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

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Ludaning, May 17, 2016.

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    Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Season Pass Gold

    Or if you ski at Shiga Kogen instead, Snow Monkeys are 20 min+ down the road by bus (plus the usual walk), depending where you are staying.
    And Shiga Kogen is dead quiet during the week, with hardly any gaijin.
     
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    smackies

    smackies Addicted Member Season Pass Gold

    Screw the monkeys. You will see them run across the road on the drive to Matsumoto.

    Looking at monkeys sitting in a man-made bath is underwhelming at best.
     
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    Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Season Pass Gold

    You can do that when the weather's bad!!! ;)
    :out:
     
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    Vermillion

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    I saw cooler monkeys at Chuzenji that I did at Jigokudani.
     
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    PMG

    PMG Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Monkeys, monkeys everywhere.
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    Maternal monkey.
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    Mad monkey.

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    Moving monkey.
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    Mini monkey.

    Recognise the last two Verm? ;)
     
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    Vermillion

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    Hard to tell from the pics, but I think I know.

    I had one fall out of a tree that was overhanging a backwood mountain road one day this year, almost ran over the poor guy. I think we were both equally surprised, being 1 of 3 cars in the carpark for the day I think he wasnt expecting anyone to come by and I certainly wasnt expecting a monkey to rain from the sky.
     
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    PMG

    PMG Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Lol. I wasn't being serious but the pics of the monkeys were taken just around the corner from this pic at Yuno Lake. [​IMG]
    Sorry, no more thread hijacking from me.:out:
     
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    Sandy

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    Monkeys are spread all across Shiga Kogen.... so much so, that they warn you to keep your windows closed when you leave your room.
     
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    ojisan

    ojisan Part of the Furniture Season Pass Gold

    if you chill your beer on the window sill,,, are the monkeys known to take off with the precious liquid?
     
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    Ludaning

    Ludaning Active Member

    That's ok. The monkey pics gave me a laugh.
     
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    Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Season Pass Gold

    Probably.... They will take anything.
     
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    Ludaning

    Ludaning Active Member

    Was thinking would early February be a better time to go or no real difference.
     
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    PMG

    PMG Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    I left out marauding monkey.
     
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    Donza

    Donza Pool Room

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    PMG

    PMG Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Early February is usually :thumbs:.
     
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    skivet

    skivet Active Member

    Cheaper airfares feb
     
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    M_G

    M_G Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Yes, easier to book. Avoid Oz school holiday crowds.
     
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    skichanger

    skichanger Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Yeah early Feb is better as school has gone back.
     
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    Crispy013

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    Charles

    Charles Active Member Season Pass Gold

    Saying that maybe you should try Mid Feb. I know for this season that later was better. Though it is all a matter of luck. Have a backup plan to replace snow if things go pear shape again.
     
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    skichanger

    skichanger Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    mmm last season may have been very ordinary for Japan. But as one of my guests said, stop apologising for the poor snow by Japow standards as it was still better than what we get in Aus.
     
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    Vermillion

    Vermillion Pool Room Season Pass Gold

    While this is true, even comparing AUS conditions to that in Japan is unfair. If I had booked in to say Noz or Hakuba for a 1-2 weeks ski holiday this season I would have been disappointed too. If it was your first time then who cares you would have had a ball, but it took a bit of thinking and mobility to get the best out of the last season.
     
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    Ludaning

    Ludaning Active Member

    Just found this on you tube. Sorry if been posted before. A good fun intro to some Japanese resorts. And I'm still unsure where to go haha.
     
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    hotsaki

    hotsaki Dedicated Member Season Pass Silver

    Hokkaido was fine this past season.Bumper year at Furano.Not so good when I was there last year.This year I went to Honshu. Not so good.Maybe I stay away next year ensuring a bumper season!
     
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    Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Season Pass Gold

    Please..... ;)
     
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    skichanger

    skichanger Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    From what I have been told since, Myoko was actually very good compared with some more mainstream places on Honshu.
     
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    Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Season Pass Gold

    When the westerlies winds predominate, any resorts closer to the coast get more snow.
     
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    skichanger

    skichanger Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Location location location! We had 2 days where it was puking down at Joetsu on the coast. We were thinking there would be a metre of snow in the car park we would have to clear to be able to park. Continued snowing all the way back to Sekiyama and then stopped. Almost nothing back at the lodge. But the guests who were skiing at Suginohara had fresh tracks all day. Seemed a bit weird until Sandy explained that is what happens when the wind is from the North West.
     
