Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan, experiences a subarctic climate, which means it has cold winters and relatively cool summers. The temperature can drop below freezing point in winter, so you should pack warm clothing like a down jacket, gloves, and a hat if you’re planning to visit during this time.

In summer, the temperature usually stays around 20-25°C (68-77°F), making it pleasant for outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, and sightseeing. However, the weather can be unpredictable, and it can rain or be cloudy, so it’s always good to bring a waterproof jacket or an umbrella.

Autumn in Hokkaido is known for its beautiful foliage and mild weather. The temperature usually stays around 10-15°C (50-59°F), and the leaves start changing color from mid-September to late October, making it a popular season for tourists.

Spring in Hokkaido is a bit chilly, but the weather starts warming up from April. You can enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms from late April to early May. However, it’s good to be aware that Hokkaido can experience occasional snowfall even in April.

Hokkaido has distinct seasons with their unique charm, so make sure to check the weather forecast before you visit.

The site has pages detailing Hokkaido’s climate and weather by month. Photos taken in each month are also included to help you decide what to wear. Below is a link card that will take you to those pages. Please refer to them when planning your trip to Hokkaido.

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