If Tokyo is about the Happiest Place On Earth, and Osaka is home to the Wizarding School of Hogwarts, Sapporo is the best place in Japan to experience what a Winter Wonderland is all about.


But for someone who’s lived in a tropical country all his life, travelling to a place covered in snow for the first time was like going to another planet.

So to help you get ready for your trip to Sapporo (or wherever cold), I decided to create a  First Timers Guide to Snow, Check out Part one HERE and this is part 2.

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Jozankei Shrine Snow Candle path

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Now that you have an idea of what to wear and where to buy it, it’s time to make a checklist of the other things you have to bring on your winter adventure.

Besides toiletries, make sure you have moisturizers, sunblock! lip balm, petroleum jelly (I apply it on my arms and legs and face to keep me warm), and some basic medicines for headaches, cough and colds, and anti-histamines since you have to taste the fresh Sapporo Seafood!17268944_10156031353904199_1689865813_o 17237068_10156031353994199_1374181848_o 17200267_10156031354084199_1069532138_o

Bring a water bottle wherever you go especially if you are going to try sledding at Moerenuma Park. Believe me walking up that mountain will make your throat dry and make your thirsty! Don’t worry about having to buy several bottles though because in Japan you can drink water from the tap.

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Whether its exploring the Hokkaido Village or hiking up to sled down Moerenuma Park make sure you have a water bottle because you will get thirsty!


Since you are probably bringing a few gadgets with you, make sure they too are protected from the cold temperature. Just like those waterproof camera cases for DSLRs, you might also want to get an Otterbox case (a genuine one) to protect your iphone from accidental drops and the very cold temperature.

Some of my companion’s iPhones froze and restarted a few times when we were touring the old Hokkaido Village because of the cold temperature. It was a good thing my Huawei Mate 9 had a case plus I put it in a pouch to keep it from freezing up. I was, however, quite impressed with the Moto Z play which never froze or hang despite the negative temperature and though I had no case for it was able to withstand several falls to the pavement and that one time I had to dig it up from the snow when the tripod I mounted it on fell down.

If you are bringing a selfie stick, make sure you have a Bluetooth remote so you could take photos a whole lot easier. Remember you are wearing gloves and the phone could easily slip from your hands.sapporo shopping (3)

Its also a good idea to bring powerbank with a high mAH and a wall charger with several USB ports so you can charge multiple devices at a time.sapporo snow and smile (24)

If you plan on posting and keeping your social media feeds updated, rent a Smart Travel Wifi so you can have a fast internet connection wherever you are in Sapporo.



They say there’s an app for everything, and you certainly would need an app to make your Sapporo trip even better. Here are a few apps that helped me navigate through the city, find tourist information, convert prices and translate all those Japanese signs.SAPPORO APP

Perhaps the first app you have to download even before your trip is the Sapporo Info App developed by the Hokkaido Broadcasting Co.,Ltd. This is the official Sapporo tourism app that offers a wide variety of contents including discount coupons.

You can also view over 160 videos and images of the various tourist attractions in Sapporo as well as a location service, inform you of the latest events and recommended local information plus maps and brochures.

If you are in charge of preparing the itinerary, you can use this application to plan your trip before departure and add new ones while you are actually travelling in Sapporo

“Sapporo Info” is available in English, Chinese (simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese), Korean and Thai apart from Japanese.

The best part is you can access it without having to connect to the Internet (excluding the content based on location service and some streaming videos).

• Tourist map (central Sapporo map, regional map and subway map)
• Tourist information of Sapporo (transportation information, tourist information centers)
• Discount coupons and tickets
• Brochures and video contents for foreign visitors
• Recommended tourist courses and videos of tourist spots in Sapporo (25 courses and about 100 videos)
• Recommended information on enjoyable seasonal events and attractions
• Promotional videos and slideshows of Sapporo
• Content introducing events, nature, art, culture and sports
• Major foods of Sapporo

I would also suggest you download a translator app since not all Japanese could speak English. The two apps I downloaded are the Japanese English Translator by GreenLife Apps and the English Japanese Translator from BK Translate. I also got the Yomiwa translator which can translate the signs and Japanese characters you see. So if you have to ask someone in Japanese you just type in your message and the app will show you the text and speak out the translation as well.17269519_10156031503199199_1313062592_o 17268909_10156031503054199_1325751148_o

One useful site if you are going to use the train system is to go to www.Hyperdia.com/en/. All you have to do is enter your origin and the station where you’re going. It will then display possible route options including how much the ride costs and transfers needed to get there.

Its also worth noting that there is no GRAB or UBER service in Sapporo, so if you don’t want to ride trains or buses there are a lot of taxis, which is quite fast although a bit expensive.

So that’s it, be sure to check our Sapporo 101 primer by clicking this LINK HERE and the 15 must visit places in Sapporo next week!


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