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

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

Hokkaido Weather in January! Temperature, rain, clothes

On this page, I will explain about the in in January. If you travel in in January, please do not forget enough protection such as a coat. In the west side of , the clouds coming from the Sea of Japan will snow and so much snow is piled up. On the east side of , 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 , so please refer to them.

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

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

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2018/6/12

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. Slide it and check the weather you want to know. 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 Contents1 Q & A about Hokkaido in January2 Weather in Hokkaido in January (overview)3 Hokkaido weather in early January4 Hokkaido weather in the middle of January5 Hokkaido weather in late January6 Recommended 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 ...

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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

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2018/6/12

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 so 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 cold protection. On this page, I will explain 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 it and check the weather you want to know. 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 Contents1 Q & A about Hokkaido in February2 Weather in Hokkaido in February (overview)3 Hokkaido weather in early February4 Hokkaido weather in the middle of February5 Hokkaido 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

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2018/6/12

Hokkaido Weather in March! Temperature, rain, clothes

The Japanese archipelago enter the transition period from winter to spring every March. The weather is unstable and wind is strong at this time. Even in Hokkaido, the temperature will gradually rise at this time and you will be informed that spring is approaching. But in Hokkaido you must neglect cold weather countermeasures. Even in March, snow falls often in Hokkaido. By late March, there will be more rain than snow. However, in ski resorts such as Niseko, you can continue to enjoy the world of snow. On this page, I will explain about the weather in Hokkaido in March. This article contains many pictures that will help you imagine the weather in March 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. 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 Contents1 Q & A about Hokkaido in March2 Weather in Hokkaido in March (overview)3 Hokkaido weather in early March4 Hokkaido weather in the middle of March5 Hokkaido 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 approaching gradually. You can enjoy winter sports in Niseko, etc., but warm days are also increasing in urban areas. The snow is gradually melting. How cold is Hokkaido in March? Hokkaido in March ...

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

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2018/6/12

Hokkaido Weather in April! Temperature, rain, clothes

On this page, I will explain about the weather in Hokkaido in 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 beware. 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. Slide it and check the weather you want to know. 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 Contents1 Q & A about Hokkaido in April2 Weather in Hokkaido in April (overview)3 Hokkaido weather in early April4 Hokkaido weather in the middle of April5 Hokkaido 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, basically you can not expect a snow scene. On the other hand, snow 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, and spring comes. What kind of ...

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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

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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. 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 Contents1 Q & A about Hokkaido in May2 Weather in Hokkaido in May (overview)3 Hokkaido weather in early May4 Hokkaido weather in the middle of May5 Hokkaido 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 the winter snow scene, January and February are the best seasons. 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

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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. 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 Contents1 Q & A about Hokkaido in June2 Weather in Hokkaido in June (overview)3 Hokkaido weather in early June4 Hokkaido weather in the middle of June5 Hokkaido 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 bloom in addition to this in June. How cold is Hokkaido in June? The season changes from spring to summer in Hokkaido in June. So basically it's not cold, but it's cool in the morning and evening. What kind of clothes should we wear in June in Hokkaido? Spring clothes are desirable in Hokkaido in June. For spring clothes in Japan, please refer to the following article. When is the best time to visit Hokkaido? If ...

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

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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. 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 Contents1 Q & A about Hokkaido in July2 Weather in Hokkaido in July (overview)3 Hokkaido weather in early July4 Hokkaido weather in the middle of July5 Hokkaido 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 ...

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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

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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. 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 Contents1 Q & A about Hokkaido in August2 Weather in Hokkaido in August (overview)3 Hokkaido weather in early August4 Hokkaido weather in the middle of August5 Hokkaido 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 ...

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

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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. 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 Contents1 Q & A about Hokkaido in September2 Weather in Hokkaido in September (overview)3 Hokkaido weather in early September4 Hokkaido weather in the middle of September5 Hokkaido 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 ...

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

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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. 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 Contents1 Q & A about Hokkaido in October2 Weather in Hokkaido in October (overview)3 Hokkaido weather in early October4 Hokkaido weather in the middle of October5 Hokkaido 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 ...

