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What to Wear in Japan? Here's What to Pack for Every Season!

What to Wear in Japan? Here's What to Pack for Every Season!

Date published: 2 December 2019
Last updated: 2 February 2021

Wondering what to wear in Japan during your trip and what clothing is appropriate? The weather makes a huge difference in the kinds of clothes and accessories you'll want to pack! Plus, you'll want to know whether it's okay to wear certain kinds of outfits.

From spring to winter, here are the recommended items for what to wear in Japan.

Table of Contents
  1. What to Wear in Japan in Spring (March/April/May)
  2. Mind the Rainy Season in Japan (June-July)!
  3. What to Wear in Japan in Summer (June/July/August)
  4. What to Wear in Japan in Autumn (September/October/November)
  5. What to Wear in Japan in Winter (December/January/February)
  6. Helpful Articles for Planning Your Japan Trip

What to Wear in Japan in Spring (March/April/May)

What to Wear in Japan in Spring (March/April/May)

After a long period of cold temperatures, wonderfully warm days greet you in spring as April starts. The cherry trees are adorned with small buds, and people excitedly wait for the first flowers.

There are still cooler days, and especially mornings and evenings can be somewhat chilling, so bringing warmer clothes such as clothes or a jacket with a detachable inner layer.

Tokyo experiences its biggest difference in temperature between March and May, with the monthly average sitting at 15℃/59℉.

In general, spring in Tokyo is pleasant and a great time for day trips to explore surrounding areas!

March
At the beginning of spring, the average highest temperature is about 13℃/56℉. However, mornings and evenings are still chilly, so expect certain days to be below 10℃/50℉ as well. Mind the rather big difference between night and day! Dressing in layers is key.

What outfit to pack for Tokyo in March (Women)
Clothes
Coat or down jacket, a warm inner layer such as a thermal undershirt, sweater, thick pants or knit skirt with warm tights.
Accessories & footwear
Knit cap, muffler, mask, disposable heating pads.
What outfit to pack for Tokyo in March (Men)
Clothes
Heavy coat or down jacket, thermal undershirt, sweater, jeans or thick pants.
Accessories & footwear
Knit cap, muffler, mask, disposable heating pads.

April
The average temperature in April is around 15℃/58℉ and at the beginning of the month, the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.

There are more hours of sunshine, so day trips around Tokyo are especially recommended during this month! However, there’s still quite a large temperature difference between daytime and mornings and evenings, so pack an extra jacket to not catch a cold.

The past year also experienced a lot of rain during April, making an umbrella an indispensable item.

The beginning of April is still comparatively cold, so we recommend similar clothes to what you’d wear in March. Depending on the day, it can get quite chilly, so transformable or multipurpose clothes are a good idea. Layers also always work, such as a thicker jacket over a regular sweater. Adjustability is key!

What outfit to pack for Tokyo in April (Women)
Clothes
Windbreaker, sweaters or cut and sews, pants or skirt and tights.
Accessories & footwear
Mask, rain gear, light shoes with waterproof soles
What outfit to pack for Tokyo in April (Men)
Clothes
Windbreaker or jacket, thin sweater or long sleeve, thick shirt, pants.
Accessories & footwear
Mask, rain gear, light shoes with waterproof soles

May
May in Japan is a time of intense temperature change. The maximum temperature can be over 20℃/68℉, while it’s rarely over 10℃/50℉ at night.

May also has the most hours of sunshine during spring, so it’s a nice time for day trips and outdoor activities. If you plan on being outside the entire day and in the evening, do bring a light jacket.

What outfit to pack for Tokyo in May (Women)
Clothes
A hooded jacket or cardigan, blouse or T-shirt, pants or skirt and stockings.
What outfit to pack for Tokyo in May (Men)
Clothes
Thin coat, shirt and T-shirt, pants.

Mind the Rainy Season in Japan (June-July)!

Mind the Rainy Season in Japan (June-July)!

In the Kanto area (greater Tokyo), the rainy season generally lasts from early June to the end of July. This time brings both hot and cold days, as well as a good deal of unstable weather. A lot of people experience headaches and other ailments due to sudden drops in atmospheric pressure, so if you’re affected by such changes, it’s a good idea to carry medicine with you just in case.

