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  • Day80

    Une journée pleine d'imprévus !

    March 29, 2020 in Japan ⋅ 🌧 6 °C

    Cette journée était censée être une simple journée de transports, remplie de trains, de gares et paysages qui défilent. Mais ce ne fût que partiellement le cas ! Si vous êtes joueur et avez du temps (je sais que oui) prenez une carte avec vous et suivez notre parcours !
    Levés à 8h, on quitte notre auberge kanazawaienne avant 9h et avec nos panneaux de stop, nous mettons en chasse d'un conducteur. Mais par temps de virus, être un étranger faisant du stop au Japon n'est pas forcément recommandé pour rejoindre rapidement sa destination... Après une bonne heure "d'attente", nous allions abandonner quand notre bienfaiteur arriva ! Un jeune rockeur japonais accepta de nous emmener jusqu'à la gare de Toyama. Arrivés à bon port, on remercie vivement notre chauffeur et prenons le premier train pour Tomari. En attendant notre train, on pique-nique sur le quai un énième succulent repas fait maison. Direction Itoigawa ! Pris en tenailles en la mer et les hautes montagnes, le trajet est impressionnant et sublime. À la gare d'Itoigawa, on troque notre grand train pour un minuscule wagon qui navigue entre montagnes enneigées et rivières mouvementées (non sans nous rappeler le Transsibérien). On arrive enfin à Minori-Otari où nous devons changer de train. Mais un arbre est tombé sur la voie sous le poids de la neige. On monte donc dans un bus direction Omashi où 1h30 plus tard nous prenons train express direction Matsumoto. Mais nous n'avons pas le bon ticket. Contraint de descendre à Azumino, on en profite pour faire le tour de la petite ville enneigées, son 100 yens shop (achat d'un carnet pour Emma) et son Hotaka Shrine, lui aussi enneigé.
    On remonte dans le train et arrivons, enfin, 30 minutes plus tard, à Matsumoto, notre terminus ! Avez-vous bien suivi le trajet ? Parce que nous pas du tout !
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    MARIE HERVE

    L aventure c est l aventure !!! Bisous bisous

    4/6/20Reply
     
  • Day3

    Day 3 - Naeba

    March 29, 2018 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 3 °C

    Woke up very early again and watched the snow groomers from our 10th floor window. We then had our breakfast buffet (free thanks to Seibu club), then got our rental gear - very expensive at about $500 for 2 days - but was not worth bringing gear for only 2 days on snow. Bit more tolerable when it is for 4 people - and when the front desk gave us free lift tickets for our stay.

    We headed out to the snow a bit before 9, and it was already hot, forecast 17degrees. We ditched the beanies, gloves and jackets. We spent some time getting Oscar used to skiing. We then hit the chair lifts for a few green slope runs. We had oscar both between Jason's legs and using the ski harness out front. The we decided to take the gondola up near top to ski a green run and use its chairlift. Oscar was doing well. We then stopped for CoCo Curry at their top of mountain restaurant. Views were amazing.

    After that things weren't that well thought out. We decided to ski Oscar down - a few red runs and green runs. Some were very steep. At time Jason piggy backed him, others he skiied and the last bit we were all too buggered, so Oscar, Dale and I bum slid down a fair chunk of the steep ski run. Not doing that again.
    So at 2pm we called it quits and headed back to the room.

    Before dinner we walked through the complex. It takes about 10mins to walk from one end to the other. Grabbed some pizza for dinner, and retired early.
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  • Day4

    Day 4 - Naeba

    March 30, 2018 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 -2 °C

    Up early and had the buffet breakfast at the hotel (free thanks to Seibu club). Then we hit the slopes early. It eas much colder today thankfully and there was a bit of light wind. The snow was better in the morning, but got chopped up pretty quickly. Oscar has been a champion and skiied well tethered by Jason. Dale is loving it too. We did about 6 runs of the green slope right out front of the hotel.

    At 11am we headed to the kids play area (4,400¥) were we had some fun on the snow tubes and sledges. The tubing was lots of fun. At 12 we headed for food. Dale and I got waffles, Jason got paella and Oscar chicken - bonus we were able to use tomorrow's breakfast vouchers to pay for lunch (as we plan to depart before breakfast).

    At 2pm we went back out into the slush for a few more runs. At 3pm back to the kids snow park for some more tubing fun. At 4pm we were done. Returned the rental gear. Packed a bag to taqbin to yokohama and grabbed some dinner. We also got to spend the 2000¥ in vouchers we got for not having our room cleaned daily.

