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

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Come on lads, get those borders open for us virus free Brits Laughing
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@mooney058, have done the Tohoku/Sendai tours and most of the spots you mention not that long ago (2019). If you are still looking/gathering data, I have a load of info but not the time to put it all down as in busy season for me until late Aug. Mike Pow will vouch for me being half sensible... hopefully!
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@wiigman, that would be great once you have a minute. Sketched a basic plan from either Sendai or Aomori. No firms plans as traveling is uncertain at this moment. If 2023 is a bust (still hoping everything falls in order) then the following year hopefully.
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More than half sensible Smile
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Mosha Marc wrote:
Come on lads, get those borders open for us virus free Brits Laughing



It seems no post-election announcement is forthcoming, probably due to the current wave of infections in Japan (similar to what almost every other country is experiencing right now, give or take a few weeks). Japan is probably one of the most, if not the most, COVID infected country in the world right now. But we are going to be seeing these waves every few months, potentially for a very long time, so I don't have much optimism if they see these waves as good reason to keep the borders 95% closed.

I've read that COVID might be reclassified to "class 5", similar to flu, from it's current super-dangerous legal status in the Autumn, and that may be a pre-requisite for any relaxation in tourism and visa rules. The parliament is in session from late September until late November so it could happen during that time.

The North Korea style monitored tours seem to be unpopular (!) with most applicants being Korean and Thai.
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It's on a knife-edge at this stage

But I've got everything crossed
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I need 2023 to happen, on the edge of becoming insane. 2 weeks away from everyone/everything in a world far away is what dr prescribed. Honestly, I can get dr prescription…. pleeeeaaassse …. (not swearing in my head now).
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mooney058 wrote:
I need 2023 to happen, on the edge of becoming insane. 2 weeks away from everyone/everything in a world far away is what dr prescribed. Honestly, I can get dr prescription…. pleeeeaaassse …. (not swearing in my head now).


You don't have to go that far east to get away from everyone/everything

If Japan is a no go, then Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Georgia, and Turkey will do a different but equally enjoyable job instead.
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@mooney058, You could try skiing in South Korea if you want something a bit different? It won't be anything like Japan (they get way less snow, so I think only piste skiing really). But they do have something similar to onsens, and would be an interesting cultural experience. Plus fantastic food of course!

This looks interesting:

https://skiasia.com/features/skiing-secret-korean-island-ulleung-do/

Probably the only place on Korean territory that gets some lake effect snowfall similar to Japan.
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Or Canada. Just don't go to Whistler.
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Found some interesting info about cat ski in N Macedonia. Will see how are the logistics, prices. Could possibly be an option
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mooney058 wrote:
Found some interesting info about cat ski in N Macedonia. Will see how are the logistics, prices. Could possibly be an option


Eskimo?
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 You know it makes sense.
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Yep, they were the first to react to my inquiry. Also dropped a message to SF Freeride that operate further south from Skopje, closer to Greek border
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mooney058 wrote:
Yep, they were the first to react to my inquiry. Also dropped a message to SF Freeride that operate further south from Skopje, closer to Greek border


Lots of good operators out there now

Georgia too

https://www.powderhounds.com/Europe/Cat-Skiing.aspx
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Still no signs of getting into the Japow in 2023.

we're going to have to look at North America I think Sad
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Looks unlikely. Googling did not show anything positive
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Was looking at prices of flights today for end of October, still around £1000 return to Tokyo.
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@rjs, have a look at BA first week of September - they usually have a sale..... snowHead
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Still no word on the ground and we're heading in to Japan's lucrative Autumn market.

Winter is not as important economically as the other seasons and there's a growing feeling that the Government will sit this out until next Spring.

I really, really hope I'm wrong.
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Mike Pow wrote:
Still no word on the ground and we're heading in to Japan's lucrative Autumn market.

Winter is not as important economically as the other seasons and there's a growing feeling that the Government will sit this out until next Spring.

I really, really hope I'm wrong.
What I heard also... madness, and maddening.
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