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Old 12-06-2014, 12:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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This is my first time riding in Japan and I want to ride in Niseko because that's where everyone is raving about. Accommodations are booked so I need alternative either stay in neighboring town or even an hour away. If anyone could recommend on where else to stay and share their experience with car rental that would be great. Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-06-2014, 01:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Renting a car is definitely a plus. Makes it much easier to get around. Especially if you are staying for 2 weeks you might get bored in one place and wish to explore - which is much easier with a car.
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Old 12-06-2014, 01:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Are you sayin that Accomo is all booked out in Hirafu?????

If so, try Izumikio 1, 2, & 3, Kutchan, Niseko Village (Higashiyama), or quieter areas such as Annupuri, Hanazono, or Moiwa!!!!!

I've listed all the areas from access to decent nightlife to zero nightlife!!!!!

All areas will get you access to Niseko United Resort, so there's no need for a car!!!!!

Failin that, stay in Sapporo and bus it out to various resorts with their bus/lift tickets?????

Plenty more options after that but I'll stop there until ya have a look!!!!!
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We got our first dump in Myoko today!
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Haha. If it makes you feel any better I spent all day on the snow blower and shovel
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thank you guys for the suggestions. looks like there are some dorm rooms available. i have never stayed with strangers; is it reasonable to assume everyone is there to snowboard and not up late at night? also, i'm wondering whether it is worth spending a day or two near the airport (chitose) or is there enough good food to be had in the village of niseko?
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Its reasonable to assume it will be full of drunken folk keeping you awake until the early hours mate! Bring ear plugs.
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thank you guys for the suggestions. looks like there are some dorm rooms available. i have never stayed with strangers; is it reasonable to assume everyone is there to snowboard and not up late at night? also, i'm wondering whether it is worth spending a day or two near the airport (chitose) or is there enough good food to be had in the village of niseko?
Pretty much bugger all in Chitose, but if you wanna spend a couple nights in a city, go to Sapporo as there's plenty to see there!!!!! You can catch a train or bus from Sapporo to Chitose when you wanna fly out, and also catch the train from Kutchan to Sapporo with a stop by Otaru for a beer or sake!!!!!

The village in Niseko is called Hirafu, and while there's a few restaurants and bars there, you have to book early to get in these days!!!!! And some can be expensive!!!!!

Take the Night Go bus into Kutchan (100 with a lift pass), and go to the restaurants in there!!!!! Better prices and some great little eateries!!!!! Plus you can grab some munchies and other supplies from one of the supermarkets in there too!!!!! (My pic is Co-Op right next to the train station/bus stop/taxi rank!!!!! A taxi back isn't too expensive and a great way to get ya box/es of goodies back to the Accomo)

As for a dorm, there's bound to be a few rowdy crew stayin there, but most will be stuffed from ridin all day anyways!!!!!
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