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Planning For Our First Winter Snow Vacation

Wow, first of all, my apology for disappearing for close to a month after my last post. I have been SO busy with works and Edison’s mid-year exam. Finally, his exam is over and I realised one month has passed so quickly. They say time flies when you’re having fun, but nope, it’s not exactly true. It still flies regardless of the fun factor…  😆

Well, as revealed in the post title, we’re in the midst of planning for our first snow vacation. It isn’t exactly my first winter vacation, but it’s my first SNOW winter vacation. Truth be told, I’m not very fond of extreme cold weather due to my sensitive nose. Hence, I always prefer to travel in spring or summer.

V worked in the US for 4 years before we got married, snow is nothing exciting to him. The idea came from Edison. “Mama, mama, I want to see snow! What does it look like?” And I replied, “Snow is very white and it’s fluffier than your bed.” Then, he went on and on persuading me to go on a snow vacation.

Haha, it is funny how he lamented that he hasn’t seen real snow in his entire life (when he’s only 10 years old!). Truth is, I haven’t seen real snow even though I’m already 40! So, we decided to go for a snow vacation in December this year. But where to? We had two ideas in mind – Seoul and Hokkaido. 😀

First Winter Snow VacationPhoto by Yeo Khee on Unsplash

I’ve always wanted to visit the beautiful Hokkaido, but I was intimidated by the complex Japan’s rail system. Hence, V suggested to take a package tour to make our lives easier. Honestly, that’s the last thing on my mind. As much as possible, I want to travel on free and easy. On the other hand, Seoul is a lot easier as we’ve been there two years ago. And now with Trazy, we don’t have to worry at all! 😀

The decision process swings back and forth between these two places. And finally, we picked

H O K K A I D O !!!

Yay! 😉  Thanks to my friends who’ve given me useful tips to plan for my first DIY vacation to Hokkaido. Not forgetting all the awesome bloggers out there who have written extensively about Hokkaido. With the volume of information out there, I finally realized that Hokkaido is pretty DIY-able!

As of this writing, my itinerary looks something like this – it’s similar to most first-timers to Hakkaido.

Day 1: Singapore to New Chitose Airport

Day 2: Sapporo (Shiroi Koibito Park, Ishiya Choclate Factory, Sapporo TV Tower, Odori Park, German X’mas Market, White Illumination)

Day 3: Day trip to Otaru, Susukino ‘Ramen and Entertainment Street’ at night

Day 4: Day trip to Asahikawa Zoo

Day 5: Sapporo to Noboribetsu

Day 6: Hell Valley, Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe

Day 7: Noboribetsu -> Tomamu

Day 8 – 9: At Hoshino Resorts Tomamu

Day 10: Back to Singapore

With the itinerary drafted, it’s time to hit the mall! This is my shopping list ^__^

  1. Base layer thermal wear
  2. Fleece jacket and pants
  3. Knitted sweater
  4. Down jacket
  5. Waterproof ski jacket and pants
  6. Beanie
  7. Ski gloves
  8. Ear muff
  9. Scarf
  10. Neck warmer
  11. Wool socks
  12. Snow boots
  13. Heat packs
  14. Freeze proof camera (not a necessity, but good to have!)

Yay! I can’t wait to go to Hokkaido! Hahaa, it’s not even June yet. Anyway, if you have any recommendations or tips for me, please share in the comment section below. I love to hear from you! Thank you. 🙂

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Veronica Mitchell June 14, 2018 at 4:01 AM

Hokkaido is a great place to visit. I’m sure your family will enjoy. If you want fresh seafood, go to Ezo Seafoods in Niseko. Don’t forget to visit Sapporo and Otaru. And also, if the kids love animals, visit Asahiyama Zoo in Asahikawa. They will see endangered animals there like polar bears, red pandas and more.

Emily June 24, 2018 at 5:26 PM

Dear Veronica,
Thanks so much for your recommendations. I will check these places out for sure!

ong maychern June 30, 2018 at 9:03 AM

Hey, you mentioned that you have booked six months ago? Which airline ? Is it a direct flight or transit? We are planning for a vacation too.

Emily June 30, 2018 at 10:10 AM

Hi Maychern,
Yes, I booked my flights already. It’s Korean Air transiting in Seoul.

Addy Brown June 30, 2018 at 9:28 PM

You need to decide how you want to experience the snow. If the idea of shooshing down the slopes and enjoy apres ski drinks at the bar sounds appealing, you definitely need to consider a ski resort vacation.

Emily July 1, 2018 at 9:01 AM

Hi Addy,
Thanks for the ideas. Yes, I will be staying at the ski resorts for 3 days.


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