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Yuzawa -Naeba -Kagura 2020

Discussion in 'Japan' started by mannyk, Jan 4, 2020.

  1. mannyk

    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    As this is our first time to the area
    We would appreciate any members who have been who are willing to pass on tips and advice. We have 7 nights in Naeba and 3 nights at Ishuichi
    Wheels up out of Brissy 27th Jan
    Thank you
     
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    At Naeba the ticket office window nearest from building 2 (all internal) just near the pizza place, make sure you check out the info on ticket window, they had a cheaper ladies day 2 days of the week, also was the cheapest place for the paper pass holders. Then depending on the day it was we also use webket to pre-purchase a cheaper naeba ticket with ¥1000 voucher, at this same ticket office is where the webket QR code was exchanged for ticket, also able to pay ¥700-¥800 to upgrade to all mountain to include kagura - just needed to purchase this webket ticket by 11pm the night before. We spent more than half our time heading over to Kagura and loved the mix. The run off to lift the far left at naeba was good for the kids and us to warm up, away from the busier front slope. The food hall at the far right of the naeba complex was good for us for dinner, as all 4 of us usually wanted to eat something different, though it shuts early - at 6pm?

    There are many more detail in our trip report from feb 24th 2019 on this forum.
     
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    The cafe internally to the left of building 2 entrance had pretty good waffles and ice cream. Near this is also the biggest of the convience stores inside the prince complex. Where you could get pastries and snacks and other goodies. I also have you tube episodes of Naeba and kagura, if you want to see what it was like (there is also a sped up walk of the entire Prince complex from one end to the other). Just search Dale discovers - then select the destination - Naeba or Kagura.

    Any other questions just ask.
     
  4. mannyk

    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    :thumbs: I will have a search for your TR
     
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    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ah yes I have seen your youtube films, well done. I will have another look..
    We are staying in a pension a couple of streets away from Prince. Thanks for the tips
     
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    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I can only find webket+ for gala resort. and can find a app for it.. good chance its me
     
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    I just did and search and it didn't come up. I then looked back through the forum -Japanese season lift ticket coupons 2018/1019, and my post is there #71, it has the web link for the online tickets and details I posted, but when clicked on it comes up with 404 error. So maybe they are not doing them for 2020, which seems strange.

    Still check out the ticket window signs and see if they still have the ladies days etc.

    I did notice the prince site on mobile had a purchase tickets/book accommodation buttons floating on the bottom, the purchase tickets had a bunch of lesson options all in USD, I only did a quick scroll, not sure what else is there.
     
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    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    All good, our host says they have discounted tickets, but as we qualify for senior tickets im not sure if they would be cheaper anyway. I will keep a eye out for ladies day though. I spent $150 for a day pass at Thredbo this year. Which puts things into perspective..
     
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    I hear you - we ski Thredbo in August, family of 4 for a week. Most discounts I've seen in Naeba have only been ¥500, so not a lot in the grand scheme. Hope they get a bit more snow by the time you get there. We are heading to Shiga Kogen late Feb.
     
  11. Sandy

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    If they are online ticket purchases, most of them are no longer available after December 31st.
     
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    These were used and purchased daily in feb 2019. Just had to purchase by 11pm the night before.
     
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    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    We did SK, last mid Feb, which was good,only a little fresh a couple of days, We then moved down to Hakuba to be met with rain. With the late start to snow season Mid Feb should be real good.
     
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    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Seems to me that senior tickets trump most discounted tickets.
     
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    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    , I did see them earlier for Prince Naeba, but Sandy could be right.
     
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    If you come into Echigo-Yuzawa, is there a place you can lock up your baggage while you go for a ski ?
     
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    Yes, there are large lockers inside the station.
     
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    Our plans at this stage is a look around Echigo Yuzawa while waiting for the local bus to Naeba. Then spend the 7 days there, followed by 4 days at ishiuchi, once there we might have a look around the other hills. But wili only have a ski gear with us.
    I hear that it can get wind issues, so could head back to town to other close resorts.
    We both carry ski bags which I havent seen many lockers to cater for them,,
    I might be getting a bit trust worthy after leaving our stufff alone at Nagano station many times while doing some shopping.
    is there a problem with bags?
     
