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What to Wear While Traveling in Japan? Here's What to Pack for Every Season! 2019 Edition

What to Wear While Traveling in Japan? Here's What to Pack for Every Season! 2019 Edition

Date published: 24 July 2019

Planning your trip to Tokyo soon? The weather makes a huge difference in the kinds of clothes and accessories you'll want to pack! Since Japan has four distinct seasons and that weather varies greatly from area to area, in this article, we’ll take a closer look at those four seasons and the weather in Tokyo all around the year.

Spring in Tokyo 2019: Temperatures & What to Pack for Tokyo in March, April, and May

Spring in Tokyo 2019: Temperatures & What to Pack for Tokyo in March, April, and May

After a long period of cold temperatures, wonderfully warm days greet 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. Between March and May, Tokyo experiences its biggest difference in temperature, with the monthly average sitting at 15°C/59°F. In general, spring in Tokyo is pleasant and a great time for day trips to explore surrounding areas!

■How is the weather in Tokyo in March?
Average temperature:
11.5℃/52℉
Average highest temperature:
16.9℃/62℉
Average lowest temperature:
6.5℃/43℉

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!

What clothes to pack for Tokyo in March (Women):
Coat or down jacket, warm inner layer such as a thermal shirt, sweater, thick pants or knit skirt with warm tights.

Accessories & shoes: Knit cap, muffler, mask, disposable heating pads.

What clothes to pack for Tokyo in March (Men):
Heavy coat or down jacket, thermal shirt, sweater, thick pants.

Accessories and shoes: knit cap, muffler, mask, disposable heating pads.

■How is the weather in Tokyo in April?
Average temperature:
17℃/62℉
Average highest temperature:
22.1℃/71℉
Average lowest temperature:
12.4℃/54℉

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.

What clothes to pack for Tokyo in April (Women):
Windbreaker, sweaters or cut and sews, pants or skirt and tights.
Accessories & shoes: mask, rain gear.

What clothes to pack for Tokyo in April (Men):
Windbreaker or jacket, thin sweater or long sleeve, thick shirt, pants.
Accessories & shoes: mask, rain gear.

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!

■How is the weather in Tokyo in May?
Average temperature:
19.8℃/67℉
Average highest temperature:
24.6℃/76℉
Average lowest temperature:
15.4℃/59℉

May is a time of intense temperature change. The maximum temperature can be over 20°C/68°F, while it’s rarely over 10℃/50℉ at night. This month 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 jacket.

What clothes to pack for Tokyo in May (Women):
Hooded jacket or cardigan, blouse or T-shirt, pants or skirt and stockings.

What clothes to pack for Tokyo in May (Men):
Thin coat, shirt and T-shirt, pants.

Summer in Tokyo 2019: Temperatures & What to Pack for Tokyo in June, July, and August

Summer in Tokyo 2019: Temperatures & What to Pack for Tokyo in June, July, and 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!

Mind the Rainy Season!

Mind the Rainy Season!

In the Kanto area, 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.

Tokyo Weather: June - August

■How is the weather in Tokyo in June?
Average temperature:
22.4℃/72℉
Average highest temperature:
26.6℃/79℉
Average lowest temperature:
19.1℃/66℉

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 bringing a light jacket just in case is recommended. Also, an umbrella is an absolute must during that time!

What clothes to pack for Tokyo in June (Women):
Thin outerwear, short sleeve tops, thin long skirt or a one-piece.

Accessories & shoes: Sneakers, sandals, sunscreen, antiperspirant, umbrella.

What clothes to pack for Tokyo in June (Men):
Thin outerwear, short sleeve tops, thin long pants or jeans.

Accessories & shoes: Sneakers, sandals, antiperspirant, umbrella.

■How is the weather in Tokyo in July?
Average temperature:
28.5℃/83℉
Average highest temperature:
33℃/91℉
Average lowest temperature:
25.2℃/77℉

It’s the middle of summer, 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 clothes to pack for Tokyo in July (Women):
Thin, airy outerwear, rash guard (top with UV protection), wide pants, shorts, light skirt.

Accessories & shoes: Sneakers, sandals, hat (for sunshade), handkerchiefs, wet tissues, sunscreen, antiperspirant.

What clothes to pack for Tokyo in July (Men):
Thin, airy shirt, jeans, cotton or hemp shorts, long airy pants.

Accessories & shoes: Sneakers, sandals, hat (for sunshade), handkerchiefs, wet tissues, sunscreen, antiperspirant.

■How is the weather in Tokyo in August?
Average temperature:
26.4℃/79℉
Average highest temperature:
30.4℃/86℉
Average lowest temperature:
23.4℃/74℉

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

What clothes to pack for Tokyo in August (Women):
Thin, airy outerwear, sleeveless tops, wide pants, shorts, light skirt.

Accessories & shoes: Sneakers, sandals, hat (for sunshade), handkerchiefs, wet tissues, sunscreen, antiperspirant.

