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post #1 of 47 (permalink) Old 09-10-2015, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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Hey all. I'm booked for 3 weeks in Japan from mid Jan - early February 2016, staying middle Hirafu village. Anyone else heading over, or local? I'm a 35yo Kiwi bloke, travelling solo and keen to ride with some like minded folk. Im no pro, but have numerous NZ seasons plus a few Kicking Horse/Revy trips under the belt. Kev
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Looking at first to second week of Feb myself. Planning on staying at Izumikyo.
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Was looking at doing the same thing but need to attend a wedding first week feb (not mine)... May do early/mid Jan if things on my side hold up..
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Im doing a trip that will likely fall at the beginning of January for a week or so. Im traveling from Okinawa Japan though so its a bit different.
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I was in Niseko for a week like 15 years ago. It was epic. Me and 5 friends rented a cabin and had a great time. I used to live in Japan and did tons of snowboarding in Honshu and Hokkaido. Super fun place to shred. Sweet little B&B's right on the slope with amazing food. Cute mom&pop noodle shops right on the hill. Beer in vending machines. All you can eat crab legs in Sapporo. Tons of powder!!! I miss boarding in Japan.
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I have accommodation in a pension sorted, actually have space for 2 futons if anyone was after a place to crash for a good rate in an awesome location. For those in the know, what's the best way to go with passes? I hope to ride 18-20 days, season pass, or 2-3 day passes? Any cheap local deals? I'll also likely buy a new deck, maybe boots, good places to buy? Do you get good deals on gear in Japan? Any feedback much appreciated
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I have accommodation in a pension sorted, actually have space for 2 futons if anyone was after a place to crash for a good rate in an awesome location. For those in the know, what's the best way to go with passes? I hope to ride 18-20 days, season pass, or 2-3 day passes? Any cheap local deals? I'll also likely buy a new deck, maybe boots, good places to buy? Do you get good deals on gear in Japan? Any feedback much appreciated
Retail prices for boards and bindings are really high in Japan. Add to that the Niseko/resort town premium and it could be expensive. There are a couple of local shops that will cut you deals but the selection is is not great.
What kind of board and size are you looking for?
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Sorry man, I had replied but it got chewed up by the main frame. I've been riding a 160 Fish in pow and love it, goes ok on groomers, but maybe a pow shape that can handle the chopped up stuff/groomers better, there are so many pow board options now! I'm old school, go fast, turn n burn kinda guy, but love time pinging about in the trees, don't go anywhere near a park tho! This trip is for one reason only - JAPOW!
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Sorry man, I had replied but it got chewed up by the main frame. I've been riding a 160 Fish in pow and love it, goes ok on groomers, but maybe a pow shape that can handle the chopped up stuff/groomers better, there are so many pow board options now! I'm old school, go fast, turn n burn kinda guy, but love time pinging about in the trees, don't go anywhere near a park tho! This trip is for one reason only - JAPOW!
You might be better off picking up another deck before coming to Japan. Except for something like a Gentemstick (but not damp boards for chopped conditions) or second hand, buying in around Niseko will almost certainly be much more expensive.

If you are really keen, I have a 161 Never Summer Summit that I might consider letting go. Currently sitting in storage in Niseko.
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This thread is oozing stoke.

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