Hokkaido weather in December

Thinking about venturing to Hokkaido this December and curious about the weather conditions to expect? This page holds all the key information you seek, responding to your question:

What is the weather like in Hokkaido in December?

Hokkaido is a region in Japan. December in Hokkaido generally has temperatures that range from very cold to cold, with precipitation levels ranging from moderate to high. December falls during the winter season.

Based on our climate data spanning from 1990-2020, the average maximum temperature is very cold in Kamikawa at -4°C to cold in Erimo at 5°C. Nighttime temperatures generally drop to 0°C in Erimo and -12°C in Kamikawa. In many areas in Japan, December brings with it chilling temperatures. When visiting these parts during this time, it's of utmost importance to be ready. Choose clothing that is both layered and insulating to combat the cold effectively.

In December, precipitation varies across different areas. From moderate snow/rainfall in Chitose with an average of 70 mm to high snow/rainfall in Rishirifuji with 148 mm. Most areas see fewer sunny days, with a projection of about 87 hours of sunshine in Sapporo. This reduced sunlight makes it ideal for those who prefer dimmer, overcast conditions over bright sunny days.

To learn more about the conditions in specific areas of Hokkaido in December, check out the map below. For more details on the yearly weather, visit our Hokkaido climate page.

Where to go in Hokkaido in December

Find the average weather conditions in December for the most popular destinations in Hokkaido on the map below. Click on a destination dot for more detailed information.

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Legend perfect weather pleasant tolerable unpleasant poor
Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20°C and 29°C and not too much precipitation (less than 90 mm a month).

Popular destinations in Hokkaido

What is the weather like in December for the 5 most popular destinations in Hokkaido?

Average weather in Sapporo

In December Sapporo generally has very low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 2°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around -5°C and moderate monthly snow/rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Sapporo
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly snow/rainfall precipitationSnow/rainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
9°C 
1°C 
101 hours 
96 mm 
24 days 
poor 
2°C 
-5°C 
87 hours 
90 mm 
27 days 
poor 
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-1°C 
-9°C 
93 hours 
69 mm 
28 days 
poor 
Climate in Sapporo

Average weather in Niseko

In December Niseko generally has very low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 1°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around -7°C and high monthly snow/rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Niseko
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly snow/rainfall precipitationSnow/rainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
7°C 
-1°C 
101 hours 
113 mm 
25 days 
poor 
1°C 
-7°C 
87 hours 
111 mm 
29 days 
poor 
January   >> January
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-2°C 
-9°C 
93 hours 
89 mm 
30 days 
poor 
Climate in Niseko

Average weather in Hakodate

In December Hakodate generally has low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 3°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around -2°C and moderate monthly snow/rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Hakodate
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly snow/rainfall precipitationSnow/rainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
9°C 
4°C 
110 hours 
91 mm 
23 days 
poor 
3°C 
-2°C 
95 hours 
79 mm 
28 days 
poor 
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1°C 
-4°C 
104 hours 
62 mm 
28 days 
poor 
Climate in Hakodate

Average weather in Furano

In December Furano generally has very low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around -2°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around -10°C and high monthly snowfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Furano
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
precipitationMonthly snowfall precipitationSnowfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
6°C 
-3°C 
127 mm 
23 days 
poor 
-2°C 
-10°C 
114 mm 
26 days 
poor 
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-4°C 
-12°C 
88 mm 
26 days 
poor 
Climate in Furano

Average weather in Obihiro

In December Obihiro generally has very low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 1°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around -9°C and moderate monthly snow/rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Obihiro
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
precipitationMonthly snow/rainfall precipitationSnow/rainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
9°C 
-2°C 
83 mm 
16 days 
poor 
1°C 
-9°C 
78 mm 
16 days 
poor 
January   >> January
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-2°C 
-14°C 
62 mm 
17 days 
poor 
Climate in Obihiro

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Is December the best time to visit Hokkaido?

In our opinion, December may not be the ideal time to visit Hokkaido due to the typically poor weather in Sapporo.

Generally speaking, June provides perfect weather in Sapporo. In contrast, January, February, March, November and December tend to have poor weather conditions.

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