Nozawa Onsen 2016/17

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

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    ojisan

    ojisan Part of the Furniture Season Pass Gold

    Yep... Hire a car and explore... That's the way to go IMO
     
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    snowishing

    snowishing Active Member

    Any on the ground reports of how much fell in Noz last night? Trying to decide where to ski today
     
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    Pelm1

    Pelm1 Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Not much in the village. Maybe 2 cm's.. That is from looking out the window :)
     
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    snowishing

    snowishing Active Member

    Thanks :)
     
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    Pelm1

    Pelm1 Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Make that one cm.. After a short walk :)
     
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    snowishing

    snowishing Active Member

    We drove through last night and it was snowing ok. Must have stopped as soon as we left! What a tease...
     
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    Beerman

    Beerman Dedicated Member Season Pass Silver

    Anyone know if there is an ATM in Nozawa?? I've got a mate who can't organise himself.
    What about in Ueno around the train stations JR and Keisei??
     
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    Wheres Walle

    Wheres Walle New Member

    There is an ATM In the entrance to the post office in town!
     
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    Pelm1

    Pelm1 Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Ueno, any 7/11.
    Nozawa.
    Across the road from the main bus stop (Chou) next to the tourist info centre.. Look for the red and white sign.. It charges a fee, like Y200. Or as above at the post office
     
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    Beerman

    Beerman Dedicated Member Season Pass Silver

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    Chondro

    Chondro Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Thinking of coming to nozawa from 25th to 28th (3 nights).
    Anyone able to recommend some cheap ok accomodation for wife and myself ?

    And is it worth just getting the shiga to nozawa transfer with Nagano shuttle ?
     
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    grantn

    grantn Active Member Season Pass Gold

    Just P.Md you re cheap accom.
     
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    M_G

    M_G Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    For convenience sake, maybe. You can sort public transfer easy enough.

    Accomm there sees quite tight this weekend. Not sure why.
     
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    Chondro

    Chondro Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    A
    All good got accommodation and transfer sorted. Couldnt be bothered lugging the snowboard bags via public transport, will black cat them to airport after nozawa
     
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    Beerman

    Beerman Dedicated Member Season Pass Silver

    5cm overnight with sun and cloud al day. Great snow quality up top, but corn down lower. Temps from -8 to +4, depending on time and location. Quiet on the hill generally
     
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    Ian

    Ian Active Member Season Pass Gold

    Just got back from Nozawa skied there 8-10th. My new favourite resort!
    On the first day we got up the gondola early to see wall to wall untracked snow that had fallen on the 7th and overnight. This also brought a crowd who tracked it all up by the early afternoon. I assume they were resident expats because they were all gone by Thursday
    The 'self responsibility' zones were very welcome after 5 days at Hakuba. Even better than Hanazono sidecountry in 2014.
    I think we were the only telemark skiers on the mountain.
    I think I'd go in Feb next time, March is too high a risk of no fresh snow and I can put up with booking restaurants a day ahead.
    Walking the village in the evening was a highlight. Missed the opportunity to onsen with the locals, will try again next time.
    All logistics were efficient and worry free, just get there a bit ahead of time. Like Hakuba, full busses depart early. I took all my own gear. Would like to go up via Shinkansen one day.
    Must congratulate all the Aussies we saw, all well behaved and polite, keep up the good work.
     
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    Vermillion

    Vermillion Pool Room Season Pass Gold

    How did you miss the opportunity to onsen? Did you not wash for 3 days?
     
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    blowfin

    blowfin Active Member

    Any more information on those? Most people who mention side country or the like in a Nozowa thread are usually hung out to dry.
     
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    Beerman

    Beerman Dedicated Member Season Pass Silver

    The signs were worded to the effect

    No skiing past here
    Self responsibility area.

    I should have taken a photo to post on here. All OOB was well marked and roped. Areas that were self responsibility were not roped but the positioning of any signage was blatant and could not be missed. All the treed area of Mt.Kenashi was sign posted this way, except the marked and groomed pistes, which of course were open for business with ski patrol coverage.
     
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    hatto

    hatto Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    There was some changes this year. You can now go and tell patrol/waiver, you are going oob and you can go as long as you accept the responsibility
     
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    Ian

    Ian Active Member Season Pass Gold

    There was one in our Hotel ;)
    We were too sore to go any further, it's amazing what a soak in hot water does for tired legs, significantly reduces late onset muscle soreness.
     
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    Ian

    Ian Active Member Season Pass Gold

    They haven't got to me yet. :(
    I think it's common knowledge locally given the post dump influx.
     
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    _gtr

    _gtr Active Member

    I dropped my iphone on my last run, last day in Nozawa (last saturday). Does anyone how likely it will be found once the snow starts to melt? Findmyiphone's last gps location put it at Utopia A run which is where I suspect it lost (I used it halfway down Utopia A and discovered it missing at the bottom). My worry is that the run is less popular and therefore noone sees it when it shows up.

