Ski Buddies is heading to Japan!
You and other members will spend 5 nights at the slope-side Hakuba ski area west of Tokyo with true ski in/out located at the Hutte Shiroi Koya Hotel with "western style" twin beds. Each room has 2 twin beds for 2 members to share @ $550 per person. All of the rooms have views of the mountain and a private bathroom. Breakfast, dinner and WIFI are included. The hotel also has its on "onsen" hot bath which will take away the pain from a long day on the mountain. The hotel is located within 15 minutes walk to the center of the village where bountiful restaurants and bars are located! The Hakuba main ski gondola is only 10 minute walk or quick ski/ride on the slopes from the front door of the hotel. There are several other ski areas to choose from within a short shuttle ride as well.
On Friday, February 16th after checking out of the hotel around 10am, we will go as a group to visit the famous Jigokudani Snow Monkey park near Nagano before returning to Tokyo via the same high speed train.
To conclude our trip, we will be spending 2 nights in Tokyo before departure onward on Sunday, 2/18. Our hotel, APA Hotel Shinjuku, in Tokyo, is in the heart of the gay nightlife in the ni-chome section. Each room has 2 twin beds with private bath for 2 members to share. The hotel is only a 10 -15 minute walk to the bars, restaurants and train station in Shinjuku. The hotel also features its own "onsen"/spa!
We will take the high speed train from NRT (Tokyo Narita) to the ski resort with payment for transportation on your own upon arrival in Japan. As example, my flight on ANA leaves SEA at 12:20pm on Saturday, 2/10 and arrives NRT at 3:40pm on Sunday, 2/11. Delta also operates the only other direct flight and it arrives at 3:45 on 2/11! You must book a flight to arrive before 4pm on Sunday, 2/11!! Presently both flights price the same at $1,462 in coach round-trip and $6,258 in business round-trip. After immigration, we will board the 30 minute local train from the airport to Ueno avoiding the city of Tokyo itself where we will connect to the high speed train to Nagano. The high speed train leaves at 6:30pm and 7:30pm with just a 76 minute ride covering over 100 miles costing less than $70! From Nagano, we will either share taxi service to the ski resort or use local train/bus service for the 1 hour final part of the journey. This will make our arrival at the hotel in Hakuba ski area between 9 and 10pm.
Please contact your trip leader, Chad Proctor with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.