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Nozawa Onsen / Togari Onsen 19/20

Discussion in 'Japan' started by M_G, Sep 20, 2019.

  1. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    We're calling into Togari this trip, one reason is the teens want to try yuki chari!
     
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  3. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    They've expanded the area for next season. Bit of tree action happening.
     
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  4. Nozawaman

    Nozawaman A Local

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    I don't know where they will do it ????
     
  5. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    They don't specifically say. But given what's on the new poster I'm presuming the trees off to the side of the usual piste.

     
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  6. Nozawaman

    Nozawaman A Local

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    Good luck with that ...... The resort bakes from it's exposure , even on a snowy day it would be sketchy IMO .
     
  7. Neddy

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    Does anyone know if the new Nagasaka gondola towers have gone on over summer?
     
  8. Nozawaman

    Nozawaman A Local

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    They should have .
     
  9. Thommo79

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    Ski Hire question..
    This will be our 2nd trip to Nozawa in Jan ‘20. Previous trip we used Nozawa Holidays for lessons and ski hire. Whilst the equipment was good and lessons ok, the whole process was cumbersome.

    This time I was thinking of hiring my boys skis through NOZAWA Sports Thanx which is at the base of the Gondola, very convenient and a fair bit cheaper.

    Has anyone used them before and what is their gear like? Don’t want to find old beat up gear. I’d buy them some of their own but they grow like weeds and the economics don’t quiet work out at the moment.

    Thanks
    Matt
     
  10. Neddy

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    I've used them a few times for myself and friends over the years. Their gear is fine
     
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  11. Nozawaman

    Nozawaman A Local

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    Top quality and easy process to swap out if you hire premium line .
     
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    hatto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    This
    They are great
     
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  13. SnowOrca

    SnowOrca First Runs

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    Heading to Nozawa 11th-16th Jan as the start of a five week roadtrip.

    JMA seems to be showing higher chances of above average temperatures. What are the general feelings towards the long range forecast, am I crystal ball gazing too early?
     
  14. Neddy

    Neddy Hard Yards

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    Way too early.
    JMA seasonal forecast is not out for winter yet and, even then, it’s just a broad prediction at several months out.
    It’s always good around then (except for 2015/16) so don’t worry
     
  15. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    You should be ok. Looks a bit warm on the 13th jan.

    Nothing too much to worry about
     
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  16. SnowOrca

    SnowOrca First Runs

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    Thought as much.. this is the 6th trip to Japan and I still get over eager looking at the weather too early!

    Thanks for being the voice of reason.. The weather wouldn't change our plans anyway, so i should just go and enjoy whatever presents itself.
     
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    Nozawaman A Local

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    Yeah but there is a huge dump tracking for about 15th Jan .....
     
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    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Fire festival..
     
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    SnowOrca First Runs

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    I have experienced this previously and know what you mean.. unfortunately the Mrs hasn't been to Nozawa before and wanted to see it in person.
     
  20. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    LOL
     
  21. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    Resort has announced opening for 23 Nov.
     
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    galzigbahn Hard Yards

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    Just booked 7 nights Nozawa Country Hotel 9th-16th Feb.
     
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    ojisan station master Ski Pass: Gold

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    did they include any disclaimers?
     
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  24. hatto

    hatto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep. If thete is enough snow
     
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    galzigbahn Hard Yards

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    Just took a second look at my accomodation at Nozawa Country Hotel. There is no mention of drying rooms. I’ve always stored my boots in a drying room overnight on previous ski holidays. Will my boots dry out much in my room or will I need to take my liners out every night?
     
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    hatto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I would expect that building would have a drying room of some sort.
     
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  27. grantn

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    I've walked past that accom many times, before it was recently reopened/refurbished. It's huge. I reckon they will have a drying room in the basement. Every form of pension/minshuku/hotel I've ever stayed at, in Nozawa, has some form of drying room downstairs. I reckon you will be fine.
     
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  28. fennekeg

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    One of the reviews on booking.com (dated Feb this year) mentions 'no drying room' as one of the downsides.... On the website ( http://www.n3120.co.jp ) there is a link to some photos, one of which shows a small room with skis, but that appears to be the free kids ski rental: Ski rental for children . Perhaps you could place your stuff there as well? There seem to be lockers for skis, but I can imagine stuff won't dry very well in there.
     
  29. Sandy

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

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    I never leave stuff in a drying room anyway.... Humidity is usually low in winter, so turn the heat up in the room when going for dinner, and it dries ok. (open windows for two minutes later to let the heat out)
    How wet do your boots get? I never have this trouble.
     