Rainy Season in Tokyo
Rainy season start date
・2016: June 5
・2017: June 7
・2018: June 8
Rainy season end date
・2016: July 29
・2017: July 6
・2018: June 29

What to Wear in Japan in Summer (June/July/August)

What to Wear in Japan in Summer (June/July/August)

Japan’s rainy season starts at the beginning of June. After that, the real summer begins and does not only bring high temperatures but also a lot of humidity. If you’re outside for a long time, you need to pay attention to protecting yourself from a heat stroke. Let’s take a closer look at Japan’s summer months!

June
Tokyo’s early summer isn’t that hot yet, but the humidity is already on the rise and there’ll be hot, humid days. The rainfall also causes the temperature to drop, however, so bring a light jacket just in case. Also, an umbrella is an absolute must during that time!

What outfit to pack for Tokyo in June (Women)
Clothes
Thin outerwear, short sleeve tops, thin long skirt or a one-piece.
Accessories & footwear
Sneakers, sandals, sunscreen, antiperspirant, umbrella
What outfit to pack for Tokyo in June (Men)
Clothes
Thin outerwear, short sleeve tops, thin long pants or jeans.
Accessories & footwear
Sneakers, sandals, antiperspirant, umbrella.

July
July is the middle of summer in Japan, so opt for thin and light outerwear, as well as airy pants or skirts. We do recommend bringing a thin jacket, however, and advise to avoid direct sunlight during the day. The temperature will drop to about 20℃/68℉ at night, so be careful not to catch a cold.

What outfit to pack for Tokyo in July (Women)
Clothes
Thin, airy outerwear, rash guard (top with UV protection), wide pants, shorts, light skirt.
Accessories & footwear
Sneakers, sandals, hat (for sunshade), handkerchiefs, wet tissues, sunscreen, antiperspirant.
What outfit to pack for Tokyo in July (Men)
Clothes
Thin, airy shirt, jeans, cotton or hemp shorts, long airy pants.
Accessories & footwear
Sneakers, sandals, hat (for sunshade), handkerchiefs, wet tissues, sunscreen, antiperspirant.

August
Tokyo’s August is the peak of the hot summer. There’s a phenomenon called urban heat island, especially palpable in areas with a lot of high-rise buildings that absorb the sun and block the wind. Tokyo’s record highest temperature gets an update pretty much every year. Wear something light and airy while minding sunburn and heatstroke.

What outfit to pack for Tokyo in August (Women)
Clothes
Thin, airy outerwear, sleeveless tops, wide pants, shorts, light skirt.
Accessories & footwear
Sneakers, sandals, hat (for sunshade), handkerchiefs, wet tissues, sunscreen, antiperspirant.
What outfit to pack for Tokyo in August (Men)
Clothes
Thin, airy shirt, jeans, cotton or linen shorts, long airy pants.
Accessories & footwear
Sneakers, sandals, hat (for sunshade), handkerchiefs, wet tissues, sunscreen, antiperspirant.

What to Wear in Japan in Autumn (September/October/November)

What to Wear in Japan in Autumn (September/October/November)

Autumn may be the most beautiful of Japan’s four seasons. Tokyo is dyed in vivid colors such as orange, yellow, and green, enchanting even the simplest walk through the park. The temperature difference can be quite massive during this time, so dressing in layers that are easy to take on and off is a good idea.

September
In September, there’s a rather harsh drop in the average temperature to about 24℃, which is more pleasant than the heat of summer. However, it’s also the month of typhoons, and September has the second-most yearly rainfall right after the rainy season.

If you plan to go to Japan during this time, it is important to keep an eye on weather forecasts and always have an umbrella with you, just in case. Wearing short sleeves is fine during the day, but mornings and evenings tend to be much cooler, so bring a thin jacket.

What outfit to pack for Tokyo in September (Women)
Clothes
Cardigan, short-sleeved shirt, thin long-sleeve shirt, thin one-piece, long skirt.
Accessories & footwear
Sneakers, flats, sunscreen, umbrella
What outfit to pack for Tokyo in September (Men)
Clothes
Regular shirt, half-length or short-sleeve T-shirt, light coat, jeans.
Accessories & footwear
Sneakers, handkerchiefs or small towel.

October
October is the most pleasant time of the year. The average temperature of 18℃ is comfortable and nice for the human body. Outside of typhoons, there is hardly any rain, so it’s a wonderful time for outdoor activities and trips. Enjoy the comfy outdoor fashion and put on your favorite dress or pair of pants!

