What to wear in Japan | Japan travel tips

 

I’m going to Japan next time, what to wear in Japan? Is it hot? Is it cold?

You need to choose clothes according to the season you go.
Also, since Japan is a long country in the north and south,
you need to be careful depending on the area you go to.
I have visited various places in Japan for work and travel.
I will talk based on my experience and the opinions I felt in the field.

 

What to wear in Japan | Japan travel tips

What to wear in Japan?
From the conclusion, it depends on when and where you go.

Basically, in Japan, which has four seasons, what you wear depends on the season. In winter, you should wear warm clothing such as down jackets.
It’s hot in summer unless you have short sleeves.
The clothes you wear will change during the year.

For those who want to know more specifically. Let’s look at the climate of Japan and the temperature of each region.

See the temperature and know what to wear in Japan

First, let’s look at the climate of Japan as a whole.

Japan’s climate

Map of Japan

Japan is a long country north and south.

The climate is quite different between Hokkaido in the north and Okinawa in the south.

Also, the popular Mt. Fuji can be below freezing even in summer.

Even if you say “Japan” in a word, there is a big difference in temperature.

Most parts of Japan belong to temperate climate.

Tokyo belongs to Humid subtropical climate.It has the same climate as East Asia and the southeast of North America, such as Shanghai and Buenos Aires.Summer is hot and humid, and winter is dry and cold.

Muroran city and Hidaka region, south of Hokkaido belong to Temperate oceanic climate same as west coast of Europe and the west coast of North America.

Specifically, it has the same climate as London, Paris, and Melbourne.

Compared to Tokyo, annual temperature changes are small. Summer is not too hot and it is easy to spend. Winter is long and cold.

Because of the westerly wind, it is not as cold as this latitudinal level.

Most of Hokkaido and the Tohoku region belong to Continental climates.

The winter is long and the cold is severe. Summer is relatively hot. The climate is the same as in central Canada and about half of Russia. The Nansei Islands such as Okinawa belong to the subtropical climate, which is between the tropical and temperate zones.

The graph of average monthly temperature in Japan
This graph was created by CLEMATIS based on the past weather data on the Japan Meteorological Agency website.

This is a summary of temperatures in various parts of Japan.
There are four seasons in Japan.
The climate changes depending on the four seasons, and the clothes also differ from season to season.
Basically, winter is from December to February, spring is from March to May, summer is from June to August, and autumn is from September to November.
Depending on the region, the beginning and end of the season may differ.
At the turning points of the seasons, there is a large difference in temperature throughout the day, so it is necessary to devise ways to control the temperature.
Be careful not to catch a cold.

Climate of major tourist destinations

Now that we have learned about the climate of Japan as a whole, let’s take a look at the temperatures of major tourist destinations. You will know what to wear in Japan.

Hokkaido

Map of Japan focusing on Hokkaido

Hokkaido is a popular destination for skiing, sightseeing, and nature.
Located in the northernmost part of Japan, half a year has a winter climate. The point of clothes is to be able to cope with the cold outside and the heat inside. And water-repellent material.

The graph of annual temperature in Sapporo
This graph was created by CLEMATIS based on the past weather data on the Japan Meteorological Agency website.
Clothing in Hokkaido

November to April are winter in Hokkaido.
It melts in November even if it snows. Need a coat or a down jacket.
December will be snowfall.
January and February are the coldest. It snows a lot. Roads and trains are closed or suspended.
Some locals have a thin coat, but a thick coat and a down jacket are needed. I prefer something that does not let wind pass.
Since the heating in the building is hot, it is good to be able to adjust the temperature even if you take off your coat.
Shoes should be made of material that does not seep into snow.

March is still winter. There is snow left.

May may be warm during the day but cold in the morning and evening.
It is better to prepare a coat that you can spend thin when it gets hot and put on when it gets cold.

It will be warm in June.It may get cold again, so it’s a good idea to wear a cardigan or a jacket.

July and August are summer. A short sleeve and a thin shirt during the day. It’s cool in the shade and in the morning and evening, so it’s good to have a cardigan that you can wear.

Summer is until mid August.Autumn begins in late August.

In September, we will gradually wear warm clothes such as a long sleeves and jackets.

The first snow falls around the end of October. A coat and sweaters are required after October.

Aomori

Aomori Prefecture Nebuta Picture
Map of Japan focusing on Aomori

Aomori Prefecture is located in the northernmost part of Honshu, near Hokkaido.
An area with long winters, like Hokkaido.
Not only Aomori Prefecture, but the Tohoku region is also a cold region. The world heritage Shirakami Mountains and the Nebuta Festival in summer are famous, but the number of foreign visitors to Japan is increasing in recent years. The point of clothes is to take measures against the cold in winter. I want clothes that are windproof.

