What should we prepare for a holiday in the autumn in Hokkaido? A lot. From a-z you have to be ready, don’t travel in the wrong costume, better be prepared than sorry, like bring an umbrella so you don’t get wet and look less cool haha!
WHAT TO BRING/WEAR
1. Massive suitcase
Why? Because I made the terrible mistake of bringing a small one so I couldn’t bring many gifts back home. My suitcase was only filled with clothes and the necessities I thought I’d need there. Hokkaido is famous for its potatoes and milk so my advice is to bring a massive suitcase to bring back some yummy food and drinks for your family and friends.
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When it’s autumn in Hokkaido, sometimes it rains. This is not just a saying, it’s better to have an umbrella and not need one than to need an umbrella and not have one in an uncertain weather. For one it’s cold, the temperature is -1 - 8°C and it was almost winter so it was freezing. Don’t worry you can buy an umbrella in any Seven Eleven here. Oh hey, if you’re on my snapchat you would know that at Seven Elevens here, you can withdraw cash from the ATM and there’s Indonesian language available so you don’t have to worry about being short on cash, so cool, huh.
3. Personal Medicine
Don’t let illness ruin your holiday! It’s always important to bring multivitamin that you can take every day because on holiday, you can never be sure of the weather and you’ll be traveling and moving all the time so your body has to stay fit.
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Bring jackets that are useful to keep you warm but not too thick so they don’t take up much space in your suitcase and you can bring a few so you don’t have the same look with every picture taken. One thing’s for sure, don’t bring leather or denim jacket because those materials will absorb the cold and make you colder.
Bring sneakers and boots because you need them both. Boots are for Asahidake and sneakers are for daily use. Bring shoes that are comfortable and fashionable without making your feet cold, and I can tell that you could find your comfy sneakers on @ourdailydoseid
Even though your phone’s camera is probably enough, because autumn in Hokkaido is simply beautiful so whatever you use to take pictures would turn out nice but it’s better to immortalise your precious moments here properly. I use a Panasonic Lumix GX8 that’s good for taking pictures and also videos.
In order to be practical everywhere, bring a backpack that’s comfortable to wear and can fit a lot of things so in case you need more space for gifts, you can put them in your backpack, practical and easy so you don’t have to carry a bunch of things at once.
Other than that, bring whatever suits your taste. My taste? As long as it’s comfy, easy on the eyes and keeps me warm. One thing’s for sure, from the initial departure flight, it was already cold on the plane (even though JAL provided us with nice blankets). Autumn in Hokkaido is extremely cold (around -1 -13°C according to where you go) but it’s so beautiful. Another useful information when you travel with JAL is you can wait at the Sakura Lounge in Narita Airport, it’s cozy from massage chairs, delicious food, assorted drink and fast Internet connection. It was so comfy if you want to check out tickets from JAL then you can find them here. I hope this information was useful to you.
Translated by Achmad Sirman