Hokkaido, Japan: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

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

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.

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

January

In January, Hokkaido can be extremely cold 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%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof boots
  • Very heavy socks
  • Insulated boots
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Waterproof coat
  • Sweaters
  • Scarf
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Fleeces
  • Gloves
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Umbrella
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment

February

If you are traveling to Hokkaido in February, you will notice that it is very cold and extremely snowy. Expect it to snow almost every day of the month.

Daytime temperatures are in the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof coat
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Umbrella
  • Sweaters
  • Insulated boots
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof boots
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Fleeces
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Very heavy socks

March

In March, Hokkaido is freezing and extremely snowy. Temperatures routinely are in the 30s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the low 20s 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 March, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Cold weather footwear
  • Waterproof boots
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Heavy socks
  • Waterproof coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Sweaters
  • Umbrella
  • Heavy jacket

April

April in Hokkaido is cold and very rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 30s F (single digits C). It tends to rain about two thirds of the time.

It also snows regularly. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 70% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Jacket or coat
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Umbrella
  • Socks
  • Waterproof boots
  • Standard footwear

May

May in Hokkaido is crisp and extremely rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Standard footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Long skirts
  • Umbrella

June

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

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Standard footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Long skirts
  • Dresses
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Rain coat
  • Socks
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Pants or jeans

July

If you vacation in Hokkaido during July, you are likely to find that it is a perfect temperature and very rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (mid 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Umbrella
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Rain coat

August

If you go to Hokkaido in August, you will notice that it is warm and very rainy. Expect it to rain most days. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Light footwear
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals

September

September in Hokkaido is balmy and extremely rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (mid 10s C) to low 60s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear
  • Dresses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Rain coat
  • Long skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage

October

October in Hokkaido is chilly and extremely rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 40s F (single digits C).

It tends to rain most days. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 70% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Dresses
  • Socks
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long skirts

November

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

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof coat
  • Umbrella
  • Fleeces
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof boots
  • Light gloves or mittens

December

In December, Hokkaido can be extremely cold and extremely snowy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 30s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the low 20s 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 December, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Heavy jacket
  • Sweaters
  • Umbrella
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Waterproof coat
  • Heavy socks
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof boots

Year-round what to wear/what to pack 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.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types A and B
  • A SIM card that works in Hokkaido
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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