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Visiting Hokkaido in Autumn: Ultimate Guide to Hokkaido Weather in Fall and Clothes You Need!

Visiting Hokkaido in Autumn: Ultimate Guide to Hokkaido Weather in Fall and Clothes You Need!

Date published: 9 December 2019
Last updated: 20 January 2020

Hokkaido is the northernmost region of Japan. Hokkaido in autumn gets very cold with temperatures lower than Tokyo and Osaka.

Here we’ll share all about the climate in Hokkaido in fall and the clothes you should wear at this time of year. In Hokkaido winter especially, you need to make sure you’ve got cold weather accessories such as gloves, scarves, and hats!

Table of Contents
  1. What's Fall like in Hokkaido (September to November)?
  2. Autumn in Hokkaido (September - November): Temperature and precipitation
  3. Autumn in Hokkaido (September - November): Clothes and accessories
  4. Related Articles

What's Fall like in Hokkaido (September to November)?

What's Fall like in Hokkaido (September to November)?
Fall landscape in Hokkaido

1. The temperature drops sharply from autumn through winter, and you’ll notice big temperature differences in the mornings and evenings.
In Hokkaido, the temperature falls quickly day by day from fall onwards. You’ll feel it getting colder at the start and end of the day as the temperature changes. The morning and evening temperatures start to fall away in October, and in November it will sometimes be below freezing. Don’t get caught out by the change in season and the temperature differences over the day.

2. You need a coat and fleece from November onwards!
In Tokyo a thin cardigan is quite enough to keep you comfortable at this time of year. In Hokkaido, however, you’ll need a light coat or a fleece. Even if you don’t need a coat in Tokyo in November, it’s best to have one in Hokkaido so you’re ready for the onset of winter.

3. Hokkaido has torrential rain in September!
Other than in spring, autumn in Hokkaido is when you get the most days of clear and fine weather. In some years, however, there’s torrential rain in September, and this is when you get the heaviest rainfall of the year.

What to see in autumn in Hokkaido: Flowers, Fish & Events
Autumn blooming flowers: Roses, lupine, marigolds, scarlet sage, glasswort (samphire), cosmos (all in early October).
◆ Seasonal fish: Sanma (Pacific saury)(September), salmon (September and October), hokke (Okhotsk mackerel) (September-November), shishamo (smelt) (October - November), oysters (October onwards), Ezo murasaki uni (Ezo purple sea urchin) (up to mid - October), Hanasaki crab (October/November).
Autumn events: Furano Wine Grape Festival
Date: September 2, 2018 (Sun), 10.00AM to 4.00PM
Venue: Asahi-cho 1, Furano (Furano Ekimae Park)
Access: Short walk from JR Furano Station

Autumn in Hokkaido (September - November): Temperature and precipitation

Autumn in Hokkaido (September - November): Temperature and precipitation
Average values (1981-2010): Japan Meteorological Agency

Autumn in Hokkaido (September - November): Clothes and accessories

Autumn in Hokkaido (September - November): Clothes and accessories

September: Average temperature in Sapporo 18.1℃; maximum temperature 22.4℃; minimum temperature 14.2℃.
September often has the heaviest rainfall of the year. Don’t forget to bring a folding umbrella.

Recommended pack list for Hokkaido in September:

・Men
Uppers: Long-sleeved shirt, cardigan, fleeces, etc.
Lower: Jeans, warm slacks
Innerwear: T-Shirts, long-sleeved shirts
Shoes: Sneakers, warm walking shoes

・Women
Upper: Long-sleeved shirt, cardigan, fleeces, etc.
Lower: Pants, skirt, one-piece dress
Innerwear: T-shirt, long-sleeved shirt
Shoes: Sneakers, warm walking shoes

Accessories: Hat, sunglasses, folding umbrella, stole.

October: Average temperature in Sapporo 11.8℃; maximum temperature 16.2℃; minimum temperature 7.5℃.
Morning and evening temperatures fall quite sharply, and feel a lot colder than the rest of the day. You should have some long-sleeved outerwear that you can easily adjust to keep yourself warm and comfortable.

Recommended pack list for Hokkaido in October:

・Men
Uppers: Coat, fleece, cardigan
Lower: Winter pants, etc.
Innerwear: Heat Tech shirts, etc.
Shoes: Boots, sneakers, etc.

・Women
Upper: Coat, fleece, cardigan
Lower: Winter pants, etc.
Innerwear: Tights, leggings, etc.
Shoes: Boots, sneakers, etc.

Accessories: Stole, muffler

November: Average temperature in Sapporo 4.9℃; maximum temperature 8.5℃; minimum temperature 1.3℃.
Depending on where you go, it can be below freezing. You need to start wearing winter clothes to protect yourself against the cold.

Recommended pack list for Hokkaido in November:

・Men
Uppers: Coat, fleece, cardigan
Lower: Winter pants, etc.
Innerwear: Heat Tech shirts, etc.
Shoes: Boots, sneakers, etc.

・Women
Upper: Coat, fleece, cardigan
Lower: Winter pants, etc.
Innerwear: Tights, leggings, etc.
Shoes: Boots, sneakers, etc.

Accessories: Stole, muffler

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