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Getting to skiing if living in Southern Japan

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For the Japanese expats out there...

 

I'm pursuing a job with the US military in one of their various locations in Japan.  Although I (think I) prefer central Japan since it is closer to Alps and other stuff,  it may be more likely that I would end up in Sasebo or Okinawa (already had one phone interview for Sasebo).  This is as far away from skiing as I can get which would be a bit of a bummer, unless...

 

In general, is flying from the south to the ski destinations for 2-4 days skiing practical with the connections on both ends, flight cost (checked skis etc.), and so on?  I'm always up for short or long weekend ski outings, but due to distance (or water for Oki...) hopping in the car for a mini ski trip won't work.

 

I'm just looking for the nudge one way or the other should I get a job offer.  Knowing whether or not I could hit the slopes occasionally, between trips to my beloved Big Sky, could sway my decision.


Edited by lonepeak - 11/20/14 at 1:50pm
post #2 of 4

There are plenty of places to ski in Japan that are close to Tokyo by train, places in Niigata are only 90 minutes away. You need to check flights to/from Sasebo and Okinawa to see if you can get to Handa early enough to catch the train, and late enough to get yourself home.

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Ask about job openings at Misawa. If only Sasebo is open, it's a 2-hour flight from Fukuoka to Sapporo. There will be package deals available to Niseko, and possibly also to some Nagano/Niigata resorts. Same from Okinawa. 

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I know Misawa makes the most sense as a skier, but it looks like it will be Sasebo (tentative offer has been accepted). I'm still getting my bearings as to ski locations but have found non-stop flights from Fukuoka to Matsumoto and Niigata (but pricey) aside from the Sapporo and Tokyo options. I assume those other airports would make the most sense for central Japan ski destinations if the flight costs are reasonable.
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