The other way would be bus/train to Nagano and then bus from there to Shiga?

    Appreciate any advice from those familiar with the transport options.
     
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    skichanger A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    There might be a bus from Iiyama. Contact the local tourist association.
     
  16. Donzah

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  17. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    This has been running for a couple of seasons now?

    Edit: Yes it has. Date above is 2015-16 season.
     
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    Thanks, looks like bus to iiyama then bus to Shiga will be faster and significantly cheaper. Means only half day skiing that day but might be good to recover a bit.

    We are in Nozawa on the 15th, accommodation has suggested we book somewhere for dinner that evening as it might be busy due to the festival. Does anyone have any good recommendations that take bookings? Accomodation has suggsted a couple that they can assist with the bookings otherwise.
     
  19. Nozawaman

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    Take whatever you can get .
     
  20. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    And make sure you turn up and on time.
     
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  21. Medicine_Shoes

    Medicine_Shoes Early Days

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    My partner and I will be staying at Kawaichiya Ryokan for a week in early February. Would it be best to rent ski gear at Hikage station? We don't want to have to lug it all up and down each day, so if we can leave it there or have a locker it would be ideal.

    Also, how does the 10% discount on rental work if you are staying in the village? Does it apply at all rental stores?
     
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    If you are staying at that Ryokan it looks like the Shinyu pair lift maybe the closest option to get up to the ski field. If that is the case then yes, hiring somewhere near the hikage gondola is the best option. Shirakaba rentals is at the base of the hikage gondola.
     
  23. Tanuki

    Tanuki A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    We stayed there back in 2012, they've got a great breakfast and really nice onsen. Definitely rent (if you need to) and leave you stuff in the locker up at the shop. It's a bit of a hike, but you go past a nice shrine and there's a covered escalator for the last bit.
     
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    I am organizing a weekend trip in March 8-10th for a bunch of people from work(company in Tokyo) Right now we have 16 people 10 adults and 6 kids.. with potential another 2 adults and 2 kids.. I asked in chat if anyone wanted to go ski(thought maybe 2-3 people want to go).. now I am turning into travel agent

    Challenge is 2 families can only stay 1 night(Sat/Sunday) rest of us want to stay from Friday till Sunday. Some hotels that would take this many require 2 night reservation on weekends. I also really want to have accommodation as close to lifts/slope as possible. So I been looking and talking to https://schneiderhotel.com seems like an option but 2 night is an issue.

    Other suggestions? If they can rent gear it is a big bonus(many people don't have their own stuff)
     
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  26. Nozawaman

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    The purple ones have been getting a good workout ...... waiting for the trees !!!!

     
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    sheepshaver First Runs

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    I just added Hokkaido to my trip after Nozawa. I've only ever flown HND - CTS before, but was wondering if anyone knew of airports closer to Nozawa that will get me to CTS? I need to fly ANA specifically. And best means of transportation to get from Nozawa to said airport?
     
  28. Rush

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    Hi,
    These are two different organisations. Nozawa ski is the actual resort.

    Nozawa holidays is the largest coop accommodation provider who runs ski lessons out of Mt Dock cafe. They use contractors who in my experience are very good instructors but aren’t supported by the resort.

    Hope that makes sense.
     
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  30. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    And unless it's outside busy times NH usually only provide lessons for their guests.

    Short answer. No. Even if there are there will be less flights and more cost.
     
  31. Tanuki

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    Niigata Airport?
     
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    Hyperdia suggests Haneda, Toyama and Sendai amongst others, but that seems to be mostly JAL. But I only checked a few departure times, perhaps ANA does fly those too.
     
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    Suggestions for ski hire in Hikage area?

    Ideally ones with English speaking staff and good ski lockers. Our agents recommend Shirikaba.
     
  35. ratherb@thesnow

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    Visiting Nozawa onsen this coming season a week, first time to this area after spending the last few years in and around Myoko , excited as for some new terrain. Anyone willing to highlight their preferred runs on the attached map? would love a heads up on any unmarked runs between the main mark trails, you know those little powder stashes that you love having to yourself. Happy if you prefer to PM me to keep it on the low. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.http://www.nozawaski.com/en/pdf/gelandemap2018_E.pdf
     
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  36. Mils

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    anything up top is fun and there are a few cleared tree runs up the top. Skyline is a very long run which is really fun, the blacks down to the bottom are really fun on a fresh dump but turn to mogles at about 10am when it's tracked out.

    All the food options on the side of paradise are the pick for food, great views, good prices (for on snow) and yum as!

    make sure you do the public onsens in town they awesome!
     
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    Maybe time to get threads up for 19/20
     
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    or just change the title of this one
     
  40. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    Too late...