    Early night as we plan on catching a 7am bus out.
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  • Day4

    Day 3 - Naeba

    February 26, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 1 °C

    It was a earlish start for us. Hubby went off to the breakfast buffet (¥2200). While the kids and I had convenience store fair. I had a very nice white choc crossoint.

    Buying tickets this morning saw our comedy of errors continue. Tues and Thurs happen to be ladies day, so tickets for me were ¥3500. We had purchased a webket ticket for Jason (1 day ticket + ¥1200 voucher for ¥5400). At the ticket window the guy hit a few extra zeros and actually charged us $6000 For a $60 purchase. Luckily he spotted him mistake and reversed the charge.

    We skied the front slopes, getting Oscar used to being on snow again. We then headed left for some nice cruisey runs. The weather was not cold, and cloudy, sometimes blue sky. The snow got lumpy pretty quickly. After the left side became crowded we went up the gondola, but it was pretty icy, busy and a bit colder. The trees up there were so beautiful covered in snow. Oscar and I rode the gondola down, while Jason and Dale skied the red run down.

    After a lunch break of yummy hot dogs, we went back out but headed right, we did the run to the dragondola a few times as the kids loved it. Then we made our way back over to the left side again before calling it a day. We had all sorts of conditions, from chopped up snow, to lots of crunchy ice, to sand like snow today.

    Food court dinner again. Early night for 4 knackered skiers.
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  • Day2

    Day 2 - Narita to Naeba

    March 28, 2018 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 7 °C

    Woke up very early at Narita and then headed back to the airport to exchange the JR pass. We caught the 9:19am NEX to Tokyo and then onto the shinkansen to Echigo-yuzawa station arriving at noon. We then found a place to eat lunch and hubby tried some Sake at the sake museum (sake tasting). Then at 2:20pm we boarded the bus headed for Naeba. It was a suprisingly snow filled climb up the mountain to Naeba (40mins). Here we were treated well, given free breakfast for all of us and free lift tickets for one day. We had to change rooms after our first room was well above 30 degrees and too hot to stay in. Staff were very accommodating to move us. The complex is huge, we had an early bite for dinner at the food court, and we will hit the slopes tomorrow.Read more

  • Day7

    Day 6 - Kagura (Tashiro area)

    March 1, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 3 °C

    Another slow morning as we worked out what the weather was doing. There were some clouds around.

    Around 9am we went and exchanged our webket tickets and bought the ¥700 all mountain upgrade. As we headed over to the Dragondola we noticed the snow was not hard and crunchy, but just right.

    At Kagura, the Tashiro area, it was like a ghost town, there was hardly anyone around. The snow was great, the best so far, hard under, but just enough softness on top. We had a ball skiing around this area, dressed a bit warmer so we didn't freeze. There was no wind, and we had a bit of everything, sun, sleet, snow, sun and snow.

    At around 11am they were hungry so we ducked into an eatery next to the lift. Curry was on the menu, so we had curry. We ordered extra rice for the kids, but it too was added to our plates. All good as we just all dug in.

    We continued to ski this area, the kids were having fun skiing through the trees off to the side of the green runs, we even did a few snow angels in the foot deep snow off in the trees. We noticed some weather closing in and decided to bail just before 2pm. We boarded the Dragondola in a cloud and had very low visibily - like next to none.

    By the time we got back to Naeba is was clearer and a slight wind, but the snow was noticibly worse, soft and chopped up. This caught the 9yr old up and she had the falls all the way back across the Naeba face.
    A few more runs off to the left and we called it quits while everyone was still intact.

    We then dried off the skis and ski gear and packed up the ski bag and ski clothing bag and taqbin them off to the airport (¥5160). Another food court dinner, as we have an early start in the morning.
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  • Day5

    Day 4 - Kagura

    February 27, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 2 °C

    We feasted on convenience store snacks for breaks, pastries and waffles. We were out by about 8am and off to exchange our lift ticket coupons and get the kids free passes. We paid the ¥700 extra for an all mountain pass that included Kagura and Naeba.

    We headed over towards the Dragondola - the longest gondola, it goes for 5km and takes 20mins. The views were awesome. Over at the Tashiro area of Kagurathere was not a breath of wind, but it was bloody cold about -5.

