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  1. Originally Posted By: Mr Brisbane So did you do the car or train? Sorry to take so long to reply - we hired the car from Too Coo at Tokyo airport and drove to Nozawa for 5 nights. We did not use the car in Nozawa but then drove from Nozawa to Hakuba for 7 nights. Great for Hakuba - getting to different resorts, chiropractor!!! and grocery shopping. Also used for day off to visit Matsumoto castle etc. Then dropped it back at Nagano stn to get bullet back to Tokyo. This worked out really well for 5 of us with all our gear and got to stop off at some neat little spots for snacks, comfort
  2. Sciclone We are also a family of four with boys aged 16 and 18. We are returning to the Mercure Ginza for 2 nights in Jan. Through our Accor membership (using a 1 night free upgraded to superior rooms) we have booked a superior queen room with interconnecting superior twin room for 2 nights for 48050Y. We stayed there for one night last year and found it to be great.
  3. We are planning a trip to Mentawais next year so I will be keen to follow your progress.
  4. Thanks Tubby Beaver but we have rung Jetstar and they don't seem to have a "sport Kit" arrangement like Qantas do.
  5. Thanks sciclone - I booked flights yesterday using qantas frequent flyer points. Flying a mix of Qantas and Jestar so now we are trying to work out how we can manage the 20kg limit including skis and boots!!!. May have to pay some excess but still cheaper than buying tickets for 4 of us.
  6. How was the sunroute hotel - we are thinking of staying there next Jan? Did you final the curry house and if so is it good? thanks
  7. Sat nav was a bit tricky - the staff at Tokyo airport could not speak English but they did key in the phone number of where we were staying. Then came the option of a number of routes and I think the one we chose had the heading "slowest way there, no tollways". Took forever but we had a great day which we will always remember. We did not use the car then until we drove to Hakuba and again the sat nav caused us another interesting day. The guy at our lodge thought he had programmed it for us to go via the snow monkeys but we ended up in Hakuba at our accom without a hitch or our planned
  8. We hired a car this Jan from TooCoo. We picked it up in Tokyo and dropped it off in Nagano. They are an agency that link with car hire companies so give them a try.
  9. We are arriving 13th Jan and trying to work out how much yen to take for a family of four. We are hiring a van for most of the trip and are paying for this by credit card. Which of the following is cash only or can we use a credit card? Lift tickets at Nosawa and Hakuba? Meals out? Shuttle at Hakuba? Ski lessons? Train back to Tokyo? Taxi in Tokyo? thanks for any help. BTW we have a mastercard and an amex, also a visa as a backup.
  10. We are driving early on a Sunday from Narita to Nozawa Onsen and have been recommended to take Kanetsu exp via Yuzawa. I have directions for this part of the trip but what is the easiest way of getting to the Kanetsu exp from the airport. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks
  11. Thanks everyone for ideas - we are leaning towards hiring the vehicle and have been recommended ToCoo! Are the navigation systems in English?
  12. We are a group of 5 spending 2 wks in Japan late Jan 2008. We are having 5 nights at Nosawa Onsen then 7 at Hakuba and final night in Tokyo. Just want ideas on the cost and hassle of either hiring a car for 5 plus gear vs train/bus travel. Also info re etag or ways of paying toll roads. Have previously hired car in Canada and NZ because it worked out cheaper than 4 or 5 fares. BTW +1 learnt to drive in Ottawa so used to snow. Thanks for any ideas in advance.
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