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TR: Hokkaido May 2022 - The Man From Del Monte He Say Yes

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
Visa? Check
PCR? Negative

On my way back to Hokkaido tomorrow morning after 26 months away.

Can't wait.

Catching up with pals; skiing; taking photos.

Resorts in the Niseko area close 05 May. Then there's touring.

Asahidake and Kurodake may be running longer. Will check.

Cherry blossom season has just started.

Flights are expensive - £1000 r/t to Tokyo; £200 r/t to Chitose

But heading out now to activate visa and bypass the expected delays come Winter.

Visa is valid for 1 year, so will see me right for next winter.
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Mike Pow wrote:
Visa? Check
PCR? Negative

On my way back to Hokkaido tomorrow morning after 26 months away.

Can't wait.

Catching up with pals; skiing; taking photos.

Resorts in the Niseko area close 05 May. Then there's touring.

Asahidake and Kurodake may be running longer. Will check.

Cherry blossom season has just started.

Flights are expensive - £1000 r/t to Tokyo; £200 r/t to Chitose

But heading out now to activate visa and bypass the expected delays come Winter.

Visa is valid for 1 year, so will see me right for next winter.


Result!!! Hope to see you out there next season. Can I put in my order for steep and deep early?
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
BobinCH wrote:
Mike Pow wrote:
Visa? Check
PCR? Negative

On my way back to Hokkaido tomorrow morning after 26 months away.

Can't wait.

Catching up with pals; skiing; taking photos.

Resorts in the Niseko area close 05 May. Then there's touring.

Asahidake and Kurodake may be running longer. Will check.

Cherry blossom season has just started.

Flights are expensive - £1000 r/t to Tokyo; £200 r/t to Chitose

But heading out now to activate visa and bypass the expected delays come Winter.

Visa is valid for 1 year, so will see me right for next winter.


Result!!! Hope to see you out there next season. Can I put in my order for steep and deep early?


Early order? Or early season? Wink
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Enjoy Mike.
Don't think I will make it back this year, probably the following autumn.
Say hi to Iwanai if you get the chance. Wink
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 Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
Idris wrote:
Enjoy Mike.
Don't think I will make it back this year, probably the following autumn.
Say hi to Iwanai if you get the chance. Wink


Cheers

Will do
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Awesome news Mike! Enjoy snowHead
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 Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
@Mike Pow, bon route!

Your post inspired to check ticket prices for Feb-Mar 23, not too bad! The ¥ is down, good time to travel.

Btw from earlier travels must have clicked something, got an email today with real estate offers for JPN ski areas. One small land plot for house construction ($60K) with direct views on Yotei got me thinking Smile
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After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Saw that too
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Sharkymark wrote:
Awesome news Mike! Enjoy snowHead


Cheers
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@Mike Pow, would appreciate your thoughts on the below two options under consideration:

1-15 March 2023, Tohoku. Hiring car and driving a round(ish circle).

Option 1 - flying to/from Aomori:
- couple of days in Aomori, hitting Hakkoda;
- days 3-4 Aomori Spring Resort
- day 5 Iwaki (possibly from the same base as Aomori Spring)
- day 6-8 Tazawako (ski but staying in an old nearby inn is high on the to do list);
- day 9 Shizukuishi;
- day 10-11 Appi Kogen;
- day 12-13 TBD

Option 2 - fly to/from Sendai. Similar round trip but touching Yamagata/Iwate:
- Geto Kogen;
- Gassan;
- Zao Onsen
- etc

I really appreciated your previous pointers for smaller resorts as they proved much more enjoyable/quiter than the bigger areas. I will most probably be traveling sollo again, so for middle ages intermidiot safety (on/off slopes) is a concern so will keep it civilised. Unless I find a guided tour, something similar as a cat operation in Hanazono.

Any insights as to Aomori vs Sendai would be much appreciated with the above considerations in mind.

Thanks a lot!
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Both of those would work and be great.

Haven’t skied there but speaking with those who have they’ve all had a ball

Good info here

https://www.whiteroomtours.com/guided-japan-tours/tohoku-powder-tour/
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 And love to help out and answer questions and of course, read each other's snow reports.
And love to help out and answer questions and of course, read each other's snow reports.
@Mike Pow, very useful, thanks a lot! joining a tour would be an interesting option instead of a lonely wolf experience. Will have to consider if slow and easy or joining rowdy Aussies for max ski is better for 2023 trip.


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 So if you're just off somewhere snowy come back and post a snow report of your own and we'll all love you very much
So if you're just off somewhere snowy come back and post a snow report of your own and we'll all love you very much
Ooooo, are they allowing us back now?

Might have to get those Finnair tickets booked Very Happy
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
Not yet, but pressure from within to reopen reported in EN media from JPN
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 Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
I’m part of the first wave - non Japanese without residency but with visa.

If this goes well - no spike in cases - then I can see tourists being allowed in for the Summer
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Mike Pow wrote:
Visa? Check
PCR? Negative

On my way back to Hokkaido tomorrow morning after 26 months away.

Can't wait.

Catching up with pals; skiing; taking photos.

Resorts in the Niseko area close 05 May. Then there's touring.

Asahidake and Kurodake may be running longer. Will check.

Cherry blossom season has just started.

Flights are expensive - £1000 r/t to Tokyo; £200 r/t to Chitose

But heading out now to activate visa and bypass the expected delays come Winter.

Visa is valid for 1 year, so will see me right for next winter.


Photo report - not check Cool
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
mooney058 wrote:
Mike Pow wrote:
Visa? Check
PCR? Negative

On my way back to Hokkaido tomorrow morning after 26 months away.

Can't wait.

Catching up with pals; skiing; taking photos.

Resorts in the Niseko area close 05 May. Then there's touring.

Asahidake and Kurodake may be running longer. Will check.

Cherry blossom season has just started.

Flights are expensive - £1000 r/t to Tokyo; £200 r/t to Chitose

But heading out now to activate visa and bypass the expected delays come Winter.

Visa is valid for 1 year, so will see me right for next winter.


Photo report - not check Cool


https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17931719264065539/
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Thanks @Idris, indeed, forgot about it. Not on FB/insta/etc
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mooney058 wrote:
Not yet, but pressure from within to reopen reported in EN media from JPN


Could be as early as 01 June but locals thinking it will be after the July elections.

Either way, start planning for the 2022/23 season.
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