How to prevent jet lag when going on a ski trip to Hokkaido Japan

Written by: Jere Burrell



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Adjusting to a time change when traveling from Seattle, Washington to Sapporo, Japan is essential for a successful and enjoyable ski trip to Furano. The time difference between the two locations is typically around 16 hours, with Sapporo being ahead of Seattle. To help you adapt to this time difference, consider incorporating the following techniques or itineraries into your preparation:

  1. Gradual Adjustment:
    • Gradually adjust your sleep schedule in the days leading up to the trip. Go to bed and wake up an hour or so earlier each day until you align with the new time zone.
  2. Overnight Flight:
    • Booking overnight flights whenever possible. This allows travelers to arrive in Sapporo in the morning, aligning with the local time, and making it easier to stay awake during the day.
  3. Hydration:
    • Stay hydrated before, during, and after the flight. Dehydration can exacerbate jet lag symptoms, so drink plenty of water and limit alcohol and caffeine intake during the flight.
  4. Sleep Aids:
    • Sleep aids like eye masks, earplugs, or noise-canceling headphones can create a conducive environment for rest on long flights.
  5. Adjust Meal Times:
    • Adjust your meal times on the plane according to the local time in Sapporo. This can help reset your internal clock more quickly.
  6. Natural Light Exposure:
    • Spend time outdoors during daylight hours upon arrival in Sapporo. Exposure to natural light can help reset the body's circadian rhythm.
  7. Short Naps:
    • Short power naps (20-30 minutes) if you feel extremely fatigued upon arrival. This can help recharge without interfering with nighttime sleep.
  8. Avoiding Heavy Meals:
    • Avoid consuming heavy, rich meals close to bedtime, as they can disrupt sleep. Eat lighter evening meals instead.
  9. Adaptation Period:
    • It may take a few days for your bodies to fully adjust to the new time zone. The discomfort of jet lag is temporary.
  10. Pre-Trip Planning:
    • An itinerary for the first few days of the trip that includes outdoor activities, cultural experiences, and dining at local times to help travelers acclimate gradually.

By incorporating these techniques and itineraries into your preparation you can  better prepare for a ski trip to Furano, Japan, and minimize the effects of jet lag, ensuring  a more enjoyable and productive experience on their adventure.

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