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Tokyo - Day trip skiing

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Hi all, looking for some advice hopefully.

I have a week long stay in Tokyo booked with friends in early January, I'm hoping to try and get a day of skiing in as a sort of a tick in a box for doing some Japanese skiing.

Has anyone ever done this before that could offer any guidance? From the limited investigation I've done it seems you can ski Gala Yuzawa directly from the Shinkansen, which should be possible for a day trip. What I can't find any information on really is what would be the most efficient way of doing this to maximise my time on the slopes, where to rent equipment etc.

Any and all advice appreciated.
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...and I would add, is it worth it?

By which I mean, is all Japanese snow JaPow, or is the famous stuff not within a days reach of Tokyo? Of course a days skiing is great, just wondering what this will or won’t show you about Japanese skiing.

Onsen... ah, I’d just go for the onsen in the snow...
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Orange200,

Surely it must be worth it - especially as neil-ste has not skied in Japan before.
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Exactly that Bergmeister. The choice is made much easier by the fact that the friends i'm travelling with are spending the day watching the wrestling, something I have no interest in at all.
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Yes I then thought for a skiing site I could have phrased the question better Smile
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I looked into this a couple of years ago but my business trip didn't go ahead at the right time. I've had colleagues go to Yuzawa. All the info is here: https://gala.co.jp/winter/english/index.html
As far as I understand, the shinkansen station is the bottom of the lift and you can hire all your gear there.
You can book a ticket on this site that includes the return travel, lift pass and equipment hire: https://www.govoyagin.com/activities/japan-tokyo-gala-yuzawa-one-day-ski-trip-a-top-ski-resort-near-tokyo/2993?acode=tokyocheapo
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neil-ste wrote:
Exactly that Bergmeister. The choice is made much easier by the fact that the friends i'm travelling with are spending the day watching the wrestling, something I have no interest in at all.

When you say "wrestling" do you mean sumo? If so, go to the sumo. I love skiing, but the sumo is an amazing spectacle and something few westerners get to see. I had one of the best days out I've ever had at the sumo, and before that I thought I wasn't interested. It's not so much wrestling as the most amazing ceremonial spectacle.
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sugarmoma666 wrote:
When you say "wrestling" do you mean sumo? If so, go to the sumo.


No, I mean Wrestle Kingdom which is WWE style apparently. Not my thing at all. If it were sumo i'd be interested in going!
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Yuzawa in week-ends can be very packed - maybe spend money for a taxi to Kagura/Naeba.


And taking boots along - might be a good idea!


Lots of info on the Austrialian web-site.
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