Advice needed First time in Japan.With max 7 nights.

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  1. Seth

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    Tokyo def worth a few days. Great city.
     
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    Nozawa , then back on Shinkansen to Karuizawa .
     
  3. Froff Life

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    Biggest city in the world, worth more than just a few days
     
  4. Slowpony

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    spend time in a city or spend time on a snow covered mountain
    I know which I'd be choosing
     
  5. DeskRider

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    For sure. Eat, drink & soak it up.
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  6. Froff Life

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    I really appreciated the natural beauty and peace and quiet of the Japanese Alps after the intense hustle and bustle of Tokyo.
     
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  7. Froff Life

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    Also Matsumoto with its sweet castle is also worth a look if you're in the Nagano area doing site seeing
     
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    Also a cool Wasabi farm near there (Daio Wasabi Farm). Wasabi beer, wasabi soft serve & everything else wasabi.

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  9. Ludaning

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    [​IMG] Considering then 7 day option. Takes the hassle out.
     
  10. bluess57

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    Just a heads up, the Gondola hotel & OZ Snow is "Aussie" horde central.
     
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  11. Kimski

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    I'd try and get 5 days on snow instead of 4 if you can. This year in Niseko I had two days in a row with almost all lifts shut due to a storm (except beginner lift) and I really wished I'd had one more day on snow.
     
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  12. Ludaning

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    Oh ok thanks for that.
     
  13. Donza

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    This in spades
     
  14. Donza

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    This.. I spent a week and a bit this year...from five
     
  15. M_G

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    Cheers for pointing that we run people across hotaski but I think Ludaning is now pretty much sold on Hakuba and/or Nozawa. Both will suit his purpose so all good.
     
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  16. Ludaning

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    Really leaning toward Hakuba. 7 Nights. 5 days ski maybe 1 day to see monkeys and matsumoto castle. Also seen you can have a fire festival 'tour' leaving out of hakuba. Then hopefully 2 nights Tokyo.
     
  17. Donza

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    Yeah sweet
     
  18. Ludaning

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    Anyways will post up whatever I decide to book. Thoughts on accommodation in Hakuba. Someone pointed this out http://www.asukalodgehakuba.com/en/.
    Any other suggestions.
    So much help in here. Keep it coming.
     
  19. Donza

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    Its the penke panke group.. so I'm sure it will be ok
     
  20. Zimboo

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    Penke Panke is better located than Asuka to get around on the shuttles. Have stayed at both.
     
  21. Donza

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    Out of all the ones posted
    the phat house looks the best.
     
  22. Zimboo

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    Stop it................................
     
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  23. Donza

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    ? stop what?
     
  24. Ludaning

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    ????
     
  25. Zimboo

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    You know..............
     
  26. Donza

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    No no...
    am more lost than a blind amanda vanstone in a hanger full of sex toys
     
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  27. Zimboo

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    I'm out .............Iwatake is great during the day.
     
  28. Ludaning

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    Im lost. Please explain.
     
  29. M_G

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    ROFLROFL:clap:
     
  30. Zimboo

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    Fish and chips in Iwatake.....................no chance.

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  31. M_G

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    If Monkeys and Fire Festival are important then I'd lean toward Nozawa. Both are around 1.5-2 hours drive from Hakuba. You can see Matsumoto Castle if you divert on your way there or back.
     
  32. Donza

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    Oh you haven't been to the brewery then...
     
  33. Zimboo

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    Did once, didn't mix with fish and chips.
     
  34. Donza

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    Matsumoto castle from Hakuba is easy. Its a easy train ride... its a given.. relative its in the same valley. In a car its even easier....
    The monkeys are completely the other direction... still a easy drive with a car... but so much closer to shiga and nozawa...

    I don't get how Hakuba tour people relate the snow monkeys to Hakuba, its odd.

    IMO Matsumoto is a great city. Its easy to get around and interesting
     
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  35. M_G

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    Fear not....

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  36. Ludaning

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    Not so much important just notice there's an option to do it. So why not if I can.
     
  37. Donza

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    weather dependent..make your mind up when you wake
    if it rains..or shit ....sure
    if its snowing EVERY day...
    screw the peripherals
    ski
     
  38. travelislife

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    Those packages are expensive. 5 days lift tickets. $50 a day including lunch and an on sen with the readily available online vouchers. That's $250. $100 a night pp accom (that's a $200 room so not cheap). That is $700. So we are at $950 per person with your own flexibility and much better accom options.
     
  39. Ludaning

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    Im on my own so have to pay full room. Don't forget it includes transfer from Narita. And a few extras. Anyway just one option. I may end up sorting my own stuff.
     
  40. Ludaning

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    Very true
     
  41. Sandy

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    At Hakuba, Penke Panke has single rooms for around $100/night

    http://www.penkepanke.com/en/
     
  42. Ludaning

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  43. Seth

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    Keep the snow monkeys as an option for a really shitty weather day. Thats what we did. I'd have rather been skiing.
     
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  44. Slowpony

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    I choose my seats online?? I assume you are correct re the type of plane - although this is of no interest to me.
     
  46. M_G

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    Worth 4 days max + 1 day for Disney Sea.
     
  48. Hunter

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    Yes.
    A go to Nozawa................................
     
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    IMO it's a really long day to go to Matsumoto and the snow monkeys. Like unpossible to do in winter in daylight long.
     
  50. M_G

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    Yeah, that's why I'm suggesting do MC on the way to/from. Snow monkeys (which to me is pretty much just a gaijin tourist trap these days) can be done in a half day from Nozawa. Also easy to combine with Zenkoji Temple in Nagano as a day trip.
     
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