Average Weather in Hakuba Japan
In Hakuba, the summers are short, warm, muggy, wet, and mostly cloudy and the winters are freezing, snowy, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 20°F to 80°F and is rarely below 14°F or above 86°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Hakuba for warm-weather activities is from mid July to early September.
The warm season lasts for 2.9 months, from June 20 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 70°F. The hottest day of the year is August 6, with an average high of 80°F and low of 65°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.2 months, from December 7 to March 14, with an average daily high temperature below 41°F. The coldest day of the year is January 28, with an average low of 20°F and high of 31°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature
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In Hakuba, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Hakuba begins around September 16 and lasts for 7.9 months, ending around May 12. On December 17, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 65% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 35% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around May 12 and lasts for 4.1 months, ending around September 16. On July 2, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 69% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 31% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Hakuba varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 7.9 months, from June 17 to February 14, with a greater than 43% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 56% on July 3.
The drier season lasts 4.1 months, from February 14 to June 17. The smallest chance of a wet day is 29% on May 22.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation in Hakuba changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 9.4 months, from March 2 to December 13. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 56% on July 3.
Snow alone is the most common for 2.5 months, from December 15 to March 2. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 35% on January 27.
Mixed snow and rain is the most common for 2.0 days, from December 13 to December 15. The highest chance of a day with mixed snow and rain is 18% on December 16.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Hakuba experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Hakuba. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around July 4, with an average total accumulation of 6.9 inches.
The least rain falls around January 26, with an average total accumulation of 0.9 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. Colder, drier snow tends to be on the higher end of that range and warmer, wetter snow on the lower end.
As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Hakuba experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 5.6 months, from October 30 to April 18, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around January 13, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 2.9 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 6.4 months, from April 18 to October 30. The least snow falls around July 25, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Hakuba varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2020, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 39 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 41 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 4:29 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 32 minutes later at 7:01 AM on January 7. The earliest sunset is at 4:32 PM on December 5, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 39 minutes later at 7:11 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Hakuba during 2020.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
Hakuba experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 2.8 months, from June 23 to September 16, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 20% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is August 5, with muggy conditions 80% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is February 23, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
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This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Hakuba experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 5.4 months, from November 9 to April 21, with average wind speeds of more than 7.3 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.1 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.6 months, from April 21 to November 9. The calmest day of the year is August 3, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.6 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Hakuba varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 2.0 months, from August 14 to October 13, with a peak percentage of 36% on September 22. The wind is most often from the west for 10 months, from October 13 to August 14, with a peak percentage of 63% on January 1.
Hakuba is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average water temperature experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 2.5 months, from July 16 to October 1, with an average temperature above 74°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 18, with an average temperature of 80°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.0 months, from January 6 to May 4, with an average temperature below 56°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is March 16, with an average temperature of 50°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Hakuba throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Hakuba for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid July to early September, with a peak score in the second week of August.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Hakuba for hot-weather activities is from late July to mid August, with a peak score in the first week of August.
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
The growing season in Hakuba typically lasts for 6.7 months (203 days), from around April 17 to around November 6, rarely starting before April 1 or after May 2, and rarely ending before October 21 or after November 23.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
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Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Hakuba should appear around May 6, only rarely appearing before April 27 or after May 14.
Growing Degree Days
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 4.3 months, from April 11 to August 21, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.5 kWh. The brightest day of the year is May 22, with an average of 6.3 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from November 7 to February 9, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.9 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 25, with an average of 2.0 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Hakuba are 36.698 deg latitude, 137.862 deg longitude, and 2,808 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Hakuba contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,650 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,582 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (8,241 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (10,561 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Hakuba is covered by trees (51%) and cropland (38%), within 10 miles by trees (70%) and cropland (20%), and within 50 miles by trees (51%) and water (30%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Hakuba, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There is only a single weather station, Toyama Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Hakuba.
At a distance of 60 kilometers from Hakuba, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.
The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and Hakuba according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.
The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.
We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.