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What is Abashiri

What is Abashiri

Of all the prefectures in Japan, Hokkaido is the northernmost prefecture, and Abashiri is located on the eastern side of the island facing the Sea of Okhotsk. Sitting on latitude 44, it is surrounded by lakes, rivers, mountains; a land rich in nature. Because Abashiri faces the ocean, there is little difference in temperature and is relatively mild for being on the eastern side of the island.

Seasons

Spring

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Spring arrives with the blossoming of skunk cabbages that bloom along the Yobito Tancho Yuhodo (Yobito Bird -watching Trail).
At the Abashiri Misaki Farm located on Cape Notoro, a pastoral landscape where horses and cattle graze freely can be seen.

Summer

Summer

Many interesting events take place such as the Okhotsk Summer Festival. The backdrop of barley swaying in the wind adds a special touch to the scene. The weather at this time is refreshing, typical of Hokkaido.

Fall

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As fall rounds the corner, salmon begin to swim up Abashiri River, potatoes and corn are ready to be harvested. It is also the best season to enjoy the produce of land and sea. Lake Notoro becomes a red carpet of common glasswort, and on Mt. Tento the flowers grown by the citizens at the Hana Tento reach bloom.

Winter

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Winter in Abashiri is expressed in blue and white. "Blue skies, White Snow", "Blue Sea, White Drift Ice". Although the cold is severe, there are many sunny days and the air is crisp and clear. Lots of activities to enjoy like skiing, drift ice sight-seeing and Wakasagi smelt fishing.

Climate and Attire

Spring

March

It is the season for the snow to begin melting, but heavy snowfall called "doka yuki", meaning "a ton of snow" also falls around this time of year. It is also the time of year when the day rapidly lengthens. Outdoors, coats are a necessity. Indoors however, it is warm so layers of clothing that can be removed are recommended. It is wise to wear winter shoes.
Average Temperature:-1.9 ℃

April

Lingering snow covers the ground in early April. Later in the month the temperature is known to rise suddenly and skunk cabbages and Butterbur add color to the ground after the snow has melted.
Attire:Outdoors, a light coat is necessary.
Average Temperature:4.4 ℃

May

The temperature in May fluctuates drastically. There may be snow early in the month, and then in the middle of the month the temperature has been known to spike to 30℃. Mornings and evenings are still cold.
Attire:It is good to have a light coat. From May summer shoes are enough.
Average Temperature:9.4 ℃

Summer

June

June in Abashiri, where there is no rainy season, is comfortable. However, the temperature can drop to single digits at night.
Attire:During the day, short sleeves may be okay in some places but by night long sleeve tops are necessary.
Average Temperature:13.1 ℃

July

Although July in Abashiri is rather cool, there are some days when the temperature reaches above 30℃ recently. Nights are cool and comfortable for sleep.
Attire:Daytime can be spent in short sleeves but it is good to have a really light jacket at night.
Average Temperature:17.4℃

August

In the early part of August hot summer days arrive in Abashiri, but after the middle of August the short summer is over and days become mild and comfortable.
Attire:Short sleeves are basically fine. After the middle of August long sleeve shirts or light jackets are recommended at night.
Average Temperature:19.6℃

Fall

September

Although there are many sunny fall days in September, the after-effects of typhoons can cause low pressure systems to move through the area, bringing long and heavy rains. The days are cool and mild.
Attire:Long sleeves are enough.
Average Temperature:16.3℃

October

The sun sets earlier and the mornings and evenings get quite cold.
Attire:Long sleeve shirts are a necessity. At night a light jacket is recommended.
Average Temperature:10.6℃

November

The high becomes lower each day, thin ice forms, and snowfall arrives.
Attire:Long sleeves and coats are essential. Switch to winter mode and you will be fine!
Average Temperature:3.7℃

Winter

December, January and February

Beginning in early or mid December there is continuous snow cover. When the snow comes to stay, you must change from "summer shoes" to what are called "winter shoes." The temperature during the day drops below zero and winter sets in for good. The heating system for houses in Hokkaido is warmer than that of Honshu so it is common for people to dress heavily when going out and wear light clothing indoors.
Attire:Outdoors heavy coats and down jackets are necessary and indoors adjust the temperature by wearing long sleeve cardigans or sweaters. You should have gloves, knit hats, scarves and winter shoes that are warm and have a non-slip tread on the sole.
Average Temperature in December:-2.4℃
Average Temperature in January:-5.5℃
Average Temperature in February:-6.0℃