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Old 09-12-2012, 11:11 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Pretty sure he only wants a few days riding out of tokyo and will probably end up doing yuzawa.
Ah, I misunderstood. Yuzawa indeed his best option then - although I think it would be worth to extend the boarding portion of the trip and to go to Nagano...

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Old 09-12-2012, 11:15 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Definitely want to spend some time in Tokyo - not the whole trip though.

The rest will be between mountains.

hktrdr where else would you recommend in Japan other than Tokyo for 'touristy' things to do off mountain?

where did you guys stay when you went? in the one location or all round?
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The question is how many days are you going to devote to riding? Too few days and travelling far/to another resort is a waste of time
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The question is how many days are you going to devote to riding? Too few days and travelling far/to another resort is a waste of time
Exactly. As I said in my previous post, other than Yuzawa you need to budget at least 1/2 day from each way for travel from/to Tokyo.
There is really not many places that offer both boarding and touristy sights. Better to split your trip into a sightseeing and a boarding portion - if the boarding portion is 3 days or less (including travel) then Yuzawa is your best choice; if it is 4 days or longer you can start to consider Nagano or Hokkaido.

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The question is how many days are you going to devote to riding? Too few days and travelling far/to another resort is a waste of time
Im boarding alone, so probably only 7 days on the mountain.

Rest will be travelling around.
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With 7 days the world is your oyster, come to rusutsu and Ill show you around as Ill be there solo too
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With 7 days the world is your oyster, come to rusutsu and Ill show you around as Ill be there solo too
Yeah, you can pretty much hit anything with 7 days. If this is your first time in Japan, I would say do Hokkaido - maybe hit Niseko first and then pick another location like Rusutsu based on conditions at the time. Having a car would help with that, but if you are traveling alone it might not be cost effective.
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Exactly. As I said in my previous post, other than Yuzawa you need to budget at least 1/2 day from each way for travel from/to Tokyo.e
There is really not many places that offer both boarding and touristy sights. Better to split your trip into a sightseeing and a boarding portion - if the boarding portion is 3 days or less (including travel) then Yuzawa is your best choice; if it is 4 days or longer you can start to consider Nagano or Hokkaido.
Understand, ill split my trip up, boarding for one week in one location. Im not too keen on travelling between several mountains. If one/two mountains are ok, ill stick with it (if its worth it)

Then second half, just travel around Japan - relax and do all the tourist things.

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With 7 days the world is your oyster, come to rusutsu and Ill show you around as Ill be there solo too
7 days is enough isn't it? ...

I went to NZ recently, did 6 days on the mountain and that was perfect. Anymore and it because draining

Where a bouts are you from? Im from Aus. Definitely take up your offer when there!

Question: where do you stay in Japan? on the mountain, near the mountain or in town?
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Yeah, you can pretty much hit anything with 7 days. If this is your first time in Japan, I would say do Hokkaido - maybe hit Niseko first and then pick another location like Rusutsu based on conditions at the time. Having a car would help with that, but if you are traveling alone it might not be cost effective.
Sounds good - ill definitely take your advice!

General prices in Japan compared to AUS/US pretty expensive? or cheaper?
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Understand, ill split my trip up, boarding for one week in one location. Im not too keen on travelling between several mountains. If one/two mountains are ok, ill stick with it (if its worth it)

Then second half, just travel around Japan - relax and do all the tourist things.



7 days is enough isn't it? ...

I went to NZ recently, did 6 days on the mountain and that was perfect. Anymore and it because draining

Where a bouts are you from? Im from Aus. Definitely take up your offer when there!

Question: where do you stay in Japan? on the mountain, near the mountain or in town?
Ok, that makes a lot more sense. You certainly can entertain yourself for 6-7 days just in Niseko (and you will be there before the hordes arrive for Chinese New Year) but I would consider adding one other location like Rusutsu - maybe play it by ear/according to conditions.

I gave some advice on Niseko accommodation in this thread before. Let me know if you have any other questions.
ETM can advice on Rusutsu.
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