The graph annual temperature in Aomori
This graph was created by CLEMATIS based on the past weather data on the Japan Meteorological Agency website.
Clothing in Aomori

March: It’s still snowing. The average temperature is 2.4 ° C. You need down jackets, coats, and winter gear.

April: You need to carry a coat with you.

May: Wear thick tops and carry a cardigan during the day.

June: You can spend with thin tops. It would be nice to have another top that you can wear when it’s cold.

July: You can spend short sleeves. It would be nice if you could carry a cardigan and control the temperature.

August: Short sleeves are good during the day. It would be nice to have a cardigan to wear when it’s cold in the morning and evening.

September: The temperature difference between day and night is severe. Please prepare long sleeves and a cardigan.

October: Winter clothes such as shirts and knits that can be layered together are recommended.

November: You need a jacket such as a down jacket or coat. It would be nice to have cold protection items such as gloves and muffler. I recommend shoes that don’t slip in case of snow.

December, January, February: It will snow more from this time. You need a down jacket or coat, and you’ll need winter gear, such as scarves and gloves, and non-slip shoes.

Tokyo

Photo of Asakusa Kaminarimon in Tokyo
Map of Japan focusing on Tokyo

Tokyo is the center of Japan. Located in the center of Honshu, the four seasons are just right. People and buildings are close together and easy to access. When you enter Japan, you will often visit it first. Mainly moving by train, there are many opportunities to enter the building. The room is air-conditioned, so the temperature is comfortable. The point of clothes should match the four seasons. And easy to put on and take off.

The graph annual temperature in Tokyo
This graph was created by CLEMATIS based on the past weather data on the Japan Meteorological Agency website.
Clothing in Tokyo

January, February: You need a coat or down jacket. The trains and buildings are warm with heating, so please wear clothes that you can take off and put on.

March: You still need winter clothes such as knits, coats and stoles. Depending on the day, you may spend a light overcoat or jacket.

April: It’s best to wear a topcoat or jacket over long sleeves.

May: It’s a good time to spend. There are days when it gets hot. Adjust the tops with short and long sleeves. It is convenient to wear it with a cardigan.

June: Rainy season. Since it rains a lot, please bring rain gear. It may be hot and humid, or cold. Adjust with short sleeves or thin long sleeves.

July and August: Summer season begins when the rainy season ends. I recommend short-sleeved or sleeveless materials with good breathability. Summer in Tokyo is hot and humid.

September: You can spend short sleeves. Wear a cardigan or a light shirt when it’s chilly.

October: It’s best to wear long sleeves and a jacket or top coat.

November: There are days below 10 degrees during the day. It’s best to wear thin knits on long sleeves, and then wear jackets and other outerwear.

December: It gets cold. It is best to wear a coat or down jacket over long sleeves and knits. The outside is cold, and the buildings and vehicles are heated. It is convenient if you can take it off and on.

Mt. Fuji

Mt.Fuji picture

Mt. Fuji boasts the highest height in Japan. You can only climb Mt. Fuji from July to August. When climbing the popular Mt. Fuji, you should be careful about your clothes and personal belongings. In recent years, there are many foreign tourists who lightly climb mountains and give up mountaintops due to altitude sickness or the cold. Make sure that you prepare for the safe climbing.

The graph annual temperature in Mt.Fuji
This graph was created by CLEMATIS based on the past weather data on the Japan Meteorological Agency website.
Clothing in Mt.Fuji
  • Quick drying clothes
  • Rainwear (separated into upper and lower)
  • Underwear (made of synthetic fiber) and thick socks
  • Trousers (with elasticity)
  • Athletic shoes with thick soles and laces
  • Coats and fleece
  • Cold protection down jacket, gloves, neck warmer

Kanazawa

Map of Japan focusing on Ishikawa Prefecture

Kanazawa is located on the north side of Honshu. Kenrokuen is popular and Kanazawa is called Little Kyoto. The Hokuriku region is colder than Kanto region. The wind from the Sea of ​​Japan is cold. The point of clothes in Kanazawa is a warm jacket that keeps out the wind in winter.

The graph annual temperature in Kanazawa
This graph was created by CLEMATIS based on the past weather data on the Japan Meteorological Agency website.
Clothing in Kanazawa

March: Knit, coat, down jacket, etc. are required. Please take measures against cold weather.

April: The average temperature gradually rises above 10 degrees. A jacket should be a light coat.

May: Adjust the tops with short sleeves and long sleeves. It is convenient to wear a cardigan together.

June: Rainy season. Please bring rain gear. It may be hot and humid or cold. Adjust with short sleeves or thin long sleeves.

