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Visiting Hokkaido in Spring 2022: Ultimate Guide to Hokkaido Weather & What to Wear!

Visiting Hokkaido in Spring 2022: Ultimate Guide to Hokkaido Weather & What to Wear!

Date published: 5 December 2019
Last updated: 29 January 2021

Traveling in Hokkaido in spring is a great adventure! Here we'll share all about Hokkaido weather in spring and the perfect clothing to wear. We'll also share why spring in Hokkaido is the best time to visit, plus tips on what to see and do!

Table of Contents
  1. Visiting Hokkaido in Spring 2021 (March-May): Overview
  2. Hokkaido weather in Spring (March-May): Average Temperature and Precipitation
  3. What should I wear for Spring in Hokkaido (March-May)?
  4. Visiting Hokkaido in March: What clothes to bring
  5. Visiting Hokkaido in April: Clothes to pack
  6. Visiting Hokkaido in May: What to pack
  7. Best places to visit in Hokkaido in spring
  8. Visiting Hokkaido in other seasons

Visiting Hokkaido in Spring 2021 (March-May): Overview

Visiting Hokkaido in Spring 2021 (March-May): Overview

In March, Hokkaido temperatures are still sometimes below freezing. Cherry blossoms bloom in Tokyo in April, but in Hokkaido, they don’t come out till May!

1. It’s still the end of winter in Hokkaido in March. Watch out for freezing temperatures at the start and end of the day!
March in Hokkaido is still the end of winter, so there are still days when the temperature is below freezing. Even in April, when the cherry blossoms are out in Tokyo, it’s only just the start of spring in Hokkaido and quite chilly. On the mainland, it starts to feel like early summer from May onwards, but in Hokkaido, the mornings and evenings are still cold around this time.

2. In Hokkaido the cherry blossoms come out in May!
Although the cherry blossoms start budding on the mainland in March, temperatures can still be below freezing in Hokkaido. Hokkaido cherry blossoms bloom in early May. Keep this in mind!

Mizubasho (Asian skunk cabbage)

3. You won’t get hay fever in Hokkaido!
Hay fever is often thought of as a national affliction in Japan. However, cedar doesn’t grow in Hokkaido, so there’s no cedar pollen around to cause hay fever. But there is birch pollen, and you do find some people have an allergy to this.

Things to do in Hokkaido in May: Flowers, Fish & Events
Seasonal flowers
Mizubasho (Asian skunk cabbage) (April/May), cherry blossoms (May), shibazakura (moss phlox)(May), tulips (May).
Seasonal fish
Scallops (up till March), tokishirazu (summer-catch salmon) (May onwards).
Spring event
Sapporo Lilac Festival
Date: May 16 to May 27.
Venue: 5 - 7 chome, Odorinishi, Chuo, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Access: Subway - Namboku Line, Tozai Line, Toho Line. Get off at Odori Station.

Hokkaido weather in Spring (March-May): Average Temperature and Precipitation

Hokkaido weather in Spring (March-May): Average Temperature and Precipitation

What should I wear for Spring in Hokkaido (March-May)?

What should I wear for Spring in Hokkaido (March-May)?

Visiting Hokkaido in March: What clothes to bring

In March, you’ll still need winter clothing to protect yourself from the cold. The roads get very wet and muddy as the snow melts, so we’d suggest waterproof shoes if you’re walking about outside.

Clothes to bring for men:
・Upper: Coat, fleece, sweater
・Lower: Jeans, slacks, etc.
・Innerwear: Thermal shirt (Heat Tech, etc.)
・Shoes: Boots, insulated shoes
・Accessories: Muffler and gloves, earmuffs, face mask, UV chapstick

Clothes to bring for women:
・Upper: Coat, fleece, sweater
・Lower: Jeans, slacks, etc.
・Innerwear: Thermal shirt (Heat Tech, etc.), thick tights, leggings
・Shoes: Insulated boots, insulated shoes
・Accessories: Muffler and gloves, earmuffs, face mask, UV chapstick

What is weather in Hokkaido like in March?
Average temperature in Sapporo in March
0.6 ℃
Maximum temperature in Sapporo in March
4.0 ℃
Minimum temperature in Sapporo in March
-2.9 ℃

Visiting Hokkaido in April: Clothes to pack

It sometimes snows in Hokkaido even in April, so you’ll need clothes that you can easily adjust to keep yourself comfortable.

Clothes to bring for men:
・Upper: Light coat, fleece, cardigan
・Lower: Jeans, slacks, etc.
・Innerwear: Thermal shirt (Heat Tech, etc.)
・Shoes: Boots, insulated shoes, sneakers
・Accessories: Muffler and gloves, earmuffs, UV chapstick

Clothes to bring for women:
・Upper: Light coat, fleece, cardigan
・Lower: Jeans, slacks, etc.
・Innerwear: Thermal shirt (Heat Tech, etc.), thick tights, leggings
・Shoes: Boots, insulated shoes, sneakers
・Accessories: Muffler and gloves, earmuffs, UV chapstick

What is weather in Hokkaido like in April?
Average temperature in Sapporo in April
7.1℃
Maximum temperature in Sapporo in April
11.5℃
Minimum temperature in Sapporo in April
3.2℃

Visiting Hokkaido in May: What to pack

In May, it still feels cool in the mornings and evenings, so take some long-sleeved outerwear. It’s also good to have a hat and T-shirt for outdoor activities, as it sometimes gets quite hot during the day.

Clothes to bring for men:
・Upper: Light jacket, fleece, long-sleeved shirt
・Lower: Jeans, slacks, etc.
・Innerwear: T-shirt
・Shoes: Sneakers
・Accessories: Stole, hat, UV chapstick

Clothes to bring for women:
・Upper: Light coat, long-sleeved shirt, cardigan
・Lower: Jeans, slacks, one-piece dresses, etc.
・Innerwear: T-shirt
・Shoes: Sneakers
・Accessories: Stole, hat, UV chapstick

What is weather in Hokkaido like in May?
Average temperature in Sapporo in May
12.4℃
Maximum temperature in Sapporo in May
17.3℃
Minimum temperature in Sapporo in May
8.3℃

Best places to visit in Hokkaido in spring

Best places to visit in Hokkaido in spring

1. Higashimokoto Shibazakura Park (May)
Spread over 10 hectares is a colorful pink carpet of moss phlox flowers.

2. Unkai Terrace (April-May)
Unkai, or Sea of Clouds, is a rather rare phenomenon during April and May. Unkai Terrace is an observation deck where you can experience this special view of the Sea of Clouds, together with gorgeous vistas.

3. Fort Goryokaku (Hakodate) (April-May)
Goryokaku was once the political center of Hokkaido but has been a public park since 1914. Five thousand cherry trees have been planted in the park, making it one of the most acclaimed cherry blossom spots in Hokkaido. Prime blossom viewing takes place from late April to early May.

4. Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park (May-June)
The Kamiyubetsu Tulip Matsuri is a month-long tulip festival held in Hokkaido's Yubetsu town that draws crowds of visitors. On a sunny day, the park looks like a painting, showing around a million colorful tulips.

5. Farm Tomita (May)
Farm Tomita is very famous for its colorful fields of lavender in summer, however it has an area set aside known as the Spring Field. Here you can enjoy a view of tulips, chives, poppies and perennials.

Visiting Hokkaido in other seasons

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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