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Say what you want about cultural differences, Tokyo might be the coolest city in the world. Get informed. But even with google translate on-deck, navigating a city that is literally and figuratively poised in the future yet bound by customs of the past can still be a challenging task. But fear not, we're going to breakdown how to navigate between talking toilets and monorail sushi to 24hrs of deep culture immersion done right.
Accommodation: Capsule hotels are a Japan-only phenomenon (as far as we know) so take a deep breath and get ready for your first futuresleep. Our favourite is Prime Pod in central Ginza. Second choice is First Cabin Tsukiji, within eyeshot of the famous fish market and equipped with more spacious pods. If capsules aren’t your thing, we get it (side-eye), pick up a hotel in either Ginza or Roppongi area to stay well positioned instead.
Morning: There’s only one way to start a Saturday in Tokyo, Tsukiji Fish Market. The actual marketplace is open to the public from 10am, until then there’s heaps of sushi shacks serving the freshest fish in the world for a shoulder-to-shoulder curbside breakfast of kings (and emperors). Continue with a walk over to Ginza shopping district and hop on the metro to Meiji-jingumae station. The Meiji Jingu is a must-see, arguably the most famous Shinto shrine in Tokyo and hidden away from the city in a beautiful park. From here continue over to Takeshita Street in Harajuku to see the crowds and indulge in 'super-kawaii' culture.
Afternoon: Most importantly, ramen for lunch is the pro choice. The vending machine plays a key role in your ordering process, so don't ignore it on the way in (or check out real life monorail sushi, at Genki Sushi). After exploring Harajuku shopping district, aim for Roppongi Hills building at sunset. The Sky Gallery on 52nd floor is the second best view of the city, with majestic Mt. Fuji in the background. The first best view is from Sky Deck on 53F, an open air panoramic experience. If you want to go even deeper, pop into one of the exhibitions at the Mori Art museum within the building.
Evening: Sunset is 17:30 and our meeting point for TSW at Sky Gallery on 52nd floor. After taking in the sights, exploring an exhibition or enjoying a cocktail downstairs, we'll move to dinner as a group just a short walk away. From here on, TSW will take the lead ;)
Dinner: Naturally we aim for authentic Japanese to experience the local cuisine. Before making restaurant reservations, we need to know how many people are planning to join our table. Please rsvp via your arrival documents.
Karaoke: That's correct, we're going all in. The sickest karaoke rooms in Tokyo are private to us, so dust off the classics and ready your favorite crowd-pleaser, in this town power ballads will get you everything.
Dancing: One word, RAUL. The freshest champagne lounge/bar in Roppongi is private to our people, with the addition of a few choice locals to increase the vibe.
Rule 1 of planning destination experiences - know the area inside out. That means it's imperative to know where to find the best ramen in the village, purest onsen water, dopest gear shop and deepest pow stash. It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it.
We'll hold the powder pics until Japanuary, but with all said and done it's fair to say that team Niseko are in for whole new kind of adventure. To all those waiting in the wings, harness the cool breeze and practice your Japanese squeeze, we'll see you soon in the land of the rising sun...
Is a bird really a bird if it has never flown? Is a fox worthy of the name without a little cunning? Consider the essence of both, and whether an animal can claim its namesake in a way beyond simply biology. Does a man or woman know what it is to be human if he/she has never set out to explore?
Blessed we certainly are, to live in a day and age where round-the-world tickets are up for grabs, and travel opportunities are literally served up in the palm of your hand. Intrepid exploration is one of the pillars of humanity, a rite of passage even. Think back to the first time you were really granted freedom. Staring down a sandbox, a new city, or a national park, your skin might have prickled with anticipation. As you began to explore and to build your story, forming bonds and making discoveries, you got your first real taste of that essence. No one man can tell you what sand feels like in between your toes, just like nobody can experience it for you. You have to go out there and discover it for yourself, see your favorite band play live, get kicked out of the show, make mistakes, learn, grow. All the beautiful things you can do that make you human, have to be experienced for one's self.
Philosophy aside, The Ski Week comes at a time when the world is smaller than ever, people are empowered to explore, and together we share a moral obligation to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle. Our ability to sample the fruits of worldly experience has reached it's tipping point. What we provide is the platform for an immersive outdoor social experience which absolutely relies on people, just like you, to make it special. So make that New Year's resolution, and stick to it. Buy a plane ticket, fall in love, and never look back. Find the gift you were born to give, and get busy sharing it with the world...
When is the last time you slept in an igloo under the stars, at 2000m elevation? Maybe it's something special about Austrian air, but our dreams always come true in Obertauern...