    We started off on the left and made our way across to the right, the runs were bloody icy, skis were chattering. By the lime we got to the 4th lift we were cold and hungry, so we went back across to lift 2 to the tonkatsu restaurant for an early lunch at 11am.

    After a feed and a warm up, we headed right again. This time we actually went right on the 4th lift, and found the orange course, which was actually a bit soft. The kids had a ball on this run, so we lapped that a few times. The kids had a few minor stacks at times, but were sking well, I had trouble catching them at times. We were all freezing so around 2pm we left and headed back for the Dragondola.

    We crossed back across the Naeba face, where the snow was softer and the wind a bit stronger. After the kids had a warm up bath, we went out for an early dinner. Then a chill in our room.
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  • Day6

    Day 5 - Naeba

    February 28, 2019 in Japan ⋅ 🌧 2 °C

    It was a slow start to the morning, as when we looked out the window it was raining. Luckily the rain turned into snow, so after watch the lovely fat flakes fall, we decided we should get up and go ski.

    We exchanged a webket ticket for JASON, and it was ladies day again, so only ¥3500 for me. The kids are free at Naeba.

    We started out admiring the snow, until we went to ski in it, it was sticky slow snow. We got quite wet as the snow came and then went.

    At 11am we took the gondola up to the curry house, not the great views we had last year, as this time we were in cloud. After a good feed, we rode the gondola down, much to Dale's disappointment. We told her that the low visibility wasn't safe.

    We continued to ski the front face of Naeba for the rest of the afternoon, drying off as the rain and snow stopped. There was no wind today, and it didn't feel that cold. The kids,are still skiing great on some pretty steep slopes.

    At about 3:30pm we called it a day. Then had pancakes and waffles for dinner (as one does).
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  • Day6

    Niigata

    April 14, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Niigata port was a new stop for the ship we are on...and we weren't entirely sure why as it didn't seem to have a lot going for it. After some free WiFi research on the dockside, we decided to get the shuttle bus to town and give it a go.

    From being dropped at the station, we headed out towards the Bandai Bridge which is apparently an attraction due to its sweeping arches. On the way, we passed the Media Ship building and took advantage of the free 20th floor observatory. They also had a local market on which sold interesting trinkets and jewellery, as well as a clown for the kids!

    The Bandai Bridge, over the Shinano River, took us to a beautiful riverside walk, covered in cherry blossoms and tulips. We walked about a kilometre north to the old customs house, before returning and walking a further kilometre south to the Hakusan Park where Arts Mix Japan festival was taking place. The weather was pleasant enough for a walk but with the sun out and the sky clouded over it was rather muggy. Nonetheless, along the length of the riverbank, Japanese families were out picnicing under the cherry blossom trees.

    The Hakusen Park was teeming with people. There was a dance troupe on entertaining both the locals and the vast number of tourists from our ship. At the top of the park, food stalls offered octopus, dough balls, noodles and candy floss in the shade of the Hakusen Shrine. The slow jostle to the shrine itself through the crowded stalls gave us a chance to see the drumming display on inside, before popping on the free shuttle bus back to the station, to get our shuttle back to the ship. A worthwhile visit despite our reservations!
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  • Day3

    Day 2 - Narita to Naeba

    February 25, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 5 °C

    This ended up being a travelling sort of day... full of errors as such.
    We returned to the airport after spending the night at Narita Tobu Hotel (nice size triple for ¥10,260). Had a good old 7-11 breakfast and went to the JR office after the initial opening rush. Got onto the 9:48 NEX and it was an unusually slow journey that stopped at least three times (not at any sort of station).

    That put us into Tokyo at 11:15am, so our long gap had now closed, we hauled the kids and ski bags through Tokyo station arriving at our platform just as the shinkansen pulled in. (When booking these seat I requested the back row - for ski bag). Where we watched the staff flip the seats, making our back row request now front row seats. We ended up sticking the ski bag up on the overhead rack, and had our other luggage under our feet. Lucky the journey was only just over an hour.

    To continue our comedy of errors we looked up a restaurant on guru navi, only to end up going to a restaurant in the same location, but on the other side of the station. The food was good, but ended up being an expensive lunch at ¥6000.

    Then we hustled to catch the shuttle to Naeba leaving at 2:20pm, the one waiting was full, luckily another on came a few minutes later. There was a lot more snow on the ground than our visit last year. Checked in all good, unpacked the skis, ready to hit the slopes in the morning.
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