Hokkaido Travel in April | Climate, Clothing, and Fees? Recommended Activities In-depth Guide

Hokkaido Travel in April | Climate, Clothing, and Fees? Recommended activities
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April, Hokkaido Would you like to go on a trip to

Hokkaido in April teeth, spring break destination Perfect for!
April is the northern country Hokkaido Although you can feel the breath of spring little by little, if it is early snow activities You can also play with

Hokkaido in April, where winter and spring coexist, begins in the second half of April Destinations for long holidays You can't miss it.
In this article, Hokkaido in April We will tell you about deals, leisure spot topics, events and clothing advice.

Hokkaido is a popular travel destination, Hotels and flights fill up quickly Also known as Plan early and make reservations early so you can fully enjoy your spring trip!

Reasons why traveling to Hokkaido in April is recommended

1. Let's play with snow!

Let's play with snow! people enjoying snowboarding

Hokkaido in April winter sports enjoy last chance!

Hokkaido has a long winter, but some slopes close in April. During the spring break period, we called it "this season's sliding payment", Powder snow in Hokkaido Many skiers and snowboarders who want to enjoy Hokkaido to visit

In April, there are few days with heavy snowfall and the temperature is higher than in the middle of winter, so it is perfect for small children's slope debuts!
spring break, Get close to snow with three generations of parents and children is also recommended!

2. You can feel the breath of spring in the second half of April

You can feel the breath of spring in late April Goryokaku and cherry blossoms

Hokkaido Then every year, Cherry blossoms bloom from late April start to The cherry blossom front in Hokkaido is Hakodate and Matsumae Such Donan area Start from and gradually go north.

Hokkaido's cherry blossoms are said to be in full bloom after May, but you can gradually enjoy cherry blossom viewing from the latter half of April!
first in March After enjoying the cherry blossoms in Honshu , Hokkaido in April However, it is also possible to enjoy the cherry blossoms again.

AprilHokkaido Fukujuso

It is said to be a flower that heralds the arrival of spring in Hokkaido. Fukujusou "or" Crocus ” will also be in full bloom in April. The pretty yellow and purple flowers that bloom near the ground make you feel warm and cozy.
spring flowers are Central Hokkaido Sapporo You can also see it at Odori Park, a tourist attraction.

In the cool air of winter, A breath of spring in the northern country Why don't you feel it?

3. Save on travel expenses before consecutive holidays!

Save on travel expenses before consecutive holidays! April calendar and bills

In fact, the beginning of the month is the school spring break, and the end of the month is the long holiday period. peak season for travel April that can be said.
Hokkaido is always one of the most popular destinations for domestic travel, especially during a trip to Hokkaido in the second half of April. Expensive hotel and airfare is often the case.

In order to save even a little bit of money on your trip, we definitely recommend the latter half of April. Just before long holidays trip!
winter sports The snow season ends in mid-April, when the number of tourists visiting Hokkaido for the snow decreases. Overlapping with the beginning of the new semester and the new year, Temporary relaxation of travel needs tend to.
Making good use of the schedule before GW (Golden Week) starting in late April, Hokkaido trip Please enjoy it at a great price!

Hokkaido Travel Recommended Areas in April

Donan area

Hokkaido area division map

southwestern part of Hokkaido Donan area ” is centered around the Oshima Peninsula, Many tourist attractions It is a popular area.

A city with many historical attractions Hakodate From the Jomon period to the Meiji Restoration, various Romance of the times You can feel
Also known as a quasi-national park Onuma is full of rich nature, Matsumae has the only castle town in Hokkaido, Donan area for Attractive tourist destination exists in large numbers.

Reasons why we recommend Southern Hokkaido in April

Matsumae Castle and cherry blossoms

Spring in Hokkaido in April Donan area Starts with!
Donan area where you can feel Hokkaido's spring early, Historical sites related to the Ainu people and the Meiji Restoration Many history buffs visit this place where ancient history remains.

