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“Skiers and Snowboarders’ Paradise.”
While accounting for around 20% of Japan’s overall land mass, Hokkaido, the northernmost region and prefecture, only represents around 5% of the total population. It is the 2nd largest island and boasts stunning natural scenery perfect for outdoor adventures in both summer and winter. It is a known paradise for skiers and snowboarders and is home to excellent food, particularly seafood.
Sapporo is the capital city of Hokkaido and roughly an hour from the Shin-Chitose airport by train. It immediately offers various options for tourists: cherry blossoms, autumn leaves or the biggest snow festival in Japan, beer and whisky factories, Susukino for food and entertainment, easily accessible ski resorts among others. Sapporo will be a good starting point of your travel in Hokkaido especially for first-time visitors.
Climate in Sapporo
Annual temperature is roughly between -3°C (26°F) and 22°C (73°F). August expects the highest precipitation (about 160mm) while January is the snowiest month (about 130cm). July to September are the warmest months (about 21°C or 70°F), and January, February and December are the coldest months (about -3°C or 26°F).
You can get more climate information with the following charts created by processing the weather observation data for the past 10 years. Please note that this is not a weather forecast. For more information about the data please read this page.
Weather SummaryOn Oct-8, 10-year average
Hourly TemperatureOn Oct-8, 10-year average
Hourly Wind SpeedOn Oct-8, 10-year average
Hourly Sunshine DurationOn Oct-8, 10-year average
Top 10 Fine Weather Days of Oct10-year average.
Monthly Weather10-year average
Monthly Precipitation and Temperature10-year average
Monthly Wind Speed10-year average
The following clothes are recommended for visiting Sapporo on Oct-8.