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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.

You can read more about Sapporo, its local attractions and must-see places as well as some navigational guides in Japan National Tourism Organization's Web Site.

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.

You can use the clock icon in each chart to select the week or day to display the data for.

Weather Summary

On Apr-9, 10-year average

Hourly Temperature

On Apr-9, 10-year average

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Hourly Sunshine Duration

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Top 10 Fine Weather Days of Apr

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Monthly Weather

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Monthly Precipitation and Temperature

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Recommended Clothing

The following clothes are recommended for visiting Sapporo on Apr-9.