July and August: It gets hot and humid. Short-sleeved or sleeveless is recommended. It is convenient to adjust the temperature of the cardigan.

September: It will change from summer to autumn. It would be nice to be able to adjust the temperature with short sleeves and a cardigan.

October and November: Long sleeves, cardigan and light outerwear required. There is a lot of rain and the wind is strong.

December, January, February: It is cold and there is a lot of snow. You need outerwear such as coats and down jackets, and rain and snow resistant shoes.

Kyoto

Map of Japan focusing on Kyoto

Kyoto is a popular tourist destination in Japan. Kyoto itself is a basin. It features hot summers and cold winters.

The graph annual temperature in Kyoto
This graph was created by CLEMATIS based on the past weather data on the Japan Meteorological Agency website.
Clothing in Kyoto

January and February: Down jackets and coats are required. It is good to have a muffler and gloves for winter protection.

March: It’s still chilly. You still need a coat. It is safe to have a muffler and gloves.

April: Spring. The cold will subside and become warmer. A top coat or jacket over a knit or cardigan would be nice.

May: It gets warm. I recommend wearing long or short sleeves and adjusting the temperature with a cardigan.

June: The rainy season. It rains well, but it is hot and humid. I recommend quick drying short sleeves or thin long sleeves. Rooms may be air-conditioned, so it may be cold after getting wet in the rain. It would be nice if you could adjust your body temperature with a cardigan.

July and August: Summer is when the rainy season ends. Short sleeves and sleeveless are good. I recommend a material with good breathability.

September: It’s the heat of the day and the heat remains during the day. There is a big difference in temperature throughout the day as it gets colder in the morning and evening as it approaches autumn. During the daytime, spend short sleeves and thin long sleeves, and use a cardigan to adjust. It is also a time of typhoon, so it is convenient to have rain gear.

October: The beginning of autumn. The typhoon has settled down and it’s the travel season. However, it is a difficult time to choose clothes because the temperature difference is large in one month. Wear long sleeves and cardigans, and a jacket in the morning and evening.

November: Please bring a jacket and top coat. It’s a good to wear knitwear on the long sleeves to keep it warm.

December: It gets cold. Down jacket or coat is required. It is also good to have winter clothes such as mufflers and gloves.

Kagawa

Map of Japan focusing on Kagawa

Shikoku has become popular in nature and art in recent years. It is relatively warm and easy to spend. However, many typhoons pass, so wear clothes that can be used for rain control and temperature adjustment around September when the typhoon is around.

The graph annual temperature in Kagawa
This graph was created by CLEMATIS based on the past weather data on the Japan Meteorological Agency website.
Clothing in Kagawa

January and February: winter. Wear a coat or down jacket over your knitwear. You will also need cold protection items such as gloves and a muffler.

March: It’s still cold. You should wear a coat on your knitwear.

April: Spring. The cold eases. You can spend a thin top coat or jacket.

May: Warm and comfortable. It is a good idea to combine short sleeves and thin long sleeves. I recommend wearing a thin jacket.

June: Rainy season. Please bring rain gear. It is good to combine short sleeves and thin long sleeves. Quick drying clothes are the best.

July and August: Summer. Breathable short sleeves are recommended.

September: Typhoon season. It’s still hot and humid, so I recommend short sleeves and thin cardigans. It would be useful to have rain gear.

October: The temperature drops. It’s best to wear a jacket or top coat over long sleeves.

November: Autumn. It gets colder and colder. It’s a good idea to wear a jacket or coat over long sleeves and knitwear.

December: It’s winter. You need a coat or down jacket.

Shimane

Map of Japan focusing on Shimane

Shimane Prefecture in the Sanin region. Izumo Taisha Shrine and hot springs are popular. The Sanin region faces the Sea of ​​Japan, so the winter is severe.

The graph annual temperature in Shimane
This graph was created by CLEMATIS based on the past weather data on the Japan Meteorological Agency website.
Clothing in Shimane

January-February: It’s the coldest time. You need a coat or down jacket. It would be nice to have winter clothes such as mufflers and gloves.

March: Wear a coat over your knitwear. You may need a muffler and gloves.

April: It gets warm. The temperature difference during the day is severe. Clothes that can be put on and taken off according to the temperature are convenient. It’s best to combine long sleeves with a cardigan and jacket.

May: It’s a good idea to wear a cardigan on long sleeves.

June: Rainy season. You need rain gear. I recommend short sleeves, shirts and cardigans. Quick drying clothes are good.

July and August: Summer. You can spend it in short sleeves.

