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Anyone do Zao and Appi/Shizukuishi?

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Hi there

 

We are thinking of going to some places in Tohoku next season and one idea is to split the skiing/boarding time between Zao and Appi and Shizukuishi.

 

Anyone done that kind of combination before?

 

Sounds like a good plan?

 

Ta!

Jay

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Three good places I think, but will depend on what kind of resort you looking for - I presume you have taken a look at them all.

You can either go the fast way direct up the expressways, Appi is just off the Tohoku Expressway up there, or go cross-country and see more of the country.

That will depend on timing etc.

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Hi there

 

We are thinking of going to some places in Tohoku next season and one idea is to split the skiing/boarding time between Zao and Appi and Shizukuishi.

 

Anyone done that kind of combination before?

 

Sounds like a good plan?

 

Ta!

Jay

 

Never been to Appi or Shizukuishi, but any plan that includes Zao sounds like a good one.

 

You planning to rent a car?

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Thank you. That map thing is very helpful.

 

Yes we plan to have a car, it seemed to be a much better option just for getting around generally, and like the idea of driving around Japan

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Not into off-pister or backcountry and will be sticking the the courses or thereabouts! is the plan.

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I may be wrong but Tazawako ain't too far either once you are up there might be worth a look in too.

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Yes, Tazawako is just the other (west slope) side of Shizukuishi. If you're sticking to piste, I'd say Shizukuishi is a lot more interesting than Appi. Zao is a completely different experience.

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I have been to them all - not all at once - and they are all decent places.

Sounds like a decent idea to me esp. if you have a car and mobility.

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Been thinking about this, I'm keen to do a trip like this next season I reckon.

Want to check out those places up there.

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If you're sticking to piste, I'd say Shizukuishi is a lot more interesting than Appi.

 

Yes I would agree with that.

But as they are near checking out both is good.

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About 5 years ago I worked for 2 months at ryokan near to Tazawako.

it's a bit far for me now where I live but I really enjoyed it, definitely worth a visit if you go.

When we went snow conditions were wonderful. Very quiet as well.

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Nice thing about Shizukuishi is that it's easy to do a day at Tazawako, or Amihari, or Iwate Kogen...

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Do you mean Appi Kogen?

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Oops sorry for the radio silence!

Thanks for the replies.

Great to get some feedback.

Back to the cunning planning.

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My family are in Akita and not so far from Tazawako.

Lovely area.

I think more people should get up there and try these new place.

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No, I haven't been impressed with Appi.

Only been three times, most recently 20 years ago, and I just can't see paying those prices to ski what's essentially the same bland run anywhere you go on the mountain (well, ok, that short nishi lift has a gram or two of character). Maybe if I'd hit it on a knee-deep powder day my opinion would be different, but with so many great places to ski in Hokkaido & Honshu, Appi just falls off my personal map. YMMV, of course.

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