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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

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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. 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 Contents1 Q & A about Hokkaido in November2 Weather in Hokkaido in November (overview)3 Hokkaido weather in early November4 Hokkaido weather in the middle of November5 Hokkaido 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 ...

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

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2018/6/12

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 explain about the weather in Hokkaido in December. Hokkaido is much colder than Tokyo and Osaka. In the area on the side of the Sea of Japan, snow falls often. So, please do not forget coat, muffler etc. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Hokkaido. Slide it and check the weather you want to know. 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 Contents1 Q & A about Hokkaido in December2 Weather in Hokkaido in December (overview)3 Hokkaido weather in early December4 Hokkaido weather in the middle of December5 Hokkaido 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 pile up in earnest. How cold is Hokkaido in Decenber? 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 the clothes of Hokkaido in winter, please refer to the following article if you like. When is the best time to ...

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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.

Crowd of Hatsumode at Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo, Japan on January. Hatsumode is the first Shinto shrine or Buddhist temple visit of the Japanese New Year = Shutterstock

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2018/6/12

Tokyo Weather in January! Temperature, rain, clothes

In January, Tokyo is very cold, so you need a coat or a jumper. The weather is stable and sunny days will continue. There is almost no snow, but if it snows, the train may stop working.On this page, I will introduce Tokyo weather data in January. Through these data, please imagine the weather of January in Tokyo. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Tokyo. Slide it and check the weather you want to know. Below are articles on the weather in Osaka and Hokkaido in January. If you plan to go to Hokkaido besides Tokyo, please note that the weather in Hokkaido is quite different from Tokyo. For winter clothes, please refer to the following article. Table of Contents1 Weather in Tokyo in January (overview)2 Tokyo weather in early January (2018)3 Tokyo weather in the middle of January (2018)4 Tokyo weather in late January (2018) Weather in Tokyo in January (overview) Graph: Temperature change in Tokyo in January ※ 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) Tokyo in January is pretty cold. There is not much snow like Hokkaido, but there are days when the lowest temperature is below freezing. Even during the day, most people can not spend without a coat. It does not rain much in January. Very beautiful blue sky days continue. Because it does not rain, the air is dry. Some people catch a cold because the temperature is low and ...

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The Glico Man billboard and other light displays at Dontonbori, Namba Osaka area, Osaka, Japan. Namba is well known as an entertainment area in Osaka = Shutterstock

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2018/6/12

Osaka Weather in January! Temperature, rain, clothes

If you are going to stay in Osaka in January, you will be wondering what the weather is like at that time. On this page, I will explain the weather. Osaka, like other Japanese cities, will have the coldest season of the year from late January to early February. For this reason, there are not many tourists except for the New Year season in early January. There is almost no snow in Osaka. A sunny day will continue, so if you are strong in the cold, you will be able to travel very comfortably. Osaka has lots of hot and delicious food, so please enjoy them too! Below are articles about the monthly weather in Osaka. Slide it and check the weather you want to know. Below are articles about the weather in Tokyo and Hokkaido in January. If you plan to go to Hokkaido besides Osaka, please note that the weather in Hokkaido is quite different from Osaka. Table of Contents1 Weather in Osaka in January (overview)2 Osaka weather in early January (2018)3 Osaka weather in the middle of January (2018)4 Osaka weather in late January (2018) Weather in Osaka in January (overview) Graph: Temperature change in Osaka in January ※ 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 climate of Osaka is coldest in January and February every year like other Japanese cities. Osaka has almost the same climate as Tokyo. However, in January, Osaka is ...

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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 there is relatively little snow.

How cold is Hokkaido in January?

It is very cold in Hokkaido in January. Even in urban areas such as Sapporo, the daytime maximum temperatures are almost below freezing. If you travel to Hokkaido in January, you need winter protection.

What kind of clothes should we wear in January in Hokkaido?

You should have a full-fledged winter clothing in January. Please refer to the following article about the clothes of this time.

