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Winter Wear in Hokkaido, Japan

A woman stand and feeling cold in Japanese winter cabins at Ningle Terrace Furano, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

Winter Wear in Hokkaido! What should you wear?

Hokkaido has a long winter and is very cold compared to Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. When traveling to Hokkaido in winter, please prepare thick winter clothes. I also recommend using disposable heat packs and so on. The best shoes are snow boots or snow trekking shoes (Sunotore), but if you just walk around the city you may be able to attach anti-slip devices to ordinary sneakers. In this article, I will introduce you in detail what kind of clothes you should wear in winter in Hokkaido, with pictures of various clothes. I will also introduce some ideas on how to buy or rent those winter clothes.

Clothes to wear in winter in Hokkaido

At the Asahikawa Winter Festival, very large snow statues are displayed, Hokkaido, Japan

At the Asahikawa Winter Festival, very large snow statues are displayed, Hokkaido, Japan

It snows from November to the beginning of April

In Hokkaido, snow begins to fall in November, and begins to pile up in earnest from the middle of December. The largest amount of snow falls is from late January to mid-February. In Hakodate, located in the southern part of Hokkaido, the snow disappears in early April. Even in Sapporo and Asahikawa, the snow will hardly fall in the middle of April.

It is not uncommon for the morning and evening low temperatures to fall below -10 ° C in Hokkaido during the winter. The road surface is frozen and very slippery. Because of this, please do not forget to prepare winter clothes before you travel to Hokkaido.

Indoors are warm

The weather varies depending on the area, even if it says Hokkaido for a bit. If you are going to the coldest places such as Shiretoko or Abashiri, you need to prepare a lot of winter clothes. On the other hand, if you are sightseeing around Sapporo or Hakodate city, it is very warm inside the building, so you need to keep in mind the clothes in the room. When the snow on the road melts, it is easy for water to penetrate your shoes. So please keep in mind about waterproofing too.

Below are some examples of clothes worn in winter in Hokkaido.

Coats, mufflers, etc. are required

It is useful to have a large muffler. Take off the muffler indoors to adjust the temperature = Pixta

It is useful to have a large muffler. Take off the muffler indoors to adjust the temperature = Pixta

Adjust to temperature change with a muffler, inner, etc.

The coat may be either an overcoat or a down jacket. However, among young people in Japan, the overcoat is more popular than the down jacket these days. In urban areas such as Sapporo, the down jacket may be too hot indoors. So I recommend wearing an overcoat and wearing a thin down vest (such as UNIQLO Ultra Light Down) inside if it is cold. Please refer to this official page about UNIQLO Ultra Light Down.

Besides coats, mufflers, Knit hats and gloves are a necessity. Larger mufflers are more convenient. Take off the muffler indoors to adjust the temperature. The Knit hat should be of the type that can cover the ears. If it is cold, your ears will be very cold first. The gloves should be waterproof. With the waterproof type, you won't feel cold even if you touch the snow.

Hooded coat is recommended

If possible, I recommend preparing a coat with a hood. With a hood, you can prevent a drop in body temperature even when the wind is strong. Even when walking in a building or in an underground street, you can prevent the body temperature from rising if you take off the hood.

I will introduce you later in this article on where to buy or rent these clothes.

Now, let's enjoy from here a lot of photographs about the recommended winter fashion in Hokkaido.

In Hokkaido in winter, it is desirable to wear such a coat = Shutterstock

In Hokkaido in winter, it is desirable to wear such a coat = Shutterstock

If it's not too cold, you may want to remove the hood and wear it like this

If it's not too cold, you may want to remove the hood and wear it like this

Please don't forget to wear gloves and hats = Shutterstock

Please don't forget to wear gloves and a Knit hat = Shutterstock

Because you may walk in such snow, it is better to prepare snow boots = Shutterstock

Because you may walk in such snow, it is better to prepare snow boots = Shutterstock

It is not bad to align in black, Hokkaido = Shutterstock

It is not bad to align in black, Hokkaido = Shutterstock

Since the road surface is often frozen, please prepare non-slip shoes, Hokkaido = Shutterstock

Since the road surface is often frozen, please prepare non-slip shoes, Hokkaido = Shutterstock