    Quite bummed about the entire week's of Japan photos that were on it.
     
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    dr80

    dr80 Well-Known Member Season Pass Gold

    I would be confident it will be found if it was lost on a course / run.
    When, and the condition it is in, is the problematic part.
    Good luck
     
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    Pelm1

    Pelm1 Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold


    Problem is, the groomer may find it first.

    Dem rear blades :eek:
     
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    hatto

    hatto Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Check with management, good chance it would be picked up and handed in. Gotta love Japan
     
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    Ian

    Ian Active Member Season Pass Gold

    I'm sure I heard an announcement over their PA that an iPhone had been handed in and to go to one of the lift stations.
     
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    _gtr

    _gtr Active Member

    I reported it to the Hikage information centre so I don't think it has been found yet, at least they haven't contacted me yet. I can also track that it hasn't been online since.

    > Re: groomers

    Dropped it on the un-groomed section of Utopia so might survive not getting groomed? Here's the gps co-ordinates from Findmyiphone. Google maps

    Also reported it to the police so I can claim it with insurance but not sure if that will go through since the police couldn't give me a copy of the report. Anyone have luck with this?
     
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2017
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    Beerman

    Beerman Dedicated Member Season Pass Silver

    iPhones are always being handed in, no one wants them :D

    Jokes aside, I'm on the work one now:(
    Those PA systems get used for just about everything, including naughty guests that forget to return their room keys. They get the privelidge of being named and shamed across the the whole mountain.
     
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    hatto

    hatto Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    funny, but when I search those coordinates it puts me in the village near Peanuts house
     
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    _gtr

    _gtr Active Member

    Oops my bad copied the URL wrong.
    Try his location and use satellite image
     
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    Dumph

    Dumph Active Member

    Skied Nozawa from February 13 -15th. Monday 13th was a biggish powder day 20 -30cm (?) and got fresh top ups for the 14/15th. Had a great time and with a good base started to see the full potential of the resort. I was there the year before when there was no base to speak of and had fun but a bit disappointing. Different story this year, amazing skiing everywhere and barely scratched the surface. If I come back again, I would get a guide and do the back bowls, after all the warnings on this board and with a patroller losing their life across the valley at Tongari Onsen played it pretty safe most of the time. Stayed at Nozawa Utopia which is a traditional ryokan very central to town and the Hikage gondola. Beautiful people run the place, great hospitality and incredible Japanese breakfasts, would recommend. Nozawa is very busy but still absolutely charming, love the village and it hasn't been destroyed by baka gaijin totally yet.
     
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    Nozawaman

    Nozawaman Addicted Member Season Pass Gold

    Currently in Whistler , and if anyone thinks Nozawa is busy then come and hang here for a while .
     
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    Beerman

    Beerman Dedicated Member Season Pass Silver

    Must be tough:whistle:
     
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    M_G

    M_G Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Who's watching the children? ;)
     
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    Nozawaman

    Nozawaman Addicted Member Season Pass Gold

    Also .....2 burgers and 2 cokes $CA40
     
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    gibbsy

    gibbsy Active Member

    I'm guessing you've canned AK this season NM?
     
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    PMG

    PMG Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    :eek:
     
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    Beerman

    Beerman Dedicated Member Season Pass Silver

    Where's Buna when you need it.................
     
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    Vermillion

    Vermillion Pool Room Season Pass Gold

    4m base at Noz and he goes to Whistler. Mate.
     
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    Agent 86

    Agent 86 Active Member Season Pass Silver

    Hello All
    been to Japan 3 times now and just cant get enough of the culture, people, food and Powder. Each time has been a short 2 week stint made up with a city side trip for 5 days and the rest on the snow.
    But next year I am thinking of 4-5 week trip, snow only in Nozowa with day trips elsewhere.
    i will be by myself for small parts but will have 1 visitor for most.
    can anyone help with some suggestions for longer term accommodation options in Nozowa for Feb/March 2018
    Thanks
     
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    Slowpony

    Slowpony Active Member

    Last edited: Mar 21, 2017
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    luvthabumps

    luvthabumps Addicted Member Season Pass Gold

    it's been a cruel season up there so far.
     
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    Nozawaman

    Nozawaman Addicted Member Season Pass Gold

    Still going ...stopped into Whistler to see my son .
     
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    Agent 86

    Agent 86 Active Member Season Pass Silver

    Cheers for that. i will follow up
     
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    Ramenman

    Ramenman Well-Known Member

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    Hyst

    Hyst Active Member Season Pass Gold

    :cry:


    Link does not work. (I thought he was US?)
     
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    grantn

    grantn Active Member Season Pass Gold