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Trip Report RTW Part 1 - Japow

Discussion in 'Japan' started by DidSurfNowSki, Dec 18, 2019.

  1. DidSurfNowSki

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    Might as well get this started, my trip report for my around the world jaunt to Japan, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, USA and Canada. The planning for this trip can be found here.

    Part 1 of this trip is to fly to Haneda with ANA.

    Plan is to ski the Naeba - Kugura resorts staying at Mikunitoge Onsen Oyado Honjin. If I can get through customs and immigration quickly enough AND there's snow, I'll try to scoot out to Gala Yuzawa for a quick ski on day 1.

    Dinner on the plane has been pre-booked :)

    Appetizer - Smoked duck and salmon, grilled prawn with pineapple salsa
    Main plate - Braised beef short ribs with creamy polenta
    Bread - Hard bread Mushroom bread
    Dessert - Watermelon cake

    Wheels up in 18 days :)
     
  2. Donzah

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    and I thought I micro managed LOL
     
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    You should see his dated and numbered spew bags for the flights.
     
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    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep, at this stage it might be a slow start. There's always the sake museum at the railway station...

    [​IMG]
     
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    I trust you have a detailed plan and program for the Sake Museum tastings. We do expect a picture of each sample so we may appreciate the colour and a 2 sentence report on each sample.:thumbs:
     
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    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Maybe @Ramenman can provide a draft sake museum program for you to build upon?
     
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    Please! :nono:
     
  8. skifree

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    He will need the energy from the sake over the next couple of weeks to maintain the skiing program.
     
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    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    What time are you needing your pickup for the bus?

    Just like to plan ahead :out:
     
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  10. DidSurfNowSki

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    There's one bus. It leaves at 2:30pm :D
     
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    What day?
     
  12. DidSurfNowSki

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    Day 1 !
     
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  13. Ozgirl

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    Yeah when does the actually itinerary start for this? Actually Day 1 date?
     
  14. DidSurfNowSki

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    You do realize there are close to 100 different varieties of sake...

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    Sake vending machine.
     
  15. DidSurfNowSki

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    Wheels up 5 Jan, arrive Japow 6 Jan.
     
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    Hence the need for a plan to cherry pick the ones of interest.
     
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    Might have time to do all 100.

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    Naeba WROD.
     
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    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Worse things happen at sea.
     
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    Last year koalas, this year kangaroos.



    Got a few things to worry about this trip:
    • Getting from Canberra to Sydney with all the fire activity going on
    • Getting from Haneda to Naeba missing rush hour in Tokyo
    • The snow cover at Yuzawa, December was really, really bad
    • Potential clear snow while I’m there
    • Skiing after breaking my leg in June
    Stay tuned for more ;)
     
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    If you need somewhere to stay, my place is vacant until Sunday. Can organise a key.

    Bus from city or $60 cab ride to airport.
     
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    Chilling at the airport



    I see funny blue stuff in the sky:)
     
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    What time is your departure tonight?
     
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    It's tomorrow I'm sure, thread he said he was leaving a day early.
     
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    Ahh just as well..
    cause he may not have been leaving tonight...
    at least ANA has buffer at Sydney as they park all day.
     
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    Yep
     
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    A tad warm here

     
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    Just as well.. Cause sydney airport will have some crazy delays tonight
     
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    A new record at the airport.
     
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    Today’s taxi to Sydney

     
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    But of course



    I would have been so disappointed if the opening leg of this trip didn’t have issues.

    While I wait...

     
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    Ginger ale?
     
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    How’s the Canberra lounge? I haven’t visited that one (yet).
     
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    It’s great, I love the red cordial.



    Plane delayed some more. Trying out the soup.
     
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    It’s not like you have to walk far LOL
     
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    Skip the fish.
     
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    You need to change your handle
    DSND
    Did ski now delayed
     
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    Today was always going to be dodgy.
     
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    you going yet?...
    southerly buster at sydney airport soon
     
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    Still in the air. Delayed 2.5 hours.
     
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    Took 3 goes to land. Overflew the fires. Very bumpy on the way in.



     
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    not even shocked :)
     
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    Had a few hours to kill. Very pleasant by the harbour.





     
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    Just wondering if I should leave now? o_O
     
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    Where are you going?