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A man using shovel to removes snow and clear the road after snowfall, hakodate, Japan = Shutterstock

A man using shovel to removes snow and clear the road after snowfall, hakodate, Japan = Shutterstock

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 discuss the weather in Hokkaido for the month of December. Hokkaido is much colder than Tokyo and Osaka. On the west side of Japan, snow falls often so please do not forget your coat and other warm accessories.

Below are articles about the monthly weather in Hokkaido. Please select the month you wish to know about.

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

January

2020/5/30

Hokkaido Weather in January! Temperature, rain, clothes

On this page, I will explain about the weather in Hokkaido in January. If you travel in Hokkaido in January, please do not forget enough winter protection such as a coat. In the west side of Hokkaido, the clouds coming from the Sea of Japan will snow and so much snow is piled up. On the east side of Hokkaido, snow does not fall as far as the west side. However, the temperature sometimes falls below freezing point 10 degrees. Please be careful. This article contains a lot of pictures to help you imagine the weather in January in Hokkaido, so please refer to them. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Hokkaido. Use the slider to select the month you wish to know more about. Below are some articles about the weather in Tokyo and Osaka in January. Tokyo and Osaka have different weather conditions from Hokkaido, so please be careful. Table of ContentsQ & A about Hokkaido in JanuaryWeather in Hokkaido in January (overview)Hokkaido weather in early JanuaryHokkaido weather in the middle of JanuaryHokkaido weather in late JanuaryRecommended Videos Q & A about Hokkaido in January Does snow fall in January in Hokkaido? It snows all over Hokkaido in January. Especially from mid-January, there is a lot of snow. Moist clouds coming from the Sea of Japan hit Hokkaido mountains and cause snow. It snows often in Niseko, Otaru and Sapporo near the Sea of Japan. On the other hand, in eastern Hokkaido on the Pacific side, it is very cold, but ...

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Snow sculpture at Sapporo Snow Festival site on February in Sapporo, Hokkaido, japan. The Festival is held annually at Sapporo Odori Park = Shutterstock

February

2020/5/30

Hokkaido Weather in February! Temperature, rain, clothes

In February, a lot of winter festivals are held in Hokkaido, including the Sapporo Snow Festival. For this reason, there are many people going to Hokkaido at this time. However, in February, Hokkaido is very cold. If you plan to travel in February, please do not forget enough protection from the cold. On this page I will provide details about the weather of Hokkaido in February. This article contains a lot of pictures to help you imagine the weather in February in Hokkaido, so please refer to them. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Hokkaido. Slide through and select the month you want to know more about. Below are articles about the weather in Tokyo and Osaka in February. Tokyo and Osaka have different weather conditions from Hokkaido, so please be careful. Table of ContentsQ & A about Hokkaido in FebruaryWeather in Hokkaido in February (overview)Hokkaido weather in early FebruaryHokkaido weather in the middle of FebruaryHokkaido weather in late February Q & A about Hokkaido in February Does snow fall in February in Hokkaido? It snows very well in Hokkaido in February. There may be a lot of snow piled up. How cold is Hokkaido in February? February is a very cold time along with January. Especially in the first half of February, the daytime maximum temperature is almost below freezing. What kind of clothes should we wear in February in Hokkaido? In February, in Hokkaido you need full-fledged winter clothing. For winter clothes in Hokkaido, please refer to the following article. When ...

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General view of people snowboarding on a tree-lined piste in the Niseko Grand Hirafu ski resort, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

March

2020/5/30

Hokkaido Weather in March! Temperature, rain, clothes

The Japanese archipelago enters a transition period from winter to spring every March. The weather is unstable and the wind is strong at this time of year. Even in Hokkaido, the temperature will gradually rise and you will feel that spring is approaching. However, in Hokkaido you must not neglect cold weather countermeasures. Even in March, snow falls often in Hokkaido. By late March, there will be more rain than snow. However, at ski resorts such as Niseko, you can continue to enjoy a world of snow. On this page, I will discuss Hokkaido weather in March. This article contains many pictures that will help you imagine March weather in Hokkaido, so please refer to them. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Hokkaido. Use the slider to select the month you wish to know more about. Below are articles on the weather in Tokyo and Osaka in March. Tokyo and Osaka have different weather conditions from Hokkaido, so please be careful. Table of ContentsQ & A about Hokkaido in MarchWeather in Hokkaido in March (overview)Hokkaido weather in early MarchHokkaido weather in the middle of MarchHokkaido weather in late March Q & A about Hokkaido in March Does snow fall in March in Hokkaido? Snow falls in Hokkaido even in March but spring is gradually approaching. You can enjoy winter sports in Niseko, etc., but with more warm days during this time in urban areas the snow will begin to melt. How cold is Hokkaido in March? Hokkaido in March is still in the ...