Do you not take such a picture in the snowy field of Hokkaido? = Shutterstock

Do you not take such a picture in the snowy field of Hokkaido? = Shutterstock

When it gets cold, let's put on the hood, Hokkaido = Shutterstock

When it gets cold, let's put on the hood, Hokkaido = Shutterstock

Green and yellow cloth Woman on pine trees and white snow background = Shutterstock

Green and yellow cloth Woman on pine trees and white snow background = Shutterstock

 

Let's prepare shoes

Snow boots are the best

Snow boots= Adobestock

If you plan to go to a snowy area, longer snow boots are recommended = Adobestock

snow boots

The snow boots have a non-slip finish on the soles

The snow boots have a non-slip finish on the soles

The snowy road is very slippery. The road where the snow has been removed is also frozen and slippery. In order to walk safely on such roads, it is best to wear snow boots or snow trekking shoes (Snotre) that have been machined so as not to slip.

If you plan to go to a snowy area, we recommend the longer snow boots. If your shoes are short, snow will get in your shoes and it will be very cold.

When it is cold, it is recommended to wear two socks.

Anti-slip devices on the soles

Even if you are wearing ordinary shoes, you can make walking much easier if you put anti-slip devices on the soles.

There are various types of anti-slip devices. One set is about 1000-2000 yen. They are sold at new Chitose Airport shops, convenience stores and supermarkets in cities.

However, with ordinary shoes, snow can get in the shoes and get cold. Be careful not to have a deep snow road. If the shoes are not waterproof, cold water will infiltrate them, so it is better to use a waterproof spray.

Attach the anti-slip device to the sole (1) If you attach this to the sole, you will not slip even on snowy roads = Pixta

Attach the anti-slip device to the sole (1) If you attach this to the sole, you will not slip even on snowy roads = Pixta

Attach the anti-slip device to the sole (2) You can quickly attach it to the sole = Pixta

Attach the anti-slip device to the sole (2) You can quickly attach it to the sole = Pixta

Attach anti-slip device to sole (3) Rubber projections grip road surface firmly = Pixta

Attach anti-slip device to sole (3) Rubber projections grip road surface firmly = Pixta

 

How to wear the inner

Closeup HEATTECH tag on Uniqlo product. HEATTECH provides thermal insulation by converting the vapor generated by the body into heat

Closeup HEATTECH tag on Uniqlo product. HEATTECH provides thermal insulation by converting the vapor generated by the body into heat

We Japanese people sometimes wear two pieces of underwear in cold areas such as Hokkaido. Underwear, of course, should be long sleeves. If you feel very cold when you wear a coat, why not wear two pieces of underwear?

Bringing a turtleneck like the one in the picture above will make it warmer. Besides, it is also recommended to wear a light fleece sweater.

Wearing tights under the pants is also recommended.

Recently, UNIQLO and other clothing stores are selling high-performance underwear. These underwear are heated by sweat. Besides UNIQLO, supermarkets and department stores also sell them.

If you are going to a particularly cold area, you may want to wear extra winter pants on these tights and regular pants.

 

Disposable heat packs are recommended

When it is cold, disposable body warmers are very useful = Adobe Stock

When it is cold, disposable body warmers are very useful = Adobe Stock

In Japan, disposable heat packs (body warmers) are sold everywhere. Even 30 sets do not cost 1000 yen. Remove these heat packs from the plastic bag and lightly shake them. Then they start to heat up quickly.

There are many types of disposable heat packs. There are types that are attached to the back or underwear, and types that are used in the pocket. Please try combining them well.

 

Clothes etc. you want to prepare

Here are some of the clothes and equipment you would like to have when traveling in Hokkaido in the winter.

Outer
Coat: Hooded if possible
Sweater: preferably light fleece material
Best: UNIQLO ultra light down etc
Muffler
Knit hat
Gloves: waterproof type
Winter trousers: When going to a special cold area

Inner
Underwear
turtleneck
tights

Equipment
Snow boots: You may use a non-slip device
Disposable heat pack

Other
If you go to a ski resort, you will also need ski wear and goggles.

 

How to buy or rent winter clothes etc

If you have difficulty preparing all these winter clothes in your home country, you may consider the following plan.

Plan A: Buy them in Hokkaido

The way to get the cheapest and most practical winter clothes, snow boots etc. is to buy in Hokkaido. Clothing stores and supermarkets sell winter clothes and shoes most suitable for Hokkaido.

