Hokkaido is considered one of the best cherry blossom areas among Japanese. The cherry blossom season here starts later than in other parts of the country, usually around late April to early May. After cherry blossoms, it is the turn for other seasonal spring flowers.
June is usually the rainy season (tsuyu) for most of the Japan, but Hokkaido misses out on this fun, making summer an excellent time to visit. Central Hokkaido’s flower season is at its peak around July.
Autumn is a good time for travelling Hokkaido: It is the harvest season here at Japan’s breadbasket. The trees show beautiful autumn colours, beginning in northern areas and higher altitudes in September, and spreading to all areas in late October.
Hokkaido is world-famous for its powder snow quality. This northernmost island of Japan gets indeed a lot of snow, but the weather is usually clear, crisp and pleasant, rather than damp. Snow starts to accumulate in December, January and February being the coldest time of the year.