The best times to visit Sapporo for ideal weather are
May 14th to October 14th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Sapporo Travel Guide
Weather in Sapporo
Average temperatures in Sapporo vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 27th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Sapporo, the hottest months are August, July, and then September. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid August where highs are regularly around 83.1°F (28.4°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 69.3°F (20.7°C) at night.
Sapporo Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Sapporo Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Sapporo Perceived Temperature (F)
Sapporo Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Sapporo Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Sapporo are June, April, and then May. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late June. For example, on the week of June 25th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid February with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of February 12th.
When can you find snow in Sapporo? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to mid February. The best time to ski (if at all) in Sapporo is often around around February 12th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Sapporo.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Sapporo (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Sapporo has some slightly muggy months, with moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is April (49.1% relative humidity), and the most humid month is July (68.2%).
Wind in Sapporo is usually calm. The windiest month is May, followed by April and February. May’s average wind speed of around 8.2 knots (9.4 MPH or 15.2 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late April where average top sustained speeds reach 16.6 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Sapporo.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||6.4||Light breeze||12.7||Significant breeze|
|Feb||7||Gentle breeze||13.7||Significant breeze|
|Mar||7||Gentle breeze||14||Significant breeze|
|Apr||7.9||Gentle breeze||15.7||Significant breeze|
|May||8.2||Gentle breeze||15.5||Significant breeze|
|Jun||6.7||Light breeze||12.5||Significant breeze|
|Jul||6.6||Light breeze||12.5||Significant breeze|
|Aug||6||Light breeze||11.6||Significant breeze|
|Sep||6.2||Light breeze||12.8||Significant breeze|
|Oct||6.6||Light breeze||13.4||Significant breeze|
|Nov||6.1||Light breeze||12.7||Significant breeze|
|Dec||6.1||Light breeze||12.7||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Sapporo?
Our best data indicates this area is generally safe, except in a few regions. As of Mar 17, 2019 there are regional travel advisories for Japan; exercise normal security precautions and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Mar 14, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Sapporo, Japan is January, followed by March and April. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Sapporo in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Sapporo Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 70°F (21.1°C) and 35.2°F (1.8°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 9 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with 5 to 8 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Sapporo, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 77.5°F (25.3°C) and 41.5°F (5.3°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 8 to 11 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is far too cold this time of year in Sapporo to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 39.1°F (3.9°C) and 29.3°F (-1.5°C). On average, it rains or snows a great amount: 11 to 12 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.