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

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

When to go to Sapporo, Japan

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

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

January

If you go to Sapporo in January, you will notice that it can be extremely cold and extremely snowy. Expect it to snow almost every day of the month.

Daytime temperatures are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

In February, Sapporo can be extremely cold and extremely snowy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C) range. At night, lows are in the high 10s F (single digits below 0 C).

This is also a rainy time for Sapporo, with a few of the days of the month having rain. In February, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

Traveling to Sapporo in March, you will notice that it is frigid and extremely snowy. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time and snow almost every day of the month.

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

In April, Sapporo is cold and very rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 50s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the 30s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Sapporo, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In April, humidity reaches as high as 70%. Additionally, it is breezy.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Jacket or coat
  • Umbrella

May

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

June here is balmy and very rainy. Temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

Traveling to Sapporo in July, you will notice that it is warm and very rainy. Expect it to rain about two thirds of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

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

Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

If you vacation in Sapporo during September, you are likely to find that it is balmy and extremely rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 50s F (low 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

October in Sapporo is chilly 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).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

November in Sapporo is brisk, 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:

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

December

December in Sapporo is frigid and extremely snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C). It tends to rain about a third of the time.

It also snows almost every day. 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:

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

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Sapporo, Japan

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Sapporo, 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 Sapporo
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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