Hokkaido, Japan: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

Traveling to Hokkaido, Japan? If you're planning to go to Hokkaido, below is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Hokkaido, Japan

Based on the climate and weather in Hokkaido, the best time to go is July. See below for details.

Important essentials for Hokkaido, Japan

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Hokkaido, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is an easy-to-carry plane-friendly option.


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • Travel insurance

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  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks don't exist for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).


  • N95 masks to use in crowded airports

    These N95 masks provide the best level of COVID protection you can have.


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards often wear out. An unreadable vaccine card may result in severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps stop that.

General health necessities

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What to wear/what to pack for Hokkaido, Japan by month

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January

In January, Hokkaido is freezing and extremely snowy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C) range. At night, lows are in the 10s F (single digits below 0 C). This is also a rainy time for Hokkaido, with a few of the days of the month having rain. In January, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

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February

If you go to Hokkaido in February, you will notice that it is frigid and extremely snowy. Expect it to snow most days. Daytime temperatures are in the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C).

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March

Traveling to Hokkaido in March, you will notice that it can be extremely cold and extremely snowy. Expect it to rain about a third of the time and snow most days. Daytime temperatures are in the 30s F (single digits C).

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April

In April, Hokkaido can be brisk and very rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 50s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the low 30s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Hokkaido, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In April, humidity reaches as high as 70%. Additionally, it is breezy.

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May

If you go to Hokkaido in May, you will notice that it is chilly and extremely rainy. Expect it to rain most days. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (high 10s C).

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June

If you go to Hokkaido in June, you will notice that it is mild and very rainy. Expect it to rain most days. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (low 20s C).

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July

July in Hokkaido is warm and very rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C) to 70s F (mid 20s C).

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August

In August, Hokkaido is warm and very rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 60s F (high 10s C). This is also a rainy time for Hokkaido, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In August, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

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September

September in Hokkaido is mild and extremely rainy. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains most days.

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October

October in Hokkaido is crisp and extremely rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

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November

November in Hokkaido can be brisk, somewhat snowy and very rainy. The rain/snow can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 30s F (single digits C) to 40s F (single digits C).

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December

December in Hokkaido is frigid and extremely snowy. The rain/snow can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C) to low 30s F (single digits C), although night temperatures can dip into the single digits F (10+ below zero C).

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Activities for Hokkaido, Japan

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Hokkaido.

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