The Best Hotels and Ryokans

The Best Hotels and Ryokans in Hokkaido

  Best time to go to Hokkaido

Hokkaido offers a variety of seasonal pleasures. When booking hotels and airline tickets, do not forget to check the seasons and climate in Hokkaido. Hokkaido has shorter summers and longer winters than Tokyo or Osaka. If winter sports are your goal, the best time to visit is from January to February when the snow is at its best. If trekking or mountain climbing is your goal, I would recommend early summer when the days are pleasant and colorful flowers are in full bloom, or autumn when the mountains are covered in autumn leaves. If gourmet food is your goal, winter is the best time to visit because of the abundance of seasonal produce.

Hokkaido hotels and ryokans price change
Hotels and ryokans in Hokkaido usually increase their price range during the following periods. It is also a busy time of year, so it may be best to avoid these periods if at all possible.

Late December to early January: Christmas season and New Year’s
First half of February: Sapporo Snow Festival period
Late March: School spring break period
Late April to early May: Golden Week
Second week June: Yosakoi Festival

July: Lavender season
Mid-August: Obon period
Late September: Silver Week holidays

On the contrary, the periods of the year when hotel price ranges tend to be lower are December through February, excluding the Christmas season, year-end and New Year’s holidays, and the Sapporo Snow Festival, when prices are at their lowest. June, outside of the Yosakoi Festival period, is also the best time for sightseeing and has a lower price range.