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Planning for Japan 2019

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Following closely this thread as I'm also planning 1st trip to Japan! On a budget but interested in good deals for offpiste guiding. Am I right to assume that hiring a guide for an offpiste day cost around the same as Europe: 100€-ish per person. We are 3 guys, 2 fairly good offpiste skier/snowboarder + 1 offpiste intermediate skier. Happy to tag along with 1 or 2 others
Will be there late Jan to early Feb.: 26-30 in Central Hokkaido (based in Furano) and 30-3 Feb in Niseko.
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Is Japan only worth it for off-piste? I've just seen some cheap flights to Tokyo so was thinking about combining the two. My wife & I are intermediates at best, with little off-piste experience - would 6 days in Hakuba be overkill?
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mooney058 wrote:
@rog, I usesd Hokkaido resort liner https://www.access-n.jp/sp/
everything worked very well


That's the one I was looking at. They responded very quickly to my e-mail queries and I'll book with them for sure. Thanks.
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Morter wrote:
Is Japan only worth it for off-piste? I've just seen some cheap flights to Tokyo so was thinking about combining the two. My wife & I are intermediates at best, with little off-piste experience - would 6 days in Hakuba be overkill?


If you only want pistskiing go to the alps. (or Åre).

If you want an other culture expirience or other reason to go to Japan, it is a different matter. Smile

Culture is found in Nozawa, Zao (and some other places).

Large skiing area for pist is sin Shiga-kogen. (ski in ski out places)



(pistskier with other reason to go to Japan)
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Morter wrote:
Is Japan only worth it for off-piste? I've just seen some cheap flights to Tokyo so was thinking about combining the two. My wife & I are intermediates at best, with little off-piste experience - would 6 days in Hakuba be overkill?


Definitely not.

No Japanese resort can compete with the number and length of runs of a Val d'Isere for example.

But the majority have fantastic groomed runs which are replenished almost daily. Unlike many resorts around the world which reflatten old snow.

The runs are quiet, and most are treelined giving great visibility when it's snowing.

And transitioning from the groomed runs to the powder on the sides is both safe (from an avalanche and crevasse perspective) and enjoyable.
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@Morter, Yes its worth it

These might be of interest

https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=73205
https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=1937004&highlight=zao#1937004

Zao was amazing a truly Japanese experience, and twinning it with Shiga Kogen meant we got the snow monsters and snow monkeys.
Lodge Scole is Zao is still going , Mao the lady that runs it was at the Ski Show
Bersa room in Shiga Kogan is now called Bleuet
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Should I add a little beside the nice snow - there is onsen and great food.
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@Cedrick, Not sure on guiding costs but I may be able to ski with you at some point - I'm going to based in either Otaru or Furano (will probably choose last minute depending on conditions!) from 27th Jan - 1st Feb, on my own but with car. Furano has some quite good off-piste skiing out of the gates which you don't really need a guide for, if you're comfortable skiing off piste. Same for Niseko.

Probably will stay at New Hakuginso if I go for the Furano option - I've stayed there before and it's a very Japanese experience!
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Cheers for the replies all, looks good. I've had a couple of days skiing in Korea and enjoyed the change of atmosphere so this sounds up my street Toofy Grin
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sounds good @musehead, lets talk more when closer to the date!
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Morter wrote:
Is Japan only worth it for off-piste? I've just seen some cheap flights to Tokyo so was thinking about combining the two. My wife & I are intermediates at best, with little off-piste experience - would 6 days in Hakuba be overkill?


No way is it overkill, Hakuba is a valley of around 9 medium size resorts with an abundance of bars, cafes, restaurants and onsens. Ive done 4 seasons do date and never get bored, will be backing up again late January. Cool
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Morter wrote:
Is Japan only worth it for off-piste? I've just seen some cheap flights to Tokyo so was thinking about combining the two. My wife & I are intermediates at best, with little off-piste experience - would 6 days in Hakuba be overkill?


No way is it overkill, Hakuba is a valley of around 9 medium size resorts with an abundance of bars, cafes, restaurants and onsens. Ive done 4 seasons do date and never get bored, will be backing up again late January. Cool
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Just another vote for Hukuba. I had two weeks there late Jan early Feb this year and loved it. Great food, great bars, each of the ski resorts give you a different experience so no chance of getting bored. The grooming is first class so always plenty of easy snow to enjoy. Also enough English spoken and international staff to ensure communications are easy enough. You can still find little bars where they only speak Japanese but they are welcoming and give great service. Definitely a more Japanese experience than Niseko which has been over run by foreigneers (especially Australians) Not that I'm bagging the Ozzies but there are a lot of them
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Can anyone give me some advice on Hakuba.

Will be with a group who want to ski powder but also maybe have a bowl of ramen and a beer at the end of the day...

Definitley all over Hakuba Cortina for the skiing, however sounds like it's pretty detatched from any civilisation.

Question is do we:
A) Stay near Hakuba Cortina for fresh lines and get a bus into town for food
B) Stay in Hakuba proper and get a bus to Hakuba Cortina for fresh lines (albeit possibly less fresh)

Any input would be much appreciated!
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Anyone skied the Myoko Resorts. I'm thinking of a last minute trip - was looking at Niseko but that's all booked out (for budget accom). Myoko seems to snow a lot and has some accom available but the skiing looks fairly tame....I might be wrong. Any info about what its like would be great. Was also looking a Furano but it doesn't seem to be getting much snow at all.

Cheers
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@BMG, I've not but i'm going this year for a week to Akakura Onsen. Having a car gives you quite a few nearby options. Seki Onsen and Suginohara sound good. I skied Madarao last year which is nearby, and is good (lots of permitted off-piste zones in the trees). Unfortunately didn't hit it on a powder day but I saw lots of potential.
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I've just come back from Niseko. Had an amazing time. Loads of snow even though the locals were saying it was the worst start to the season in over 10 years!

I have written a blog and does a video on the days we spent in Annupuri and Hirafu -

http://batterseaski.co.uk/night-skiing-in-niseko-annupuri/
http://batterseaski.co.uk/a-review-of-niseko-grand-hirafu-and-hanazono/
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