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Japan 2016 / 17

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Anyone skiing in Japan this coming winter?

I'm going to be in Hokkaido the last two weeks of January for the third year in a row. Already very excited!

Black Diamond Lodge posted a great photo of the first snows on Mount Yotei last week:




Looks like colder temperatures are soon to arrive:


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@musehead, I'll be on a tour of Hokkaido's best powder for 2 weeks at the end of Feb beginning of Mar Cool Cool Cool
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@musehead,

I'll be there in Jamuary too. snowHead
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The Lad and I, with two other friends, will also be there the last two weeks of January.
Week 1 based in Niseko
Week 2 road trip.
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Hakuba in early March, never been to Japan so very excited.
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Hoping to head out in time for Kiroro Opening Day on 23 November 2016

This is Kiroro's 25th Anniversary Year.

Will be based at Kiroro and in Niseko Hirafu village.

Can't wait Smile
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I have still failed to sort anything for this. I'll look again but fear the exchange rate isn't going to help.
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I will be in Niseko in the from the 4th feb for 10 days, first timer and I can't wait. Will be alone during my time in Niseko so happy to meet anyone for a ride. Looking to make a trip or 2 to Rusutsu and if possible Kiroro as Mike has made it look so awesome but not sure if Kiroro is feasable.

Then off to Tokyo to meet a friend for a week, I'm counting down the days
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Will be in Niseko and Sapporo in the middle two weeks in January. Pure buzzin' Very Happy Very Happy
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@Minion1980, It's easy to do a day trip to Kiroro, I did this one day last winter. You can pre-book a return coach and lift ticket package at the Welcome Centre (large bus stop near the ski lifts) in Niseko Hirafu. English speaking staff. I booked mine the day before I went, they give you vouchers for the coach each way and lift pass.
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Sapporo feb 8th/9th, moiwa 10th/11th then niseko 12th till 19th for a course.

@Minion1980, might be up for a ski whilst in moiwa , and though I suspect I might be pretty occupied during my days in niseko, I might be free for an evening bevy.
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I may drop in if the snow's looking reasonable. Not sure where yet.
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@musehead, ahh wow that's awesome thanks, I couldn't seem to find reliable information about a trip to Kiroro on the web, Rusutsu is already planned as info on the bus was available. Cheers!

@nickH, sounds like a great trip you have planned and sure that would be great if you're around. I'm a one planker though I'm afraid in case you have any aversion to boarders Smile
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@nickH, hahaha!
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Just booked 2 weeks split between Hakuba & Zao Onsen plus some tourist gawping as it is once in a lifetime trip, unless we turn 50 again!
End of Feb Very Happy
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Hi all,

I found a 2014 Fall Line article about a Japan trip for £1000 -http://www.fall-line.co.uk/ski-japan-on-a-budget/

Obviously things have moved on but can you give an idea how much a budget trip would cost from UK? Similar kind of trip, not staying too far from lifts and booked well in advance etc.



Thanks.
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Can't remember the breakdown of the costs in the article, but current prices

Flight - £500-600 (Return flight to New Chitose Airport (CTS) just outside of Sapporo)
Transfers - £40 max return (Regular bus service from New Chitose Airport to Niseko Hirafu Welcome Centre)
Accommodation - £65 per person per night B&B in shared room in Australian Alpine Club Lodge (rungsp has stayed here and vouches for it)
Lunch - £10 per day on mountain, less if you buy from convenience store
Dinner - £10-30 per day (depends on how much you eat, how lavish you want to go)
Lift Ticket - £350 for 7 days (based on 2016-17 rate)


So somewhere between £1485 and £1725

Hope that helps
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@Mike Pow, A quick question - is there a best day(s) of the week to arrive and depart ?
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Friday and Saturday are the busiest arrival and departure days.
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After coming back from an epic couple of weeks exploring Hokkaido last season for a coupe of grand, I was convinced that I was going to be enjoying an annual trip to Japan. Whilst a trip may still be on the cards this coming season, the exchange rate is a worry. Confused
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I'll be there to in march
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@Mike Pow, Ta.

@Custard the Rabbit, I know what you mean on the exchange rate.
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Thanks all.
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Mike Pow wrote:
Can't remember the breakdown of the costs in the article, but current prices

Flight - £500-600 (Return flight to New Chitose Airport (CTS) just outside of Sapporo)
Transfers - £40 max return (Regular bus service from New Chitose Airport to Niseko Hirafu Welcome Centre)
Accommodation - £65 per person per night B&B in shared room in Australian Alpine Club Lodge (rungsp has stayed here and vouches for it)
Lunch - £10 per day on mountain, less if you buy from convenience store
Dinner - £10-30 per day (depends on how much you eat, how lavish you want to go)
Lift Ticket - £350 for 7 days (based on 2016-17 rate)


