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Spring is approaching. White plum blossoms blooming in Tokyo, Japan. Next is the cherry blossoms!

Cherry Blossom Interests

2019/2/18

2019 Japan Cherry Blossom Forecast: slightly earlier or same as usual

Today, I will introduce the cherry blossom forecast of 2019. It is now winter in Japan. However, in Tokyo, plum blossoms began to bloom first. I feel that spring is approaching gradually. Now, the Japanese are starting to feel excited, feeling spring is near. Cherry blossoms are expected to be a little earlier or the same as usual. Please also refer to the following articles for Japanese cherry blossoms.   Summary If you click on this image, the site of Japan Weather Association (in Japanese) will be displayed on a separate page According to the forecast released by the Japan Weather Association on February 7, the cherry blossoms will start flowering from Fukuoka and Kumamoto on March 19. It will flower in Nagasaki and Saga, Kochi on March 21, and Tokyo and Matsuyama on 22th. It will bloom in a wide range from west Japan to eastern Japan by the end of March. In Hokuriku, Nagano and Tohoku regions, there are many places to bloom from early April to mid-April. And on April 29th it will flower in Hakodate, Hokkaido. The forecast for each region announced by the Japan Weather Association is as follows. The cherry blossoms will be in full bloom in about a week after blooming. You can enjoy cherry blossoms for about 10 days after flowering.   Kyushu Region: Cherry Blossom Forecast 2019 Isshingyo Sakura Tree, Aso Kumamoto Japan = shutterstock Map of Kyushu = shutterstock Forecast flowering Average Year Fukuoka City March 19 March 23 Oita City March 24 March 24 Nagasaki ...

Wide view of New Chitose Airport with travelers and people = shutterstock

Transportation

2018/11/18

New Chitose Airport! Access to Sapporo, Niseko, Furano etc.

New Chitose Airport is the biggest airport in Hokkaido. It is approximately 40 minutes by JR express train from Sapporo city center. This airport has international terminals and domestic terminals. If you travel around Sapporo, Niseko, Otaru etc in Hokkaido, you should use New Chitose Airport. On this page, I will introduce details of New Chitose Airport. I introduce the outline of New Chitose Airport first, after that, I will explain individually what many guests from abroad want to know. Summary Maintenance workers who waved to ANA's plane at New Chitose Airport, Hokkaido = shutterstock Click to display Google Maps on a separate page New Chitose Airport has international terminals in addition to domestic flights. Since there is JR New Chitose Airport station in the airport, it is good access to Sapporo. There are counters of rental car companies in the airport. They have a reception desk at the counter and a free bus to the parking lot. If you go to Minami Chitose Station which is one station ahead from JR New Chitose Airport station you can also ride on the JR express train going to Kushiro, Obihiro etc. Access To Sapporo Station 40 minutes by JR express train To Niseko 2 hours by car, 2 hours 30 minutes - 3 hours 30 minutes by bus (depending on ski resort) International flights At New Chitose Airport, scheduled flights are operated with the following airports. Bangkok (DON MUEANG), HANGZHOU, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, NANJING, Manila, Cheongju, Vladivostok, Y - SAKHALINSK, BUSAN, SEOUL, Daegu, BEIJING, Tianjin, SHANGHAI, ...

Blakiston's fish owl (Ketupa blakistoni) in Hokkaido,Japan = Shutterstock

Fundamentals

2018/6/29

Recommended local site! East Japan (Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto)

Next, I will introduce the many websites that convey local sightseeing spots in Japan. I will introduce them in order from the north side of Japan. If you visit these websites, you can look over each area of Japan. Of course, in the end, please come back to my website! Hokkaido related website Sapporo Tourist Association Sapporo Tourist Association is a tourism related organization in Sapporo. It provides sightseeing information of Sapporo for tourists both in Japan and abroad. >> Click here for official site of Sapporo Tourist Association Hakodate City Hakodate City is also offering sightseeing information for tourists both at home and abroad on the following official website. >> Click here for official website of Hakodate City Biei Town Biei Town, famous for its beautiful flower gardens, also offers tourist information on the official website. >> Click here for Official Site of Biei Town Furano Town Furano Town located in the south of Biei Town also offers sightseeing information on the official website. >> Click here for official website of Furano Town Shiretoko Shari-cho Tourist Association Shiretoko Shari-cho Tourist Association provides detailed tourist information about Shiretoko, a famous tourist destination in Eastern Hokkaido. >> Click here for official website of Shiretoko Shari-cho Tourist Association   Tohoku region related website Sanriku Railway Sanriku Railway runs north and south of the Pacific coast of the Tohoku region. This area was devastated by 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. However, afterwards, Sanriku Railway was restored by the efforts of many people. This railway is now a famous ...

