13 Ways to Survive Winter in Japan

13 Ways to Survive Winter in Japan

Winter in Japan is just freaking cold, not because I am from a scorching country, the Philippines. When the sun goes down, it gets very chilly, and needless to say, it tends to be cold in commercial districts where skyscrapers block the sunlight and the wind tends to blow through narrow streets. Also, houses here don’t have a central heating system. Even if you set the AC/heater to its full blast, still it won’t make the entire house warm enough. When you come home expecting to be in a cozy warm room after being out in a cold, it just doesn’t happen. It’s just so cold inside as it was outside. It’s a trap! If you are unfortunate or fortunate to be spending winter in Japan (it depends on how you look at it), I have 13 ways for you to survive!



 

13 Ways to Survive Winter in Japan

 

1. Heating pack hokkairo 450 yen for 30 pcs. (0.15 yen each)

13 Ways to Survive Winter in Japan_hokkairo

It’s incredibly cheap. Just a small prize to pay for this magical heating pack. You can wear it underneath your clothes and keep you warm for 15 hours. I can’t live without it in winter. I use it every single day.

 

2. Heat bottle (yutampo)

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Just pour hot water and you can use it over night. Like a warm pillow. The water will stay hot in the morning. You can use the water to wash your face. Dual purpose, isn’t it?

 

3. Kotatsu (heated table)

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This is the greatest invention in the world. It has a heater at the bottom covered with blanket to trap the heat. It’s very comfortable and I feel so sleepy when I am under it. It will make you the laziest person alive because you don’t want to get out and just slack under it the whole day.

 

4. Electric blanket

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Another thing to keep you warm is to use this kind of blanket. You can use it as a bed sheet and it will keep you warm the whole time. But remember, it is still cold when you get off your bed.

 

5. Space heater

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The cool thing about this kind of heater is it can be moved from one spot to another. To those people who live alone, this is just the perfect item for you.

 

6. Heat tech

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This is another amazing product if Japanese technology. You can get this shirt at Uniqlo. It will trap your body heat so you won’t feel cold. Wear this underneath your clothes. It is so thin but it does a great job not to let the chilly wind in your body.

 

7. Down jacket

Honestly, this jacket looks funny but it’s fine as it is not supposed to be shown. You should wear this under your coat. For some people with very low tolerance of cold, wearing 2 layers of thick winter coat is just not enough. But when I knew about this down jacket, it made my winter life a lot bearable as I don’t have to make myself look like a mushroom.

 

8. Buy some hot drinks at vending machines

This is just my favorite among all those mentioned above. In Japan, it surprised me a lot to know that there are vending machines for hot drinks. And take note, they are hot enough to keep your hands warm. Buy a can of hot coffee. Hold or carry it with you while it’s too hot to drink.

 

Now, I will also introduce the 100-yen-shops-finds perfect for winter!

9. Fluffy soles

You can put them in your shoes to prevent cold air from entering your shoes to keep your soles warm.

 

10. Earmuffs

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You can find earmuffs in different designs. They protect your ears from the chilly wind of winter.

 

11. Detachable fur for neck and boots

Like any other winters in the world, Japanese winter is not always freezing cold. They are days when I don’t feel like very cold. There are detachable furs suitable for unpredictable winter cold.

 

12. Leg warmers

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I like wearing dress and winter can’t stop me from doing that. Long coats doesn’t seem enough to protect my legs so it’s good to have leg warmers handy and take them off when you’re indoors.

 

13. Gloves

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100 yen shops are very generous to those who are addicted to their smartphones. You can get a nice pair of gloves designed for using smartphones! You can wear it while texting.

 

Conclusion

Winter here is very cold and you have to be equipped with those essentials to survive. If you are a petite girl or a guy, then it’s okay to wear six layers of clothes and look bloated. Winter is such a real struggle. It’s either you got to look like a marshmallow with all the layers or freeze yourself. Either way, let’s just enjoy the cold and explore more of Japan has to offer in this freezing season! Good luck!

 

13 Ways to Survive Winter in Japan

1. Heating pack hokkairo 450 yen for 30 pcs. (0.15 yen each)
2. Heat bottle (yutampo)
3. Kotatsu (heated table)
4. Electric blanket
5. Space heater
6. Heat tech
7. Down jacket
8. Buy some hot drinks at vending machines
9. Fluffy soles
10. Earmuffs
11. Detachable fur for neck and boots
12. Leg warmers
13. Gloves