What clothes to pack for Tokyo in August (Men):
Thin, airy shirt, jeans, cotton or linen shorts, long airy pants.

Accessories & shoes: Sneakers, sandals, hat (for sunshade), handkerchiefs, wet tissues, sunscreen, antiperspirant.

This wraps up an entire year of the weather in Tokyo, including recommendations for what to wear! The information is based on data from the Japan Meteorological Agency. With an eye on the temperatures of the month, exploring Tokyo throughout the seasons will be a fun an enjoyable experience, no matter the timing of your trip! We wish you a wonderful time!

Autumn in Tokyo 2019: Temperatures & What to Pack for Tokyo in September, October, and November

Autumn in Tokyo 2019: Temperatures & What to Pack for Tokyo in September, October, and 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.

■How is the weather in Tokyo in September?
Average temperature
22.8℃/73℉
Average high temperature
26.8℃/80℉
Average low temperature
19.5℃/67℉

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 clothes to pack for Tokyo in September (Women):
Cardigan, short-sleeved shirt, thin long-sleeve shirt, thin one-piece, long skirt.

Accessories & shoes: Sneakers, flats, sunscreen, umbrella.

What clothes to pack for Tokyo in September (Men):
Airy shirt, short- or long-sleeve shirt, thin pants, shorts, jeans.

Accessories & shoes: Sneakers, umbrella, handkerchiefs or small towel.

■How is the weather in Tokyo in October?
Average temperature:
16.8℃/62℉
Average highest temperature:
20.1℃/68℉
Average lowest temperature:
14.2℃/57℉

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):
Cardigan, jeans, shirt, thick dress, windbreaker, denim jacket.

Accessories & shoes: Sneakers, flats, thin muffler or stole.

What clothes to pack for Tokyo in September (Men):
Regular shirt, half-length or short-sleeve T-shirt, light coat, jeans

Accessories & shoes: Sneakers, handkerchiefs or small towel.

■How is the weather in Tokyo in November?
Average temperature:
11.9℃/53℉
Average highest temperature:
16.6℃/61℉
Average lowest temperature:
7.9℃/46℉

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 clothes to pack for Tokyo in November (Women):
Thick cardigan, sweater, jeans, windbreaker, coat, thick jacket, down jacket.

Accessories & shoes: Boots, sneakers, flats, muffler, stole, hat, gloves.

What clothes to pack for Tokyo in November (Men):
Shirt, cardigan, knitted shirt, jeans, thick jacket, coat, windbreaker, down jacket.

Accessories & shoes: sneakers, boots, hat, muffler.

Winter in Tokyo 2019: Temperatures & What to Pack for Tokyo in December, January, and February

Winter in Tokyo 2019: Temperatures & What to Pack for Tokyo in December, January, and February

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.

■How is the weather in Tokyo in December?
Average temperature of:
6.6℃/44℉
Average highest temperature:
11.1℃/52℉
Average lowest temperature:
2.7℃/37℉

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 clothes to pack for Tokyo in December (Women):
Thick sweater, heattech clothing, long pants, wool coat, down jacket.

Accessories & shoes: Boots, sneakers, muffler, hat, gloves, warm tights.

What clothes to pack for Tokyo in December (Men):
Thick sweater, heattech clothing, long pants, warm coat, down jacket.

Accessories & shoes: Boots, sneakers, hat, gloves.

■How is the weather in Tokyo in January?
Average temperature:
4.7℃/40℉
Average highest temperature:
9.4℃/49℉
Average lowest temperature:
0.6℃/33℉

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 of influenza, so you’ll see a lot of people wearing masks.

What clothes to pack for Tokyo in January (Women):
Pashmina or wool knit, heattech clothing, long pants, wool coat, down jacket (we recommend wearing a thin down jacket under the coat).

Accessories & shoes: boots, sneakers, muffler, hat, gloves, warm tights, warm socks, ear warmers, mask, snow boots.

What clothes to pack for Tokyo in January (Men):
Thick sweater, heattech clothing, long pants, warm coat, down jacket.

Accessories & shoes: boots, sneakers, muffler, hat, gloves, ear warmers, mask, warm socks.

■How is the weather in Tokyo in February?
Average temperature:
5.4℃/41℉
Average highest temperature:
10.1℃/50℉
Average lowest temperature:
1.3℃/34℉

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 clothes to pack for Tokyo in February (Women):
Thick hoodie, sweater, thermal clothing, wool coat, thick jacket, down jacket.

Accessories & shoes: Boots, sneakers, muffler, hat, gloves, warm tights, warm socks, ear warmers, mask.

What clothes to pack for Tokyo in February (Men):
Thick sweater, heattech clothing, long pants, coat, down jacket, windbreaker.
Accessories & shoes: Boots, sneakers, muffler, hat, gloves, ear warmers, mask.

*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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