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Where to ski in early february -12?

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The shink will do a lot more for domestic tourism than international tourism, that's for sure. Not just due to prices, but because of convenience and cultural preference, a lot of Japanese people really like trains.

 

One concern lately is that with the arrival of the shinkansen, a lot of the smaller train stations in the area will shut down (i.e. Niseko). That would hurt certain programs on the Niseko Village/Annupuri side of the mountain.

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Will it have that much of an effect though, it's not as if it is much further.

 

Actually, have they decided where to put the station anyway?

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Last I heard it was going to go into Kutchan. Kutchan is a pretty large town by population, especially compared to Niseko-cho.

 

I think it will have a pretty major effect on the area, especially at first. It may encourage investment from domestic companies (think JR/ANA package tours and hotels partnering with JR to bring people on weekend trips from Tokyo).

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Will be interesting to see how much they accept the views being messed up by that great big hulking slab of concrete.

 

I'm hoping for an underground station!

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