Sapporo Old City Hall during autumn. Trees surrounding the building change into fall colour and give this famous tourist hotspot a beautiful looks = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Hokkaido Weather in November! Temperature and precipitation

On this page, I will introduce about the weather in Hokkaido in November. Beautiful autumn leaves were seen in October, but leaves fall from the deciduous trees in November. Full-fledged winter will come. Please prepare enough winter clothes before you leave for Hokkaido. Weather in Hokkaido in November (overview) In Hokkaido, although the daytime maximum temperature still exceeds 10 degrees Celsius many days, the temperature in the morning and evening slows down steadily. In mid-November, the minimum temperature of the day will be around -5 degrees Celsius. At this moment, beautiful autumnal leaves are seen in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and so on, in the midst of autumn. However, please beware that the climate of Hokkaido is quite different. First snow is observed in many areas of Hokkaido in the first half of November. After that, snow falls and the snow melts repeatedly. And, especially around the cold Asahikawa, snow begins to accumulate as early as late November. As it is no longer a perfect winter, if you are not accustomed to driving the snow road, you should refrain from using car rental as much as possible. If traveling in November, please bring a thick coat etc. It will be really cold in late November, so it would be better to bring a woolen scarf and gloves. Because the snowy road is slippery, please wear snow boots that do not slip on the sole or wear a non-slip instrument on your shoe sole. Snow boots are also sold in Tokyo and Osaka. The anti-slip device is, ...

There are children playing in park at Otaru city, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Hokkaido Weather in October! Temperature and precipitation

On this page, I will explain the weather in Hokkaido in October. During this period, Hokkaido is autumn. Autumn leaves are beautiful even in flat areas such as Sapporo in mid-October. However, it is cold in the morning and evening, so please pack your winter clothes in a suitcase. Weather in Hokkaido in October (overview) In early October, the temperature in the morning and evening drops to about 5 degrees Celsius at a stretch. In addition, in the middle of October, the temperature in the morning and evening will drop to around 0 degrees Celsius. Because it gets cold so far, the leaves of the trees quickly turn red and yellow. Even in the flat land you can enjoy the beautiful autumn leaves in mid-October. For example, Hokkaido University campus in Sapporo city is open to the general public. If you walk along a beautiful tree-lined avenue, you will surely be able to enjoy the autumn of Hokkaido. However, the autumn of Hokkaido is short. The temperature is low in the morning and the evening, and it is quite cold in the daytime on rainy days. In late October, we feel quite winter sign. When traveling in Hokkaido, please make sure to bring your jumper etc. In this period, mountainous regions such as Daisetsuzan are completely winter. Remember that when traveling from Tokyo or Osaka to Hokkaido, the climate of this area is totally different from Tokyo etc. Below is the meteorological data of Hokkaido in October announced by Japan Meteorological Agency. please refer.   ...

Panoramic Flower Gardens Shikisai-no-oka in Sapporo, Japan = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Hokkaido Weather in September! Temperature and precipitation

On this page, I will explain about the weather in Hokkaido in September. During this period, the number of tourists is smaller than in August, so you can relax and enjoy traveling relatively. Weather in Hokkaido in September (overview) Even in Hokkaido, the maximum daytime temperature will often exceed 20 degrees during this time. Furano and other sightseeing spots, still beautiful flowers are waiting for you. I think that you can enjoy a pleasant journey. However, please note that in September, typhoons or temperate cyclones may strike. When heavy rain or wind blows, airplanes and trains will stop. In order not to get caught in such a trouble, please get the latest weather forecast from the net or TV. The umbrella is an essential part. In Hokkaido, the difference of the temperature in the day is intense throughout the year. It will be chilled a lot in September in the morning and evening. The minimum temperature of the day may be less than 10 degrees Celsius. It's pretty cold, so let's prepare clothes such as jumpers. If you are planning to visit the highlands such as Daisetsuzan this time, winter clothes are necessary. In Daisetsuzan, winter comes at the summit in mid September. In late September, snow may accumulate to the knee height at the summit of the mountain. Below is the meteorological data of Hokkaido in September released by Japan Meteorological Agency. please refer.   Hokkaido weather in early September (2018) Sapporo Hakodate Kushiro Maximum temperature (Celsius)  28.2  27.6  23.4 Minimum air temperature  13.5 ...

Kita no Canary Park elementary school set from the award-winning 2012 Japanese film, Kita no Kanaria-tachi (Canaries of the North), Rebun Island, Hokkaido = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Hokkaido Weather in August! Temperature and precipitation

August is said to be the best season for sightseeing in Hokkaido. However, recently, due to global warming, the typhoon attacking Japan is increasing, and the damage of typhoons has become noticeable even in Hokkaido, which was said to have no influence of typhoons until now . On this page, I will explain the weather of August in Hokkaido. Please refer when you plan your itinerary. Weather in Hokkaido in August (overview) Even in August, Hokkaido does not exceed 35 degrees like Tokyo or Kyoto. The highest temperature in the daytime stays in the first half of 30 degrees and the air is relatively dry, so it is easy to spend. If you are in the shade, you are rather cool. Hokkaido is cold in the morning and the night throughout the year, but in August it is rare that the temperature falls below 10 degrees even in the morning and evening. Even in such a meaning, it is easy to spend. Beautiful flowers are blooming in sightseeing spots. For these reasons, August is said to be the best season for traveling in Hokkaido. Every year, many tourists come to Hokkaido from home and abroad. However, recently, the impact of the typhoon is getting bigger in Hokkaido too. When typhoons usually come to Hokkaido, forces are weakened and often change to temperate low pressure. However, recently typhoons are coming to Hokkaido without any decline. Or it may cause heavy rain. For this reason, stopping the plane and railway occasionally happens. Perhaps I may be over-emphasizing ...

