Japan has four distinct seasons as the geographical expanse from north to south makes its seasons vary from one region to another. To help you plan and guide your travels around Japan, we’ve highlighted some key points about the weather and what to wear while visiting one of Japan’s major places of tourism.
Average High: 20°C (68°F) Average Low: 15°C (59°F)
Hokkaido is Japan’s second largest island situated in the northern part of Japan and the place to see the short yet the most beautiful summer in Japan. When its July in Japan and you are on the main island of Honshu, most people are busy trying to get out of the heat and humidity. One of the most certain places Japanese people will picture in their minds are the picturesque gardens of blooms and flower fields of Hokkaido. Pleasantly cooler and calming to sights and minds, Hokkaido’s blooms will surely liven up and refresh one’s gloomy and sweaty feeling due to the summer. While its geographical location tells that majority of the island of Hokkaido is classified under a humid continental weather classification, it is very comfortable in contrast with the extreme humid temperature of Honshu, Japan’s main island south of Hokkaido. Light fabric materials like cotton and linen will be best to keep you comfy. Loose and flowing clothes will be okay but tight, body hugging, shorter and skin revealing clothes might not be good in case you will be visiting some remote areas where natives clothe themselves conservatively modest.
Average High: 25°C (77°F) Average Low: 17°C (62.6°F)
The region of Tohoku will experience the onset of the rainy season starting from the middle of June up to late July. Humidity will be high and rains quite heavy in some occasion. With this in mind a raincoat, waterproof shoes and umbrella will be most ideal in Tohoku.
Average High: 29°C (84.2°F) Average Low: 22°C (71.6°F)
July in Kanto will be very sunny. During the second half of summer, the Kanto and Koshin region will have hot, humid, and sunny conditions. Wear some light and loose clothes to keep you breezy and try to avoid dark colored that can only make the sun’s reflection stronger and hotter. Wide brim hats and caps can be your best allies to shade you from the glaring sun. It is also best to bring your sunscreen to protect your skin!
Average High: 31°C (87.8°F) Average Low: 24°C (75.2°F)
Brace yourself while traveling in Kansai because July is just a preview of the blistering heat and humidity that blasts the Kansai region making it a hot summer. Kansai is considerably one of the hottest areas in all of Japan during the summer so be ready. While hot and humid, you will see the rainy season still make an occasional appearance as it can suddenly open up and rain heavily. It is best to wear light clothing to help with the heat but keep your umbrella with you just in case you get caught up in a storm.
Average High: 29°C (84.2°F) Average Low: 23°C (73.4°F)
As Kyushu gets a break from the rain in June, July brings on the wettest month in the Kyushu region. With that said, it is vital that you prepare yourself for the heavy rains and flooding that sweeps across the region. The heat and humidity make it difficult to find a perfect balance in terms of what to wear but wearing something light to offset the heat is definitely a must as well keeping protection ready from the likely rain.
Average High: 31°C (87.8°F) Average Low: 26°C (78.8°F)
July in Okinawa one of Japan’s best travel destinations both by local and international tourists. Okinawa’s rich natural and cultural heritage are incomparable and worth discovering. Throughout the year, the weather in Okinawa stays around the same but in July it goes up as it is the hottest month in Okinawa. Once the rainy season is over in late June, erratic weather patterns like typhoons might occur bringing strong rains and winds followed by often perfectly clear skies so be careful. Summer in Okinawa can be sweaty and sticky humid so be sure to pack with lightweight and comfy fabrics like cotton and linen. Sunglasses and hats are welcome wearables when driving or if you plan to go to the beach to protect your eyes from the sun’s glare and the ocean’s harshness. So bring along your scuba gears and get in touch with nature underwater. Many westerners and other unfamiliar visitors can be spotted wearing revealing clothing which might conflict with some of the conservative locals so please be respectful.