Hokkaido

Hokkaido, Japan
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Attractions

Hotels

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Tours & Activities

Climate & Best time to visit Hokkaido

Climate in Hokkaido:

Number of rainy days:

J Jan
F Feb
M Mar
A Apr
M May
J Jun
J Jul
A Aug
S Sep
O Oct
N Nov
D Dec
22
19
18
12
10
9
9
10
12
14
18
20

Best time to visit Hokkaido:

Summer (June to August):

  • Summers in Hokkaido are generally mild and pleasant, with daytime temperatures ranging from 20-25°C (68-77°F).
  • Coastal areas may experience slightly warmer temperatures, but it is cooler compared to other parts of Japan.
  • Summer is a popular time for outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, and festivals.

Fall (September to November):

  • Fall brings cool temperatures and colorful foliage, with daytime highs ranging from 10-20°C (50-68°F).
  • September is often considered one of the best times to visit Hokkaido, with pleasant weather and the beginning of fall foliage.

Winter (December to February):

  • Winters are cold, and Hokkaido is known for its heavy snowfall, creating ideal conditions for winter sports.
  • Daytime temperatures can range from -5 to 5°C (23-41°F), but it can drop lower, especially in inland areas.
  • Popular winter activities include skiing, snowboarding, and enjoying hot springs (onsen).

Spring (March to May):

  • Spring brings a gradual thaw, with temperatures starting to rise.
  • Daytime highs range from 5-15°C (41-59°F), and spring is a good time for cherry blossom viewing in May.

Money & Prices

Currency in Japan:

Japanese yen (JPY)

How expensive is a trip to Hokkaido?

Eating out:
Simple meal:
6.54 USD
Fast food meal:
5.04 USD
Mid-range meal:
18.23 USD
Bottle of water:
0.57 USD
Soft drink:
1.07 USD
Cappuccino:
3.16 USD
Local Beer:
3.11 USD
Transportation:
Public transport - one way ticket:
1.73 USD
Taxi - 1km:
2.90 USD
Accommodation:
Refer to the Hotels section for the most up-to-date accommodation prices.
* Prices are approximate. Make sure to check the latest exchange rates when planning your trip.

General information

Japan general information:

Electricity:
Voltage: 100 V, Frequency: 50 Hz / 60 Hz
Sockets:
  • Type A (North American/Japanese 2-pin)
  • Type B (American 3-pin)

Visa & Travel Requirements

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