climate

Winter (December - February)

winter

The temperature rarely drops below 0°C in the plains along the Pacific coast during wintertime. It is also quite dry and very often sunny. Central Japan and Northern Japan are highly reputed regions for winter sports. Southern Japan is comparatively mild and pleasant in winter.

Clothing: overcoats, sweaters, etc.

Spring (March - May)

The plum blossom is a good sign that the cold winter will soon end and spring is just around the corner, followed by the cherry blossom at its best in the Tokyo area between the end of March and the beginning of April to bring this beautiful season to a climax. Splendid views of mountains, fields and gardens all blanketed in gentle pink abound in this season.

Clothing: light jackets, light sweaters and other similar kinds of tops.

Summer (June - August)

The Japanese summer begins in June with a three to four week rainy season. This is an important time for farmers to plant rice. It becomes seriously hot and humid from July onward and many Japanese enjoy bathing in the sea and relaxing at cool resorts in mountainous areas. Summer is when many interesting festivals and other events are held all over the country.

Clothing: light clothes (cardigans and other similar kinds are handy, since indoors are mostly air-conditioned.)

Autumn (September - November)

Autumn always brings such freshness with a light breeze and cool temperature after the hot and humid summer. All forests are dyed in glorious autumn colors. Chrysanthemums create beautiful displays with their abundance of flowers to enchant visitors to parks and gardens. Autumn is also the season for many exhibitions, music concerts and sports tournaments in Japan.

Clothing: light jackets, light sweaters and other similar kinds of tops.

January
  Maximum Temperature
(°C)
Minimum Temperature
(°C)
Sapporo -0.9 -7.7
Sendai 5.2 -2
Tokyo 9.8 2.1
Osaka 9.3 2.5
Fukuoka 9.8 3.2
Naha 19.1 14.3
February
  Maximum Temperature
(°C)
Minimum Temperature
(°C)
Sapporo -0.3 -7.2
Sendai 5.5 -1.8
Tokyo 10 2.4
Osaka 9.6 2.5
Fukuoka 10.5 3.5
Naha 19.2 14.3
March
  Maximum Temperature
(°C)
Minimum Temperature
(°C)
Sapporo 3.5 -3.5
Sendai 8.8 0.5
Tokyo 12.9 5.1
Osaka 13.3 5.2
Fukuoka 14 6.1
Naha 21.3 16.2
April
  Maximum Temperature
(°C)
Minimum Temperature
(°C)
Sapporo 11.1 2.7
Sendai 14.8 5.7
Tokyo 18.4 10.5
Osaka 19.6 10.5
Fukuoka 19.2 10.7
Naha 24 18.9
May
  Maximum Temperature
(°C)
Minimum Temperature
(°C)
Sapporo 17 7.8
Sendai 19.5 10.8
Tokyo 22.7 15.1
Osaka 24.2 15.2
Fukuoka 23.5 15
Naha 26.4 21.5
June
  Maximum Temperature
(°C)
Minimum Temperature
(°C)
Sapporo 21.1 12.4
Sendai 22 15.3
Tokyo 25.2 18.9
Osaka 27.4 19.8
Fukuoka 26.5 19.4
Naha 29.2 24.6
July
  Maximum Temperature
(°C)
Minimum Temperature
(°C)
Sapporo 25 17.1
Sendai 25.7 19.3
Tokyo 29 22.5
Osaka 31.4 24
Fukuoka 30.7 24
Naha 31.3 26.4
August
  Maximum Temperature
(°C)
Minimum Temperature
(°C)
Sapporo 26.1 18.5
Sendai 27.9 21.2
Tokyo 30.8 24.2
Osaka 33 25.1
Fukuoka 31.6 24.5
Naha 30.9 26.1
September
  Maximum Temperature
(°C)
Minimum Temperature
(°C)
Sapporo 22 13.6
Sendai 24.1 17.2
Tokyo 26.8 20.7
Osaka 28.7 21.1
Fukuoka 27.8 20.6
Naha 29.9 25.1
October
  Maximum Temperature
(°C)
Minimum Temperature
(°C)
Sapporo 15.8 6.9
Sendai 19.1 10.8
Tokyo 21.6 15
Osaka 23 15
Fukuoka 23 14.7
Naha 27.5 22.7
November
  Maximum Temperature
(°C)
Minimum Temperature
(°C)
Sapporo 8.1 0.9
Sendai 13.4 4.9
Tokyo 16.7 9.5
Osaka 17.3 9.5
Fukuoka 17.6 9.6
Naha 24.2 19.5
December
  Maximum Temperature
(°C)
Minimum Temperature
(°C)
Sapporo 2.1 -4.4
Sendai 8.3 0.6
Tokyo 12.3 4.6
Osaka 12 4.7
Fukuoka 12.5 5.2
Naha 20.9 16.1