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Niseko

A December 2007 trip to Hokkaido by Oyaji

Spring Snowboarding Photo, Hokkaido, Japan More Photos
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Hirafu Village Bars & Pubs

Attraction | "Hirafu Village"

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The number of interesting restaurants, cafes, and bars in Hirafu village has increased recently. Walk around the village and discover what is tucked away: Gyu+ (some call it the fridge bar due to its fridge-door entrance), The Ice Bar(yep, all made from ice!), Yo's (renowned for its nonstop Japanese cuisine), and many more. All foreign visitors are surprised at how cheap it is to dine out in Hirafu, and with the quality, service (Yo and others will come and pick you up and drop you off), and affordability of Hirafu. It is definitely cheaper than other major ski resorts around the world.Be sure to grab a copy of Hirafu/Kutchan Wine and Dine, which has a good map and gives a brief introduction on man...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 8, 2006

Hirafu Village Bars & Pubs
Throughout Hirafu
Hokkaido, Japan

Camping in the Forest

Hotel | "In the Forests"

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In Japan, especially Hokkaido, it is often possible to camp anywhere. In summer, it is not uncommon to see tents pitched right outside stations, even in the city! So if you like and are well-prepared for snow camping, Hokkaido is heaven. The number of hotsprings make winter camping a great way to explore Hokkaido on a budget. That way, you can spend your hard-earned cash exploring the variety of mountains and snowboarding options. If you like snow camping, basically find yourself a nice, quiet spot, as asking "Where can I camp?" will only end in looks of disbelief from the locals. At Kurodake, I've camped in the car park and behind a nearby shrine, but anywhere you like is fine. In summer, there ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 7, 2005

Camping in the Forest

Hokkaido, Japan

Spring Snowboarding

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Spring Snowboarding Photo, Hokkaido, Japan
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Fantastic--dry and deep--especially considering it was April (spring). SICK! The actual ski run has a gentle gradient and is somewhat limited. The out-of-bounds regions are extensive and offer lots of opportunity for exploration, especially if you are well-prepared and experienced. There are no ski patrols here, and getting lost would not be difficult.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 7, 2005

Spring Snowboarding
Kurodake -Hokkaido
Hokkaido, Japan

Otaru Beer

Attraction | "Beer Drinking"

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I recommend visiting the Otaru Beer area located in the basement of the TV Tower. They produce some great German-style beers, available on tap or sold in small glass bottles. Their cheap monthly party held on the last Friday of the month is a relaxed and enjoyable place to meet both the local Japanese and expats’ families. During the Sapporo Beer Festival, Otaru Beer open a few weeks before the whole event kicks off in late July. The Beer festival is one of Sapporo's major events with the Odori Park area being converted into one huge outdoor beer garden-an excellent place to relax and people watch,listen to music and of course sample a range of local and major brewery beers.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 31, 2005

Otaru Beer
Hokkaido
Sapporo, Japan
+81 0134-61-2280

Niseko Skiing

Attraction | "Niseko"

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What can you say? The snow doesn't stop, there are no queues, and there is a fantastic lift system, which all make a memorable experience. Accessing back country areas is easy and, provided you know where to go, relatively safe. You should obey the patrol's warnings of avalanche and dangerous areas (meter-deep cracks aren't fun to fall into), as people have died here.A walk to the peak is a must on a clear day-the view alone is worth it (Mt. Youtei-Hokkaido's Fuji-like volcano dominates the view), but after bombing down ungroomed knee-deep runs, you'll be ready for the 30-minute (max) hike again!On my recent visit I took the chance to try out some new accommodation run by one of the few remaini...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 8, 2006

Niseko Skiing
Hirafu
Hokkaido, Japan