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 so on. 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 enjoy the beautiful snow scene, January-February is the best time. In early February, winter festivals will be held in Hokkaido, including Sapporo and Asahikawa. If you want to see the glamorous winter festival, you may want to travel in early February. On the other hand, there will be less tourists in January than in early February, so you will enjoy a relatively quiet atmosphere in January.

 

Weather in Hokkaido in January (overview)

Temperature change in Hokkaido (Sapporo) in January

Graph: Temperature change in Hokkaido (Sapporo) in January

Graph: Temperature change in Hokkaido (Sapporo) in January

※ 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)

As you can see from the above graph, Hokkaido in January is almost the world below freezing. It is much colder than Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, etc. Please be careful.

Overview

A pedestrian crossing the frozen road surface at night. January 2017 Sapporo city center Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

A pedestrian crossing the frozen road surface at night. January 2017 Sapporo city center Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

In January the temperature does not often exceed 5 degrees Celsius even during the day. Midnight and dawn are below freezing point 10 degrees.

Snow falls often in western cities such as Sapporo, Hakodate, Otaru and Asahikawa. Previously, I was walking in the wilderness on the outskirts of Sapporo during this time and I was about to be buried in the snow.

Snow removal is well done on major roads in major cities. However, as you can see in the picture above, the roads are frozen and so slippery.

Mountainous areas in the center of Hokkaido are closed by snow. Because the temperature is low, snow may shine like a jewel called diamond dust. Previously, I went into the mountain to see the diamond dust, I was surprised because it was too cold.

The city in the east side of Hokkaido, the temperature drops considerably. In the northern city of Abashiri, the temperature may fall to as low as 20 degrees below freezing. Before, I was blown by a strong wind coming from the sea at the cliff of the outskirts of Abashiri, the body really cooled down. People who live in Abashiri say that it was much colder in the past.

It seems that it has become somewhat warmer recently due to global warming. Still it's really cold, so please be careful.

I wrote about cold protection on the following page. If you are interested, please also look at that page.

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 explain about the weather in Hokkaido in December. Hokkaido is much colder than Tokyo and Osaka. In the area on the side of the Sea of Japan, snow ...

In the winter, what kind of clothes to wear in Japan, I summarized the reference information on the next 2 pages. If you like, please refer.

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 so on. The best shoes are snow boots or snow trekking shoes (Sunotore), but if you just ...

Winter Wear in Japan! What should you wear?

When traveling Japan in winter, what kind of clothes should you wear? If you do not experience a cold winter in your home country, you may wonder what you should wear. On this page, I will introduce you helpful information about clothes when you travel in Japan in winter. I also prepared photographs ...

Below is the meteorological data of Hokkaido in January released by Japan Meteorological Agency.

 

Hokkaido weather in early January

Map of Hokkaido

Map of Hokkaido

Weather data in Hokkaido (early January)

Highest temperature

(Lowest temperature)

Total precipitation

(Total snowfall depth)

Sapporo 0.2℃ (-6.3℃)40.0mm (58cm)
Otaru 0.0℃ (-5.3℃)53.2mm (65cm)
Asahikawa-2.8℃ (-11.4℃)23.7mm (59cm)
Biei-3.6℃ (-14.3℃)15.4mm (60cm)
Furano-3.4℃ (-14.1℃)16.7mm (55cm)
Wakkanai-1.6℃ (-5.8℃)29.1mm (52cm)
Abashiri-1.3℃ (-8.3℃)18.8mm (35cm)
Utoro-1.5℃ (-7.3℃)28.3mm (55cm)
Nemuro-0.1℃ (-5.9℃)13.2mm (19cm)
Kushiro 0.4℃ (-9.3℃)17.1mm (14cm)
Obihiro-1.2℃ (-12.8℃)15.9mm (21cm)
Hakodate 1.4℃ (-5.3℃)30.2mm (36cm)

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

Hokkaido at this time seen in photos

January 09, 2018; women Playing on snow sledding with trey or snow rafting at winter festival in Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

January 09, 2018; women Playing on snow sledding with trey or snow rafting at winter festival in Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

Weather and sunrise / sunset time

As you can see from the above table, snow falls often in Sapporo, which is relatively close to the Sea of Japan. Snow falls more in Otaru facing the Sea of Japan. On the other hand, there is not much snow in Kushiro on the Pacific side, which is located in Eastern Hokkaido.

