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Share your Japanese trip errors

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Annabuzzy, Feb 11, 2017.

  1. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yes, I had a female friend who went to an onsen early in Yamagata. She had enjoyed it so much the night before. After about 5 minutes of peaceful solitude a whole bunch of naked businessmen wandered in. :eek:
     
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    Haha, that's exactly what happened to meLOL.

    I don't wear glasses when taking a bath, and it was another reason. Plus, it was early morning, so I wasn't wide awake:p
     
  3. Shrike

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    Hey Guys in response to the comments about footware in the snow, I was planning on wearing my snow board boots the whole time I am in Hakuba (3rd - 7th feb) rather then bringing different snow shoes, alternatively I was going to get some gumboots in japan.

    I have 2 pairs of snowboa boots was only going to bring one set but can take both if I need to, anyone think this is a bad idea? Also how much snow will there potentially be on the ground? Was go going to use the shuttle buses and walk around most of the trip
     
  4. LMB

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    If you need to travel super light then you’ll survive with your snowboard boots, but a decent pair of apres boots gives your feet a rest and leaves the snowboard boots to dry out at night. Highly recommend you cull other weight before your apres boots. Maybe even wear them on the plane - I often do. Just apres boots and snowboard boots.
     
  5. ojisan

    ojisan Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Get some snow-apres boots in Japan.
    Wearing snowboard boots all the time will be a pain in the arse.
     
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    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    Go to the local hardware store and buy a pair of high rubber boots for 2,000 yen. May sound daggy but that's what all the locals wear.
     
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    This ^ Then leave with accom.
     
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  8. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    And they work.
    SO good.
     
  9. Shrike

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    Whats the local hardware called so I can hit one up in Tokyo :)

    Not trying to pack super light but I don't like to over pack ha, will also need to get a set for the GF so this could be a great option :D
     
  10. mannyk

    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Id say better waiting until you get to Hakuba, others can give info where to find in Hakuba
     
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    looks like theres probably a komeri in hakuba? i used a futuristic compendium that collates all the knowledge of mankind into a single searchable resource, called google.
    i reckon splurge a bit and get the ones with the red racing stripes. red means they go faster. https://www.komeri.com/f/dsd-001035004001--

    you want to make sure the rubber on the bottom feels super soft. the softer the better grip youll have on ice.
    summer mountain hiking boots might have ultra gnarly beefy grip, but are made from firm durable rubber, so theyre effectively ice skates.
     
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  12. TACKIE

    TACKIE One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    The large supermarkets, Big and Acoop also sell.
     
  13. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    And some have cleats that fold out from the sole for extra grip. They're my fave
     
  14. Sandy

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    What you need are some Adidas Terrex shoes, with Goretex. There are various sorts. The rubber soles on these are super grippy, but I'm not sure exactly why.

    You can get in the Tokyo ski shop area, or on Amazon Japan for quite cheap. (<$100)


    Like this:
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    Or these that you can slip off:
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    I bought some of these a couple of weeks back for about $80.
     
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    Never staying long enough
     
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    Beerman One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    While going with wife and mates on the same trip :whistle::whistle:
     
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    BoofHead One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Touché
     
  18. Beerman

    Beerman One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    :thumbs:

    Tip 1; don't confuse Sake with water
    Tip 2; don't confuse male and female Onsens
    Tip 3; don't take Alcohol to Japan, unless it is a special red wine
    Tip 4; go to Japan, not Johannesburg
     
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  19. Lucky Pete

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    If you are going to buy gum boots make sure they are insulated. If you can please consider buying them from the small local shoe shop just north of the railway station. The shop is owned by a local family. #supportsmalllocalbusiness
     
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  20. Vermillion

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    If you are going in the middle of winter, slushy snow like you get in AUS is not generally an issue. So fully waterproof boots like insulated gumboots arent required IMO. Most of the time DCs or similar are good enough to get around, if you get some snow it'll likely be dry and wont soak you like AUS snow does. If you are going to be bashing through snowbanks then that's a different story.
     
  21. fosphenytoin

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    Several threads mentioned don't take alcohol to Japan, can someone explain / elaborate?

    Checked Japan customs website, allowance is 3 bottles, approx 760 ml per bottle.
     
  22. TACKIE

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    Probably cheaper at the local supermarkets.
     
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    azzski Should know better Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Definitely cheaper at local supermarkets. The tax on spirits in Japan is a lot different to here.
     
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  24. Vermillion

    Vermillion Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Taking alcohol to Japan is like taking Australian snow to Japan.
     
  25. fosphenytoin

    fosphenytoin Early Days

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    Thanks for the clarification. (I thought hard liquor is not allowed to Japan) In any case, this will not pertain me then. I will bring a bottle of hard liquor from HK to U.S., with a stop in Japan for 3 days.
     
  26. Vermillion

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    What were you planning on bringing? If you're in Japan for 3 days i'd make the time/effort to find a Yamaya near you and go there and buy up whatever you need.
     
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  27. fosphenytoin

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    Cognac - my family has few bottles (gifts). Since my father does not drink that, they are collecting dusts... so I usually bring one or two back to the U.S. when I go to HK.
     
