wasatch_ratJust starting to plan a japan trip, still in the extremely early stages, but I'm trying to go for at least 2 weeks, hopefully closer to 3. Looking for recommendations
Where to ski? Which island and which resort(s)?
Where to stay? How much did it cost?
What to do on bad weather days?
Where to eat? What to eat?
How to get from place to place? Rent a car, public transit, uber etc?
Any and all advice or experiences are appreciated. Thanks newschoolers
Are you going to purely ski for the 2/3 weeks?
if so don’t bother hiring a car just get the Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo they go to both Hakuba and Sapporo (smaller train onwards to niseko). Hire a car if you want to do some other travel around the country and maybe want to go to the warmer south
On really bad weather days I highly suggest drinking lots of hot sake or Strong Zero (aka Japanese 4loko)
or go for a walk and explore the beautiful and culturally very different town / city you are in
defiantly should eat lots of Okonomiyaki whilst there. Other wise most restaurants are very nice. Super markets a kinda weird compared to the west but you can still find some “standard western items like eggs”. But I recommend jumping right into the the Japanese food as it’s a big part of the experience and very tasty if your willing to try new things
niseko and hakuba are the biggest resorts but also are the busiest. There are other smaller resorts as well which could be worth looking into. I’ve heard there are some hidden gems around Yudanaka. Resorts on both islands get heaps and heaps of light and dry snow, so I wouldn’t say either is better for pow. I was in Niseko in January and found there was only really a big cue for the gondala first thing in the morning and once everyone spread out the lift lines were very good. Can’t say if this is always the case, just what I found
one last thing is Hakuba is a much larger city then niseko, if you wanna go to one of the big resorts, then just keep that in mind. Like Hakuba is basically a small city where is Niseko is a more traditional resort village with the main town of Kutchan being a drive/ bus away.
hope this helps