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  • #16
    LYK, you are awesome! I really appreciate the insights. I'll certainly send this thread link to our trip coordinator.

    I certainly agree with paying homage to Mahatma and his Live Why outlook. I think we all miss that big dog.

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    • #17
      Glad to be of help. I’m enjoying reliving some of these adventures in my head - hope the world goes back to normal soon.

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      • #18
        I always enjoy reliving my skiing adventures. Our trip coordinator thanks you too for all the info. She's looking forward to really disecting every bit of info she can find. Unfortunately, politics are so unstable we've had to push this trip back to probably 2023.

        I'm positive I'll take my trusty Sherpa's to Japan. I'm not sure that taking another set of shorter sticks would be worth the extra weight and hassle.

        Edit: That made me wonder when my passport expires. Had to go check. I'm good there till 2029.

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        • #19
          Regarding accommodations

          Traditionally, Japanese lodging was/is a communal affair. Guests ate, bathed, and slept in a setup almost like a hostel. Hence - a lot of local hotels still charged like a hostel - priced at per head rather than per room. Some have moved on with the times, and most international chains shouldn’t have this issue at all. But it can be an interesting gotcha when comparing prices.

          Most accommodations at the destinations mentioned above would fall under either the “western hotels” or “traditional ryokan” categories. The key distinction between the two is that “Western hotels” would typically have off-floor beds and en-suite bathrooms. Traditional ryokans are more likely to have bedding on the floor (tatami) and shared toilet and bathing facilities. If staying at a ryokan or planning to visit any hot springs - I’d suggest googling japanese communal bathing etiquette ahead of time to avoid awkward situations.

          Ski cabin/vacation home rentals are mostly limited to the resort areas frequented by international tourists - ie Niseko and Hakuba.

          If you do make it to Kagura - I’d highly recommend to stay a night on the mountain at the Wadagoya hut. Access is via ski lifts only so pack lightly.
          https://www.princehotels.com/en/ski/...#accommodation
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