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Asia » Japan » Nagano » Minowa February 6th 2009

Powder in Nozawa-Onsen We just got back from skiing in a small town Nozawa-Onsen in Japan, an hour and half by bullet train from Tokyo. It is famous for its Onsens (Natural spring Hot Baths) which were great for weary muscles and a hard days snowboarding. The Piste was huge with plenty of lifts to choose from and there was no one there during the week as the Japanese don’t seem to take holiday’s skiing in the ski feilds. The snow was the best that we’ve ever seen. It has possibly spoiled us for skiing in Australia and New Zealand. It snowed early in the week, but really started to come down on the day before we were leaving. We woke up on the Sunday morning and found it had been snowing all night, even thou ... read more
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Asia » Japan » Nagano » Minowa March 1st 2007

It's now my 2nd day in Cairns, and after a heavy night last night, Dan and I thought it was about time for our first update, so here it is. Apologies if you've emailed me and I haven't replied yet but we've been sitting on these damn slow computers for the past 3 and a 1/2 hours and I'me ready to smash the thing up. We arrived at Narita Airport at about 11am, having flown for 11 and a 1/2 hours caught the skyrail train (just a regular train, not a monoorail as I'd expected) to our hostel. Luckily for us, our hostel was only 2 stops on the subway from the skyrail stop and despite being pointed in completely the wrong direction by an overhelpful Japanese man, we found our hostel with relative ease. Once ... read more

Asia » Japan » Nagano » Minowa July 8th 2006

Johnnie spent almost an hour typing up our first day and then it didn't post. all that work lost! bummer... any way to recap it very shortly we arrived to take an 80 min. train trip to get to our hotel. we dropped off our crap and headed out to explore our immediate surroundings. As we were walking around Asakusa Rory found 6000 yen on the ground which 5000 yen went to pay for our dinner. Score! then we went to a pachinko palor. this is where Rory blows everyones minds by winning 15000 yen with a single 500 yen bet this is 500 of the left over 1000 that he found, so its all profit. way to go Rory!! so our luck has been pretty good for the start of our trip, we can only ... read more

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