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. Click on an article if you want to know more.

January February March
April May June
July August September
October November December

Below are articles on the weather in Tokyo and Osaka in 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 wear in August in Hokkaido?

If you are traveling to Hokkaido in August, please prepare summer clothes. As it is cool in the morning and evening, you should bring a jacket, cardigan, etc. For summer 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 you want to see beautiful flower fields, July and August are the best.

 

Weather in Hokkaido in August (overview)

Temperature change in Hokkaido (Sapporo) in August

Graph: Temperature change in Hokkaido (Sapporo) in August

Graph: Temperature change in Hokkaido (Sapporo) in August

※ 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 is hot in August. However, the temperature will gradually decline after the middle of August.

Overview

View of the Former Hokkaido Government Office in August, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

View of the Former Hokkaido Government Office in August, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

August 3, 2017: Colorful views of the rolling hills of Shikisai-no-Oka ,Biei, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

August 3, 2017: Colorful views of the rolling hills of Shikisai-no-Oka ,Biei, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

Beginners can also enjoy horseback riding at the horse riding facility “WILDMUSTANG'S” in Jozankei, Sapporo, Hokkaido

Beginners can also enjoy horseback riding at the horse riding facility “WILDMUSTANG’S” in Jozankei, Sapporo, Hokkaido

Even in August, Hokkaido does not exceed 35 degrees like Tokyo or Kyoto. The highest temperature in the daytime stays in the first half of 30 degrees and the air is relatively dry, so it is comfortable. If you are in the shade, you are rather cool.

Hokkaido is cold in the morning and the night throughout the year, but in August it is rare that the temperature falls below 10 degrees even in the morning and evening.

Beautiful flowers are blooming in sightseeing spots. You can enjoy activities such as horse riding and canoeing in a very comfortable environment.

August is one of the best seasons for traveling to Hokkaido. Every year, many tourists come to Hokkaido from home and abroad.

However, recently, the impact of the typhoon is getting bigger even in Hokkaido.

When typhoons usually come to Hokkaido, forces are weakened and often change to temperate low pressure. However, recently typhoons are coming to Hokkaido without any decline. Or it may cause heavy rain. For this reason, stopping the plane and railway occasionally happens.

Perhaps I may be over-emphasizing about typhoon damage. If you actually go to Hokkaido in August, you may have a nice weather and keep on a pleasant journey. However, I will dare to emphasize. When you leave for Japan, please check the weather forecast. While you are staying in Hokkaido, please try to get the latest weather forecast.

The following is weather data of August of Hokkaido released by Japan Meteorological Agency. Please refer to this and prepare for your trip. I wish you a pleasant trip!

 

Hokkaido weather in early August

Map of Hokkaido

Map of Hokkaido

Weather data in Hokkaido (early August)

Highest temperature

(Lowest temperature)

Total precipitation

(Total snowfall depth)

Sapporo 26.3℃ (18.8℃) 25.4mm (–)
Otaru 26.0℃ (19.0℃) 37.2mm (–)
Asahikawa 27.3℃ (17.7℃) 44.3mm (–)
Biei 26.8℃ (15.9℃) 44.2mm (–)
Furano 27.6℃ (17.2℃) 50.3mm (–)
Wakkanai 22.3℃ (17.3℃) 35.2mm (–)
Abashiri 24.0℃ (16.8℃) 30.3mm (–)
Utoro 24.0℃ (15.6℃) 39.3mm (–)
Nemuro 21.2℃ (14.3℃) 26.6mm (–)
Kushiro 21.3℃ (15.5℃) 31.4mm (–)
Obihiro 26.3℃ (16.9℃) 38.3mm (–)
Hakodate 26.1℃ (19.3℃) 46.2mm (–)

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

Hokkaido at this time seen in photos

August10, 2017: The natural hotspring-fed warm waters of Kamuiwakka Falls draw visitors to walk through its waters, Shiretoko, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

August10, 2017: The natural hotspring-fed warm waters of Kamuiwakka Falls draw visitors to walk through its waters, Shiretoko, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

Weather and sunrise / sunset time

In Hokkaido, late July to early August is the hottest time of the year. The morning and evening low temperatures are often more than 10 degrees Celsius. You will not feel very cold unless you go to mountainous areas.

