Kyoto and Osaka Weather in May and June - What to Wear

Kyoto and Osaka Weather in May and June - What to Wear

Kyoto 2018.06.12

Visiting Osaka, Kyoto or Kobe in May or June? What are you going to wear? This time of the year coincides with the rainy season and it can be quite hot and cold on the same day. Take our advice and you'll be dressed to handle the rainy season.

Translated by Lester Somera

Written by Chien

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When the Weather Turns from Pleasant to Rainy

In May and June, the temperature in the Kansai area steadily rises, alongside the arrival of the rainy season. However, you can also enjoy beautiful flowers such as hydrangea and wisteria in this season. Use this article as a reference when thinking about traveling to Kyoto, Osaka and the rest of the Kansai area during the rainy season!

※Kansai area May 2017 temperatures: Average temperatures of 21.1°C, highs of 26.0°C, lows of 18.8°C.
※Kansai area June 2017 temperatures: Average temperatures of 22.7°C, highs of 27.5°C, lows of 18.8°C.
※Average May temperatures: 2016 21.2°C / 2015 21.5°C / 2014 19.8°C
※Average June temperatures: 2016 23.3°C / 2015 22.9°C / 2014 23.9°C
※Kansai consists of the following areas: Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Shiga, Nara and Wakayama.

May/June Temperatures in the Kansai Area

Before spring turns into summer, Japan has a rainy season. While it’s not as hot as in summer, it’s considerably warmer than in spring, so don’t forget to prepare for sunny days. The heat and humidity will increase during this time as well. When you get ready to travel, you should consider making plans for rainy days as well.

Recommended May Fashion

For Ladies: A Light Coat, a Medium-Sleeve Length Top, and Wide-Legged Pants

It might be too cold in the mornings for short sleeves, so we recommend a long-sleeved shirt made of a light fabric. In early May in particular, you should wear a thin coat when going outside in the morning.

The average temperature is 21°C, so most people will consider the weather as quite comfortable. Pair a medium-length sleeved top with wide-legged jeans for an outfit that is easy to move in and perfect for sightseeing.

For Gentlemen: A Light Coat, Soft Shirt, and Pants

We recommend a light shirt that feels comfortable to the touch! Choose a light-colored garment for an invigorating vibe that goes well with the season. Pair it with loose pants with good air circulation, so you can move around easily.

It’s also convenient to have a light cardigan on hand. You can put it in your bag when it’s hot, and wear it in air-conditioned rooms or when it’s cold in the morning.

Recommended June Fashion

For Ladies: A Short-Sleeved Top and Chiffon Wide-Legged Pants

In May, the temperature can be as high as 30°C, so you won’t need a coat. Light clothing is recommended. A top with loose sleeves allows for a refreshing breeze. Pairing it with a long skirt or wide-legged pants will let you stay comfortable even in the humid heat of the rainy season.

For Gentlemen: A Short-Sleeved Shirt and Casual Pants

During this time of the year, it’s easy for guys to get ready! A simple short-sleeved shirt and casual pants, paired with comfortable shoes are all you need.

You could also use a water-resistant or water-repellent outer garment to keep away sudden rainfalls. You can mix and match it with shirts to accentuate your outfit during your trip to Japan.

In Closing

The rainy season, which begins in late May, continues until July. While it will constantly rain, you can still enjoy plenty of activities like shopping and visiting famous hydrangea spots. Be prepared for the rainy weather and enjoy your trip. Be aware that the weather differs in other places like Hokkaido and Okinawa, so check the following articles if you’re going to Kanto.

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*This article was translated from traditional Chinese.

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