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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, rain, clothes

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. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Hokkaido. Slide it and check the weather you want to know. Q & A about Hokkaido in November Does snow fall in November in Hokkaido? In Hokkaido, it sometimes begins to snow from November. However, the snow has not accumulated yet and will melt. In late November, depending on the area, snow will gradually accumulate. How cold is Hokkaido in November? In Hokkaido, winter begins in November. It will still exceed 10 degrees Celsius in the daytime, but will be below freezing in the morning and evening. Hokkaido in November is colder than Tokyo in December. What kind of clothes should we wear in November in Hokkaido? You need a court in November. It may be better to wear tights under the pants, especially in late November. It is sometimes slippery with snow in late November. I recommend wearing boots instead of heels. When is the best time to visit Hokkaido? If you want to see the snow covered landscape, January-February is the best.   Weather in Hokkaido in November (overview) 29 Nov 2015: Hokkaido Shrine in Sapporo. In late November, it sometimes snows like this. However, there is not much snow accumulation = Shutterstock In Hokkaido, although the daytime maximum temperature still exceeds 10 ...

The yellow larch tree in beautiful landscape view in autumn. October 28, 2017 Biei, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Hokkaido Weather in October! Temperature, rain, clothes

On this page, I will explain the weather in Hokkaido in October. During this period, Hokkaido is in autumn. Autumn leaves are beautiful even in cities such as Sapporo from mid-October. However, it is cold in the morning and evening, so please pack your winter clothes in a suitcase. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Hokkaido. Slide it and check the weather you want to know. Weather in Hokkaido in October (overview) There are children playing in park at Otaru city, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock In early October, the temperature in the morning and evening drops to about 5 degrees Celsius at a stretch. And 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 cities you can enjoy the beautiful autumn leaves from 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. The peak of colored leaves in Sapporo city such as Hokkaido University is from late October to early November. However, the leaves may be scattered in early November. If you want to enjoy the fall colors in the urban areas of Hokkaido, it may be best to visit in late October. The autumn in Hokkaido is very short. In late October, we feel winter sign. The temperature ...

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

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Hokkaido Weather in September! Temperature, rain, clothes

On this page, I will explain about the weather in Hokkaido in September. September is the time of transition from summer to autumn. So, in Hokkaido, it gets pretty cool even in the daytime. The weather is a bit unstable and the days of rain increase. But at the same time, the number of tourists is considerably reduced compared to August. You will be able to travel leisurely. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Hokkaido. Slide it and check the weather you want to know. Weather in Hokkaido in September (overview) Even in Hokkaido, the high daytime temperatures almost never exceed 30 degrees Celsius in September. However, the major tourist areas still have beautiful summer views. At Furano and other sightseeing spots, 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. Please bring an umbrella with you. 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, winter clothes are necessary. ...

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, rain, clothes

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. Although Hokkaido is basically comfortable in August, please be aware of the latest weather forecast. On this page, I will explain the Hokkaido weather in August. In order to make it easy to imagine the weather in August, I will include photos taken in August below. Please refer when you plan your itinerary. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Hokkaido. Slide it and check the weather you want to know. Weather in Hokkaido in August (overview) View of the Former Hokkaido Government Office in August, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock August 3, 2017: Colorful views of the rolling hills of Shikisai-no-Oka ,Biei, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock Beginners can also enjoy horseback riding at the horse riding facility “WILDMUSTANG'S” in Jozankei, Sapporo, Hokkaido 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 comfortable. 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. Beautiful flowers are blooming in sightseeing spots. ...

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, rain, clothes

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. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Hokkaido. Slide it and check the weather you want to know. 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 ...

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, rain, clothes

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. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Hokkaido. Slide it and check the weather you want to know. 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, there are few people in the temples and shrines, and you can explore in a quiet atmosphere. But it is also true that you can not avoid the heat and humidity. 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 comfortable. 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. 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 ...

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, rain, clothes

On this page, I will introduce Hokkaido weather in May. At this time, full-scale spring comes to Hokkaido. The cherry blossoms bloom one month later than Tokyo, and then the fresh green begins to shine. You will be able to explore beautiful tourist areas with a pleasant climate. This article contains a lot of pictures to help you imagine the weather in May in Hokkaido, so please refer to them. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Hokkaido. Slide it and check the weather you want to know. Weather in Hokkaido in May (overview) Mountains of Daietsutsuzan seen from Bieicho, Hokkaido = Shutterstock In May, the maximum daytime temperature in Hokkaido will increase by more than 20 degrees Celsius. It rains moderately. Every time it rains, trees and grass will grow. May is one of the best seasons to travel in Hokkaido. On the other hand, the morning and evening low temperatures are quite low. Hokkaido has a large difference in temperature per day compared to Tokyo and Osaka. It is no longer snowing in Hokkaido in May. So it may be difficult to enjoy the snow world in May. Ski areas, even those in Niseko and Daisetsuzan, will be closed around May 6. Instead, you can see snow-capped mountains in Asahikawa or Biei near the Daietsuzan mountain area. 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) ...

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