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.

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Below are articles on the weather in Tokyo and Osaka in 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?

Fall clothes should be prepared in the first half of October, but I recommend that you also bring a coat in late October. Please refer to the following articles about autumn clothes and winter clothes in Japan.

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 you want to see beautiful flower fields, July and August are the best.

 

Weather in Hokkaido in October (overview)

Temperature change in Hokkaido (Sapporo) in October

Graph: Temperature change in Hokkaido (Sapporo) in October

Graph: Temperature change in Hokkaido (Sapporo) in October

※ 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, the temperature drops sharply in Hokkaido in October. And winter is approaching.

Overview

There are children playing in park at Otaru city, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

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 is low in the morning and the evening, and it is quite cold in the daytime on rainy days. When traveling at this time, please make sure to bring your jumper etc.

In this period, mountainous regions such as Daisetsuzan are completely in winter. Remember that when traveling from Tokyo or Osaka to Hokkaido, the climate of this area is totally different.

 

Hokkaido weather in early October

Map of Hokkaido

Map of Hokkaido

Weather data in Hokkaido (early October)

Highest temperature

(Lowest temperature)

Total precipitation

(Total snowfall depth)

Sapporo 18.5℃ (9.7℃) 34.6mm (–)
Otaru 18.0℃ (9.8℃) 40.4mm (–)
Asahikawa 17.2℃ (6.0℃) 35.0mm (–)
Biei 16.3℃ (4.6℃) 32.7mm (–)
Furano 17.2℃ (5.8℃) 35.8mm (–)
Wakkanai 16.0℃ (10.2℃) 43.4mm (–)
Abashiri 16.8℃ (8.8℃) 27.2mm (–)
Utoro 16.0℃ (7.8℃) 40.6mm (–)
Nemuro 16.0℃ (10.1℃) 42.4mm (–)
Kushiro 16.5℃ (7.9℃) 36.5mm (–)
Obihiro 17.9℃ (7.3℃) 31.6mm (–)
Hakodate 18.9℃ (9.8℃) 40.9mm (–)

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

Hokkaido at this time seen in photos

October 8, 2018: Tourists boating in Nakajima Park, Sapporo City, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

October 8, 2018: Tourists boating in Nakajima Park, Sapporo City, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

Weather and sunrise / sunset time

As in Tokyo and Osaka, the weather in Hokkaido is stable in the fall. However, the temperature is much lower in Hokkaido.

The sunrise time in Sapporo in early October is about 5:35, and the sunset time is about 17:10.

Sunrise time at Nemuro located on the east side of Hokkaido is about 5:19 and sunset time is about 16:53.

In Hokkaido, please note that sunset time is earlier than Tokyo etc.

 

Hokkaido weather in the middle of October

Weather data in Hokkaido (middle of October)

Highest temperature

(Lowest temperature)

Total precipitation

(Total snowfall depth)

Sapporo 16.4℃ (7.7℃) 33.3mm (–)
Otaru 16.0℃ (7.7℃) 39.0mm (–)
Asahikawa 15.2℃ (3.9℃) 31.8mm (–)
Biei 14.3℃ (2.6℃) 29.8mm (–)
Furano 15.2℃ (3.6℃) 28.6mm (–)
Wakkanai 14.0℃ (8.4℃) 38.1mm (–)
Abashiri 15.1℃ (6.7℃) 19.5mm (–)
Utoro 14.7℃ (6.0℃) 34.4mm (–)
Nemuro 14.7℃ (8.4℃) 32.5mm (–)
Kushiro 15.0℃ (5.5℃) 28.9mm (–)
Obihiro 15.9℃ (4.8℃) 24.7mm (–)
Hakodate 17.1℃ (7.3℃) 35.0mm (–)

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

Hokkaido at this time seen in photos

October 18,2018. Ginkgo Avenue in Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido = Shutterstock

October 18,2018. Ginkgo Avenue in Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido = Shutterstock

Weather and sunrise / sunset time

In mid-October, in Hokkaido, the leaves of trees begin to color about one month earlier than Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, etc. It is very cold in the morning and evening.

The sunrise time in Sapporo in mid-October is around 5:47 and the sunset time is around 16:53.

Sunrise time at Nemuro located on the east side of Hokkaido is about 5:30 and sunset time is about 16:36.

 

Hokkaido weather in late October

Weather data in Hokkaido (late October)

Highest temperature

(Lowest temperature)

Total precipitation

(Total snowfall depth)

Sapporo 13.8℃ (5.5℃) 40.8mm (2cm)
Otaru 13.3℃ (5.6℃) 51.0mm (1cm)
Asahikawa 12.3℃ (2.1℃) 37.5mm (3cm)
Biei 11.4℃ (1.1℃) 33.1mm (3cm)
Furano 12.2℃ (1.8℃) 32.5mm (1cm)
Wakkanai 11.5℃ (5.9℃) 52.6mm (1cm)
Abashiri 12.6℃ (4.6℃) 23.7mm (1cm)
Utoro 12.0℃ (4.3℃) 41.4mm (2cm)
Nemuro 12.5℃ (6.2℃) 31.4mm (–)
Kushiro 12.9℃ (3.3℃) 29.2mm (–)
Obihiro 13.3℃ (2.6℃) 18.7mm (–)
Hakodate 14.6℃ (5.2℃) 24.1mm (–)

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

Hokkaido at this time seen in photos

OCTOBER 27, 2018 Hokkaido University Golden-Leaf Festival, Sapporo, Hokkaido = Shutterstock

OCTOBER 27, 2018 Hokkaido University Golden-Leaf Festival, Sapporo, Hokkaido = Shutterstock

Weather and sunrise / sunset time

In late October, it is the best season to see autumn leaves in urban areas of Hokkaido. A full-fledged autumn is coming, but at the same time, cold days like winter are also increasing.

From Asahikawa and Biei, you can see the mountain area of Daietsuzan, which is snow-white. The contrast between the autumn leaves in the plains and the snow in the mountains is very impressive.

The sunrise time in Sapporo in late October is about 5:59 and the sunset time is about 16:38.

The sunrise time at Nemuro located on the east side of Hokkaido is about 5:43 and the sunset time is about 16:20.

※ 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 early October, the time of the 15th for mid-October, and the time of the 25th for late October.

 

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

>> Hokkaido! 21 Popular Tourist Areas and 10 Airports

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

 

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