The Temperature In Tōkyō And What To Wear

The Temperature In Tōkyō And What To Wear

Check out the temperatures of each month in the Tōkyō area! This article explains how temperatures vary from month to month in Tōkyō as well as what kind of clothes one should wear in order to feel comfortable.

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Before packing our bags, it is essential that we gather some basic information on the place we intend to visit. The average temperature, for example, is one of the things that we have to check out before we can decide what clothing we need to pack. In this article, we will explain the weather and average temperatures in Tōkyō by season.

The Monthly Average Temperatures in Tōkyō

You can get a general idea of the temperatures in Tōkyō using this graph. The dark green bars show the average maximum daily temperature, while the light green bars show the average minimum daily temperature.

August Heat

August is the hottest month of the year, especially during the afternoons. We recommend wearing something light such as summer dresses, t-shirts and shorts in the morning because it is humid and hot.

Mid-December to January Frost

From mid-December onwards the coldest time in Tōkyō begins, with temperatures sometimes falling below 1.8℃ (35.1°F) in the morning. You should bring a good winter jacket and warm shoes because the average temperature falls to below 10℃ (50°F) from November through March.

From January to March: Keep Yourself Warm

As we have mentioned above, the temperature tends to stay below 10℃ (50°F) from January to March. It sometimes will even fall below 0℃ (32°F), so you will definitely need a thick coat at the very least to keep yourself warm! If you feel especially cold, you could always show your trendy side by wearing a stylish scarf, knit cap or even mittens as accessories too.

January: High 9.6℃ (49.2°F)/ Low 1.8℃ (35.1°F)

th_DSC_1732 The rise of the New Year Sun. Under the clear sky, the breeze is cold and crisp.

February: High 10.3℃ (50.3°F)/ Low 2.7℃ (36.9°F)

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In January and February, you will need a down jacket or a coat. You will definitely need gloves and a scarf too. Some say that February feels colder than January or December, but the temperature isn't that different at all.

Read also: Visiting Japan In Winter: What You Need To Know

March: High 16.4℃ (61.3°F)/ Low 7.9℃ (46.1°F)

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Though the daytime temperatures are quite refreshing in March, you might find yourself undressed come sunset. Having a medium weight jacket (or spring jacket with a liner) would be a good idea during this month. You should keep your feet warm as well in this season.

From April to June: The Most Comfortable Months to Visit in

From April to May the weather in Tōkyō is very comfortable as the average daily temperatures rise to around 20℃ (68°F). However, the gap between the morning low and day time high is larger in April. Since it will get cold during the morning and evening, you should take a thin jacket or hoodie along with you just in case. May and June are typically the most comfortable months in Tokyo.

April: High 19.2℃ (66.8°F)/ Low 10.8℃ (51.2°F)

It is comfortably warm, so you can wear light clothes, like t-shirts with jeans, long-sleeve shirts and pants, light cardigans and the like.

May: High 24.1℃ (75.2°F)/ Low 16℃ (60.9°F)

th_DSCF9580 The new green season.

June: High 26.5℃ (79.4°F)/ Low 20℃ (68°F)

This period is the rainy season in Japan, so you are more likely to feel the humidity rather than heat during this month. It rains quite heavily at times in June, so bringing or purchasing a light raincoat or waterproof shoes would be a good idea.
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From July to September: Hot Humid Summer

The morning low in July and August tends to be just below 30℃ (86°F), which means that every single day the temperatures will be above 30℃. We recommend you wear shirt sleeves, skirts, shorts and dresses. There are many fireworks events in Tōkyō at this time of the year, so you will often see people wearing the Japanese casual kimono known as yukata. If you have the chance, you should give it a try!
Shake Off The Summer Heat With A Stroll In A Yukata

July: High 31.4℃ (88.3°F)/ Low 24.2℃ (75.8°F)

o0600090212627635654 A summer hat and a light dress.

Light, breezy clothes are the best for July. Try to avoid darker colors as the sun is quite strong.

August: High 33.2℃ (91.9°F)/ Low 26℃ (78.9°F)

HP-7070035_DxOFP If you come to Japan in summer, try on a Japanese yukata!

Just like July, the lighter the better when it comes to clothing in August. Don't forget your sunscreen either!

September: High 28.8℃ (83.9°F)/ Low 21.8℃ (71.1°F)

th_DSCF9910 Because of its thin fabric, yukata are worn mainly during this season. Wear your own yukata while watching the fireworks!

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From October to December: Temperatures Drop!

The average day time high is of 23℃ (73.4°F), while the morning low is of 17℃ (62.5°F) in October. This is another nice season to visit in as the weather is once again quite comfortable and there are amazing bright red and yellow leaves everywhere. Even though Kyōto is the most famous destination when it comes to momiji (red maple leaves), you can still enjoy beautifully colored leaves in Tōkyō's gardens and parks. You may need to carry a thin jacket or sweater with you.

October: High 23℃ (73.2°F)/ Low 17℃ (62.8°F)

th_IMG_8764 The lovely autumn leaves - a yellow carpet of ginkgo leaves.

November: High 17.4℃ (63.2°F)/ Low 9.8℃ (49.4°F)

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The days in November tend to get colder so we recommend wearing a jacket or a sweater. Depending on the weather, there may be days when you will also need a coat and maybe even a scarf too. November's weather can change drastically throughout the day, so it's a good idea to be a bit over-prepared when visiting during this month.
Read also: Autumn Activities, Weather And Clothing In Japan

December: High 12.1℃ (53.9°F)/ Low 4.9℃ (40.9°F)

観光_日本_服装 A down jacket, knit cap and lined boots.

Please Check the Temperature Before Visiting Japan

One thing that may seem a bit odd about the weather in Japan is that, though the summers are quite humid, the winters are very dry. If you are not used to weather like that, your experiences in Japan might be colored by how you feel, so it's a very good idea to check the weather carefully and plan your clothing accordingly before landing in Tōkyō. When you are dressed comfortably for the weather, you will have twice as much fun on your trip.
References: Japan Meteorological Agency

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