Last February, I went to Hokkaido, Japan with Nico and our friends for a snowy getaway. Sometimes I get comments on Instagram telling me to “cover up” when I’m wearing a bikini at the beach, so I guess here’s the outfit change you guys want. Yan, balot na balot na talaga. Lol.
If you read my Tokyo travel blog, you know how much I LOVE Japan. Tokyo and maybe Osaka are the more popular cities to visit, but there’s also a lot of other places to go to and things to see. Hokkaido is way up north and it’s the coldest part of Japan, so it’s the perfect place to try stuff you normally can’t do in the Philippines, like snowboarding and skiing. We did a lot of that and fell A LOT on our butts, too. Haha. If you’re going to Hokkaido soon or if it’s on your travel bucket list, here are some of the things we did that might help you on your trip:
1. We spent most of our time in the town of Niseko in Hokkaido, but we went to Sapporo first, which is the biggest city in Hokkaido. If you want to make the most trip, you should definitely go to both. Just take the White Liner and you can be in Niseko from Sapporo in two and a half hours.
2. Since we stayed the longest in Niseko, we wanted to save on accommodation. Instead of staying in a hotel that will be expensive since we were a big group, we just stayed in rental homes in Niseko Boutiques.
3. Don’t worry about packing the proper outfits or gear for snowboarding or skiing. To save on luggage space (more room for shopping, lol), we just rented our stuff from Rhythm Japan in Niseko.
4. If you are planning to stay in Niseko for a little while, you can try cooking your own food once in a while. It’s for the experience and also to save money instead of eating out. We did our groceries in Lucky Kutchan. It’s also the perfect place to buy food for pasalubong.
5. You can’t go to Japan without eating your heart out! Here were my favorites:
Niseko Ramen Kazahana for the potato ramen
Soba Kaiseki Ichimura for homemade soba
Bar Gyu for drinks (this is a speakeasy that’s hidden behind a vintage Coca-Cola machine)
Milk Kobo for their soft-served ice cream and cream puffs (they get the milk freshly squeezed from a nearby ranch)
More pics of our adventure below! Watch the video also for Nico’s rap debut in Japan. LOL.