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    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    This is circumstantial. The optimal time in central Japan is always last couple of days in January, 1st week in February.
    I NEVER book long term before mid January. My first planned trip is next weekend.
     
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    When you say "it can get wind issues" what is "it"? Naeba? Ishiuchi Maruyama?
     
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    Depends how long you want to leave your bags there. The biggest problem will be finding a place that's out of the way of foot traffic. It's a very busy station.
     
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    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    No where near the bus stop?
     
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    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I was thinking that Naeba/Kargura , from what you have mentioned in the past
     
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    PMG One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    The bus stop is on the main road and the main road is quite narrow - and the footpath such as it is, is usually wet. I wouldn't be leaving my bags there.
     
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    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Which is why I have taken your advice this year, Leave Bris 27th, depart 10th Feb.
    Last year we went later (mid feb) to avoid CNY and local holidays.
     
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    I doubt it would be windy everywhere there. It's a big area.
     
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    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Well this year we have culled our bags to one roller ski bag each and one back pack each.
    This is our cargo from last year
     

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    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thanks, Id rather stay at Naeba the whole 7 days as we have a few days after Naeba to explore the Yuzawa valley
     
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    There's other places that get worse winds, so I wouldn't worry so much about that.
     
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    Yes, Naeba & Kagura are big enough to satisfy 7 days.
     
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    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Am I right to assume there will be int, ATMs to withdraw cash in Naeba?
     
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    PMG One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    This will give you an idea of the main road in town.
    P1030457.JPG
     
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    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I might have to get +1 to mind ski bags while I sample the Saki, wen can take turns so she can have a shop.
     
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    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thanks, looks like Myoko a bit
     
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    There's a 7/11 just outside the station. Walk out, up the steps to the main road and turn right. Can't miss it.
     
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    Little bit. It's longer and bigger.
     
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    There's one at the Post Office, and there may be others at the Prince. (Post Office is in town)
    BTW, unless they drop you off from your hotel (and pick you up), you'll have to walk along the road/car park. They clear the car park with running water, and turn it off at night, so it can be super icy in the morning. If you buy one of those stretchy shoe grip things, they can fit on ski boots for traction.... the larger more stretchy ones fit on ski boots. ("Cat Tracks" I find are too bulky)
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    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    THanks Sandy Ive seen you show them before, Im under the impression that we will be picked up from the bus stop, but I will confirm. At this stage we are getting the 1310 from the station so a 1400 ish arrival. Depart may be a issue..
     
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    No, I'm talking about WALKING from your hotel (Naeba Springs Hotel?) to the Prince Hotel to get to the lifts.... it's about 500-600m to the Prince hotel. The Prince Hotel carpark / road can be very icy, particularly in ski boots.
     
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    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah ok.. they did say its a walk across the car park to the Prince. Id say that will be done in ski boots.
    I will have look. any name for those 'stretchy shoe grip things?
     
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    They sell in just about any shoe shop.
     
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    Found them.. thanks
     
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    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Found them on Ebay for $8 Au. my boots are 26.5 Size: wifes are 24.
    By the below table, does that mean I need a L and wife M.... Sorry for being a dumb arse.
    I will get them before we go

    S:172*117mm
    M:205*138mm
    L:217*134mm
    XL:245*145mm
     
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    What do the sizes mean? Length * width?

    Look on the sides of the ski boots for "sole length" in mm
     
  45. Melskius

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    In echigo-yuzawa station there was also a ski bag rack situated near a pillon heading towards the lockers - non locked - just a rack. The information kiosk also held our bags for a fee previously (before we found the lockers on the way to the bus). Btw the lockers are towards the bus exit.

    I'm pretty sure I recall Naeba prince had a 7-11 atm in the foyer of building 2.
     
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    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thats what I dont get either??:confused:
     
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    mannyk One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Cams at Naeba / Kagura are pretty ordinary, does anyone know of any decent cams in the area?. If not where should I be looking that has similar weather patterns? Shiga, Nozawa? Yuzawa is much lower with good cams, I just dont think its as relevant....
     
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    They post a lot of videos, daily, on their facebook page. They also have info as to conditions and whats open/shut on these posts. Just hit the translate button, as they are all in Japanese.
     
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    Perfect , thanks champ..Im not much of a face book user but I found it .Ta
    edit..opps no I didnt find it..cant find where conditions ect are.. :rolleyes:
     
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