In particular, Matsumae Castle, which is said to be the last Japanese-style castle built in Japan, not only has its historical background, Famous place for cherry blossoms Also known as
There are many types of cherry blossoms at Matsumae Castle, including the early-blooming Yoshino and Oyamazakura, and the late-blooming Kanzan and Fugenzo. Matsumae You can also appreciate the unique variety of cherry blossoms born in
Take a taxi around the castle town sightseeing tour Then you can fully enjoy the charm of Matsumae.

[Hokkaido Matsumae] Matsumae tour course 7 hours! Small taxi (up to 4 passengers)

Donan Hire Co., Ltd.
43,680 Yen~ (tax included)

We will show you Hokkaido's only castle town and famous cherry blossom spots♪

Matsumae pickles

again, Donan area is also famous for its rich seafood. "Matsumae-zuke", a local dish of Hokkaido and a staple of New Year's dishes, Very popular as an accompaniment to rice .
There is a wide variety of flavors and types, so it is a must-try dish when you are sightseeing in southern Hokkaido.

In addition, "Ika no Machi" Hakodate The delicacy "salted squid" is perfect for souvenirs!
How about taking a tour of the salted fish factory and tasting the freshly made salted fish?

[Hokkaido/Hakodate] A long-established store founded in 1914! Wooden barrel preparation ♪ Factory tour with picky salted fish

Odashima Fisheries Food Co., Ltd.
1,000 Yen~ (tax included)

It is a salted fish factory tour of the long-established store "Odashima Suisan Shokuhin Co., Ltd." founded in 1914. A special salted squid made from fresh surume squid caught in the waters near Hakodate using traditional Akita cedar wooden barrels. President Odashima himself guides visitors in an easy-to-understand manner. After the tour, you can taste the delicious freshly made salted fish♪

Hokkaido temperature comparison in April

Source: Japan Meteorological Agency "Sapporo/Hakodate/Nemuro/Wakkanai/Tokyo average values (values for each year and month)"
area average temperature average maximum temperature average minimum temperature
Sapporo (Central Hokkaido) 7.3℃ 11.7℃ 3.4℃
Hakodate (Southern Hokkaido) 7.3℃ 12.0℃ 2.8℃
Nemuro (Eastern Hokkaido) 3.5℃ 7.4℃ 0.5℃
Wakkanai (north of Hokkaido) 4.5℃ 7.4℃ 1.8℃
Tokyo 14.3°C 19.4°C 9.8℃

April Hokkaido outfit and coordination plan

clothing point

April Hokkaido Dress Tips People walking along the cherry blossom trees in Hokkaido

Hokkaido in April teeth, Large temperature difference between early and late Become.
If you are traveling in early April, there may be days when it snows, so it is still a good idea to plan accordingly. need winter clothes am.
In late April, the number of warm, spring-like days increases, but there is a large difference in temperature depending on the day, so caution is required. Also, since the temperature difference between daytime and morning and evening is large, it is important to bring warm clothes that can be adjusted by layering, such as inner down jackets and foldable thin jackets.

In addition, there are many places where it is difficult to walk, such as mud and puddles due to the thaw, and sherbet-like snow remaining in some places!
Wear non-slip shoes, spray a waterproof spray, etc. foot care Also don't forget!

What to bring (example)

Short-sleeved T-shirt / Long-sleeved shirt/Trainer/Pants/Inner down/Light down jacket/Coat/Jumper/Fleece-lined hoodie/cardigan/Sneakers/Rain shoes/Socks/Mufflers/Gloves/Hat/etc.

Hokkaido in April Recommended Activities, Leisure, Experiences and Fun

Due to the weather and climate, The holding situation fluctuates To do.
Please check the status of the event carefully , please make a reservation.

adventure adventure

Hokkaido Recommended adventure/adventure tour A couple staring at the sea from a cliff in Hokkaido

welcome spring Hokkaido in April Then Activities not done during the snow season will begin to take place little by little.

in early spring adventure adventure In the tour, you can experience the nature of Hokkaido, the land of the north, along with the breath of flora and fauna. feel full body can do!
the adventure tour Satisfy children's intellectual curiosity So it is especially recommended for family trips!