September: typhoon season. It would be nice to have rain gear. Short-sleeved or thin long-sleeved, Quick drying clothes or waterproof outerwear is recommended.

October: Cardigans and thin outerwear over long sleeves are recommended.

November: It’s getting cold. A coat or jacket over long sleeves would be nice.

December: It’s winter. Down jackets and coats are recommended over knitwear. It would be nice to have winter clothes such as mufflers and gloves.

Hiroshima

Map of Japan focusing on Hiroshima

Hiroshima prefecture in Sanyo area. There are many attractions such as Itsukushima Shrine and Atomic Bomb Dome. Unlike the neighboring Shimane, Hiroshima facing the Seto Inland Sea of ​​the inland sea between Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku is relatively warm.

The graph annual temperature in Hiroshima
This graph was created by CLEMATIS based on the past weather data on the Japan Meteorological Agency website.
Clothing in Hiroshima

January-February: Coats and down jackets are good. You will also need cold protection items such as gloves and a muffler.

March: A coat or jacket on top of knitwear would be nice.

April: Spring. It is getting warmer. Long sleeves, top coats and jackets are recommended.

May: The climate is comfortable. You can spend short sleeves and thin long sleeves. It is convenient to have a cardigan that allows you to adjust your body temperature.

June: The rainy season. You need rain gear. Short sleeves and thin long sleeves are recommended. It is convenient to have a cardigan.

July, August: It’s hot and humid. Short sleeves or sleeveless are good. The building has air conditioning, so it is convenient to have a cardigan.

September: Cardigans on short sleeves or thin long sleeves are recommended.

October and November: Long sleeves, thin knitwear, top coats and jackets are good.

December: It’s winter. Wear knitwear, coats, and down jackets. It is good to have gloves and mufflers and other cold protection items. It hardly snows.

Fukuoka

Map of Japan focusing on Fukuoka

Fukuoka prefecture in the Kyushu region. The food is delicious and the gateway to the Kyushu region. Located north of Kyushu, the climate is similar to Honshu.

The graph annual temperature in Fukuoka
This graph was created by CLEMATIS based on the past weather data on the Japan Meteorological Agency website.
Clothing in Fukuoka

January- February: Wear a down jacket or coat over your knitwear. It’s a good idea to bring warm clothes such as gloves and a muffler.

March: I recommend wearing a coat over the knitwear.

April: You can spend a jacket or top coat on long sleeves or knitwear.

May: It will be easier to spend. A shirt would be nice.

June: The rainy season. You need rain gear. With short sleeves and long sleeves

July and August: Summer. You can spend it in short sleeves.

September: The season changes from summer to autumn. The temperature can change, so it would be nice to be able to adjust with short sleeves and long sleeves. It is good to carry a cardigan with you.

October: Autumn. Please be careful about the temperature difference. It would be nice to be able to adjust with short sleeves and long sleeves. A cardigan or jacket is useful in cold weather.

November: Long sleeves, light knitwear, light top coats and jackets.

December: It gets cold. Knitwear, coats and down jackets are good.

Okinawa

A photo of Ishigaki Island, Okinawa Prefecture
Map of Japan focusing on Okinawa

Okinawa Prefecture is located away from Honshu. It belongs to the subtropical climate and has a mild climate throughout the year. Summer is hot and the sunshine is strong. The climate is quite different from other prefectures in Japan, so be careful of the temperature difference when moving from other prefectures to Okinawa. Be careful as many typhoons pass during the typhoon season. Plans and ships may be canceled due to typhoons, so be sure to leave some time in your schedule.

The graph annual temperature in Okinawa
This graph was created by CLEMATIS based on the past weather data on the Japan Meteorological Agency website.
Clothing in Okinawa

December, January, February: Morning and evening and shade are a little chilly. It’s best to wear thin outerwear with long sleeves.

March: It gets warm. Short sleeves and cardigans are good.

April: Short sleeves and stalls are good.

May: Rainy season. There is also a squall, so it is convenient to have a folding umbrella that you can carry around. Wear a blouson on short sleeves.

June-September: Short-sleeved or sleeveless. I recommend a material with good breathability.

October and November: It is safe to have a stall on the short sleeve.

Conclusion

We have looked at the climate of Japan as a whole and the average temperature and clothes of each tourist destination. Did you have an image of what to wear in Japan?
Spring and autumn are relatively comfortable climates with long sleeves and jackets. Temperatures change easily during the rainy season, so it is necessary to adjust body temperature with short sleeves and long sleeves. Short-sleeved material with good ventilation in summer. Shoes that are warm with down jackets and coats in winter and that are difficult to slip in snowy areas.
Please identify the area and the season to visit, and come to Japan with the clothes suitable for the season.
Have a nice trip.