So somewhere between £1485 and £1725

Hope that helps


In comparison, this is Ski Safari's idea of a cheap Hokkaido trip

https://www.skisafari.com/offers/japan/explore-hokkaido-for-less

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20% off at the 4* Kiroro Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Kiroro
Free lift pass in Rusutsu
Free 2 day lift pass and a complimentary mountain hosting in Furano

Hokkaido Explorer Ski Safari
Based on 2 adults sharing
14 nights B&B from £2495pp
4 nights in Rusutsu, 4 nights in Kiroro, 4 nights in Furano and 2 nights in Tokyo

Based on 2 adults sharing. Departing 18 February. Includes accommodation, flights and transfers. Subject to availability, restrictions apply.
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my sons just sorted a seasons work coaching snowboarders in rusutsu resort so will be heading out for a couple of weeks in late jan early feb , can't wait to go back
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So did you guys flying long haul have to pay extra for ski carriage?
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@AndAnotherThing.., For bookings made after 1 July 2016, BA economy flights from London to Tokyo get 2 pieces of free checked luggage as standard so are a good option! (allowance also applies for connecting flights on the same ticket).
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So did you guys flying long haul have to pay extra for ski carriage?


And skis go free on Virgin.
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First snow at village level in Niseko Hirafu yesterday. Not much and it won't stuck around.

Kiroro being almost 300m higher at 'village' level has been transformed Smile

https://www.instagram.com/p/BLz6aRtgYsi/
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I didn't pay for snowboard carriage with Lufthansa but I am using my checked bag allowance. I wish I had waited for the BA flights as when I booked none were available.
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What is the best place to go in Japan with easy access from Tokyo?

My current hotel here in Tokyo will keep All my business luggage on a business trip until I return and I plan to get the bullet train or other transport and ski for 5 days or similar.

Regards
Bob
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There are plenty of resorts within 1-2hrs of Tokyo by bullet train, like Gala Yuzawa.

Good for a daytrip. But they are flat, crowded at weekends, and often run on fake snow.

A 2-5hr train will get you to some better stations, like Nozawa Onsen.

A 6-12hr train will get you to the proper stuff in Hokkaido.
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@GlasgowCyclops, if I remember rightly , it took me about 1 1/2 hrs on the bullet train and a further hour by coach to get to hakuba from Tokyo
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Going to Niseko for Christmas, booked into Kanronomori which is a little wayfrom the lift but...

Fingers crossed that the snow will be good but not expecting "epic" conditions as a little early. That said nothing will be as bad as xmas 15 in France for lack of white stuff!
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Going to Niseko for Christmas, booked into Kanronomori which is a little wayfrom the lift but...

Fingers crossed that the snow will be good but not expecting "epic" conditions as a little early. That said nothing will be as bad as xmas 15 in France for lack of white stuff!


Kanronomori is great. Not too far from Niseko Moiwa and Niseko Annupuri.

I think they have a shutle van.

If you have your own wheels, then 10 minutes closer to Rusutsu than being in Niseko Hirafu.

Niseko town is nearby and has a couple of great restaurants.

The snow should be pumping by Christmas Smile

This was mid-December a couple of seasons back

https://www.instagram.com/p/BLp5QmpgTlJ/?taken-by=mikethesnow
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ADESki wrote:
Going to Niseko for Christmas, booked into Kanronomori which is a little wayfrom the lift but...

Fingers crossed that the snow will be good but not expecting "epic" conditions as a little early. That said nothing will be as bad as xmas 15 in France for lack of white stuff!


Kanronomori is great. Not too far from Niseko Moiwa and Niseko Annupuri.

I think they have a shutle van.

If you have your own wheels, then 10 minutes closer to Rusutsu than being in Niseko Hirafu.

Niseko town is nearby and has a couple of great restaurants.

The snow should be pumping by Christmas Smile

This was mid-December a couple of seasons back

https://www.instagram.com/p/BLp5QmpgTlJ/?taken-by=mikethesnow



Thanks Mike, have stayed at the Hilton a few years back which, whislt great location, was on the pricey side this time round.

We are banking on the shuttle bus to take us to An'nuppuri and, as you know, the mountain isn't that large. From memory the better side is the Hirafu part as is sheltered more from the NW wind. But hey, we'll take whatever we get!

Nice picture BTW!
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@GlasgowCyclops, I'd aim for Hakuba, Nozawa or Shiga.
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@GlasgowCyclops, I'd aim for Hakuba, Nozawa or Shiga.


Cheers

I've just landed form Tokyo 20 mins ago and I have to say that the Shinkansen (bullet train) is amazing. One every 10 mins to Osaka dn just walk on.

I'll check out transport links for Feb.
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@GlasgowCyclops,

http://www.hyperdia.com/en/

this is a good place for the train times (if you didn't already know)
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