In Japan, spring is well represented by the blooming of cherry blossoms. But in Hokkaido, it’s also marked by the blooming of other wonderful types of flowers such as tulips and shibazakura. Visiting Hokkaido in spring will be absolutely delightful for nature-lovers!
Hokkaido Remains Chilly in Spring
In Hokkaido, as it’s still the end of winter in March, do keep in mind that there are days when the temperature is sub-zero. Spring mainly begins in April and is still very chilly.
Average temperatures lie around just a little below 1℃ in March, 7℃ in April, and 12℃ in May.
Clothes to Wear during Spring in Hokkaido
Since it’s still very cold in spring, do bring a good mix of winter clothing, waterproof shoes (as the snow starts to melt and you’d want to go outdoors), and long-sleeved outerwear. Also, pack hats and short-sleeved shirts for when it gets slightly warmer May onwards.
Fun Things to Do in Hokkaido in Spring
View Beautiful Cherry Blossoms
Matsumae Park is considered to be one of Japan’s best cherry blossom places. With 250 varieties and thousands of trees, it presents a breathtaking sight that will be forever etched in your memory.
From late April to late May, you can enjoy the blossoms while looking over the Tsugaru Strait. What’s more, check out the Matsumae Cherry Blossom Festival where in addition to flower viewing, you can sink your teeth into local delicacies!
- Spot name: Matsumae Park
- Street address: Matsushiro, Matsumae, Matsumae-gun, Hokkaido 049-1511
- Access: About 7 minutes’ walk from Matsushiro Bus Stop
Admire Stunning Tulips
Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park is home to an amazing tulip garden. If you’re a big fan of these flowers, then definitely visit this spot as there are millions of colourful tulips to fawn over - from red to orange to purple and more!
There’s also the Kamiyubetsu Tulip Festival from early May to early June. So, don’t miss it!
- Spot name: Kamiyubetsu Tulip Park
- Street address: Kamiyubetsutonden Shigaichi, Yubetsu, Monbetsu-gun, Hokkaido 099-6501
- Access: About 15-20 minutes by car from JR Engaru Station
Marvel at Incredible Shibazakura
Look into visiting Takinoue Park if you’re interested in attending the Pink Moss Festival while admiring the pretty little purple and pink flowers. Every spring, millions of them envelope the grounds of the park, offering a surreal experience and a moment of tranquility.
- Spot name: Takinoue Park
- Street address: 5, Takinoue, Yubari-shi, Hokkaido 068-0756
- Access: About 7 minutes’ walk from Takinoue Bus Stop
Go Skiing or Snowboarding in Spring?
Despite it being the season where flowers bloom, in Hokkaido, you can still go skiing or snowboarding in spring. This is due to the abundant snowfall, hence, the winter ski season spans over 5 months from late November to early May.
So, consider going to Niseko in April if you fancy gliding in the good quality, powder snow that the prefecture has to offer.