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  1. ssar - already got my checklist together! Although I don’t bother carrying my boarding gear with me as my insurance and BA pay for everything I need should they loose/delay my baggage – ended up getting completely new kit (jackets, pants, crash pads, goggles, gloves, the lot!) when they lost our stuff going to Mayrhoffen last year, although we did have to hire boards, but hey ho!!! Thursday, we’ve got 10 days boarding and 3 days in Tokyo. Only 1 week, 3 days and 19 hours til take off, woohooo!!
  2. Originally Posted By: DJElo well..just tell them to try and be somewhat respectful while on public transport. I hope they can do that! they can be loud and laugh in a different place then the pt.. Even I who don't live in japan find it very annoying when people talk on the phone or talk loudly when im there..it's relaxing on the tube when it's not packed ofc..it should stay that way.. I would really like for this kind of behavior to become standard in western countries aswell..Ive been in stockholm for the last 2 months visitng family over x-mas and find it utterly amazing that people can't ha
  3. Originally Posted By: Gary You can use your phone on a train if you dont mind EVERYBODY on the train around you glaring at you, shaking their heads and most likely, some very angry old guy saying "URUSAI" to you. Talking on the phone on the train here is very rude, as is talking loudly, crossing your legs, eating and slouching on your seat. Me and a few friends were talking and laughing on a train once - not particularly loudly, and some old guy came over saying "URUSAI" and "BE SILENT", he then went and pushed one of the girls in our party - an australian-chinese - presumably because he thou
  4. Hi guys Thank you all very much for your replies!!! I found out from Tabi that they actually have a Japanese style bath and it is privately rented out so we can all chill together covered up!! Yeay!!!! I will be doing A LOT of reading up on Japanese customs, do’s and don’ts etc – the last thing I’d want to do is offend anyone! 2 weeks, 2 days, 19 hours & 40 minutes til take off!!!!
  5. Naked?? Hmmmm. Not sure I’m up for seeing my b/f’s mates bits, nor them seeing mine! I’ll take my bikini just in case. I’m hoping the hot tub in Tabi Tabi will allow mixed bathing in swimwear!!!! Might drop them an email to check…..
  6. Ouch, that's harsh. We're flying Aberdeen-London-Helsinki-Toky with BA who allow you to take a board bag on in addition to your allowance at no extra cost. However, they do a code share with Finair (Helsinki-Tokyo leg) who charge you 30 euros for your board bag! BA will have checked us right through to Tokyo, so we'll probably get away with the charge on our way out, not sure what will happen on our way back though!! Sounds like you guys have had a nightmare! I think I'll print off BA & Finair's baggage allowances to save any problems!!
  7. Thanks Klingon, your answer is appreciated Thank goodness there's another girl coming if they split men & women up - I'd be gutted if I had to relax on my own! I'll drop Tabi an email and see what they say. What's other peoples experiences in other hotels/lodges etc, have the man & women been segregated even in small hot tubs??
  8. Hi Klingon I already searched back, and there's only 1 conversation that's relevant (the one Pete started) but it's still not answering all of my questions? My post isn't only about onsens, or tattoo's for that matter?? Can anyone help?
  9. Hi Pete I read stuff that say tattoos are a still taboo in Japan, but then I read soemthign else that says otherwise! Really wanted answers from people who've experienced it themselves, especially in Hakuba.
  10. Hello there folks, hope you're all well?? Only 2 weeks & 3 days until we leave for Japan, woohoo!!!!!!!! Question for you guys though. A few of our party have tattoos, one of them almost covers his whole arm & shoulder, one of them is a girl, what's the scoop with hot tubs / onsens / communal bathing / massages (specifically sports massages)etc in Hakuba? Will my friends be admitted to any of these types of facility? Also, just out of interest, our lodge (Tabi Tabi) has a hot tub, will us girlies be allowed to chill in it with the boys or will we be separated?
  11. Hey Gary, I did mean as ID, thank you. Not planning on driving while we're there, not like being in an English speaking country where the roads & maps make sense!!!! Air & Womb have both been mentioned before, everyone going is really into their techno so that's our aim - find a decent Techno club!! I'll take your advice on the map thing, cheers for the heads up! What time are the clubs open to? Are there all ngiht pubs?
  12. I had the same problem, I thought I'd be able to buy a Hakuba wide ticket but no! I've put 50,000 aside for passes, I’m there for 10 days but will have a day off to go see the Snow Monkeys, but I thought I’d be better to play it safe. I actually have a document that I put together just the other day that lists prices for SANOSAKA, KASHIMAYARI, SUN ALPINA JOINT, GORYU, HAKUBA 47, HAPPO ONE and HAKUBA MINETAKA, which I can email to you if you like? I found the sites for LAKE AOKI, IWATAKE & HAKUBA HIGHLAND SNOWPARK but they had no English info available so I couldn’t find the
  13. Hahaha, you been up to the 'Deen before TB?? Not much here thanks to being battered by north sea winds lol. I'm more worried about getting so drunk that I loose my passport!! There are 8 of us so someone is bound to loose their passport. Do any of you know if a UK driving lisence is accepted, or even a provisional?
