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Best time to visit Sapporo, Japan

Our verdict

The best time to visit Sapporo is April-May

Based on a number of criteria such as the weather conditions, cost of flights and hotels, peak travel seasons and much more, April-May is the best time to go to Sapporo.

In the height of summer, temperatures in Sapporo can reach a maximum of 26℃ (79℉). The coldest it usually gets in winter-time in Sapporo is around -12℃ (10℉).

If you’re a sun-chaser and want to visit Sapporo when the days are longest, you should visit in August. The wet season in Sapporo usually falls during the months surrounding August each year. It’s not uncommon to get some decent rainfall or light showers during this time, but on some days the weather tends to be fine for a majority of the day, with only a few drops of rain falling from a passing shower.

Keep reading to find all the info you need (and none of the stuff you don’t) about the best times to go to Sapporo. By the time you get to the bottom, you’ll be ready to start booking your trip.

Warmest month

August

Least rainfall

April

Most daylight

August

Sapporo seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Sapporo as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Sapporo 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 Sapporo

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 Sapporo 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.

Sapporo 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 Sapporo 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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OCT
NOV
DEC

Sapporo in January

  • Average temperature: -6℃ (21℉)
  • Average high temperature: -4℃ (25℉)
  • Average low temperature: -10℃ (14℉)
  • Average humidity: 90%
  • Average sunny days: 3 days
  • Average rainfall: 58mm (2") over 7 days
  • Average snow days: 28 days
3 days
of pure sunshine
7 days
of showers or rain

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


Sapporo in February

  • Average temperature: -6℃ (21℉)
  • Average high temperature: -3℃ (26℉)
  • Average low temperature: -10℃ (14℉)
  • Average humidity: 89%
  • Average sunny days: 5 days
  • Average rainfall: 53mm (2") over 5 days
  • Average snow days: 23 days
5 days
of pure sunshine
5 days
of showers or rain

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


Sapporo in March

  • Average temperature: -2℃ (28℉)
  • Average high temperature: 1℃ (33℉)
  • Average low temperature: -6℃ (20℉)
  • Average humidity: 87%
  • Average sunny days: 7 days
  • Average rainfall: 64mm (3") over 11 days
  • Average snow days: 19 days
7 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

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


Sapporo in April

  • Average temperature: 4℃ (40℉)
  • Average high temperature: 8℃ (47℉)
  • Average low temperature: 1℃ (33℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 51mm (2") over 15 days
  • Average snow days: 5 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

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


Sapporo in May

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average high temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average low temperature: 7℃ (44℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 54mm (2") over 15 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

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


Sapporo in June

  • Average temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average high temperature: 19℃ (67℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (51℉)
  • Average humidity: 84%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 60mm (2") over 16 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

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


Sapporo in July

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (67℉)
  • Average high temperature: 24℃ (74℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average humidity: 86%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 92mm (4") over 19 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
19 days
of showers or rain

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


Sapporo in August

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average high temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average humidity: 86%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 105mm (4") over 20 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
20 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sapporo 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.


Sapporo in September

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average high temperature: 20℃ (69℉)
  • Average low temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average humidity: 83%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 78mm (3") over 17 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

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

Sapporo in October

  • Average temperature: 9℃ (49℉)
  • Average high temperature: 13℃ (56℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 67mm (3") over 17 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

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


Sapporo in November

  • Average temperature: 3℃ (37℉)
  • Average high temperature: 6℃ (42℉)
  • Average low temperature: -0℃ (32℉)
  • Average humidity: 82%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 66mm (3") over 15 days
  • Average snow days: 11 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

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


Sapporo in December

  • Average temperature: -4℃ (26℉)
  • Average high temperature: -1℃ (30℉)
  • Average low temperature: -7℃ (20℉)
  • Average humidity: 87%
  • Average sunny days: 3 days
  • Average rainfall: 79mm (3") over 10 days
  • Average snow days: 25 days
3 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Sapporo 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 Sapporo is usually August, where temperatures tend to rise to around 24℃ (75℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Sapporo is generally around April. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in April first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Sapporo is generally around August, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of August too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Sapporo, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in August are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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