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In late April, tourists walking in Goryokaku Park, watching beautiful cherry blossoms, Hakodate, Hokkaido = Shutterstock

April

2020/5/30

Hokkaido Weather in April! Temperature, rain, clothes

On this page, I will discuss the weather in Hokkaido during the month of April. The weather of Hokkaido is quite different from Tokyo. In Hokkaido, snow may still fall even in April. It gets much warmer during the day but sometimes it is pretty cold, so take caution. This article contains many pictures that will help you imagine the weather in April in Hokkaido, so please refer to them. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Hokkaido. Use the slider to select the month you wish to know more about. Below are articles about the weather in Tokyo and Osaka in April. Tokyo and Osaka have different weather conditions from Hokkaido, so please be careful. Table of ContentsQ & A about Hokkaido in AprilWeather in Hokkaido in April (overview)Hokkaido weather in early AprilHokkaido weather in the middle of AprilHokkaido weather in late April Q & A about Hokkaido in April Does snow fall in April in Hokkaido? In the first half of April, snow may fall in some cities such as Asahikawa and Sapporo. However, in urban areas, you will generally find it difficult to find snow covered landscapes. On the other hand, snow still falls in the mountains. You can still enjoy winter sports at Niseko and other ski resorts. How cold is Hokkaido in April? The temperature of Hokkaido will gradually rise in April. By mid-April, the daytime maximum temperature will exceed 10 degrees Celsius. In urban areas such as Sapporo, cherry blossoms begin to bloom in late April as spring ...

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

May

2020/6/17

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 trees turn to a wonderful fresh green. 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. Use the slider to select the month you wish to know more about. Below are articles about the weather in Tokyo and Osaka in May. Tokyo and Osaka have different weather conditions from Hokkaido, so please be careful. Table of ContentsQ & A about Hokkaido in MayWeather in Hokkaido in May (overview)Hokkaido weather in early MayHokkaido weather in the middle of MayHokkaido weather in late May Q & A about Hokkaido in May Does snow fall in May in Hokkaido? There is no snow in Hokkaido in May. However, in some large ski resorts such as Niseko, you can ski until about May 6th. How cold is Hokkaido in May? Hokkaido has a spring climate in May. You can travel comfortably. What kind of clothes should we wear in May in Hokkaido? Spring clothes are desirable in May. For spring clothes in Japan, please refer to the following article. When is the best time to visit Hokkaido? If you want to enjoy winter snowy landscapes then January and February are the best months. If ...

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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

June

2020/6/17

Hokkaido Weather in June! Temperature, rain, clothes

If you plan to travel in Japan during June, I recommend that you add Hokkaido to your itinerary. Japan is generally rainy and humid in June. However, there are not so many rainy days in Hokkaido. Unlike Tokyo and Osaka, you will enjoy a pleasant time in terms of weather. On this page, I will discuss the weather in Hokkaido during the month of June. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Hokkaido. Use the slider to select the month you wish to know more about. Below are articles on the weather in Tokyo and Osaka in June. Tokyo and Osaka have different weather conditions from Hokkaido, so please be careful. Table of ContentsQ & A about Hokkaido in JuneWeather in Hokkaido in June (overview)Hokkaido weather in early JuneHokkaido weather in the middle of JuneHokkaido weather in late June Q & A about Hokkaido in June Does snow fall in June in Hokkaido? There is no snow in Hokkaido in June. Are flowers blooming in Hokkaido in June? In Furano and Biei in Hokkaido, lavender begins to bloom from late June. Poppy and lupine also bloom in this month. How cold is Hokkaido in June? The season changes from spring to summer in Hokkaido in June. Generally, it's not cold, but it can be cool in the morning and evening. What kind of clothes should we wear in June in Hokkaido? Spring clothes are recommended for a comfortable trip to Hokkaido in June. For spring clothes in Japan, please refer to the following article. ...

