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dbeatski wrote:
@GlasgowCyclops,

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

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


It didn't load on my phone form the rome2rio link in the app (Thanks @PaulC1984 for the heads up) but I should have been clear. I am back in Glasgow "from" tokyo.

The meeting I had in Osaka Uni was with a Prof that comes from Niseko. He said it is great.
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ADESki wrote:
Mike Pow wrote:
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!


With even more development in Hirafu and no new lifts from the village, the smart money is to start your day at either Annupuri or Hanazono and go against the traffic.

So you're well placed at Kanronomori.

And try Moiwa if you haven't already. Small but perfectly formed.
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Bloody hell, so many Brits (and at least one Welsh) - almost like going to France, if it wasn't for all the Bogans. Toofy Grin
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Here's some weather related links that I found useful the last couple of seasons.


GFS ensembles plot for Niseko Hirafu (top line shows temperature at approx. 1500m):


http://www.meteociel.fr/cartes_obs/gens_display.php?ext=1&lat=42.8&lon=140.6833


Automatic hourly updated weather stations across Japan snowing temperature, snow depth etc:


http://www.jma.go.jp/en/amedas/203.html?elementCode=2


JMA radar for nowcasting:


http://www.jma.go.jp/en/radnowc/


This Aussie ski forum has a good thread about Japan weather and conditions each winter:


http://forums.ski.com.au/xf/forums/weather.16/


Edited to add: Daily snowfall and conditions update from Niseko and many other resorts:


http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/niseko-now


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musehead wrote:
Here's some weather related links that I found useful the last couple of seasons.


GFS ensembles plot for Niseko Hirafu (top line shows temperature at approx. 1500m):


http://www.meteociel.fr/cartes_obs/gens_display.php?ext=1&lat=42.8&lon=140.6833


Automatic hourly updated weather stations across Japan snowing temperature, snow depth etc:


http://www.jma.go.jp/en/amedas/203.html?elementCode=2


JMA radar for nowcasting:


http://www.jma.go.jp/en/radnowc/


This Aussie ski forum has a good thread about Japan weather and conditions each winter:


http://forums.ski.com.au/xf/forums/weather.16/



More general here: http://forums.ski.com.au/xf/forums/japan.51/ Very Happy
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@musehead, @Hyst, few new bookmarks for me there, thanks Toofy Grin
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@Mike Pow, Quick ? about Moiwa, can you ski across to An'nupurri or must you go by road? Maps are basic online so not sure if there is a route. Otherwise will save Moiwa till our last day as it'll only be a half ski day (weather dictating).
Cheers, A.
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ADESki wrote:
Quick ? about Moiwa, can you ski across to An'nupurri

Yes, but they don't share a pass so if you intend to ski An'nupurri for the day it's cheaper and quicker to take the shuttle.
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Otherwise will save Moiwa till our last day as it'll only be a half ski day

It's well worth allocating 2 or 3 days to Moiwa. Much quieter than Niseko and some fantastic terrain, more than you would expect from looking at the map.

Pic below is at Moiwa traversing as far as possible from skier's left of the chair:

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Oh hell yeah! Looks fabulous.
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@hd,I like the look of that ! -I've a couple of nights in the moiwa capsule hotel, so should be interesting all round !! Madeye-Smiley
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@hd, that's sick dude. What time of year was that? Is it quick and easy to get to and from Moiwa from Hirafu? Also hi fellow Brightonian!
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There is a free shuttle from Hirafu and back and from memory it runs two or three times a day each way.
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What was said above.

Moiwa is a must do

Great shots HD

Moiwa
https://www.instagram.com/p/BJpGe4VgY8D/
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What time of year was that?

Early Feb 2015
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Last pic is Hakkoda
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Madeye-Smiley
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A sunny day at Moiwa 2015




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@hd, man that looks amazing, I'm there early Feb too, can't wait.
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Going chest deep at Asahidake in March 2016 Cool
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@Hyst, not so many Bogans these days, especially in Hirafu, all the rich asians now instead - all the gear no idea Laughing

But i have definitely noticed more french and brits Mad ruining my non-europe paradise.
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I'm in Hirafu 19 - 28 December, the snow never seems to disappoint even early in the season. Only problem I have ever had is one late easter skiing.
Normally (even in December but definitely in Jan/Feb) freezing my back bottom off on a chairlift, wondering whether a) it ever stops snowing b) the top (single) lifts will bloody open.
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What, no heating in the chairlifts in feb.! Puzzled Have to reconsider. Toofy Grin
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Hyst wrote:
What, no heating in the chairlifts in feb.!

Er...no. Imagine this in a -20°C blizzard.

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[quote="Hyst"]I will do like my friends further south - stay in the rotenburo. Toofy Grin

http://youtube.com/v/HOuiI9N5miY
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@hd, Ah, the Pizza Box, or more aptly nicknamed Meathook lift Twisted Evil
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"Any" or "Anythings" on here has put this interesting information on the Australian forum for those going Niseko:

http://forums.ski.com.au/xf/threads/shinkansen-vs-flying-tokyo-to-niseko-kutchan.76668/

For those who stay near Tokyo st. og Ueno it might even be faster. Shocked
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@Hyst, Shinkansen looks like a good option for an interesting trip and useful if you want to stop off at other places on the way.

For the cheapest way to get from Tokyo to Sapporo (or other long distance hops around Japan) I would strong recommend using Avios. You can obtain Avios in the UK very cheaply, eg 1875 Tesco Clubcard points = 4500 avios, through credit card spend, topcashback etc.

Tokyo to Sapporo is 4500 avios + about £1 tax on JAL, includes 20kg of luggage, and is refundable (minus the £1 tax) up until 24 hours before.

Unlike booking avios flights in Europe and elsewhere, almost every JAL flight seems to have 4+ seats available for redemption.
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@musehead,
Just wanted to conway the information - look at my location - not that easy to collect "avios?" points.
Money is not the only Factor - comfort and experience count as well, even if one does not make a pitstop at Tohoku.
@Anythings did a great job.
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@Hyst, Probably not too easy for you to use avios. I'd definitely recommend the train as an option, thanks for the link to the trip report. I made the trip from Tokyo to Hokkaido on it in July myself and it worked out very well. I'd look into using the ta-q-bin postage service for sending the ski bags ahead though as @Anythings suggested due to lack of luggage space.
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Quick Japanese related question. I'm thinking I should sort out my yen soon -does anyone know if the ATM's out there impose local charges for withdrawals from currency cards ?
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Some impressive snowfall totals this morning in Sapporo city.

4am - 9am: 23cm accumulated

The Koganeyu site in the hills south of Sapporo is reporting nearly 40cm accumulated overnight.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BMcokXiAejS/

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@musehead, wow, dumping already. Nice.
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First tracks laid down in Hirafu by Andrew Tranter and Tsutomu




http://360niseko.com/first-tracks-in-hirafu/
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Awesome! 3 months to go can't wait!
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nickH wrote:
Quick Japanese related question. I'm thinking I should sort out my yen soon -does anyone know if the ATM's out there impose local charges for withdrawals from currency cards ?

The 7-11 ATM's don't appear to impose any local charge. I just follow the www.moneysavingexpert.com advice and use a Halifax Clarity card for both lifting cash and spending. I've not bothered taking any currency from the UK other than what I've got left over from previous (in my case non-skiing) trips.
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Great, thanks for that @sugarmoma666, I've a clarity card so will stick to that.
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A colleague told me about that card and it is indeed great, just be sure to pay it off before the interest starts being charged!
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