5 Tips You Want to Know When Visiting Hokkaido
Protect Yourself From the Cold With Something to Slip On in the Summer, and a Down Jacket in Spring and Winter
In the summer, you will be fine in shorts and a T-shirt, but the mornings and evenings may be colder than you think. You should definitely bring something to slip on over your shirt. Even in September or October, if you are planning to go trekking or visit somewhere with a high elevation, bringing a down jacket is a must. You should not be off guard in the spring either. There are times that there are snowstorms even in March, so be sure to come prepared for the cold. You should bring waterproof shoes in the winter as you will be walking in the snow.
Move Around Freely With a Rent-A-Car
Hokkaido is big and spacious! You may end up not being able to go to some places because they were further than you expected, or maybe the number of running buses or trains were scarce. What we recommend is renting a car. You will be able to move around whenever you like and easily reach less-known spots that are further away from train stations. If you take into consideration traveling with your family, the cost is fairly reasonable as well. You might be able to get a discount if you make a reservation at the same time as the booking of your train ticket or flight.
Closing Hours Are Surprisingly Early. Plan Your Meals
If you are staying in a region other than the city center, it might be a good idea to choose an overnight plan that includes a meal, even if it means paying a little more. Generally, stores in Hokkaido will close pretty early, and convenience stores are not all open 24 hours. When people say “close by,” this may be in the sense of distance of the Hokkaido locals, so there are times that these “close by” stores cannot be reached without a car. Be careful when sightseeing as well, so that you aren’t enjoying yourself so much that you miss the opportunity to visit the restaurant you were planning on going to.
There’s More Than Seafood. Enjoy Local Cuisine
Hokkaido is famous for its seafood! That’s probably what most of you are thinking, right? This is both true and false. If you’re visiting along the coast, you will almost certainly be able to enjoy some delicious seafood, but if you try out some seafood in inland regions, you may be eating something close in both taste and price to what you can find in Tokyo. Food in Hokkaido is not limited to seafood and food from the mountains. There are many great local dishes of the various regions. It might also be fun to ask your hotel concierge and search for some great restaurants.
Narrow Down Your Destinations When Scheduling
We understand the feeling of wanting to go here and there since you travelled all the way here, but if you mess up when choosing where to go in giant Hokkaido, you may be in for trouble. Choose the spots you definitely want to visit, and plan your trip around those. Popular spots may require reservations, or might become crowded depending on the day of the week or time of the day. To enjoy your trip to Hokkaido, we recommend you prepare well beforehand.