The easiest place to buy is at New Chitose Airport. There are several clothing stores for travelers at this airport. If you buy them at the airport, you can travel Hokkaido without any problems. However, because many travelers buy at the airport as well as you, there may be sold-out clothes that are suitable for you.

If you can not buy at the airport, you can buy from clothing stores or supermarkets near your destination. If you stay in Sapporo, I recommend you to buy at stores in Sapporo rather than at the airport. Perhaps you are tired from the long journey. So it's more realistic to go to your hotel than walk around the airport.

The most recommended shops in Sapporo city are the shopping center "Shinsapporo ARC CITY Sunpiazza", which is directly connected to JR Shin-Sapporo Station. Among these is the supermarket "AEON". You can buy clothes cheaply.

Besides this, in Sapporo city, there are many clothing stores around Sapporo Station.

If you do not use New Chitose Airport and stay in Hakodate or Asahikawa, you can also buy from local clothing stores and supermarkets.

However, in any area there is a risk of running out of clothes that are suitable for you. In that case, you will feel very inconvenient in Hokkaido. Therefore, it is desirable to obtain minimum clothes in advance. The following plans will be considered for that purpose.

Plan B: Buy them in Tokyo etc.

If you travel to Tokyo or Osaka before going to Hokkaido, I recommend purchasing winter clothes there. Clothing stores in Tokyo and Osaka may be slightly more expensive than stores in Hokkaido. However, there are many cheap shops. My main recommendation is to buy winter clothes at the large outlet malls. For example, near Mt. Fuji is Gotemba Premium Outlets, Japan's largest outlet mall. In this outlet mall, you can also see Mt. Fuji in front of you. Please refer to the following article about these.

GOTEMBA PREMIUM OUTLETS, Shizuoka, Japan = Shutterstock
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Plan C: Buy them online

We Japanese people often use online shopping when buying clothes. There are many online shopping sites selling winter clothes in Japan.

Unfortunately, most of those online shopping is currently only in Japanese. Among them, there is "Rakuten Global Market" as a shopping site that supports English and ships out of Japan.

Rakuten is famous as the largest shopping site alongside Amazon in Japan. How about making minimum preparations using this site?

Plan D: Use rental service

The last plan is to use the clothes rental service. However, unfortunately, there are not many clothes rental services in Hokkaido except for ski wear.

In Hokkaido, a local tourism related site "Tatari" offers winter clothes rental services. However, it only supports in Japanese.

>> The winter clothes rental service for "Tamrai" is here (Japanese only)

There is a shop for renting winter clothes near New Chitose Airport. Local car rental companies are working on it. So far, there may be more available services. You can borrow winter clothes for 1,080 yen a day. However, if you are in Hokkaido more than 4 days, it is probably cheaper to buy.

>> The rental service near New Chitose Airport is here

 

I appreciate you reading to the end.

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The red brick former Hokkaido Government office is popular tourist destination. Featured here day scene of the attraction during winter with snow = Shutterstock

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Hokkaido Weather in December! Temperature, rain, clothes

If you plan to go to Hokkaido in December, you will be wondering how cold it is. So, on this page, I will explain about the weather in Hokkaido in December. Hokkaido is much colder than Tokyo and Osaka. In the area on the side of the Sea of Japan, snow falls often. So, please do not forget coat, muffler etc. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Hokkaido. Slide it and check the weather you want to know. Below are articles about the weather in Tokyo and Osaka in December. Tokyo and Osaka have different weather conditions from Hokkaido, so please be careful. Table of Contents1 Q & A about Hokkaido in December2 Weather in Hokkaido in December (overview)3 Hokkaido weather in early December4 Hokkaido weather in the middle of December5 Hokkaido weather in late December Q & A about Hokkaido in December Does snow fall in December in Hokkaido? It snows often in Hokkaido in December. Snow is piled up in ski areas such as Niseko. However, in cities such as Sapporo, it is from about the middle of December that snow begins to pile up in earnest. How cold is Hokkaido in Decenber? Hokkaido is very cold in December. The maximum daytime temperature is below 2 degrees Celsius, especially after mid-December. What kind of clothes should we wear in December in Hokkaido? In December, you need adequate winter protection. For the clothes of Hokkaido in winter, please refer to the following article if you like. When is the best time to ...

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