Irodori field, Tomita farm, Furano, Japan. It is the famous and beautiful flower fields in Hokkaido = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Hokkaido Weather in July! Temperature and precipitation

On this page, I will explain about the weather in Hokkaido in July. July is definitely the best season of sightseeing. Every year at this time many tourists from Japan and abroad come to Hokkaido. In Hokkaido, it is rare that it will get hot like Tokyo or Osaka. The cool down of the morning and evening will be relieved, so you should be able to enjoy a truly comfortable trip. Weather in Hokkaido in July(overview) In July, even in Hokkaido the daytime reference temperature increases every year over 25 degrees day. In late July, the maximum temperature will be over 30 degrees. Sunlight is strong. For this reason, tourists who came for the first time in Hokkaido often feel that Hokkaido is unexpectedly hot. However, in Hokkaido the maximum temperature rarely exceeds 35 degrees. Humidity is low. At this time, for example in Tokyo and Kyoto, many people feel uncomfortable because the highest temperature exceeds 35 degrees and the humidity is high like every day. On the other hand, in Hokkaido, the sun is strong, but it is not steaming and it is quite easy to spend. I think that it is the morning and the night that tourists feel the coolness of summer in Hokkaido. In Hokkaido, the temperature in the morning and evening is low throughout the year. Morning and evening is often less than 15 degrees even in July, and it feels very cold on short sleeve shirts. If you travel in July, I recommend walking in the morning. Perhaps you ...

Sapporo street car at the station on June 16, 2015. Sapporo street car is a tram network since 1909, located in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Hokkaido Weather in June! Temperature and precipitation

If you plan to travel in Japan in June, I recommend you to add Hokkaido to your itinerary. Japan is generally rainy and humid in June. However, there are not so many rains in Hokkaido. Unlike Tokyo and Osaka, you will enjoy a pleasant journey. On this page, I will explain the weather in Hokkaido in June. Weather in Hokkaido in June (overview) In June, many areas of Japan are entering the rainy season. There are many rainy days in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and so on. On rainy days, temples and shrines are calm and refreshing the visitors 'visitors' attitudes. So, I like rainy days as much as sunny days. Still, it is also true that I feel like to escape from the sultry heat. On the other hand, Hokkaido is not steamed and it is in an ideal environment. The daytime maximum temperature is many days exceeding 25 degrees Celsius, but the humidity is relatively low. Therefore, it is easy to spend. Although it will rain, there is no long rainy season like Tokyo or Osaka. In sightseeing spots such as Biei town and Furano, you will be able to see the beautiful flower garden. You should be able to have a pleasant trip. However, even in this period, in Hokkaido, the morning and evening is quite chilly. Below is the meteorological data of June of Hokkaido announced by Japan Meteorological Agency. As you can see, it is not unusual to cool down to less than 10 degrees in the morning and evening. Because ...

It is Spring landscape, Maeda Forest Park of people who walks and walks around the canal of Sapporo City Hokkaido Park

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Hokkaido Weather in May! Temperature and precipitation

On this page, I will explain about the weather in Hokkaido in May. At this time, trees and grass grow as steady and beautiful fresh green starts to shine. The inhabitants of Hokkaido are relieved for this late spring's arrival just because the winter is severely long. Why do not you also enjoy the late spring of this northern country? Weather in Hokkaido in May (overview) In May, the days when daytime temperatures will rise to around 20 degrees Celsius will increase. It rains moderately. Every time it rains, trees and grass will grow. May is one of the best seasons to travel in Hokkaido. However, cool down in the morning and evening continues every year. Even in late May, the temperature may fall below 10 degrees in the morning and evening. When I go to Sapporo this time, I like to take a walk in the park in the city early in the morning. Of course it is cold. I walk on the jacket, wearing a thin jumper. Still I feel cold. But I like the cool morning atmosphere of this northern country. In some big ski resorts such as Niseko you can still enjoy skiing and snowboarding. As there are no more snow on the road, you should be able to go skiing at ease. Below is the meteorological data of Hokkaido released by the Japan Meteorological Agency in May. Please refer to it when preparing for the trip.   Hokkaido weather in early May (2018) Sapporo Hakodate Kushiro Maximum temperature (Celsius)  17.2 ...

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