However, Hokkaido is cooler than Tokyo or Osaka. It is recommended that you bring a long sleeve cardigan and so on.

The sunrise time in Sapporo in early August is about 4:29, and the sunset time is about 18:52.

The sunrise time at Nemuro located on the east side of Hokkaido is about 4:11 and the sunset time is about 18:36.

 

Hokkaido weather in the middle of August

Weather data in Hokkaido (middle of August)

Highest temperature

(Lowest temperature)

Total precipitation

(Total snowfall depth)

Sapporo 26.5℃ (19.2℃) 30.8mm (–)
Otaru 25.9℃ (18.6℃) 30.2mm (–)
Asahikawa 26.5℃ (17.0℃) 34.8mm (–)
Biei 26.2℃ (15.2℃) 39.4mm (–)
Furano 26.8℃ (16.5℃) 38.8mm (–)
Wakkanai 22.6℃ (17.5℃) 31.3mm (–)
Abashiri 23.4℃ (16.7℃) 31.3mm (–)
Utoro 23.3℃ (15.2℃) 32.5mm (–)
Nemuro 20.7℃ (14.9℃) 40.5mm (–)
Kushiro 21.3℃ (15.7℃) 41.1mm (–)
Obihiro 25.1℃ (16.6℃) 44.9mm (–)
Hakodate 25.8℃ (18.9℃) 41.3mm (–)

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

Hokkaido at this time seen in photos

Every year in the middle of August, the Bon festival dance is held at the Odori Park in Sapporo, Hokkaido

Every year in the middle of August, the Bon festival dance is held at the Odori Park in Sapporo, Hokkaido

Weather and sunrise / sunset time

In mid-August, the people of Hokkaido gather with their families to visit their ancestors’ graves, just like other Japanese. And summer festival called Bon festival dance is held in various places. You can, for example, participate in the Bon festival dance at Odori Park, the center of Sapporo.

However, in Hokkaido, you can also feel the signs of autumn at this time. During the day the maximum temperature is slightly lower. Cool days increase especially in mountainous areas.

The sunrise time in Sapporo in the middle of August is about 4:39, and the sunset time is about 18:38.

The sunrise time at Nemuro located on the east side of Hokkaido is about 4:22 and the sunset time is about 18:22.

 

Hokkaido weather in late August

Weather data in Hokkaido (late August)

Highest temperature

(Lowest temperature)

Total precipitation

(Total snowfall depth)

Sapporo 25.7℃ (18.4℃) 54.5mm (–)
Otaru 25.1℃ (17.8℃) 50.3mm (–)
Asahikawa 25.3℃ (15.8℃) 54.4mm (–)
Biei 24.7℃ (14.0℃) 59.3mm (–)
Furano 25.4℃ (15.3℃) 59.7mm (–)
Wakkanai 22.0℃ (17.0℃) 49.5mm (–)
Abashiri 23.0℃ (16.3℃) 39.4mm (–)
Utoro 22.6℃ (14.7℃) 47.5mm (–)
Nemuro 20.4℃ (14.8℃) 53.8mm (–)
Kushiro 21.0℃ (15.4℃) 58.4mm (–)
Obihiro 24.4℃ (15.8℃) 56.0mm (–)
Hakodate 25.4℃ (18.1℃) 66.2mm (–)

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

Hokkaido at this time seen in photos

August 28,2018. Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and Hakodate Factory, Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

August 28,2018. Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse and Hakodate Factory, Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

Weather and sunrise / sunset time

Even in late August, there are days when the daytime maximum temperature reaches around 30 degrees Celsius. In the flower fields in the tourist areas, beautiful summer flowers will continue to welcome you.

However, in mountain areas such as Daisetsuzan, cool days increase. If you are going to the mountainous area, be sure to bring a cardigan or other jacket as well as a short sleeved shirt.

The sunrise time in Sapporo in late August is about 4:50, and the sunset time is about 18:23.

Sunrise time at Nemuro located on the east side of Hokkaido is about 4:33 and sunset time is about 18:06.

Weather in tourist destinations around Japan

Below are pages showing the climates of various regions in Japan at the same time of the year.

Tokyo Osaka Kyoto
Hokkaido Sendai Nagano
Nagoya Hiroshima Fukuoka
Okinawa

 

Thank you for reading to the end.

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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