What clothes to pack for Tokyo in October (Women):
Clothes
Cardigan, jeans, shirt, thick dress, windbreaker, denim jacket.
Accessories & footwear
Sneakers, flats, thin muffler or stole.
What outfit to pack for Tokyo in October (Men)
Clothes
Cardigan, jeans, shirt, thick dress, windbreaker, denim jacket.
Accessories & footwear
Sneakers, umbrella, handkerchiefs or small towel.

November
Tokyo in November is already preparing for the upcoming winter months, with temperatures dropping to about 10℃/50℉. A coat or thick jacket is indispensable throughout November, and even on slightly warmer days, it may get chilly all of a sudden, so best be prepared.

What outfit to pack for Tokyo in November (Women)
Clothes
Thick cardigan, sweater, jeans, windbreaker, coat, thick jacket, down jacket.
Accessories & footwear
Boots, sneakers, flats, muffler, stole, hat, gloves.
What outfit to pack for Tokyo in November (Men)
Clothes
Shirt, cardigan, knitted shirt, jeans, thick jacket, coat, windbreaker, down jacket.
Accessories & footwear
Sneakers, boots, hat, muffler

What to Wear in Japan in Winter (December/January/February)

What to Wear in Japan in Winter (December/January/February)

December
Winter in Tokyo is terribly dry, as opposed to the humid summer months. It tends to get dark after 5:00 p.m., so if you plan on making day trips, you might want to consider the time at which the sun sets.

Of course, warm clothes are important, but so is a layered look – indoors is heated generously, so you’ll be glad to be able to take a coat and a sweater off if need be.

Carrying a large bag is recommended for that purpose. Because of the dry air, other necessary goods are lip balm, a bottle of water, as well as hand cream.

December
December brings a rather rapid end to November’s autumn temperatures and there might even be snow on particularly frosty days. The biggest characteristic of December is the temperature difference between day and night. Furthermore, the sun sets at around 4:30 p.m., which is the earliest time of the entire year.

What outfit to pack for Tokyo in December (Women)
Clothes
Thick sweater, warm undershirt, long pants, wool coat, down jacket.
Accessories & footwear
Boots, sneakers, muffler, hat, gloves, warm tights.
What outfit to pack for Tokyo in December (Men)
Clothing
Thick sweater, warm undergarments, long pants, warm coat, down jacket.
Accessories & footwear
Boots, sneakers, hat, gloves.

January
January is Japan’s coldest month of the year. Because of that, January 20 (sometimes January 21) marks the start of daikan, the “coldest season.” If you’re traveling around that time, it is important to dress properly in warm winter clothes. On top of the cold, January is also the peak season for influenza, so you’ll see a lot of people wearing masks.

What outfit to pack for Tokyo in January (Women)
Clothing
Pashmina or wool knit, warm undergarments, long pants, wool coat, down jacket (we recommend wearing a thin down jacket under the coat).
Accessories & footwear
Boots, sneakers, muffler, hat, gloves, warm tights, warm socks, ear warmers, mask, snow boots.
What outfit to pack for Tokyo in January (Men)
Clothing
Thick sweater, warm undergarments, long pants, warm coat, down jacket.
Accessories & footwear
Boots, sneakers, muffler, hat, gloves, ear warmers, mask, warm socks.

February
The cold refuses to leave in February, and some days may even bring snow. The end of the month brings gentler temperatures, however, letting Tokyoites enjoy the first breeze of spring.

What outfit to pack for Tokyo in February (Women)
Clothes
Thick hoodie, sweater, thermal clothing, wool coat, thick jacket, down jacket.
Accessories & footwear
Boots, sneakers, muffler, hat, gloves, warm tights, warm socks, ear warmers, mask.
What outfit to pack for Tokyo in February (Men)
Clothes
Thick sweater, warm undergarments, long pants, coat, down jacket, windbreaker.
Accessories & footwear
Boots, sneakers, muffler, hat, gloves, ear warmers, mask.

This wraps up an entire year of the weather in Tokyo, including recommendations for what Japan outfit to wear!

With an eye on the temperatures of the month, exploring Tokyo throughout the seasons will be an enjoyable experience, no matter the timing of your trip! We wish you a wonderful time!

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*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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