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  1. Accommodation Information on La Neige Higashikan in Hakuba, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/hakuba/la-neige-higashikan
  2. Accommodation Information on Hotel Taigakukan in Hakuba, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/hakuba/hotel-taigakukan
  3. Accommodation Information on Hotel Hakuba Hifumi in Hakuba, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/hakuba/hotel-hakuba-hifumi
  4. Accommodation Information on Hakuba Tsugaike Espoir-Misawa in Hakuba, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/otari/espoir-misawa
  5. Accommodation Information on Hakuba Royal Suites in Hakuba, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/hakuba/hakuba-royal-suites
  6. Accommodation Information on Hakuba Alps Hotel in Hakuba, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/hakuba/hakuba-alps-hotel
  7. Accommodation Information on Brocken Hutte in Hakuba, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/hakuba/brocken-hutte
  8. Accommodation Information on Azekura Sanso in Hakuba, Nagano can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/hakuba/lodge-azekura-sanso
  9. Resort Spotlight The Resort Spotlight for the Hakuba Norikura Onsen resort in Otari, Nagano Prefecture can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/hakuba-norikura-onsen
  10. Hi All, thanks again for your feedback, I've decided on Happo-One Snow Resort so now its just about the hotel, so I'm after hotel close to the lifts with in 5 minute walk, 5 or 10 minute walk to places to eat and close to the ski rentals place, and the odd bar, pub or where the action is, I'm also after a place which has a supermarket for accordable supplies and Post office because I've read getting cash out from your ATM card is very difficult, onsen would be good. also close to the shuttle buses to get to other resorts like 47 and Goryu. Thanks for your advice. also please let me know if t
  11. Happo is a resort that I have held a season pass for a couple of times in the past. The resort itself is a little too bumpy for my taste, but the main selling point for me is the easy access to the backcountry from the top Grat Quad lift. I also used to like the ‘High Cascade Park’ that was a feature for a few seasons on the course far skiers left of the resort, served by the Kitaone 3 Pair lift. Unfortunately, that park no longer exists and has been replaced by something called ‘Happo Banks’ at the same spot. So I was a lucky winner of what I think was the first SJ Giveaway of th
  12. Hey guys, I'll be bring a few of my mates to Hakuba this February and I have a few questions about driving. I've driven in snow conditions before here in Australian but they're nothing like the snow fall you get in japan, will a 2WD mini van with snow tires be enough or will I need chains as well? Also, any suggestions on stops we should make along the way from Tokyo?
  13. Happy New Year to all. Im looking for some advice. I am arriving in Tokyo in a couple of weeks with my wife for our first trip to Japan, We have a day of shopping for ski stuff before we head to Hakuba. I have done all my skiing in Australia but never bought my own skis as we live in QLD, no snow. For the cost of rental for a week I have been told that I can purchase skis in Kanda, Tokyo for approx ,the same price, mainly older models on sale. My budget of approx, 18000yen Mostly sticking to the groomed runs , I consider myself a intermediate+ skier (aust snow) but at 54 I wont
  14. Does anyone know if there are any Xmas eve parties happening in hakuba tonight?
  15. Will be heading to Hakuba Goryu in February 2014 and I am considering my options of travel from and to Narita Airport. I have in the past purchased a 4 day any day JR pass outside of Japan and it made for easy simple travel arrangements but I was committed to travel by train as much as possible to get my moneys worth. This pass is now a 5 day pass and I will only be using it for up to 3 days. This coming tip I have considered staying in Tokyo a couple of nights before hitting the slopes. One option may be to catch trains to Nagano but on the return trip to Narita one option would be to catch a
  16. So which resort in hakuba is best to hold a season pass in? Only here a month but buying a season pass is of sure the cheapest option when i plan on riding basically everyday. I am more in to back country natural hits and drops then park. Cat tracks with hits are fun too. Steeper the better for The most part. Don't mind traversing for good tree runs. But I'm lazy and on vacation so hiking doest seem to be in the cards unless its something really epic of course. Suggestions please.
  17. Tsugaike Kogen in Hakuba, Nagano is open (only the top of the mountain) and conditions are good! If you're not too far away, its worth the trip to brush up your skills for the season!
  18. So I just learned that there was a pretty large 1.5 slab avalanche on the Hiyodori slide path above Tsugaike on Monday, February 11th (yesterday). The slide crossed the higher cat track and went as far as the second one. Does anyone have any more info on this - was it skier triggered? Was anyone hurt or injured?
  19. So SJ users seemed to show quite a bit of interest in the Arai Mountain Resort and Spa thread I started a while ago. I actually went to Aokiko a few weeks before my Arai trip, to check out how it looks now and to take a few photos. Aokoiko ski resort closed just 5 years ago and I know the area well. I used to ride there fairly often during the first few winters I lived in Nagano. it was the middle resort of the Sun Alpina linked resort area and there were a few pretty fun lines between Kashimayari and Aokiko. I had actually visited the resort a few times since it closed, but only duri
  20. Happo, Hakuba.- March 28th. Thanks again Snow Japan for selecting me as a winner for one of your first great giveaways of the 12/13 season. I received a ticket to use at either Happo, Iwatake or Tsugaike at the start of the season, but didn’t get around to using it until late March. Here is my review for Happo. I decided to use the ticket at Happo, as I hadn’t been there for a few seasons. I was a Happo season pass holder for 2 seasons (three resort pass including Nozawa and Shiga) when I first moved to Nagano, and always loved Happo for it’s proximity to my house, ease to get to by ca
  21. Chriselle kindly invited me along for a small road trip up north to Hakuba. He picked me up at Otsuki station and we, well he, drove up, facing some strong winds and as we drove into Hakuba, some horrendous snow storms, that can only be described as massive. He got us safely to the hotel, at around 10:30pm and after a quick beer, collapsed into out beds. The snow was coming down thick and fast all night, as you can see in this picture: And it didn't stop at all. Thankfully, on waking up, the view was spectacular and was well worth the drive up. The only problem was with the w
  22. Hit up happo, got the legs working with some long runs top to bottom of Risen right the way down into Nakyama. Forgot how massive this resort is. We progress across the resort from left to right, encountering some craters for moguls in both the Olympic courses. (What is with the Japanese and their obsession with moguls?) We decided to have lunch up usagidaira terrace. Tasty katsu curry for lunch , which we then watched 100s of people line up for a photo with the icey pole cartoon character. Such a strange phenomenon. I looked at the area next to the alpen quad an thought it looked mi
  23. I went up to Nagano's Tsugaike resort last weekend and they were having a discounted price if you are a resident of Nagano. I believe it continues until the end of the month. It was around a 600 yen discount. So not too much but, hey thats basically a free lunch.
  24. This report is a little late but I've been busy boarding and now only starting to get through the backlog of trip reports. Hakuba 27-29 December 2012 27th December 2012 Resort: Hakuba Goryu and 47 Snow condition: Compacted snow on groomed runs. About 20cm or more of powder on the sides of the groomed runs. The overall snow condition was very nice. The temperature was very low which kept the snow light and fresh. Weather: As I said the temperature was very low. On the drive up I saw a -12 on one of the signs on the side of the road so up the top of the mountain it was ver
  25. Hi everyone, Just wondering if anyone has gone on a train trip from Kamishiro Stn to Matsumoto by train and caught local bus to Matsumoto ?.I thought it might be an interesting day trip if the legs are a bit sore from the snow!!!.I hate guided tours just wanted to mingle with the locals my Japanese is very basic but I just wondered if it would be difficlut catching local trains. Nellie
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