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

July

2020/5/30

Hokkaido Weather in July! Temperature, Rain and Clothes

On this page, I will discuss the weather of Hokkaido in July. July is definitely the best season for sightseeing. Every July, many tourists from Japan and abroad come to Hokkaido. In Hokkaido, it is rare that it will get as hot as Tokyo or Osaka. The temperature drop in the morning and evening will be relieving, so you should be able to enjoy a truly comfortable trip. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Hokkaido. Use the slider to select the month you wish to know more about. Below are articles about the weather in Tokyo and Osaka in July. Tokyo and Osaka have different weather conditions from Hokkaido, so please be careful. Table of ContentsQ & A about Hokkaido in JulyWeather in Hokkaido in July (overview)Hokkaido weather in early JulyHokkaido weather in the middle of JulyHokkaido weather in late July Q & A about Hokkaido in July Does snow fall in July in Hokkaido? There is no snow in Hokkaido in July. Are flowers blooming in Hokkaido in July? Lavender will reach its peak in Hokkaido in July. Especially from the middle of July the flower fields are beautiful. How cold is Hokkaido in July? Hokkaido will have a summer tourist season in July. It is not cold, but it is cool in the morning and evening. What kind of clothes should we wear in July in Hokkaido? Summer clothes will be fine in July. However, it is cool in the morning and evening in Hokkaido, so please bring a jacket or ...

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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

August

2020/5/30

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. Use the slider to select the month you wish to know more about. Below are articles on the weather in Tokyo and Osaka in August. Tokyo and Osaka have different weather conditions from Hokkaido, so please be careful. Table of ContentsQ & A about Hokkaido in AugustWeather in Hokkaido in August (overview)Hokkaido weather in early AugustHokkaido weather in the middle of AugustHokkaido weather in late August Q & A about Hokkaido in August Does snow fall in August in Hokkaido? There is no snow in Hokkaido in August. Are flowers blooming in Hokkaido in August? In Hokkaido, various flowers bloom in the flower fields and they become very colorful. Lavender blooms until the beginning of August. How cold is Hokkaido in August? Even in Hokkaido, it is hot in the daytime in August. But the morning and evening are relatively cool. What kind of clothes should we ...

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

September

2020/5/30

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. Use the slider to select the month you wish to know more about. Below are articles on the weather in Tokyo and Osaka in September. Tokyo and Osaka have different weather conditions from Hokkaido, so please be careful. Table of ContentsQ & A about Hokkaido in SeptemberWeather in Hokkaido in September (overview)Hokkaido weather in early SeptemberHokkaido weather in the middle of SeptemberHokkaido weather in late September Q & A about Hokkaido in September Does snow fall in September in Hokkaido? Basically, no snow falls in Hokkaido in September. However, it starts snowing in September at the top of mountain areas such as Daisetsuzan. Are flowers blooming in Hokkaido in September? Even in September, beautiful flowers are blooming in Hokkaido. However, lavender flowers are not blooming. How cold is Hokkaido in September? In September, the morning and evening are pretty cool. What kind of clothes should we wear in September in Hokkaido? Autumn clothes are desirable in Hokkaido in September. For the fall clothes in Japan, please refer to the following article. When is the best time to visit ...

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

October

2020/6/11

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. Use the slider to select the month you wish to know more about. Below are articles on the weather in Tokyo and Osaka in October. Tokyo and Osaka have different weather conditions from Hokkaido, so please be careful. Table of ContentsQ & A about Hokkaido in OctoberWeather in Hokkaido in October (overview)Hokkaido weather in early OctoberHokkaido weather in the middle of OctoberHokkaido weather in late October Q & A about Hokkaido in October Does snow fall in October in Hokkaido? Snow falls in mountain areas such as Daisetsuzan. Even in plains such as Sapporo, there are occasions when the first snow falls in late October. However, October is basically the autumnal season in the plains. Are flowers blooming in Hokkaido in October? The flowering season has passed, but by the middle of October you can see some flowers. You may be able to see the snowy mountains in the distance. How cold is Hokkaido in October? Hokkaido is a short fall in October. However, in late October, the morning and evening temperatures will drop to around 5 ° C, and a long winter will be approaching. What kind of clothes should we wear in October in Hokkaido? ...

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

November

2020/5/30

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. Use the slider to select the month you wish to know more about. Below are articles on the weather in Tokyo and Osaka in November. Tokyo and Osaka have different weather conditions from Hokkaido, so please be careful. Table of ContentsQ & A about Hokkaido in NovemberWeather in Hokkaido in November (overview)Hokkaido weather in early NovemberHokkaido weather in the middle of NovemberHokkaido weather in late November 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. Please refer to the following articles about ...

