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Old 09-01-2018, 11:53 PM   #1
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GPGT/AMA/LIVE Update - Hokkaido 10-16 January 2018

So in the middle of last year, I decided spontaneously to visit Japan (and Hokkaido in particular) for my next birthday. It was one of my many thoughts that I believed wouldn't see light of day (wanted to go Denmark for ORD trip) for a plethora of reasons:

1. Unemployment
2. Absence of Savings
3. YOLO lifestyle

By July, I was still working part-time, and transitioned to another part-time job in August. The new shop required me to work multiple days a week, and for long hours. In turn, my hourly salary, while not astronomical, added up quite significantly due to OT. Then, somewhere in September, I made concrete plans for the trip and started booking accommodation. I purchased my tickets in November. Fast forward to today, I'm waiting to board my flight at 0100!



This thread will document my experience in Hokkaido, and I'll be happy to answer any questions to the best of my abilities for those who are interested to visit or are visiting. Feel free to ask away!

Meanwhile, I've come up with a list of FAQ:

Why Hokkaido?

I took a plane for the first time at 25 two years ago, on a tour group trip to Hokkaido. Call it the magic of my maiden trip, or me being suaku, I was smitten by the charm of the prefecture and wanted to return since. Being in a tour group also meant tight schedules, tourist traps and the inability to fully explore an area. I want to do Hokkaido at my own pace. Also, to see snow for the first time.

Who are you going with?

Me and my trusty friend!



Where will you be staying?

HOTEL MYSTAYS Sapporo Station. Chose to stay in Sapporo because last time I was there, we only had a few hours to explore the city. Decided on the hotel over a hostel or AirBnB because it's in a good location (just outside North Exit of Sapporo JR) and with winter in full force, I didn't want to trek through the a now looking for my accommodation or potentially having a heater break down and not having immediate access to help.

How much money did you prepare for the trip?

My air tickets cost $887.40 and I'm flying ANA. Accommodation for 6 nights is ¥42,500 and will be paid for in cash. My original intention, being on a budget, was to exchange SGD$1000 to Japanese Yen. This money will include the hotel fare. I did exactly that, but exchanged an additional $500 in case of emergency. I am trying as much as possible not to touch the latter.

On top of the above, I have also gotten several items for the winter season. They are as follow:

2 thermal tops and 1 thermal pants (HEATTECH ULTRA WARM) from Uniqlo - $0 (gift from a friend)
1 Ultra Warm Coat from Uniqlo - $169.90
2 fleece top with HEATTECH from Uniqlo - $0 (gift from brother)
1 pair of snow boots from Decathlon - $59.90
Gloves with HEATTECH from Uniqlo - $12.90
2 pairs of HEATTECH socks from Uniqlo - $14.90

How cold is it going to be?

The temperature reads negative for the past few days, and I have a shyt tolerance for cold. Watch this space for updates on how I cope.

Where are you going to visit?

It's going to be a super spontaneous trip, with not much (if at all) planned out. Apart from a few food places that I intend to go to, nothing else is set in stone. Will most likely be visiting Otaru on my birthday (12th).

Have you got a roaming plan/are you buying any prepaid SIM card?

Rented the WiFi device from Changi Recommends for $35.

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Old 09-01-2018, 11:56 PM   #2
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Reach haneda 9am, transit to sapporo by 12pm?

Where u stay?
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Reach haneda 9am, transit to sapporo by 12pm?

Where u stay?
Going to Narita. Staying in Sapporo. The transit time is sufficient.
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Enjoy the ana flight. I missed their cabin check-in music.

Their jipun cabin attendants more genuine than sq oso...

Feel like returning too
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hello now 2018 already
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Thanks hahahaha didn't realise!
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safe trip! looking forward to the snow!
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safe trip! looking forward to the snow!
Enjoy the ana flight. I missed their cabin check-in music.

Their jipun cabin attendants more genuine than sq oso...

Feel like returning too
Thanks! Hope both of you stay well and safe to wherever you are! (:
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Have fun ksi
Thanks! Hope to see you around the hood for a meal next time!
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Work like siao, then bit by bit save up and go one. Come back must work full time and be responsible liao.
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