I am going to Shiga Kogen and Nosawa Onsen for a couple of weeks in Jan/Feb 2014. I was originally going to rent skis but have been having second thoughts as I have heard the quality/range/choice is generally pretty limited. Looking at the rental prices on line even two weeks rental of best quality ski is likely to cost around $ 600. This is nearly enough to buy a new pair of skis and take them with me ( I have room in my flight luggage allowance ).
Any advice on the hire ski situation in either of these places would be appreciated.