  14. Cash is all changed and ready to go Well, mine is, can't say the same for our whole group On the lift pass front, we're playing it safe, 5,000 yen a day for 10 days. It's well overestimated but better that than run short. On the Kobe beef front I heard you could get an 8oz for around 30,000? Tokyo-C pork huh? Sounds interesting! I'll look it up, cheers Ryoma!
  15. Hehe, don’t think we'll be trying any Michelin restaurants, but we're hoping to go for a Kobe steak in Tokyo before we leave. Mmmmm. I’m hoping money wont be too much of an option, got about 170,000 yen for the holiday (all accom is paid for and I’ve got 50,000 put aside for lift passes & 20,000 for the train fare). Do you think that should be enough??
  16. Originally Posted By: Sciclone I noticed last year that a lot of people in Tokyo wear puffy jackets... For snow, it all depends on your gerth... I only wore my Burton AK Down jacket (20K/20mm) last year, with only a chesty bond t-shirt underneath. That was in -27 deg temps. I'm not skinny, but I wouldn't be called obese either, so having a little extra padding always helps. In Tokyo at the time you are going the avg. temp would be about 4deg (others correct me of I'm wrong, I'm basing this on the same time last year), I wore a light/medium coat, but because we were walking around a lot,
  17. Originally Posted By: Gary I dont think Tokyo clubs have dress codes - the doorstaff seem more concerned about people making a noise outside of the clubs. The only time Ive ever seen anybody refused entry to a Tokyo club was because either they didnt have photo id or they were too drunk and being cheeky to the doorstaff. Am I glad I asked?! Only going clubbing on the Friday night, would have been well scuppered if I’d gone out without ID! Ah well, passport it is, just have to make sure I don’t loose it. Cheers for the info though, much appreciated ïŠ
  18. Originally Posted By: Gary I dont think Tokyo clubs have dress codes - the doorstaff seem more concerned about people making a noise outside of the clubs. The only time Ive ever seen anybody refused entry to a Tokyo club was because either they didnt have photo id or they were too drunk and being cheeky to the doorstaff. Photo ID??!!! I dont drive!! Wouldn't want to carry my passport with me either though - any suggestions?
  19. Hey Mamabear Hehe, it's hard to tell what sex folks are on here huh?? Lol. Snowjoggers are snow boots, mines are plain black, keep my feet dry and toasty I thought I could take my ugg's for something a little smarter but still cosy to wear but maybe I should take smater boots instead. I'll have plenty midlayers with me, plenty. Dont like riding in my puffa at home, always end up boiling. Might be needed in Hakuba though?! I guess I'll have to see how much I can cram into my rucksack and board bag!!
  20. Cheers TB. Might just take my puffa then. Dont want to be cold and it should all fit in my board bag so it shouldn't be too much bother. I'm not a getting dressed up kinda girl, when we're out at home it's just jeans, trainers, etc, not sure what the dress code in Tokyo will be though! I'm only plannig being out on the Friday in Tokyo though so dont really want to bring shoes etc just for that!
  21. Hey ho peeps, hope you're all well!!!! I have a question for ya'll. I'm arriving in Japan on the 15th of Feb, travelling up to Hakuba and staying there til the 26th, then travelling back to Tokyo and staying until the 1st of March. I was wondering what to do on the jacket front? I’ve never been anywhere as cold as Japan (first time boarding out with Europe) and I need to travel as light as possible but not be cold! I’ll take my med weight board jacket to ride in, question is, do I take another med weight board jacket for nights or my heavy weight puffa jacket (which is far too hot t
  22. Off to Hakuba for my first Japan trip, 15-26 Feb. Pete, sorry to hear about your job, I'm just hoping I dont get made redundant before I head out otherwise I wont be making it either - only 3 weeks & 5 days til we leave so keeping my fingers crossed. Anyway, good luck
  23. Training is away to start tonight, only got 4 weeks until we leave though!!! Just hoping the trainer at the gym will sort me out with a decent programme!!! I do a fast 20 min walk a day at the mo and that is it. Don’t usually bother but don’t want to be in pain on my first trip to Japan!!!!!
  24. Just in case anyone’s interested, Snowbombing in Mayrhofen is actually a week long music/boarding festival and it’s an absolute blast. First time I went it was glorious sunshine, some blokes were riding topless in shorts and the lasses were in bikini tops!!! Last year the weather wasn’t so great, visibility was poor at time, but man was the snow good, brilliant considering it was the first week in April actually.
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