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Posts posted by uggggllllyyyy

  1. Hiya fb_steve,


    I assume you are using this site https://www.highwaybus.com/ for your booking. If you click on the first "blue bus" then you can select a route and date for your travel and see what tickets are available.


    get someone with at least basic nihongo to help but you can book the tickets online and then use the atm lookalike machines at a lawson or familymart to pay the cash.


    Be aware that Feb is the most popular ski-time for the locals so the buses back on the sunday from Hakuba might fill up quicker than the buses to hakuba.


    hope that helps (at least a little)

  2.  Quote:
    Originally posted by eyeeyeeyeeyeeye:
    Many people up there?
    Nah, it was pretty empty even though they didn't open up Tashiro until about 11ish. The main Kagura slope plus the 3 black runs just off the main one were open allday. Longest queue was about 1min. Only went (just) off piste once and got stuck in the sludge so gave that a miss for the rest of the day. Even tho' it was pretty empty, the train up from tokyo was full.....not sure why.
  3. Went to Kagura yesterday. Never seen it rain at the top of the hill before. Snow was like everyone warned. Very very very heavy, but thanks to the SJ warnings we were expecting this and we still had a great laugh. At one point on the Giant course (about 25deg slope) I pointed my board downhill and didnt actually move cos of the snow.....funny as f***. Saw evidence of at least 10-12 avalanches in the out of bounds or back country region but fortunately nothing in bounds.


    Anyone venture to BC??


    Still a day on the slopes is always good fun.


    its all good!

  4. Wowww, just spent 10days in Niseko area for the first time. F""kin amazing place. 3days of the best powder snow I have seen then 5 days of glorious sunshine and ragging it on the groomers and off piste. Then back to the powder for last 2 days.


    Also surely the most eigo friendly resort in Japan but then it basically is "little Sydney" lol.gif even got taken out by a skijapan.com guide...bstard!


    Only downside is that I get back to find my weekend staple (kagura) is brimming with powder too! mad.gif (only joking).


    Also lost my wallet (doh!) on the top of the Mountain during a cool wipeout in a whiteout. So if anyone is going under the ropes at the top between Hirafu and Higashiyama and sees it (not likely but you never know) then please send us an email!.


    Anyway loads of pics etc which i hope to upload soonish once i sorted out me new gaijin card etc

  5.  Quote:
    Originally posted by SerreChe:
    lol.gif did not realize there was this Kagura - Hakuba thing going on. Maybe that's why FT was asking me about Kagura being flatish in another thread! ;\)
    Nah just spicing up a very dull day at work for me. SJ, their is no comp. really becos as my mate down pub told me the other night, after Feb you are better off with a surfboard than a snowboard in Hakuba... ;\)

    Oh and my dad is bigger than yours!
  6.  Quote:
    Originally posted by tsondaboy:
    here are all the buses from echigo yuzawa station.


    The local buses are more expensive but more frequent also.
    The last local bus from mitsumata to echigo yuzawa is at 19:58, so you dont have to harry down the slopes.
    Heh heh, the good old White Horse Inn...Top place, close to ropeway, mountain of info. Also 4 of us drunk 2litres of local sake and more beer with the owner (Tanemura-san) last sat. night. Top bloke. Regretted that at 7am on sunday tho'. Also, well recommend the yuzawa restaurant (written in hiragana) near to the bus station after a hard day. The garlic much room chicken is fantastic!.

    On the bus front, my experience of those early local buses, from last year, were that you had to walk briskly (i.e. run!) from the shink to the busstop to guarantee getting on them cos they are a tad busy.
  7. I am not 100% on this but I am sure there were creche type things at the big Prince Hotel at Naeba. They certainly have onsen, swimming pool, lots of restaurants etc etc.


    Also, I have actually seen some Dads riding the Naeba slopes with their kids in a harness on their backs or fronts!. Actually saw one bloke carrying his kid in his arms.


    Not my bag but have you considered this?.

  8. Just spent the last weekend in Kagura. Fackin Sugoi.


    On saturday, snowing at Yuzawa town, little heavier at mitsumata and pelting down at kagura. But with almost no wind it was ideal conditions if a little cloudy. 2-3feet of powder just off the main run at mitsumata (no joke!!) and was even some left for the final runs of the day. Kagura was amazing with 1.5metres of powder off piste and plenty of powder on piste most of the day!. Not too busy either.


    Sunday, mitsumata ropeway at 8am. Still had to wait 30mins to get on the bstard thing!. Went straight to kagura and the weather was clear and sunny almost all day until the afternoon when snow flurries came in. Kagura was packed with people but every run was open. Main gelande was too busy but "Giant" course (Black No. 2 on map, left of 3 as you look at kagura) was fantastic. "Dynamic" course (red 3 on map) was sort of open but no lift running so a trek back to "Giant" from the bottom of dynamic was required (only 100m+, so not so bad). However, with tons of powder on "Dynamic" it was worth it.


    Overall....tops!. Have some photos which I will upload tonight from sunday but not got any from saturdays powder party (ahem!) cos it was just too much fun to stop and take them.



  9.  Quote:
    Originally posted by bettyx:
    i had my pants drycleaned after winter in oz & the lady gave them some kinda special waterproofing, i think it cost an extra 500yen?

    anyone know if this works? (i'm still recovering from the fact you guys machine wash yr wear. i bet you all put your wool sweaters in the dryer, and don't separate whites&darks?)
    Isn't seperating whites and darks being a racialist. \:D \:D \:D I believe in integration so in it all goes....
  10.  Quote:
    Originally posted by blinkin'ek:
    It doesn't look that busy.

    Did you have your first skijo kare-raisu of the season as well? ;\)
    It was quite busy but not as bad as first feared. No problems on the runs with the "Kawaii" locals sitting around everywhere as can sometimes happen!.

    Spagetti Borognese fan me-self which altho' was over-sweet it tasted supersweet cos it was first day!. Missus had kare-raisu which in a "bikkuri shite" moment actually had meat in it.

    Ahhhh, off to rest my first day boarding stiffness hangover. Uploaded some photos, sorry for the poor quality.
  11.  Quote:
    Originally posted by SnowJapan.Com#4:
    The lifts haven't even stopped for the day, but we bring you the first report (and 4 photos) from the slopes of Kagura:


    Many thanks to montoya!
    Aye, I was there today and it was tops to get the muscles working again after 6months. Got some photos which i will upload soon but to be honest the photos from the kagura website say it all.

    Morning was rain in yuzawa and mitsumate but light snow at kagura. Very foggy/misty which slowly cleared to leave a beautiful afternoon. Snow was great in the morning but got a bit chopped and rutted in the afternoon. Not too crowded most of the day and cant complain to much as it is November....GET IN!!
  12.  Quote:
    Originally posted by SnowJapan.Com#4:
    Disappointing news from Kagura - you're going to need to get on the bus from Mitsumata Ropeway to the top of the Kagura Gondola. As of yesterday they were planning on opening a Mitsumata lift to get you there, but it seems that they have changed their mind.

    Latest update:
    Borrocks, Please please please, no more rain!!!. Bloody warm weather!.
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