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The Tripologist: where to take the kids skiing in Japan? – The Age


Posted on May 3rd, by Google News Archive in Niseko News. Comments Off on The Tripologist: where to take the kids skiing in Japan? – The Age

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A. NORTHEY, PERTH

For a Pacific Island destination with the works, whether it’s great diving, big waves, history, seafood, adventure sports, shopping, tranquility, nightlife or ultra-luxurious boutique resorts, Fiji is the place for you. Even spas are part of the equation. The islands’ infrastructure is fairly well-developed, which makes it easy to put together a holiday that combines lots of different elements. It’s also good value.

Vanuatu is wonderful, especially the island of Espiritu Santo, but its strong points are fabulous diving, local culture and a chilled, manyana approach to life that makes it ideal for a totally relaxed holiday.

The Cook Islands are the South Sea islands of innocence – 15 sultry, slow-moving, smiley islands that are spectacularly furnished with swaying palms and coral seas. Rarotonga is the place to go for international-style resorts, but Aitutaki has the postcard beaches. However, access is not so convenient as the other islands on your list.

New Caledonia is great if you want your tropical holiday served French-style, but you need to go to some of the outer islands such as the Isle of Pines or Lifou if you want to make the best of it.

On a cautionary note, you might want to plan your trip for October or November rather than December, which is the rainy season in all these islands.

ANY ADVICE TAKING KIDS (10-12) TO JAPAN TO SKI IN JANUARY?

A. BLANCO, SYDNEY

On the island of Hokkaido between volcanic cones and surrounded by national park, Niseko is almost an Aussie outpost. While I hesitate to suggest a Japanese ski resort where the hotel and restaurant staff and ski instructors speak English with an Aussie accent, it might be good for the kids to be on familiar ground. The snow conditions are fantastic. Niseko is known for its powder snow and there is a good array of terrain, from beginners to advanced. One lift pass gives you access to the four largest of Niseko’s five resort areas, the range of accommodation is great and prices are reasonable. All equipment can be rented from Niseko Base Snowsports (nisekobase.com). You need to bring lots of cash: one thing that Niseko lacks is convenient ATMs. For more information and bookings, see skijapan.com.

CONVERSATION

OVER TO YOU . . .

The question was: “Swiss trains, Brazilian beach attire or French cheesemaking skills – what’s one discovery from your travels that you’d like to see transplanted to Australia?”

From P. Russell, “The manners (“Sir, Madam, please, thank you, it’s a pleasure”) and efficiency of the American service industry needs to be transplanted to Australia. What we refer to as service leaves a lot to be desired, especially waiting …”

A. Reynolds writes “I’d love to be able to get a yummy rice or noodle dish and a cold beer delivered to me while I relax at the beach just like you can in Asia.

L. Humphreys writes “The heated toilet seats in Japan are something I would love to have available in Australia with the little gadgets to spray clean the appropriate bits and a heated air blower angled just right in order to dry again afterwards.”

According to R. McRae, “French cheesemaking skills; after all Australia has some of the best wines – why not have the expertise of the French for the cheese?”

From R. Silber, “Plug-points and free Wi-Fi on commuter trains – one discovery from our recent trip to Israel.”

“Continental driving skills,” writes P. Carson. “Brisk but polite, and forgiving. And slow drivers stick to the slow lane.”

Next question: Mad seat recliners, the double-excess, carry-on baggage crowd and parents who won’t rein in wayward kids – air travel can try your patience. What’s your most annoying experience?

Send response to tripologist@fairfaxmedia. com.au. The best response will win a Lonely Planet guidebook.


















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