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Visiting Hokkaido in Spring 2020: Ultimate Guide to Hokkaido Weather & What Clothes to Pack!

Visiting Hokkaido in Spring 2020: Ultimate Guide to Hokkaido Weather & What Clothes to Pack!

Date published: 5 December 2019
Last updated: 31 January 2020

Here we'll share all about the weather in Hokkaido in spring and the perfect clothing to wear. We'll also share why spring is the best time to visit Hokkaido!

If you’re going to Hokkaido as well as visiting Tokyo and Osaka, you need to be aware that there’s a big difference in temperature!

Table of Contents
  1. Visiting Hokkaido in Spring 2020 (March to May): Overview
  2. What's Hokkaido like in Spring (March - May)? Average Temperature and Precipitation
  3. What clothes should I pack for Hokkaido in Spring (March - May)?
  4. Visiting Hokkaido in March
  5. Visiting Hokkaido in April
  6. Visiting Hokkaido in May
  7. Visiting Hokkaido in other seasons

Visiting Hokkaido in Spring 2020 (March to May): Overview

Visiting Hokkaido in Spring 2020 (March to May): Overview

In March, the temperature is 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. Here, the cherry blossoms don’t come out till May. Keep this in mind!

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
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 (Wed) to May 27 (Sun).
Venue: 5 - 7 chome, Odorinishi, Chuo, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Access: Subway - Namboku Line, Tozai Line, Toho Line. Get off at Odori Station.

What's Hokkaido like in Spring (March - May)? Average Temperature and Precipitation

What's Hokkaido like in Spring (March - May)? Average Temperature and Precipitation
Mizubasho (Asian skunk cabbage)
Average values (1981-2010): Japan Meteorological Agency

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

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

Visiting Hokkaido in March

Visiting Hokkaido in March

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.

What's the weather like in Hokkaido 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

Visiting Hokkaido in April

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

What's the weather like in Hokkaido 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

Visiting Hokkaido in May

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.

What's the weather like in Hokkaido 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℃

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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