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Gala Yuzawa :: Snow world Experiences

-DEPARTURE-

Salam! Hi everyone~ How is everyone doing?

I’m Wahida and I am a muslim Malaysian living in Japan. I want to share my experience travelling to Gala Yuzawa using Tokyo Rail Days(TRD), a product by JR East Japan and is available in Malaysia. You can buy TRD from selected travel agents in Malaysia.

Check travel agent list at TRD homepage  http://www.jp-rail-my.com/

 

TRD is a travel package that includes transportation pass that you can use to travel in Kanto area for 3 days, unlimited and set with activities.When you buy TRD from travel agent, you can arrange to receive it in Japan, to your accommodation, to airport and even to your family house if you have one living in Japan. EASY BUY! EASY TRY! EASY GO!

 

All the vouchers and explanation will be prepared for you so you don’t have to worry and enjoy your trip at ease.I will share in 4 parts and I hope these posts would be helpful for you so you too can enjoy beautiful Japan. JOM JALAN-JALAN!

 

NEVER peel the plastic off the ticket.
If you take the ticket out, your pass will be void and you won’t be able to use it.

Receive date stamp at manned gate of your first station to mark your starting date of using the pass.Just a smile and head gesture is understandable enough.

 

 

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Go through manned gate like this. You cannot go through auto gate!

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 -ARRIVING & SNOW PLAY-

 

Gala Yuzawa station is connected to Ski Center Cowabunga. After you arrived, go to ticket counter to exchange your voucher to ticket.You can wait in line at counter with your preferred language.

Gala Yuzawa has counter for many languages such as English, Mandarin, France, and Cantonese. Sometimes, they also have Bahasa Malaysia counter.
Exchange your gondola voucher here.

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View in front of ticket gate. From the gate, you’ll see big Concierge board. In peak hour, staff will be there and you can go there to change your voucher to ticket. You also can use ticket counter next to Concierge in peak hour

 

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If there is no staff at Concierge counter, then you’ll have to go to ticket counter. Normally you can exchange voucher or buy ticket here.

 

 

View from gondola. Nice weather!

View from gondola. Nice weather!

 

Besides winter sports, you can play sled and snow at the playground area or join Kanjiki Walking Tour(with additional price).

Even if you can’t play ski/snowboard, you can still enjoy snow with these activities!

Sled rental is available at your left when you exit gondola.

Snow playground is located next to sled playground.

For Kanjiki Walking Tour, you will walk through natural snow mountain in traditional Japanese snow shoe called Kanjiki with guide. Walking route is through tunnel with stairs(about 100 stairs!) and nature path where the untouched snow is soft and if you’re lucky you might even can see wild rabbit and wild Japanese deer. The snow is definitely softer than at snow playground and you’ll get to see mesmerising view of snow mountains from the viewpoint. Guide will explain to you about local Yuzawa area and the mountains that can be seen from viewpoint. Don’t worry about language because the friendly guide can explain in understandable English so you too can enjoy the view with explanation.

I really recommend you to join this tour.

 

Snow playground. You can play snow war, build a snowman etc.

Snow playground. You can play snow war, build a snowman etc.

 

Information counter inside Cheers. This is departure point for Kanjiki walking tour.

Information counter inside Cheers.  This is departure point for Kanjiki walking tour.

 

Guide tying Kanjiki. Tip to walk with Kanjiki is to take wider step! If not,then you’ll might step on your Kanjiki and slip.

Guide tying Kanjiki. Tip to walk with Kanjiki is to take wider step! If not,then you’ll might step on your Kanjiki and slip.

 

Tunnel entrance. The start of walking tour.

Tunnel entrance.  The start of walking tour.

 

Follow the light. About 100 stairs. Ganbatte!

Follow the light. About 100 stairs. Ganbatte!

 

View out of tunnel. Snow world!

View out of tunnel. Snow world!

 

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With friendly guide

With friendly guide

 

Snow mountain view from viewpoint

Snow mountain view from viewpoint

 

Snow mountain view from viewpoint

Snow mountain view from viewpoint

 

 


 -FACILITIES-

 

I’m going to introduce facilities available in Gala Yuzawa.

1) Rental counter

If you’ve opted for rental when you bought TRD, you will receive application form with your vouchers. So you can fill it in advance and go straight to rental counter to save time. If you worry about sizes, you can refer at English desk.

You can always change your rental if the size doesn’t fit.

When you receive your rental wear, you MUST keep the copy of your application form because you will need it when returning the rental.If you’re using sled, you can receive sled token (card) here to exchange with your sled at central area on the mountain.

 

2) Changing room and locker area.

You can buy locker ticket at ticket counter or machine outside of changing room.

Changing room is very close to rental counter.  Lockers are inside changing room.

There are two type of changing room in Gala. One is separate woman and man type at 2F and another one is for family at 3F near Irori lounge. Family type also has separate woman and man changing room but here, family can share same locker together.

For 2F changing room, toilets are also in same space.

 

3) Prayer space

Gala Yuzawa has two prayer spaces in Ski Center Cowabunga. One is at private space in Irori Lounge on 3F. It is inside spa relaxing area so you have to inform staff at Irori Lounge counter when you want to use it.

