March to May
The snow melts quickly and the rivers rise, marking the eagerly-awaited arrival of spring
Honshu is already in the midst of spring from March to May, but reminders of winter still abound in Hokkaido. The sunlight grows stronger, melting the snow, while trees and vegetation begin to sprout slowly. The cherry blossoms that travel up the Japanese archipelago from the south don’t appear in Sapporo until around Golden Week (late April–early May) on an average year. Once the cherry blossoms bloom, other trees along the streets follow suit, budding and flowering all at once, marking the start of a truly beautiful season. Thrilling white water rafting adventures atop rivers swollen with snowmelt begin around the end of April. Although the snow is gone, the wind is still cold, so be sure to bring a light coat or shawl, or a light down jacket for those who chill easily.
|Sapporo Moiwayama Ski Area Festival||Mid March, 2016||Sapporo Moiwayama Ski Area|
|Jozankei Onsen Keiryu Koinobori (carp streamers display)||April 15–May 8, 2016||Jozankei Onsen (Hot Springs)|
|Hiraoka Park Plum Festival||April 29–May 15, 2016||Hiraoka Park|
|Sapporo Lilac Festival||Odori Park May 18–29, 2016, Kawashimo Park May 28–29, 2016||Odori Park (Odori Park 4-chome ~ 7-chome), Kawashimo Park|
|Mt. Moiwa Day||May 28–31, 2016||Mt. Moiwa|