[Hokkaido/Sapporo] "Northern forest trekking tour" where wild animals such as Ezo squirrels live

Hokkaido Great Adventure
7,500 Yen~ (tax included)
  • 5.0
  • (1 review and testimonial)

About 15 minutes by car from the center of Sapporo, there is a primeval forest that is a natural monument and represents Sapporo.

1 rank

[Hokkaido/Shiretoko] Snowshoe "Winter Shiretoko Five Lakes Tour" Guide to the deep nature of Shiretoko in winter wrapped in silence!

Shiretoko Nature Office
6,000 Yen~ (tax included)
  • 4.8
  • (2 reviews and testimonials)

In winter, the Shiretoko Goko Lakes are enveloped in a quiet silence. The surface of the lake is frozen, and the scenery of the pure white snowy field. On a clear day, the pure white Shiretoko mountain range stands in the background. Even in the same place, the scenery is completely different in summer and winter.

2 rank

☆ Shiretoko, a World Natural Heritage Site ☆ Easy 2-hour snow trekking ☆ Primeval forest, cliff waterfalls, 2km round trip course to find animals ☆

Shiretoko Nature Guide Starhours
4,000 Yen~ (tax included)
  • 4.5
  • (2 reviews and testimonials)

Snowshoes are used during the snow season in Shiretoko National Park, a World Natural Heritage Site. Walk without snowshoes if there is no snow. Walking through the natural forest, you can see waterfalls flowing into the Sea of Okhotsk, huge icicles, and depending on the time of year, drift ice. You can mainly observe Yezo deer and wild birds. You may see eagles, woodpeckers, flying squirrels, which are natural monuments.

3 rank

[Hokkaido/Sapporo] Snowshoe trekking in the winter forest where Ezo owls live! Photo shooting service available!

9,000 Circle 7,000 Yen~ (tax included)
Discount campaign in progress!
  • 4.0
  • (1 review and testimonial)

About 30 minutes from Sapporo, snowshoe trekking in the forest where Ezo owls live in Nopporo Forest Park! As a family, with friends, as a couple. Let's enjoy a heart-warming private snow forest walk! You can also take Instagrammable photos! ☆ Check other plans! Enjoy the night view of Sapporo and snowshoeing! https://activit

Traditional culture experience

Hokkaido Recommended Traditional Culture Experience Ainu Mukkuri

many Historic buildings and remains there is Hokkaido . especially, A popular manga that has also been decided to be made into a live-action movie Hokkaido's " Ainu culture Do you know that attention is focused on

at a museum or history museum Ainu Of course it's fun to learn about, but if you've come all the way to Hokkaido, Life and Traditions of the Ainu People It is an exciting experience to experience!

[Hokkaido Kushiro] The sound of Mukkuri echoing in Lake Akan-Let's make the traditional Ainu musical instrument "Mukkuri"!

Lake Akan Ainu Kotan
Kushiro, Akan, Lake Mashu, Nemuro, Kawayu, Kussharo
1,100 Yen~ (tax included)

“Lake Akan Ainu Kotan”, located in the hot spring town on the shores of Lake Akan in Kushiro, offers a variety of plans where you can learn while experiencing traditional Ainu culture. In this plan, you will experience making the traditional Ainu musical instrument "Mukkuri (mouth harp)". It takes about 1 hour.

[Hokkaido Kushiro] Learn the culture of Lake Akan Ainu! Let's make an original coaster with Ainu pattern embroidery

Lake Akan Ainu Kotan
Kushiro, Akan, Lake Mashu, Nemuro, Kawayu, Kussharo
1,600 Yen~ (tax included)

“Lake Akan Ainu Kotan”, located in the hot spring town on the shores of Lake Akan in Kushiro, offers a variety of plans where you can learn while experiencing traditional Ainu culture. In this plan, you will enjoy making coasters while learning about Ainu pattern embroidery that has been handed down from mother to child. It takes about 1 hour.