Another one is changing booth at family changing area. There are 10 booths available. You can use the freely.

 

4) Child day care at CHEERS

For parents, child day care is available with additional price at Cheers. Diaper changing station is also available next to day care room.

Both are located at 2F of Cheers building.

 

If you haven’t filled in rental application form, you can fill in the form at these desks. It is very convenient that they separate the desks according to different languages. There are Mandarin, Thai and English desks. You can find application form, price list, how to use rental service etc. at these desks.

If you haven’t filled in rental application form, you can fill in the form at these desks.
It is very convenient that they separate the desks according to different languages. There are Mandarin, Thai and English desks.  You can find application form, price list, how to use rental service etc. at these desks.

 

You can also check your height and shoe size. I think this is very helpful since Malaysia shoe size system is different with Japan.

You can also check your height and shoe size.
I think this is very helpful since Malaysia shoe size system is different with Japan.

 

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You can buy locker ticket from this machine if you haven’t bought them at ticket counter. This one is in front of woman changing room entrance

You can buy locker ticket from this machine if you haven’t bought them at ticket counter.
This one is in front of woman changing room entrance

 

This is inside of woman changing room. You can find your locker number on your ticket referring to this map.

This is inside of woman changing room.
You can find your locker number on your ticket referring to this map.

 

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IRORI Lounge at 3F

IRORI Lounge at 3F

 

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Prayer Space

 

Child day care and diaper changing station. Day care room is next to the station.

Child day care and diaper changing station.
Day care room is next to the station.

 

One or two photo at Gala photo stop

One or two photo at Gala photo stop

 

 


-Food-

 

For this post, I would like to share with you restaurant and what menu is okay for Muslim to eat at Gala Yuzawa.

Since my trip starts early in the morning, I bought my breakfast at Newsday convenience store inside Tokyo station.

Because train journey is about 75 minutes long, I’d recommend you to buy some snacks and drinks to have on train.

There are restaurants available at Ski Center Cowabunga and Cheers.

All the restaurants in Gala Yuzawa provide menu with allergy picktogram.

So you can check and choose menu by referring to that.

 

Note:

Unfortunately there are no halal certified menus available in Gala Yuzawa. The menu/food is checked and chosen solely based on ingredients and allergy pictogram available. Please check with restaurant staff if you have any questions and consume at your own discretion.

 

first-mealsToday breakfast!

Tuna Mayo Onigiri and vegetable juice.

I’ve checked the ingredients and based on the ingredients on the label, I’ve decided this onigiri at Newsday is okay for me

When buying food at store, you need to check every time you buy because ingredients are changed every season and sometimes pork, non halal meat and alcohol is included in the ingredients even for seafood onigiri.

 

 

 

 

 

 

onigiri

 

 

Simple tips to unwrap an onigiri:

Follow the step accordingly and you will open them nicely.①→②→③

TADAAA~

You know you’ve succeeded when after opened, you were left with 3 pieces of plastic wrap.

So, good luck when you try to unwrap one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restaurant available at Cowabunga.

Left: Milano is at 2F. Menu is western menu. OK menu are fish & chips, French fries Right: Yuta is at Irori Lounge. Varieties of rice ball,musubi type available. You can choose seafood menu.

Left: Milano is at 2F. Menu is western menu.OK menu are fish & chips, French fries
Right: Yuta is at Irori Lounge.Varieties of rice ball,musubi type available.You can choose seafood menu.

 

1F Food Court at Cheers. You can buy ticket from vending machine then go to each counter. OK menu are 4 type cheese tortilla pizza, Choco banana pancake

1F Food Court at Cheers.You can buy ticket from vending machine then go to each counter.
OK menu are 4 type cheese tortilla pizza,Choco banana pancake

 

 

2F Yamano Yuta.Menu is Japanese food. Some of OK menu are Soba noodles with tempura, Tempura bowl, Tuna bowl, Salmon bowl, Soba noodles and Tempura fritters bowl set Water is available self-served for free of charge. If you want sweet drinks you can add soft drink bar. For 2F restaurant, you can order from your table. Just press bell button on your table to call waiter. You can get water, spoon, tissue etc. at self-service counter.

2F Yamano Yuta.Menu is Japanese food. Some of OK menu are Soba noodles with tempura, Tempura bowl, Tuna bowl, Salmon bowl, Soba noodles and Tempura fritters bowl set 
Water is available self-served for free of charge. If you want sweet drinks you can add soft drink bar.

 

For 2F restaurant, you can order from your table. Just press bell button on your table to call waiter. You can get water, spoon, tissue etc. at self-service counter.

For 2F restaurant, you can order from your table.Just press bell button on your table to call waiter.
You can get water, spoon, tissue etc. at self-service counter.

 

You can buy snack such as ice cream at Cheers 2F Blue Seal. There are varieties of ice cream flavor to choose from and their specialty is flavor from Okinawa. You can buy ticket from vending machine and give the ticket to staff at counter.

You can buy snack such as ice cream at Cheers 2F Blue Seal. There are varieties of ice cream flavor to choose from and their specialty is flavor from Okinawa.
You can buy ticket from vending machine and give the ticket to staff at counter.

 

Tuna bowl

Tuna bowl

 

 

 Tempura bowl

Tempura bowl