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  30. galzigbahn

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    My boots are OK, but my 18 year olds boots are like a swamp after a hard days skiing..
     
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    I will flick them an email, maybe they have installed a drying room during summer.
     
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    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Get a USB powered boot dryer.
     
  33. Steve Ward

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    Heading to N.O. for the 2nd time in early January... love the town. Planning a 1/2 day refresher lesson again for the fam. Last time we used Nozawa ski school which was pricey. I know Nozawa Holidays do lessons but only for their guests. Are there any other options folks are aware of? Also happy to take any new food recommendations! cheers
     
  34. Medicine_Shoes

    Medicine_Shoes Early Days

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    Whats the d**khead factor like in Nozawa for first half of January? Ive only been at the start of Feb and while there were a few around they were mostly easy to avoid and in the minority.
     
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    I reckon the d#hhd factor will be less. IMHO January is busier, more expensive to get there (flights) and tends to have more Aust families (who can still be annoying, but less bogan) I've been there early Feb and there was a greater 20-25yr old Aussie presence, which I'm presuming was due to cheaper airfares/package deals with J#tstar. That was the year I saw an Aussie guy urinating in the main street at about 8pm. More guys walking down the street drinking a beer etc. SIGH.
     
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  36. PiggabeenBoarder

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    I've been there plenty of times and really haven't experience that, though always been Feb or March.... Wouldn't have occurred to me to be honest and If only minor infrequent occurances then I really think there's bigger issues to worry about ..... Like how longs the line up to get into their better restaurants
     
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    I’ll be in Nozawa at the start of Feb so I would think the ‘dickhe@d’ factor might increase marginally that week. ;)
     
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    On the subject of restaurants.... I would appreciate any recommendations ( or warnings ) for restaurants in Nozawa... Will be there Dec-Jan with the family who do like Japanese food..

    ( i cant imagine a bad restaurant in Japan tbh )
     
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    -go in a small group
    - eat early or late, don't eat at 7pm when everyone else is trying to eat
    - book a day or two ahead if you can
    - go for a wander and eat at places further away from the main street
    - eat at your pension, if you are staying in a pension
    - oyaki in the main street, potato and cheese ball guy, cobs of corn from the cooking onsen, little old lady selling red bean paste pastries out of her window for 80 yen are my favourites
     
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    hatto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Any place is good but agree above.
    With over 100 places you cant go wrong but as said not between 6 and 7.
    I have never booked, just wander until i find a place
     
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    I visited the lovely old lady for her bean cakes several days last time I was there in Feb 2017. Just the thing for a post-ski snack on the way to accom for a wash and soak in a bath before dinner.The second time I was interviewed for a Japanese TV show - no idea which one! - about my impressions of the town and they told me she has been selling the cakes for 60 years.
     
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    The d..head element was there in early Feb 2017. The first night I was woken by two Aussie groups having a yelling match in the main street at 11pm. Bit embarrassing the next morning given I was in a Japanese-run guesthouse.
     
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    A friend told me about a souvenir shop on the main street that does monograms. You simply pick a beanie or hoodie from the store and let them know what letters you want stitched on it, and it'll be ready in a couple days. She can't remember the exact location though. Anyone know where this shop is?
     
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    You can't really miss that shop, it's pretty easy to find. It's in the main street. If you can find the women that make the Oyaki in that street, or find Haus St Anton cafe it's the souvenir shop right near that.
     
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    Yep there's heaps of awesome places but as has been said it can be really busy at that peak 6.30 to 7.30 time slot...... You'll know the really good restaurants as they'll be really busy with people waiting out front. A lot of the restaurants are quite small so they don't cater for too many people at the one time.
    The sushi place on a side street is awesome.... there's actually not many sushi places so you'll find it. A sort of private pension style place that you are allowed to book, a little out of the main area but on the main upper road was simply beautiful and reasonably cheap.
     
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    Off to Shiga Kogen and Nozawa in February. My current skis are 88cms underfoot so was planning on hiring something fatter over there but was told that gear in Shiga is a bit old and ordinary. Your reply re Nozawa has reinforced my original plan, so happy to hire there.
    Do you have any intel on hire gear in Shiga? We're staying at the Prince in the Yakebitaiyama area
    I'd take my own but I'm also doing a week touristing out of Osaka and a bit reluctant to lug them around on the trains,
     
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    Sorry , but I can't help with Shiga @elSpike has some info
     
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    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thanks for alerting me.
    Yep I asked around and found SnowCan and Nord Ichinose seem to be the ones with wider powder skis available. Snowcan replies to email and Nord replies to Facebook messenger posts.
     
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    Little taste .......
     
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    Still cars it seems.