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Old 09-13-2012, 12:28 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Im from sydney and am basing myself at rusutsu for the first part of my holiday (fly out jan 20). 7 days is plenty for most and you WILL get powder.

As for prices japan can be very expensive and very cheap. Walk into a snowboard shop and buy a burton board and you will be paying a premium but most food and drinks etc is very cheap. A 500ml coke for example is like JPY150 odd which is around AU$1.90. Most stuff I buy over there is cheaper than it is here in australia.
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:43 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I think the main stuffs been covered, but i would say: Dont underestimate kagura/naeba/yuzawa.

These places are great fun and whats more important, they are a 70minute shink ride from tokyo. Its not MUCH further to Nagano to be honest if youre shinking it, but youre literally in the town and its just a 30 minute bus ride to the resort thereafter. Everythings really well connected there and the resorts are great fun. IN fact kagura, if youre after hitting some fun powder and start getting a few turns riding under lifts or in the trees has some really fun, deep lines to play on.

So if you find youve stayed at tokyo a bit too long (im with ETM, 2 or 3 days and all thats left is sitting around people watching), its definitely a nice easy way to get out of that rutt. And if you can hit it up during the week you might even find a cheap shink and ride deal (as well as empty resorts and fresh lines). Yuzawa area on a weekday would be bliss! Pity as a teacher im getting the same public holidays and working week as everyone else so never got this specific joy.
Hell, you might even find Gala Yuzawa is less insane when its just you and a few others enjoying the lifts (go immediately to the south face on it for powder heaven).

Seriously, do not underestimate this area. Its not awesome because its close to Tokyo. Its awesome by itself. It just so HAPPENS to also be reasonably close to Tokyo.

ETA: Should have paid more attention. But ah well, yuzawa! yay!

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Old 12-06-2012, 10:58 PM   #23 (permalink)
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i think pretty much any of the resorts in japan will be fun just because of the cultural difference.

but if you want to head in feb..come with us..we did all the legwork already:


you can fly out of anywhere you want, just inquire about what you want to do. we have experience and connects in Hokkaido, so everything will be taken care of. plus you won't find rates like that anywhere else to get out there.

trying to do something fun with global riders and make some videos and what not. would be great if people can join us!

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