Hokkaido weather in May

Are you planning a trip to Hokkaido in May and wondering what kind of weather to expect? This page has all the details you need.

What is the weather like in Hokkaido in May?

Hokkaido is a region in Japan. Hokkaido offers a broad spectrum of weather patterns. In May, one might encounter temperatures that range from cold to moderate, and precipitation levels ranging from moderate to high.

The average highest temperatures fluctuate between cold in Nemuro at 8°C to moderate in Otofuke at 18°C. Nighttime temperatures generally drop to 7°C in Otofuke and 5°C in Nemuro.

In May, precipitation varies across different areas. From moderate rainfall in Wakkanai with an average of 75 mm to high rainfall in Erimo with 131 mm. Meanwhile, Sapporo enjoys close to 199 hours of sunlight. This means it's a great month if you prefer bright and sunny days.

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

Where to go in Hokkaido in May

Find the average weather conditions in May 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 May for the 5 most popular destinations in Hokkaido?

Average weather in Sapporo

In May Sapporo generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 17°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 8°C and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are tolerable that month.

Sapporo
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
<<   April April
<<  
11°C 
1°C 
177 hours 
76 mm 
18 days 
17°C 
8°C 
199 hours 
92 mm 
18 days 
June   >> June
>>  
20°C 
12°C 
188 hours 
91 mm 
17 days 
Climate in Sapporo

Average weather in Niseko

In May Niseko generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 16°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 7°C and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are tolerable that month.

Niseko
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
<<   April April
<<  
9°C 
0°C 
177 hours 
81 mm 
18 days 
poor 
16°C 
7°C 
199 hours 
92 mm 
18 days 
June   >> June
>>  
20°C 
11°C 
188 hours 
85 mm 
17 days 
Climate in Niseko

Average weather in Hakodate

In May Hakodate generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 13°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 8°C and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Hakodate
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
<<   April April
<<  
8°C 
3°C 
188 hours 
89 mm 
17 days 
poor 
13°C 
8°C 
195 hours 
119 mm 
18 days 
poor 
June   >> June
>>  
17°C 
13°C 
175 hours 
128 mm 
16 days 
Climate in Hakodate

Average weather in Furano

In May Furano generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 16°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 6°C and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are unpleasant that month.

Furano
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
<<   April April
<<  
9°C 
-1°C 
97 mm 
18 days 
poor 
16°C 
6°C 
104 mm 
19 days 
June   >> June
>>  
20°C 
11°C 
98 mm 
18 days 
Climate in Furano

Average weather in Obihiro

In May Obihiro generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 17°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 7°C and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are unpleasant that month.

Obihiro
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
<<   April April
<<  
11°C 
0°C 
94 mm 
16 days 
17°C 
7°C 
109 mm 
18 days 
June   >> June
>>  
20°C 
11°C 
102 mm 
20 days 
Climate in Obihiro

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Is May the best time to visit Hokkaido?

In our opinion, May is a good time to visit Hokkaido with overall tolerable weather in Sapporo. However, the weather conditions may vary depending on your destination.

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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