Hokkaido Climate - Details of Hokkaido's climate.
is known for its cool summers (which attract many tourists from other
parts of Japan) and icy winters. The average August temperature is
around 22°C (72°F), while the average January temperature ranges from
−12°C to −4°C (10°F to 25°F) depending on elevation and latitude. The
island tends to see isolated snowstorms that develop long-lasting
snowbanks, in contrast to the constant flurries seen in the Hokuriku
During the winter, passage through the Sea of Okhotsk is often
complicated by large ice floes broken loose from the Kamchatka
Peninsula. Combined with high winds that occur during winter, this
brings air travel and maritime activity almost to a halt on the
northern coast of Hokkaido.
It is Hokkaido's climate that has made it
such a popular place for tourists from countries such as Australia. Hokkaido's
climate creates great snow skiing with metres of powder snow in
locations like Niseko. The other advantage is
the ski season in Hokkaido is at the
opposite time of year to that in Australia.
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