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    Ludaning

    Ludaning Active Member

    What are the on piste trails like in the Japanese resorts. Are they firm and fast. Or are the soft and powdery even though they're groomed. Are the resorts groomed differently.
     
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    Donza

    Donza Pool Room

    That's a snow issue.
    Sometimes it can snow so much that grooming is irrelevant.
    sometimes it doesn't snow for two weeks and the grooming is terrible (compared to Australia).
     
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    dr80

    dr80 Well-Known Member Season Pass Gold

    Depends on the weather and snow.
    Could be either.

    But unlikely to be icy in winter
     
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    Donza

    Donza Pool Room

    IMO (gross generalization ).
    Japanese don't groom as well as Australians .
    Its just something i've noticed.
    especially at Happo.
    (unless they are building the Banks)
     
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    Heinz

    Heinz Old And Crusty Season Pass Gold

    Pretty much. There are many resorts in resorts and snow conditions and amount and extent of grooming varies quite a bit, so hard to generalise. But most places will at least get regular dustings of snow which will always freshen up trails. So more of the latter. Then there are many that will get another 30cm of fresh after being groomed. Other times you may get that odd rain event followed by a freeze which make it less than pleasant.
     
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    Donza

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    If you are going to Hakuba... 47 groom the best... IMO
    Iwatake groom well.
    Cortina is not somewhere you would go for groomers.
    Tsugaike is groomed like a pool table... however its flat.... but they overlap well.
    Problem I have with happo is they groom middle out..... like a wedge.
    Plus a lot of it is winched , so they don't seem to spend as much time.
     
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    Heinz

    Heinz Old And Crusty Season Pass Gold

    In Oz I would guess a fair part of the grooming is to preserve the snow base which is generally not an issue in Japan.
     
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    Donza

    Donza Pool Room

    yeah , also dealing with higher moisture snow and tiller depth.
    whereas in Japan , usually they just set the blade high to knock the lumps and rake the fresh.
     
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    skichanger

    skichanger Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    mmm that is definitely debatable. And depends on the resort and depends on which runs in the resort.

    Watched the groomers at Tiara groom out the unofficial moguls course that was skied in every day. Beautiful job of grooming. Better than I have ever seen in Aus.
     
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    skichanger

    skichanger Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    It is rarely as hard under foot as it is in Aus. Usually the groomed runs are firm except on the days when it is freshies every run. Pretty hard to be anything but powdery when it snows a metre in a day.
     
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    Zimboo

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    Out of all the ones posted
    the phat house looks the best.
     
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    Donza

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    This is a MYTH imo.
    Japan is not powder everyday... and in a lot of cases can have snow equal or worse than Australia.

    People need to appreciate this...
    Its weather, its variable.
     
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    Ludaning

    Ludaning Active Member

    Is that a dig because of my question:rolleyes:
     
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    Ludaning

    Ludaning Active Member

    Suppose ill learn when I get there. Until then all I can do is ask others who have been
     
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    Donza

    Donza Pool Room

    grooming wise?
    its the least of your worries
     
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    Ludaning

    Ludaning Active Member

    Just curious is all
     
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    Donza

    Donza Pool Room

    nah fair enough.
     
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    skichanger

    skichanger Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Not sure what you are saying is a myth but I didn't say Japan is powder every day.

    There are days when you get freshies every run. Not many and not every day but they do happen. And it does sometimes snow a metre in a day where I am. In 2012 it snowed 4 metres in 3 days. It was overwhelming.
     
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    jungfrau

    jungfrau Active Member

    Go Niseko and Rusutsu.. Direct flights to Sapporo will be available. Avoid weekends and Chinese New Year I went in early feb for 5 days for first time, loved it and powder everyday inc 2 sunny days :) recommend going to Kutchan at night for dinner/drinks
     
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    Ludaning

    Ludaning Active Member

    Too late. Flights booked to Tokyo with ANA. Arrive 8th Jan and leave 17th Jan. Now to sort out accomodation.
     
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    ojisan

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    I'd be on the same flight....
     
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    Kash

    Kash Active Member

    Highly recommend Penke Panke. Justin is very friendly and the lodge is ideally located.

    Not a bad idea to keep some flexibility with your dates on mountain. Have 3-4 days accom locked down on snow, but then move it either side depending on the conditions. Its what I used to do pre kids and it always paid off. Nothing worse than having 7 days on snow pre booked inflexibly, and then having 7 days of now snow, only for it to puke the day you head to Tokyo for 3 days. Obviously its a slight risk (slight given all you need is one bed) that you cant find something, but its worth considering.