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Old 11-02-2013, 08:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm trying to plan a trip to japan for feb, but in all honestly I have no idea where to start.
Niseko is the place we look like heading to.
Does anyone have any ideas on good places to stay around the area? I'm guessing in the heart of Niseko will be very expensive. So is there any recommendations of areas close by with good accommodation.

Pretty much any info anyone has about Japanese snow I'm very interested to hear.

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Old 11-02-2013, 09:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 11-02-2013, 03:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i went last Feb to Hakuba and Cortina. I only had 3 days so just rode those two. The snow is fantastic! The locals hardly go out of bounds so there's incredible amounts of fresh even near the end of the day. Hakuba also has pretty good park if that's your thing. There were rentals available too, so if you want to save money on luggage fees just bring your kit. I rode a ultra dream with some fluxs, and performed well everywhere, but really shined in the in the trees and the deep stuff. If you make to Cortina get the lift ticket that includes the buffet and the onsen. It was about $65 USD but totally worth it. I'd love to get out there this winter, but it's not likely to happen.
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We went to Niseko in January this year. We stayed at the M Hotel and it was spot on, one of the guys there even drove us up to the main gondola a few mornings. They're middle of the range in terms of price but breakfast is included and it's good. Showers are hot and the rooms are nice (not that we spent too much time there)

It's probably a 300-400m walk from the hotel to the bottom of the family run, from there you can catch the chair up and take a quick run down to one of the quads. Otherwise you can walk up the hill to the gondola but it's a bit more of a walk. The hotel's very central so there's a bunch of restaurants, bars and a ski/board shop with rentals right there.

Our whole trip was put together by Ski Japan (Japan Ski and Snowboard Holidays - Accommodation Packages to Niseko, Rusutsu, Furano, Nagano | SkiJapan.com) and they put a really good deal together for us including transfers from Narita (Tokyo) to Sapporo then bus transfers over to Niseko. I'd definitely use them again, we booked very late and they still hooked up with with a pretty good deal.

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Pretty much any info anyone has about Japanese snow I'm very interested to hear.

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Oh, here's all you need to know. It's white, soft and there's fuck loads of it. We were getting 40 odd cm a day for pretty much three weeks straight.

It's a great mountain and there's lots of varied terrain. Make sure you hike to the summit at least one. Through gate 8 at Annupuri is my fave run on the whole mountain, great run through the trees and it finished off in a creak that turns into a bit of a natural half pipe back to the goody. Good times.
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Old 11-05-2013, 01:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks Guys.
SkiJapan have been awesome and did me up a top deal for late Feb early March
Im sure there is still plenty of snow around then!

Is there anything you recommend doing around the area apart from boarding?

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We did a snowboard camp last year in Niseko and used ski Japan and they are amazing so good choice. We were there in late Feb and they snow was bottomless so your on track for a great trip. If you are staying in Niseko make sure to go explore the Rusutsu resort area one day. For some footage of the area you can take a look at our trip video below. Have fun
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If you have the coin do a back country tour to Rusutsu. It's very worth while. We did a snowmobiling tour and it was shit so be careful with that one.
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Is it true that I will need to take a lot of exchanged cash with me?
I have read that a lot of places in Japan don't take cards and there are very little atm's.

To have a great time for a 7 day trip, how much money would I need for spending?
Like food and other activities.

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Is it true that I will need to take a lot of exchanged cash with me?
I have read that a lot of places in Japan don't take cards and there are very little atm's.

To have a great time for a 7 day trip, how much money would I need for spending?
Like food and other activities.

Thanks
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