 

Hokkaido weather in the middle of January

Weather data in Hokkaido (middle of January)

Highest temperature

(Lowest temperature)

Total precipitation

(Total snowfall depth)

Sapporo-0.7℃ (-7.1℃)32.5mm (52cm)
Otaru-0.9℃ (-6.1℃)38.2mm (56cm)
Asahikawa-3.7℃ (-12.3℃)20.7mm (53cm)
Biei-4.5℃ (-15.5℃)14.0mm (58cm)
Furano-4.3℃ (-15.2℃)14.8mm (54cm)
Wakkanai-2.9℃ (-6.9℃)25.3mm (55cm)
Abashiri-2.6℃ (-9.4℃)18.1mm (36cm)
Utoro-3.1℃ (-9.0℃)22.3mm (51cm)
Nemuro-1.3℃ (-7.0℃)11.5mm (21cm)
Kushiro-0.9℃ (-10.5℃)13.5mm (16cm)
Obihiro-2.1℃ (-13.5℃)13.1mm (20cm)
Hakodate 0.5℃ (-6.5℃)21.3mm (38cm)

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

Hokkaido at this time seen in photos

January 09, 2018; women Playing on snow sledding with trey or snow rafting at winter festival in Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

January 14, 2017: Unidentified pedestrians walk in front of Former Sapporo Government Office Building in winter with snow and leafless trees in Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

Weather and sunrise / sunset time

By mid-January, it will be colder in the morning and evening. The temperature does not rise much even in the daytime. There will be more snow.

Hokkaido's trains and buses will basically operate properly even if it snows. But there can be delays on heavy snow days. So be careful not to make a hard schedule itinerary.

 

Hokkaido weather in late January

Weather data in Hokkaido (late January)

Highest temperature

(Lowest temperature)

Total precipitation

(Total snowfall depth)

Sapporo-1.1℃ (-7.5℃)41.1mm (63cm)
Otaru-1.2℃ (-6.7℃)50.9mm (73cm)
Asahikawa-4.0℃ (-13.1℃)25.2mm (62cm)
Biei-4.8℃ (-16.2℃)16.6mm (61cm)
Furano-4.5℃ (-15.9℃)18.2mm (58cm)
Wakkanai-3.4℃ (-7.7℃)29.9mm (66cm)
Abashiri-3.1℃ (-10.4℃)17.7mm (33cm)
Utoro-3.7℃ (-10.2℃)32.3mm (62cm)
Nemuro-1.9℃ (-7.8℃)10.8mm (23cm)
Kushiro-1.3℃ (-11.3℃)12.7mm (13cm)
Obihiro-2.3℃ (-14.5℃)13.8mm (18cm)
Hakodate 0.3℃ (-6.8℃)25.7mm (43cm)

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

Hokkaido at this time seen in photos

January 09, 2018; women Playing on snow sledding with trey or snow rafting at winter festival in Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

30 January 2018: King Penguin walking parade show on snow with people around watching with fun at Asahiyama Zoo, Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

Weather and sunrise / sunset time

It is the coldest of the year from late January to the first half of February. If you really want to travel to cold Hokkaido, this time is the best. At Asahiyama Zoo in Asahikawa, the penguins who love cold are very happy to meet you, as shown in the picture above.

Snow falls a lot during this time. Preparations for the Snow Festivals begin in various places using accumulated snow. The Snow Festivals are held from the beginning of February to the middle of February.

 

Recommended Videos

If you look at the above video, you can imagine the weather in Hokkaido during this period. Although the sidewalks of the main roads are cleared of snow, please be careful as the road surface will freeze.

 

※ 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 January, the time of the 15th for the middle of January, and the time of the 25th for the end of January.

 

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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