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You can't drive to Hokkaido. Have to take the throw-up ferry. Choppy waters will make it the longest trip of your life. Don't know the ferry schedule, but it only leaves 2 times a day I think. Driving Tokyo to Aomori alone would be 8+ hours, ferry is a few hours, then you still have to drive from Hakodate
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You can't drive to Hokkaido. Have to take the throw-up ferry. Choppy waters will make it the longest trip of your life. Don't know the ferry schedule, but it only leaves 2 times a day I think. Driving Tokyo to Aomori alone would be 8+ hours, ferry is a few hours, then you still have to drive from Hakodate
Sounds like a nightmare trip. I will fly up and meet you there.
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I would love to board in POW like that. Great shots and nice vids.
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To all you Japan riders- I'm getting sick and tired of watching all your footage over and over and over and over again!

May be one of you addressed this in another thread, but are you guys having an above normal snow year? Or is it like that most seasons?

Japan has definitely made the top of my places to go list. Hopefully next season or the season after. Looks like I'll need a powder stick too.

Cheers to all you guys and your powder riding. Please keep the snow porn coming!
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It's an above average year for certain. Last year, Hakkoda peaked out at 385cm any given day, right now it's at 465 and was at 480 earlier this month. Normal years are still epic though!
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May be one of you addressed this in another thread, but are you guys having an above normal snow year? Or is it like that most seasons?
All my footagte was filmed at Rusutsu which when I was there had the exact same snow depth as it did last year. Hakkoda seems to be getting more than average but I would say Hokkaido isn't.
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Do your course and then head up again dude, early Feb is the best time IMO. Iwate is not that far man. I will be coming from Kyoto and some from Australia.
I do agree that early feb is the best time for Hokkaido and is probably the best time for a meet up.
As far as where we stay goes I really dont care, somewhere with lots of beds and cheapish probably suits, we should hire a car or cars depending on how many people end up coming and hit different spots every day. The cost spread out over a few people will probably work out cheaper than staying at a resort somewhere and being immobile.
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yeah we should look to hire a place and maybe cars.

Onji is living up in Hokkaido and has good local knowledge at this point.

I think he has been injured and off the forum for a while but he will be a great source of info to help set it up.

As for the question about powder here, every year (10) I have been in Japan has had great powder. Some more than others but its one of the most reliable spots in the world for powder. Hokkaido being the most reliable within Japan itself.

I would recommend a trip here to anyone who wants to ride powder. Lots of other great things to enjoy in Japan as well.
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yeah we should look to hire a place and maybe cars.

Onji is living up in Hokkaido and has good local knowledge at this point.

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I tried to hook up with onji on the last day of my trip but it didnt happen cause my binding broke and I had to go back to the resort to swap them and then my phone died. We were riding the same mountain but had no way of communicating with each other. So close but so far lol.
He is living in Sapporo (or close to it) and is probably our best bet as far as finding suitable accommodation and car hire goes.
Feel free to chime in Onji.
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You can't drive to Hokkaido. Have to take the throw-up ferry. Choppy waters will make it the longest trip of your life. Don't know the ferry schedule, but it only leaves 2 times a day I think. Driving Tokyo to Aomori alone would be 8+ hours, ferry is a few hours, then you still have to drive from Hakodate
there is a ferry that leaves from hachinohe and goes to a place that is a lot closer to sapporo. if i go we could carpool and split the fee. and we can take a car on the ferry

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