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Best time to visit Hakodate, Japan

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The best time to visit Hakodate is November

Are you looking for top-secret information about when to visit Hakodate? Look no further! November is the best time to go to Hakodate due to the excellent all-round climate conditions, and it’s not likely to be at its busiest as it’s not during the height of the peak travel season.

In summer, temperatures can reach as high as 26℃ (78℉) in the middle of the day. The weather at night in the winter, which is around January-time, can get down to a minimum of -6℃ (22℉).

If you’re keen to work on your tan in Hakodate, you’re most likely get the longest days between sun-up and sun-down around May. On average it rains the most days in October, making it the wettest month of the year. Although it’s the wet season, it can often rain a little bit during the day or evening but have fine weather for a majority of the day too, so don’t let this put you off.

Below you’ll find loads more detailed information about when to visit Hakodate, including a monthly climate breakdown, what to pack, and loads of tools and recommendations to help you find flights and accommodation to suit your budget.

Warmest month

August

Least rainfall

May

Most daylight

May

Hakodate seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Hakodate as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Hakodate is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Hakodate

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Hakodate for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Hakodate climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Hakodate for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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Hakodate in January

  • Average temperature: -2℃ (29℉)
  • Average high temperature: 0℃ (32℉)
  • Average low temperature: -3℃ (26℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 13mm (1") over 5 days
  • Average snow days: 15 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
5 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Hakodate in January, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Hakodate in February

  • Average temperature: -2℃ (29℉)
  • Average high temperature: 0℃ (32℉)
  • Average low temperature: -4℃ (26℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 13mm (1") over 5 days
  • Average snow days: 14 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
5 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Hakodate in February, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Hakodate in March

  • Average temperature: 2℃ (35℉)
  • Average high temperature: 4℃ (38℉)
  • Average low temperature: -0℃ (31℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 16mm (1") over 9 days
  • Average snow days: 11 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Hakodate in March, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Hakodate in April

  • Average temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average high temperature: 8℃ (47℉)
  • Average low temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 15mm (1") over 11 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Hakodate in April, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Hakodate in May

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average high temperature: 14℃ (56℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average humidity: 82%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 12mm (0") over 10 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Hakodate in May, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Hakodate in June

  • Average temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average low temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average humidity: 86%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 13mm (1") over 9 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Hakodate in June, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie.


Hakodate in July

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (67℉)
  • Average high temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average humidity: 89%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 15mm (1") over 12 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Hakodate in July, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Hakodate in August

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average low temperature: 20℃ (67℉)
  • Average humidity: 86%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 21mm (1") over 11 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Hakodate in August, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Hakodate in September

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average high temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average low temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 16mm (1") over 9 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Hakodate in September, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.

Hakodate in October

  • Average temperature: 13℃ (56℉)
  • Average high temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 21mm (1") over 10 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Hakodate in October, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Hakodate in November

  • Average temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average high temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average low temperature: 5℃ (41℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 16mm (1") over 11 days
  • Average snow days: 3 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Hakodate in November, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Hakodate in December

  • Average temperature: 1℃ (34℉)
  • Average high temperature: 3℃ (37℉)
  • Average low temperature: -1℃ (31℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 20mm (1") over 8 days
  • Average snow days: 12 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Hakodate in December, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Hakodate is usually August, where temperatures tend to rise to around 23℃ (74℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Hakodate is generally around May. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in May first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Hakodate is generally around October, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of October too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Hakodate, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in May are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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