Weather and Clothing during Sapporo's Winter

Winter in Sapporo (November to March)

As the cold begins to draw in, the first snowfall of the year can be seen in November. From late December, the amount of snow begins to increase as Sapporo transforms into a winter wonderland just waiting to be explored, covered in pure white snow that lasts until March.
Sapporo in winter is an incredible experience, with a variety of winter activities to be enjoyed, including skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing, as well as events such as the iconic Sapporo Snow Festival, which takes place around the city when the cold reaches its peak in January and February.
Read on for some important information to keep in mind before you travel.

What to wear in Sapporo in winter. Recommended outfits for December, January and February

In winter in Sapporo, the cold and necessary clothing change around the turn of the year. Buildings are well heated inside, so layers that can be put on and taken off easily are desirable, but outside the extremely cold temperatures fall well below freezing and it is important to dress accordingly. See below for recommended outfits for your winter trip to Sapporo.
2024 Sapporo Snow Festival ended. The information in this page is for the year 2024 (74th). The next festival (Odori and Susukino venues) is scheduled from February 4 (Tuesday) to 11 (Tuesday, national holiday), 2025. The details of Tsudome Venue have not yet been determined.