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  1. Originally Posted By: Mongoose Plenty of cheap pensions around if you have a car and as black diamond said the resort is well priced Hi Mongoose My friends and I are going to do a couple of days at Tomamu (then Sahoro, then Asahidake, then Kurodake) - we are arriving at the end of Jan (with a van). On a weekend, will we need to book a pension first for Tomamu? We always book in advance, but if we can just rock up & find a place, then ..... maybe we should risk it. got any recommended pensions for tomamu? thanks
  2. Hi all My friends and I are going to try a few more different resorts again this year. I assume the "Tokaichi" mentioned above was meant to be "Tokachi"? Are there any resorts in Tokachi? (the snowjapan search gave no results) or is it all backcountry touring? Is Sahoro considered part of Tokahi? thanks edit: I've looked at this again, perhaps I'm confusing volcanic Mount Tokachi (in Daisetsuzan) with the town Tokachi?
  3. The ATMs within any Citibank also work if you're in a city.
  4. Originally Posted By: Black Mountain I know there is an hourly shuttle bus between Onsen, Akakan, Ikenotaira and Suginohara which might stop at the station. If you are planning on staying there over night pretty much all of the accommodation will pick you up at the station and most will shuttle you to resorts. Yep, the bus does stop at the train station (the stop is just on right as you exit the station). It took us to the Suginohara car park - where the hotel owner picked us up - in a snow-cat ! (the accom was half-way up the mtn)
  5. thanks big-will either I'm going crazy or SJ are very very quick at updating their pages - I'm sure that page said 4 single chairs.... Anyway, if its right now, then thats all that matters. I don't suppose you know if those lift prices are right for Jan 08? If nighta is included? No big deal, just wondering.
  6. well I've sorted my accommodation out at Suginohara. would someone be able to confirm that the number & size of lifts have changed since this data was entered? http://www.snowjapan.com/e/resorts/resortdetail.php?resid=27 I think there are just 5 lifts in total now. Is that right?
  7. I might head to Myoko in Jan 08. I see number9 found a couple of great links to accommodation, anyone got a recommendation for one Pensions in particular? Close to lifts? Expensive? thanks
  8. Hi Movendi "183cm 77kg" - yeah, you won't need a long board. As Kumapix suggested, an "all-mountain" board is what you should try. With the exchange rate looking so good, buying in Japan would probably work out cheaper, although I personally buy my boards/bindings from websites in the states, but I buy all my clothes & boots here in Sydney.
  9. Hi Tim I'm about the same size as your friend. I've ridden a 164cm wide-ish board in Hakuba snow & it was a lot of fun in the powder. (I've also tried a 160cm twin-tip in the japan powder .... much more work, less fun) Cheers from another Tim
  10. Clag is also the name of the glue kids use here in Australia during primary school. I think they use it because when when kids eat it, it doesn't make them too sick.
  11. I think this might be the last week its showing in Sydney. I saw it last night. Pretty good movie.
  12. thanks Indosnm looks like they are selling them for slightly less than retail here http://kakaku.com/prdsearch/detail.asp?PrdKey=00512010031
  13. I'm thinking about buying an additional 4GB Hitachi Microdrive for my Everio. Here in Aust, they currently cost around AU$240 (21,000 yen) Maybe bit cheaper here on ebay http://cgi.ebay.com.au/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7590455637 Anyone seen the prices for these in Tokyo at the moment? Maybe BIC Camera prices would be a good guide? thanks
  14. here's a link regarding the onsen (to a very short article) http://www.crisscross.com/jp/news/363889
  15. Quote: Originally posted by nagpants: Don't even know what OEM software is. Original Equipment Manufacturer - you know when you buy a CD drive for your computer, it comes with a copy of Nero (or something similar) but without all the software packaging & manuals, well thats OEM software.
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