TEMPERATURE / CLOTHING TEMPERATURE / CLOTHING

Wakkanai Area

  • SPRING

    Snow melts slowly in the northern-most area of Japan, so winter clothing rather than spring clothing will be appropriate here. A coat or jumper with long sleeved clothes, along with water and slip resistant footwear, is best.

  • SUMMER

    Summers along the coastline are cool, with decent, wrap-around clothing recommended even in the middle of the day. Temperatures between the day and evening can vary wildly as you head inland, so it is best to wear something that will accommodate both, such as short-sleeved clothing under a parker.

  • AUTUMN

    The first snow of the year may fall in mid-October, and the winds will grow stronger every day, so outerwear which is strong against the wind, such as a light down Jacket, is recommended. It is also best to wear undergarments which protect against the cold.

  • WINTER

    The northwest monsoon is cold, so wear the most cold and wind resistant clothing you can think of. Long down coats and snow boots are must-bring items, as is protective gear against the cold, such as scarves, gloves and hats.

Rumoi Area

  • SPRING

    The cold wind is still quite strong in March, but towards the start of April it will quickly turn warm and the snow will melt. You will need a coat or jacket with a few layers of clothing underneath, as well as some waterproof and slip resistant footwear.

  • SUMMER

    As this area is affected by the ocean currents, it has gentle and cool breezes during the summer. It is best to wear a couple of layers, such as a parker over a T-shirt. The ocean’s mild days will continue.

  • AUTUMN

    Autumn is short, and snow will start falling by the end of October. The ocean breeze can be harsh, so it is best to wear thick outerwear which will block the wind. Be sure to wear undergarments which will stand up well in the cold.

  • WINTER

    Northwest monsoons bring strong winds which can exceed 20 meters per second. You will need full protective clothing which will stand up against snow being blown around. Cover as much skin as possible using scarves, gloves and hats. Snow-shoes are a must.

Asahikawa Area

  • SPRING

    Temperatures can vary wildly between the day and the evening, so you will be best to maintain your body temperature with an inner layer under a coat or jacket. There is also a lot of sludge from the melted snow, so be sure to choose shoes which are both water and slip resistant.

  • SUMMER

    Because it sits in a basin, you will break a sweat even in a T-shirt during the day, but you will need a light polar fleece or parker in the evening and early morning. The sun can be harsh, so be sure to bring sunblock.

  • AUTUMN

    You will need outerwear which will protect you from the wind, such as a thick coat or down jacket. If you are heading into the mountains, assume that the snow may fall early and have some cold resistant underwear.

  • WINTER

    Wear as much winter clothing as possible to protect against the harsh cold. A waterproof and water-repellant coat with three layers of long-sleeved clothing underneath should save you from the cold. Don’t forget hats, gloves and scarves, as well as slip-resistant footwear.

Iwamizawa Area

  • SPRING

    Iwamizawa has heavy snow which remains well into the spring, so please choose appropriate clothing with that in mind. Light coats or jackets with long-sleeved clothes are a must.

  • SUMMER

    Short sleeves are ideal for the middle of the day, but as it is an area of wildly different temperatures between day and night, a light polar fleece or wind breaker is an absolute must. Also, don’t forget to protect yourself from the sun.

  • AUTUMN

    You will need to put on some outerwear which matches the changes in temperature. Because the winds turn colder by the day, it is best to bring a thick coat or jacket which will block the wind.

  • WINTER

    The temperature can change from warm to cold in the course of a day, and can be especially cold early in the morning and late at night. You will need thick outerwear, but also be wary of keeping your neck and the soles of your feet warm. It snows a lot, so winter boots suitable for walking on snow are a must.

Sapporo Area

  • SPRING

    We recommend clothing that is easy to put on or take off. Light coats or jackets with long sleeved clothing for example. From March to April the snow will melt and it will be wet underfoot, so we recommend water proof boots which are slip resistant.

  • SUMMER

    Although short sleeves are fine in the daytime, it is better to bring outer wear for as it will quickly turn cold in the morning, evening and when visiting mountain regions. A light polar fleece or parker will be perfect and suitable inside buildings with air conditioning.

  • AUTUMN

    Outer wear is an absolute necessity for Sapporo in the autumn. It’s best to choose something like a cardigan, polar fleece, a coat or down jacket. Gloves and a scarf are a great addition for the ladies.

  • WINTER

    Outdoor temperatures fall below freezing point while it will remain warm indoors, so it is best to dress in such a way which will allow you to adjust your body temperature. We recommend water proof outerwear. It is also best to choose shoes which will be resistant against slipping on the snow.