TR of the Season: Japan Roadtrip

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TR of the Season: Japan Roadtrip

Postby jamesdeluxe » Mon May 04, 2015 11:02 am

Nothing I've seen this winter beats this eight-day road trip from someone on the German-language Alpinforum. He does a great job describing everything (if interested, there's always Google Translate), but the photos alone are worth the price of admission.

Day 1: Rusutsu
Day 2: Niseko I: Ski Tour
Day 3: Niseko II
Day 4: Yotei Zan Volcano: Ski Tour: 5,000-vert ascent including a run into the volcano's crater: incredible
Day 5: Kurodake
Day 6: Asahidake: with close-ups of steam vents (isn't that how several patrollers died at Mammoth a while back?)
Day 7: Furano
Day 8: Daisetsuzan National Park

I've always wanted to ski in Japan, even more so after seeing these reports. Unfortunately, as mentioned in one of Tony's TRs, the logistics from the East Coast -- a 14-hour nonstop to Tokyo followed by a connection to Sapporo + a 13-hour time difference -- make it a tough sell for anything less than a two-week stay (not a possibility for me).
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