Resource Japan 2018 thread

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  1. Zimboo

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    $943 is the best I can find for Brisbane / Tokyo with Qantas in Feb.
     
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    Summer plastic ski slope installation. For race training I am led to believe.
     
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    What will they get up to next?
     
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    Try Eva Air.Argento got a fantastic price Brisbane -Sapporo return.
     
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    It's Hikage not Karasawa
     
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    I hope you are crossing your fingers for a good accommodation experience....any positivity thrown toward the Wabblies actually coming away with a win might be a little wasted....:p....:cry:
     
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    absolutely!
    I've been the lone gold clad Aussie in a sea of black in NZ before.
     
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  8. Paradox

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    If you were to base yourself in Hokkaido with a vehicle and the intention to hit any of the resorts south of Sapporo on any given day, where would you do it? Are there reasonable options other than Niseko? Cost is a consideration, but not necessarily the main one...comfortable accommodation and decent dining options would be good. Party central is not needed. Crew of 4 to 6 at this stage.
     
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    How long were you thinking?
    Are you averse to moving a few times?
     
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    otaru, kutchan, around sapporo
     
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    Usual trips are 10 to 14 days. Moving is no problem, although too many shifts tend to cut into slope time in that period, hence the thought to base at one place and just travel wherever each day with the vehicle.
     
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    Kutchan certainly ticks the box central wise. Almost smack bang in the middle of Niseko, Kiroro and Rusutsu.....what's it like for accommodation, eating and other amenities?

    My feeling is that Otaru and Sapporo are a bit far to drive each day...but I could be convinced otherwise...
     
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    Righto if you're coming for that long and you want to hit Niseko, Rusutsu and Kiroro then Kutchan would be good. Lots of great places to eat. I'm not sure about accomodation, but lots of staff end up in Kutchan so there's got to be something reasonable happening there, especially as the Hirafu prices keep rising.
    I wouldn't move for that period of time.

    Check this place out on AirBnB (Rankoshi)
    http://abnb.me/EVmg/Vm8eBGCcgD
    There's a few such offerings if you are prepared to spend a few hours finding the diamonds.
     
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    It's a bit far to drive to where, from Otaru and Sapporo? If you mean Niseko, then you are better off elsewhere, but last season I spent 4 days staying at Niseko, and only spent one day skiing there (2 at Rusutsu & one at Kiroro)
    Otaru & Sapporo are close to a number of mountains.
     
  16. Paradox

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    Yeah, that's kind of what I am looking at. I will do Niseko, but really Kiroro and Rusutsu hold more attraction, hence the thought Sapporo is a little too far for those resorts. Kutchan does seem quite central with good airbnb options.
     
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    Been asked by a guest re JR Pass - where is the best place to buy one in Australia? They are thinking of travelling after staying but will stay longer if the snow is good. They are getting prices around $335 but horrendous return fees if they don't use it - between $100-$200. I've done a quick search tonight but can't seem to turn up anything better that is based in Australia. Some of the o/s based ones only have a 10% fee. Advice appreciated. :thumbs:
     
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    Jtb travel - https://jtbtravel.com.au/

    Is the Japanese government sponsored travel agency. Don't think you'll get cheaper/better service anywhere else.
     
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    Thanks TIS. I've checked them and the cancellation fee is fairly steep.

    Spent a fair bit of time researching tonight, the things I do...

    JNTO says there is a trial to sell the tickets upon arrival. (but 4,000 yen more expensive - 33,000 v 29,110) That should only mean a 10% cancellation fee. However I was worried about if the plane arrives at 7PM would the office still be open? However, after some more research I found:
    JR EAST Travel Service Center – Narita Airport Terminal 2·3
    Open 8:15 - 20:00, every day of the year

    So if they land on time and get through customs/immigration promptly should be okay. Still a little fine for my liking though.

    The pass can be bought in Niigata City Station, but not Nagano Station. Bit odd with the numbers of foreigners going through Nagano. Still, not a bad option as they can leave the decision until the last minute, take the local train up to Niigata, buy the pass and then start their longer journey from there.
     
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    Did you try H.I.S.? Haven't looked at the fine print.
    https://www.traveljapan.com.au/rail-pass
     
  21. M_G

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    Yep, same thing. Looks like ordering online from overseas is the best way if not buying in Japan.

    japan-rail-pass.com only has a 10% cancellation fee and cost is A$330 each. Only hassle is that you have to send the unused voucher back to France to get a refund if needed.