1 rank

[Hokkaido Shiretoko] Trekking a world heritage site! Mt. Shari Climbing "Kiyosato Course" where you can experience volcanic activity 15 years old and above OK

Shalom Guide Office (SHALOM. GUIDE OFFICE)
10,800 Yen~ (tax included)

Mt. Shari is a beautiful independent peak called Onnemosiri (big mountain) in the Ainu language. The course is varied and the view from the top is wonderful. A large grid-like field spreads out below, and the Sea of Okhotsk stretches out beyond. It is a unique landscape that cannot be seen anywhere else.

2 rank

[Hokkaido/Sapporo] Sapporo night view viewing Chartered taxi sightseeing 2 hours

doggie taxi
2,300 Yen~ (tax included)

"Sapporo Night View Appreciation" 2-hour course departing from and arriving in Sapporo City★In the language of the indigenous Ainu people, "Inkarshupenupuri" (a mountain that watches over). ★ A 360-degree view spreads out from the summit observatory at an altitude of 531 meters. ★Sapporo's streets, of course, but the lights continue far away. It's like "turning over a jewelry box"! ★ Vellfire can also be specified for use by 4 people only

3 rank

[Online tour/Hokkaido/Shiretoko] Online drift ice on the rock tour Real! ! with drift ice

Shiretoko Kiyosato Ueneusaru Midori
4,000 Yen~ (tax included)

This tour will be an online tour We have welcomed and guided many customers through real tours of Shiretoko's nature, wild animals and plants, and Ainu culture. We are planning and running an online tour using that know-how and a variety of videos and photos.The theme of this online tour

night tour

Hokkaido recommended night tour Stargazers

Strict a little less cold In April, it will be easier to enjoy evening activities. I would like to recommend night tour ”.

Shining brightly like a jewel Night view tour is now Hokkaido trip standard activity It's one of
walk in the forest at night nature tour If so, you may be able to meet animals that have just woken up from hibernation.

1 rank

[Hokkaido/Shiretoko] Astronomical observation at a world natural heritage site-Watch the stars using a reflecting telescope!

Shiretoko Nature Guide Starhours
4,000 Yen~ (tax included)
  • 4.5
  • (2 reviews and testimonials)

In addition to observing the starry sky with the naked eye, astronomical observation using a Newtonian reflecting telescope with a focal length of 800 mm and an aperture of 200 mm will also be conducted. What you can see, such as stars, the moon, and comets, changes depending on the conditions of the day. If the weather is good, you can often see shooting stars. Even if you are empty-handed, you can participate with a camera or your own telescope!

2 rank

[Hokkaido Shiretoko] Snowshoe hiking with fantastic snow light-would you like to enjoy the atmosphere of the night forest?

Shiretoko Nature Office
3,500 Yen~ (tax included)

winter night. The forest is a very quiet space. Would you like to enjoy a magical winter night?

3 rank

[2023 Ice Festival / Lake Shikotsu] Private car charter / Selectable arrival and departure locations (Sapporo / New Chitose Airport)

24,800 Yen~ (tax included)

Ice festival held every year at Lake Shikotsu! ! January 29, 2022 (Saturday) to February 23 (Wednesday / holiday) Experience "airport transfer + α" like New Chitose Airport ⇒ Lake Shikotsu ⇒ Sapporo city as well as departure from Sapporo. It is very difficult to move around even with heavy luggage, so let's arrange a charter private car for such a case! !New Chitose Airport Route from Hotels in Sapporo City

Ranking of Popular Activities You Can Experience in Hokkaido in April

Hokkaido in April

Hokkaido in April We conveyed information and topics that we would like you to use for sightseeing.

In addition to what we introduced this time, Hokkaido in April then Canoe/kayak experience or Trekking (climbing/hiking) tour , Manufacturing/handmade experience Such, Lots of activities to recommend I have!
At Activity Japan, Reservations for Hokkaido activities and experiences Since we handle a large number of Hokkaido trip in April of an enriching experience Please choose!

*The information in this article is current as of January 2023.

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