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February in Japan – What to Wear and How Cold it is

February is also a cold month in Japan. Some say February is actually the coldest time of the year. Visiting Japan in February means layers on layers to stay warm.

January is the coldest month in Japan, but that does not mean February is much warmer. In Japan, the winters are cold, and it is best to bundle up to stay warm if you are planning to visit the country during the winter months (which start as early as October in places like Hokkaido). To help keep you toasty, here are some regions and what to wear during February (the second coldest month of the year) in Japan:

 

Hokkaido

Hokkaido

 

Average High 0°C (32°F) Average Low: -8°C (17.6°F)

Even though the month has changed in Hokkaido, the weather has not. February is still very cold in this region that has long winters, so bundling up is very important. Starting with your feet, you will want to have sturdy, waterproof non-slip/non-skid boots to walk on the snow and ice. Even though your boots are waterproof, snow has a way of getting into everywhere, so you are going to want to get some long, waterproof, thermal socks (a few pairs of them so you have an extra if your socks do get wet). Moving up, jeans or nylon pants that completely cover your legs will help keep the cold out. If you are still cold, long underwear can be worn under them to stay toasty. It is important to dress in layers, so you are going to want to wear a long-sleeved shirt, a sweater, and a jacket (a thicker one if it is colder, and a thinner one for the warmer parts of the days). This will allow you to stay warm, but not hot. Waterproof gloves are a plus in this weather, and they should be insulated as well. A knit cap and a knit scarf will also help to keep you warm in the harsh weather. A face mask, or a scarf, can be used to keep your face warm if needed.

 

Tohoku

Tohoku

Average High: 2°C (35.6°F) Average Low: -5°C (23°F)

Tohoku is in the northern region of Japan, along with Hokkaido. Tohoku is not as cold in the second month of the year, but the temperatures are still low. Similar clothes to what is adorned in Hokkaido should be worn, just fewer layers when the temperatures get higher. Long underwear is not needed on some days, and a long sleeved shirt with a thick jacket along with the hat, gloves, scarf, socks, and boots will keep you plenty warm on days that get above freezing.

 

Kanto

Kanto

Average High: 10°C (50°F) Average Low: 2°C (35.6°F)

This region warms up an average of one degree from January to February, so there is not much of a difference between the clothes you see between the two months. A thick jacket with a hood or a hat will suffice to stay warm. Boots, preferably waterproof, and warm socks will keep your toes from getting cold and wet, and gloves and a scarf are recommended, but not always necessary.

 

Kansai

Kansai

Average High: 10°C (50°F) Average Low: 2°C (35.6°F)

Kanto and Kansai have very similar temperatures, so the same winter apparel for Kanto is perfectly fine to wear in Kansai. Kansai tends to be very slightly colder, so a thin pair of gloves and a thin scarf should be worn outdoors all the time to stay warm.

 

Kyushu

Kyushuu

Average High: 8°C (46.4°F) Average Low 3°C (37.4°F) 

Half a degree warmer than Kanto, this region also has the same general rules of winter clothes as Kanto and Kansai. Being slightly warmer, sometimes a thinner jacket can be warm, but generally the same type of clothing is worn as Kansai and Kanto, even if it is a degree or two warmer.

 

Okinawa

okinawa

Average High: 18°C (64.4°F) Average Low: 13°C (55.4°F)

With short winters, February starts to bring the cold months to an end. In Okinawa, the cold is more of a stinging cold from the wind than anything else. For this, windbreakers are a key wardrobe piece. If it is very cold, a sweater can be worn under the thin jacket, but the jacket should fully cover one’s arms and chest (make sure it fully zips). Having a collar on the jacket is useful otherwise a scarf may be necessary to protect your skin from the wind. A facemask or scarf will keep the wind from getting to your face, and a hat or hood will protect your ears. Gloves for the fingers, long socks for the feet along with fuzzy boots, and long pants that completely cover your legs will all be perfect for this month in Okinawa. The clothes do not need to be thick; cardigans and sweatshirts are perfect for days with less wind, but the clothes do need to cover your skin to protect you from the stinging cold.

 

With February bringing winter to a close in most regions, the thick coats can be traded in for thinner ones in some places, even sweatshirts at times. It is important to remember that it is still cold in February, so you should keep the hats on and warm boots to prevent colds and other sicknesses as well as to make your time in the beautiful, but cold, outdoors the best it can possibly be.

 

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