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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!
Last edited by ippy; 09-13-2012 at 06:47 PM.