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kosongice 09-01-2018 11:53 PM

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!

https://i.imgur.com/9oDhndDl.jpg

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!

https://i.imgur.com/doN8C2hl.jpg

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 snow 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.

Bad news Bob 09-01-2018 11:56 PM

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

Where u stay?

kosongice 09-01-2018 11:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bad news Bob (Post 112232221)
Reach haneda 9am, transit to sapporo by 12pm?

Where u stay?

Going to Narita. Staying in Sapporo. The transit time is sufficient.

Nitrile 09-01-2018 11:59 PM

hello now 2018 already

Bad news Bob 10-01-2018 12:01 AM

Enjoy the ana flight. I missed their cabin check-in music.

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

Feel like returning too:o

エステ好きな野郎 10-01-2018 12:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nitrile (Post 112232275)
hello now 2018 already

TS time traveller

kosongice 10-01-2018 12:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nitrile (Post 112232275)
hello now 2018 already

Quote:

Originally Posted by エステ好きな野郎 (Post 112232323)
TS time traveller

ALAMAK! :s13:

Thanks hahahaha didn't realise!

fatboi666 10-01-2018 12:02 AM

safe trip! looking forward to the snow!

kosongice 10-01-2018 12:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fatboi666 (Post 112232361)
safe trip! looking forward to the snow!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bad news Bob (Post 112232313)
Enjoy the ana flight. I missed their cabin check-in music.

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

Feel like returning too:o

Thanks! Hope both of you stay well and safe to wherever you are! (:

nexusRAGER 10-01-2018 12:05 AM

Have fun ksi :s12:

orpisia 10-01-2018 12:07 AM

korkor sibei satki!

kosongice 10-01-2018 12:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nexusRAGER (Post 112232414)
Have fun ksi :s12:

Thanks! Hope to see you around the hood for a meal next time!
Quote:

Originally Posted by orpisia (Post 112232449)
korkor sibei satki!

Work like siao, then bit by bit save up and go one. Come back must work full time and be responsible liao. :(

Irritatong 10-01-2018 12:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nitrile (Post 112232275)
hello now 2018 already

:s13::s13:

Irritatong 10-01-2018 12:11 AM

jin satki ts
chiur friend jin cute

[SG]Revolution 10-01-2018 12:12 AM

Jin rich mans take ANA...


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