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  28. Vermillion

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    That's fair enough, it's not something you could get in Japan. Just wrap them up in socks and put them in a jacket and you'll be fine.
     
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    the end of the isles in supermarkets are proper product shelves, not promo product placements or advertisements.
    when i first came to Japan i spent 30mins looking for milk and eggs because im so programmed to ignoring the ends of the isles in oz.
     
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  30. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    In April I was in Tokyo for the Cherry Blossom Festival. I bought a few limited edition items to try, and to give as gifts.

    The Cherry Blossom ‘hot chocolate’ mix was a fail, warm strawberry Quik - do not buy.

    The seasonal single serve Sakura Wine in a glass with a Sakura Blossom elegantly immersed in it has been a hit! I wish I had more. Perfect little “Thank You” gift, or birthday token for people you don’t often buy gifts for - especially people who love Japan. I wish I’d bought more! They do full size bottles also, but I’d already hit my alcohol allowance with the Yuzu-shu and mini Sakura Wines.
     
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    E.g.
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    Smirnoff Vodka red label (40%) at Dan Murphy's $38.90 AUD. At Airport Duty Free at Tulla: $30.50
    In Japan Rakuten/DonKi: Smirnoff Vodka BLUE label (50%) 1030yen ($13)
     
  32. Sandy

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    You can find Cognac in Japan.... go to Shinanoya. (lots of shops around). Also try Hasegawa, but there's not so many of these.
    With the disappearance of most age labeled Japanese whiskey, there's also a huge selection of single malt scotch at cheap prices.
     
  33. Vermillion

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    I read it as he already has the cognac, and he's just bringing it back, not wanting to buy it.
     
  34. fosphenytoin

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    Correct, I already have the cognac, just bringing it back. I am a "she" btw.LOL
     
  35. LDJ

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    Epic alcohol fail in Tokyo at really nice restaurant where I paid $250 for a bottle of sake rather than $25 which I thought at the time. I won’t ever be doing rapid currency conversion in my head after a few drinks again. I thought the sake was pretty amazing for $25 luckily I didn’t order another...
     
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    Domestic Violence was a pretty big fail
     
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    Sage Oya Like the herb, lover of Pabst, cup ramen devotee Ski Pass: Gold

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    I second this recommendation. Picked up some Sorels from this store earlier this year and the lady there was super friendly and helpful. Great family business :p
     
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    did a similar thing in South Africa - thought i was paying $7 was actually paying $70:(
     
  39. Vermillion

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    Wow that's bringing back the past.
     
  40. Vermillion

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    Sorels are good, but taking them on/off all the time is a pain in the ass. They're good if you're going outside for a long walk, but walking around town and going from place to place, in/out of cars etc i've always found a pair of skater shoes to be better.
     
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    I'd say that depends on where you're going. If you're going to have to take your shoes off regardless at your destination, give me the Sorels every time. It can also be entertaining to watch mates who insisted they'd be fine in the Nike Air Force Ones slipping over on the regular. Until one of them falls and breaks something, that is. :(

    Of course, I'd recommend slip-on apres boots over lace-ups for convenience. Also, your typical pair of Sorel Caribou boots will weigh the better part of 3kgs, which is the sort of thing you should take into account when it comes to baggage allowances!
     
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    Nothing like frozen toes and ankles courtesy of skate shoes. My fashion forward young adults insist they are the way to go.

    Personally, warm, water resistant boots with some support for your ankles, and non slip soles are the bomb. It’s not that hard to pull a lace and slip a shoe off when entering a restaurant, nor is it that hard to put them back on. Yes slip ons are easier.
     
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    Absolutely. I only holiday in Japan, but my bro lived 6 years in a backward country town where there was a lot of walking being done, and he hardly ever wore his sorels, unless he knew he was going to be traipsing through deep snow or something like that. The last 2 times I havent even bothered to bring them with me, that's 3kg I can fill with alcohol or sweets instead of boots I aint going to wear anyway.

    It also depends on where you going to. Niseko circa 2005 with no heating footpaths was a different proposition to Niseko now i'd reckon. On the flipside, most of Hakuba towns are generally flat, so inclines/declines arent a big issue. Nozawa is steep, but you generally arent walking far. OK this isnt every skijo in Japan but it's a good guide of the different styles out there. I doubt many people would be wearing Sorels walking through Tokyo, even in mid-winter.
     
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    ROFL @Vermillion in more trouble.
     
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    Meh, i'm sure he wasnt offended.
     
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    I corrected it for you. It's all good, :thumbs:.
    When was the last time you have your eyes checked? (just saying....)
     
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    Before living here I often bought a pair of new Vans high tops on the way in and they were fine with good socks for just cruising around. I now own Sorels and gumboots and only wear the Sorels if we are going somewhere nice and you can leave your shoes on as my Mrs doesnt like my Komeri gumboots :) :) :)
     
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    We got some really good ones last season with removable liners. Just awsome and on sale before the resorts opened. They do like to buy everything early.
     
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    Not forcing MIL into cleats/crampons.

    Older people, especially frailer older people do not save themselves from a small slip, and they do not recover well afterward.
     
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    Ditto. Wife and another friend both bought Sorels there quite some years ago. From memory the price was great as well.