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A man using shovel to removes snow and clear the road after snowfall, hakodate, Japan = Shutterstock

December

2020/5/30

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 discuss the weather in Hokkaido for the month of December. Hokkaido is much colder than Tokyo and Osaka. On the west side of Japan, snow falls often so please do not forget your coat and other warm accessories. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Hokkaido. Please select the month you wish to know about. 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 ContentsQ & A about Hokkaido in DecemberWeather in Hokkaido in December (overview)Hokkaido weather in early DecemberHokkaido weather in the middle of DecemberHokkaido 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 stick. How cold is Hokkaido in December? 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 more on the clothing to wear in Hokkaido in winter, please refer to the following article if you’d like. When is the best time to visit Hokkaido? If you want ...

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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.

Christmas illumination in Omotesando, Tokyo, Japan = Adobe Stock

December

2020/5/30

Tokyo Weather in December! Temperature, rain, clothes

In December, the weather in Tokyo is stable and it will continue to be sunny. In December, there is virtually no snow in Tokyo. However, please bring a coat or jumper as it is very cold. Winter clothes are required if you are outdoors for a long time. On this page, I will introduce Tokyo meteorological data of 2017. Please refer to this weather data and prepare for your trip. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Tokyo. Use the slider to select the month you wish to know more about. Below are articles on the weather in Osaka and Hokkaido in December. If you plan to go to Hokkaido as well as Tokyo, please note that the weather in Hokkaido is quite different from Tokyo. For winter clothes, please refer to the following article. Table of ContentsWeather in Tokyo in December (overview)Tokyo weather in early December (2017)Tokyo weather in the middle of December (2017)Tokyo weather in late December (2017) Weather in Tokyo in December (overview) Graph: Temperature change in Tokyo in December ※ Based on the data released by the Japan Meteorological Agency. Both high and low temperature data are averages over the past 30 years (1981-2010) In December, Tokyo will finally enter the full-fledged winter season. At this time many people come with coats and jumpers. It is still relatively hot compared to January and February, but if you are visiting Japan from a warm country, I think you'd better prepare enough winter clothes. The weather is good in December. The sky ...

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Universal Studios Japan (USJ). According to 2014 Theme Index Global Attraction Attendance Report, USJ is ranked fifth among the top 25 amusement parks worldwide = Shutterstock

December

2020/5/30

Osaka Weather in December! Temperature, rain, clothes

In December, full-fledged winter will come to Osaka. The leaves of the trees on the street fall and they become bare. Instead, Christmas illuminations are given to the trees and they start to shine beautifully at night. If you are staying in Osaka this time, please bring your coat because it is cold. On this page, I will explain the weather in Osaka in December. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Osaka. Use the slider to select the month you wish to know more about. Below are articles about the weather in Tokyo and Hokkaido in December. If you plan to go to Hokkaido and also Osaka, please note that the weather in Hokkaido is quite different from Osaka. Table of ContentsWeather in Osaka in December (overview)Osaka weather in early December (2017)Osaka weather in the middle of December (2017)Osaka weather in late December (2017) Weather in Osaka in December (overview) Graph: Temperature change in Osaka in December ※ Based on the data released by the Japan Meteorological Agency. Both high and low temperature data are averages over the past 30 years (1981-2010) The weather in Osaka in December is similar to that of Tokyo. The rainy days are very few. It is either a beautiful blue sky or a cold-looking cloudy sky. In December, the temperature is less than 15 degrees Celsius at the warmest time of day. In the morning and evening, it may fall to below freezing. It's a bit warmer than January or February, but if you are not good ...

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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 stick.

How cold is Hokkaido in December?

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 more on the clothing to wear in Hokkaido in winter, please refer to the following article if you’d like.

Winter Wear in Hokkaido, Japan
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 similar products. The best shoes are snow boots or snow trekking shoes (Sunotore), but if you just ...

When is the best time to visit Hokkaido?

If you want to see the snow covered landscapes of Hokkaido, coming January to February is best. However, in December, the illuminations of Christmas are very beautiful. In Hokkaido, you can experience a white Christmas. You will surely be able to make wonderful snow memories even in December.

 

Weather in Hokkaido in December (overview)

Temperature change in Hokkaido (Sapporo) in December

Graph: Temperature change in Hokkaido (Sapporo) in December

Graph: Temperature change in Hokkaido (Sapporo) in December

※ Based on the data released by the Japan Meteorological Agency. Both high and low temperature data are averages over the past 30 years (1981-2010)

The temperature in Hokkaido will gradually fall in December. From mid-December, the morning and evening low temperatures will fall below -5 degrees Celsius.

Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, etc. are also experiencing winter at this time. However, Hokkaido is much colder than those areas.

It's really cold!

Temperatures in Hokkaido are not likely to exceed 10 degrees Celsius even during the day in December. In the middle of the night and dawn, the temperature is often around 10 degrees below freezing. It is really cold.

In areas close to the Sea of Japan, the clouds flowing from the Sea of Japan will bring a lot of snow. On the other hand, relatively sunny days continue on the east side of Hokkaido. The days are less snowy than the west side but the temperature is still very low.

If you plan to move from Tokyo or Osaka to Hokkaido, you will be surprised by the extreme cold when you get there. In Tokyo, if you have a coat, you can walk through the city. However, in Hokkaido, you cannot prevent the cold with only a coat.

4 Recommended winter protection in Hokkaido

People in Sapporo often use the warm underground area in winter

If you travel to Hokkaido during this cold season, I recommend four forms of winter protection.

Prepare warm high-tech underwear

First, besides the coat, you may want to bring a muffler, hat and gloves made of yarn. You also need warm underwear. Recently, new products warmer than ordinary underwear have been increasing in number. For example, "Heat Tech" released by UNIQLO uses materials that absorb moisture and generate heat. You should prepare a variety of warm clothes.

Prepare snow boots or anti-slip devices

It would be nice to take measures to prevent you from slipping on snow when walking outside. It is best to use snow boots. Snow boots are sold at most shoe stores in Hokkaido. You can even buy them in Tokyo and Osaka if it is winter.

If you are going to use ordinary shoes, I recommend that you wear anti-slip instruments on the sole of the shoe. These are sold at New Chitose International Airport and many more places in Hokkaido.

Use underground route

I think that in Sapporo you should make good use of the underground shopping center. In Sapporo, the underground shopping center has developed into a good way to keep warm. You can go from Sapporo station to the main sightseeing area simply by walking down through the underground shopping mall if you wanted. If the snow is falling and the wind is strong, you should walking these routes without being forced to walk outside.

Warm your body well indoors

In Hokkaido, the outdoors is very cold, but the rooms are generally quite warm. This is because in the winter there is a custom to keep rooms very warm. Hokkaido people warm their bodies indoors and then go out. When they return to the room, they warm their bodies again. So I recommend that you warm yourself indoors as well before going out.

Below is the meteorological data of Hokkaido in December announced by Japan Meteorological Agency.

 

Hokkaido weather in early December

Map of Hokkaido

Map of Hokkaido

Weather data in Hokkaido (early December)

Highest temperature

(Lowest temperature)

Total precipitation

(Total snowfall depth)

Sapporo 3.8℃ (-2.4℃) 32.3mm (31cm)
Otaru 3.4℃ (-2.2℃) 43.9mm (39cm)
Asahikawa 1.2℃ (-5.6℃) 31.2mm (54cm)
Biei 0.2℃ (-8.3℃) 25.7mm (52cm)
Furano 1.0℃ (-7.7℃) 25.9mm (48cm)
Wakkanai 1.7℃ (-2.8℃) 39.7mm (47cm)
Abashiri 2.5℃ (-3.7℃) 20.4mm (22cm)
Utoro 2.4℃ (-3.6℃) 37.1mm (30cm)
Nemuro 3.9℃ (-1.9℃) 18.6mm (6cm)
Kushiro 4.3℃ (-5.0℃) 17.5mm (6cm)
Obihiro 3.1℃ (-6.4℃) 15.9mm (11cm)
Hakodate 5.1℃ (-2.0℃) 26.3mm (21cm)

※ All figures are the average for 30 years of 1981-2010 announced by the Japan Meteorological Agency

Hokkaido at this time seen in photos

December 2, 2018, Sapporo Kita 3-jo Hiroba [akapura] venue Title, akapura illumination, It is the oldest street tree in Hokkaido, directing ginkgo trees in light = Shutterstock

Weather and sunrise / sunset time

Hokkaido is in full winter mode from early December. If you move from Tokyo or Osaka to Hokkaido, be prepared because the temperature is completely different.

It gets very cold in the morning and evening, and the temperature hardly rises during the day.

The sunrise time in Sapporo is about 6:49 and the sunset time is about 16:00.

