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Hokkaido: Live Weather Reports

Last updated:

21 Dec
UK Time: 09:45 GMT
Local Time: 18:45 JST
17°F (-8°C)
5mph (8kmh)
  • Sunrise 07:00
  • Sunset 15:55
  • Moonrise 05:35
  • Moonset 15:28
Temp feels like: 17°F (-8°C)
Length of Day: 8h 59m
Humidity: 62%
Dew Point: 7°F (-14°C)
Pressure: 29.53" (1000 hpa)
Visiblity: 6 miles (10 km)
Average for December 31°F (-1°C)

Latest Hokkaido Holiday Reviews

  • Hiking across Hokkaido

    Boiling hot and dry. Sun up at 3.30am and setting at about 7pm....

    Anonymous on 20th November 2014

Weather Overview for Hokkaido

Weather Overview

Hokkaido is the northernmost island of Japan, of which Sapporo is the capital, and is a holiday destination brimming with exquisite natural, cultural and historical wonders. A sublime mix of East meets West, this eclectic isle is dotted with rice fields, innumerable national parks, charming Swiss-style chalets, skiing hubs, charming historic towns and rustic hot springs, something for which this formidable country is world renowned. Due to its varied activities and attractions, Hokkaido is a fantastic place to visit at any time of year.

Most of Hokkaido enjoys a continental climate, of snowy cold winters and moderately warm summers. The western half of the island tends to enjoy slightly warmer temperatures than the eastern side and, due to its vertiginous peaks, the temps between its highest points and sea level plains can be considerate. Although Hokkaido is not all that large, thanks to its mountain ranges and the fact it is bathed by three different seas on three shores, the climate between north, south, east and west (as well as inland), can change dramatically depending on where you go. Hokkaido is also largely unaffected by the mid-year rain-season which batters down the rest of the country, which makes it a much revered destination for local tourists as well as foreigners, especially in summer.

Winter & Autumn

Hokkaido is said to be at its best in winter, when perfect powder falls on its highest peaks and attracts skiers from all corners of the globe. The coldest month of the year in Hokkaido is January, with average temps not usually going above highs of -4°C and the one with the least amount of daily sunshine is December (2 hours).

September is the wettest month by far with an average rainfall of 171mm, and if you want to test your level of endurance, and take a swim during the month with the coldest sea temps, then best you travel here in February and take a swan dive into the freezing 84°C waters. Winter months are ideal if you wish to see the surreal sight of floating icebergs on the Sea of Okhotsk.

If you’re looking for an unforgettable skiing holiday, then your rewards for travelling to Hokkaido in winter, and coping with the harsh climate, will be near endless. Head to the northern region of the island and enjoy 11m snowfalls, which is the norm most years.

Summer & Spring

Japanese flock to Hokkaido during the summer months, between May (the month with the highest amount of daily sunshine) and August (the hottest month of the year), due to the island enjoying much drier and cooler temps than the rest of the country.

Summers here are neither extravagantly long nor hot, and the first months of the season (in April, May and June) is the best time of year to see the amazing cherry blossoms in full bloom. The uncomfortable humidity, which is the norm in the rest of Japan, is largely missing in Hokkaido in summer, unless you choose to visit the inland regions.

Hokkaido is home to some lovely beaches and, although they may not compare to ones found the idyllic Caribbean, they are beautiful nonetheless, and arguably the best in the whole country.

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