One of the most beautiful times of year in Japan is autumn. Every fall, it seems like streets everywhere are painted with the oranges, reds, yellows, and greens of autumn foliage. Compared to the romantic pink sakura blossoms in spring, autumn is a time of cool temperatures, warm foods and when maple leaves burst forth in proud crimson layers. With generally pleasant weather and cooler temperatures, autumn is also an excellent season for walking around and exploring cities and villages to your heart's content. However, it can get a bit chilly at times just before winter sets in!
This article will introduce the weather and temperature in Tokyo in September, October, and November. With the larger temperature differences, you are advised to bring warmer clothings and have layers available for when there's a warm spell. With the right preparation, you'll enjoy all that the season has to offer!
Tokyo Weather in September, October and November
Weather and wear for Tokyo in September
・September average temperature in Tokyo: 22.8°C / 73.0°F
・September average maximum temperature in Tokyo: 26.8°C / 80.2°F
・September average minimum temperature in Tokyo: 19.5°C / 67.1°F
Due to its comparatively higher latitude, Tokyo
experiences four distinct seasons. Although September can be a somewhat cooler month in other countries, September in Tokyo can still retain summery temperatures, dropping down to around 24°C from summer's 30°C.
However, September is also typically known as the beginning of typhoon season, so rainfall can be considerable - even more than the rainy season. Although typhoons will strike during September, they typically do not directly affect Tokyo so you do not have to be too concerned. However you'll want to keep tabs on the weather at least a few days before you travel to Japan.
In recent years, due to the heat island effect, sometimes there will be more than 100 mm of rain in a small area for one hour. This is difficult to predict. Although local cloudbursts are somewhat unpredictable, they do tend to quickly stop. Ducking inside a nearby coffee shop is an easy way to get through them.
The difference between temperatures in morning and evening can be a bit larger as autumn progresses, you you may wish to wear shortsleeves and have a flannel with you if you're especially prone to chills.
What to wear in Japan in September: Clothing suggestions for women
・Knit jacket, short-sleeved T-shirt, light flannel or other long-sleeved shirt, thin chiffon, long skirt
・Accessories & Footwear: Sneakers or other comfortable footwear, sunscreen, portable umbrella
What to wear in Japan in September: Clothing suggestions for men
・Thin shirt, short sleeve or long sleeve flannel or shirt, thin trousers, shorts, jeans
・Accessories & Footwear: Sneakers or other comfortable footwear, sunscreen, handkerchief or other small towels (for sweat), portable umbrella
Weather and wear for Tokyo in October
・October average temperature in Tokyo: 16.8°C / 62.2°F
・October average maximum temperature in Tokyo: 20.1°C / 68.2°F
・October average minimum temperature in Tokyo: 14.2°C / 57.6°F
In many ways, October can be considered one of the most comfortable months of the entire year. The temperature is not only very pleasant, but rainfall is comparatively low. It's the perfect time for walking around and seeing the sights.
However, it's not quite autumn foliage season in Tokyo. People who are interested in catching some of the autumn colors would have to head to higher elevations or more northern areas, such as Karuizawa or Hokkaido.
Despite the warmer weather in October, it is possible for temperatures to drop suddenly toward evening, so be sure to bring warm clothing like lightweight thermals/flannels, scarves or light jackets. Layers will be your friend.
What to wear in Japan in October: Clothing suggestions for women
・Knit tops, jeans, thick chiffon, shirts, trench coats, denim jackets
・Accessories & Footwear: Sneakers, thin scarf or thin shawl
What to wear in Japan in October: Clothing suggestions for men
・Regular shirt, three-quarter sleeve or long-sleeved shirt, light coat, jeans
・Accessories & Footwear: Sneakers, handkerchiefs or small towels
Weather and wear for Tokyo in November
・November average temperature in Tokyo: 11.1°C /
・November average maximum temperature in Tokyo: 16.6°C
・November average minimum temperature in Tokyo: 7.9°C
In November, Tokyo is already preparing for winter. Temperatures will drop to around the 10°C range, which is getting a bit chilly. When you are visiting Tokyo in November, you'll want to pack accordingly.
Be sure to bring a fall jacket and sweater. Since some days can still be somewhat warmer during the day, you will also want to pack t-shirts and have a flannel you can layer later on. If you are particularly temperature-sensitive, bringing a slightly heavier coat might be recommended, especially if you will be heading into higher elevations or north of Tokyo.
Tokyo in November is a very beautiful time. From mid-November to early December, the maple leaves in downtown Tokyo will be turning gorgeous hues of yellow and red. It is recommended that everyone visit Tokyo during autumn at least once to take a walk around town and experience the beautiful scenery of autumn.
What to wear in Japan in November: Clothing suggestions for women
・Thick knit tops, sweaters, jeans, trench coats, overcoats, thick jackets, down jackets
・Accessories & Footwear: Boots, sneakers, scarves, shawls, hats, gloves
What to wear in Japan in November: Clothing suggestions for men
・Shirt, long-sleeved sweater, hat T, jeans, thick jacket, coat, windbreaker, down jacket
・Accessories & Footwear: Sneakers, Boots, Hat, Scarf
Prepare for autumn in Japan: Dressing in layers
Because autumn in Tokyo has a fairly large difference in temperature between day and evening, bringing clothes you can wear in layers is highly recommended so you can adjust to the most comfortable state at any time according to your own situation.
In addition, although the autumn temperature is similar to that of spring, Japanese people pay attention to the sense of season. In autumn, they choose orange, yellow, red, brown and other earth colors as the main color of the clothing, so if you are looking to coordinate, those are the styles to bring. Take autumn in Japan as your chance to catwalk on Tokyo's fashion runway, strolling through the beautiful streets as you go!
Text / Wang Wenjun
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
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