The sunrise time in Nemuro, located in eastern Hokkaido, is 6:33 and the sunset time is around 15.42.

 

Hokkaido weather in the middle of December

Weather data in Hokkaido (middle of December)

Highest temperature

(Lowest temperature)

Total precipitation

(Total snowfall depth)

Sapporo  1.4℃ (-4.7℃) 37.7mm (46cm)
Otaru  0.9℃ (-4.3℃) 50.8mm (59cm)
Asahikawa -1.5℃ (-8.4℃) 34.1mm (64cm)
Biei -2.4℃ (-11.7℃) 22.4mm (65cm)
Furano -1.8℃ (-11.3℃) 21.9mm (61cm)
Wakkanai -0.5℃ (-4.8℃) 37.4mm (54cm)
Abashiri  0.2℃ (-6.4℃) 16.8mm (26cm)
Utoro  0.0℃ (-6.0℃) 22.8mm (44cm)
Nemuro  1.7℃ (-4.1℃) 15.1mm (12cm)
Kushiro  2.1℃ (-7.6℃) 12.5mm (6cm)
Obihiro  0.5℃ (-9.6℃) 11.9mm (15cm)
Hakodate  2.6℃ (-4.1℃) 26.1mm (31cm)

※ All figures are the average for 30 years of 1981-2010 announced by the Japan Meteorological Agency

Hokkaido at this time seen in photos

December 12, 2010, Munich · Christmas Market was held at Odori Park with many tourists crowded ,sapporo hokkaido = SHutterstock

Weather and sunrise / sunset time

In mid-December, downtown areas of major cities such as Sapporo and Hakodate have a nice Christmas atmosphere. The temperature is really cold, but it feels like the whole city is vibrant.

Snow falls in the eastern regions of Sapporo, Hakodate, Asahikawa and Otaru, but there is less snow in western regions such as Kushiro and Nemuro.

The sunrise time in Sapporo is about 6:58 and the sunset time is about 16:00.

The sunrise time in Nemuro, Eastern Hokkaido, is about 6:42 and the sunset time is about 15.42.
Sunset is very early, so be careful.

 

Hokkaido weather in late December

Weather data in Hokkaido (late December)

Highest temperature

(Lowest temperature)

Total precipitation

(Total snowfall depth)

Sapporo  1.1℃ (-5.1℃) 41.8mm (56cm)
Otaru  0.9℃ (-4.4℃) 46.7mm (58cm)
Asahikawa -1.9℃ (-9.5℃) 31.3mm (70cm)
Biei -2.7℃ (-12.3℃) 21.6mm (66cm)
Furano -2.3℃ (-11.9℃) 21.5mm (63cm)
Wakkanai -0.7℃ (-4.8℃) 35.7mm (60cm)
Abashiri -0.5℃ (-7.3℃) 22.2mm (37cm)
Utoro -0.7℃ (-6.4℃) 30.0mm (53cm)
Nemuro  0.7℃ (-4.8℃) 16.7mm (18cm)
Kushiro  1.3℃ (-8.7℃) 20.8mm (14cm)
Obihiro -0.2℃ (-10.5℃) 18.4mm (20cm)
Hakodate  2.4℃ (-4.3℃) 32.3mm (34cm)

※ All figures are the average for 30 years of 1981-2010 announced by the Japan Meteorological Agency

Hokkaido at this time seen in photos

DECEMBER 22, 2017 : Aerial view at dusk of night skiing in Niseko Village. Niseko is a popular destination for ski resorts in Japan = Shutterstock

Weather and sunrise / sunset time

In late December, cloudy and snowy days continue in major cities from the east such as Sapporo. On the other hand, in western cities such as Kushiro, very cold and sunny days continue.

In Niseko and other ski resorts, the snow is piled up enough to mark the start of ski season. The sunrise time in Sapporo is about 6:58 and the sunset time is about 16:00.

The sunrise time in Nemuro in Eastern Hokkaido is about 6:42 and the sunset time is about 15.42.

Sunset is very early, so be careful.

 

※ Sunrise and sunset times are based on the 2019 data released by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. I posted the time of the 5th for the beginning of December, the time of the 15th for the middle of December, and the time of the 25th for the end of December.

 

I appreciate you reading to the end.

For Hokkaido, please refer to the following articles if you like.

>> Hokkaido! 21 Popular Tourist Areas and 10 Airports

>> Winter Wear in Hokkaido! What should you wear?

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

 

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2018-06-12

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