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November in Japan – What to Wear and the Average Temperature

November is the gateway to winter in Japan as the cold creeps in leaving behind traces of Fall. It is the perfect time of the year to experience this change for yourself while embarking on your Japanese adventure.

You may plan traveling to Japan in November but don’t know what kind of clothes to pack for.  Japan is a vertically long-shaped island that makes its climate vary widely. From north to south, it is divided into six main regions including: Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto, Kansai, Kyushu, and Okinawa. This article would introduce you about the average temperature in a few regions for the month of November and what to wear.

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Hokkaido

Hokkaido

Average High: 8˚C (46.4˚F) Average Low: 0˚C (32˚F)

In Hokkaido November indicates the end of autumn which means people are getting ready for the coming winter. Snow may start to fall in the early or middle of November but will disappear just as quickly as it falls. The weather outside is rather cold so you may need a few layers such as a light sweater and a wool jacket to stay warm all day. If you ever prefer a lightweight down jacket, make sure that you wear thicker layer on the inside or you will be freezing. The best footwear is waterproof shoes or boots to keep your feet warm. Sandals or casual footwear doesn’t work at all. Scarfs and hand gloves may also help you to stay warm.

 

Tohoku

Tohoku

Average High: 11˚C (51.8˚F) Average Low: 2˚C (35.2˚F)

In Tohoku during early November you can still see the spectacular autumn foliage which will be off-season at the end of November so don’t miss it! The clothing to wear in this region does not much differ from Hokkaido. Layering of thermal underwear, a wool or fleece jacket, and a pair of full coverage shoes is recommended. However, as it is a little warmer compared to Hokkaido, maybe only two layers of warm inner clothing and a light down jacket is still alright for an adult.

 

Kanto

Kanto

Average High: 17˚C (62.6˚F) Average Low: 9˚C (48.2˚F)

While the chill echoes through the air from Hokkaido and Tohoku in the Kanto region, it’s much warmer with the average temperature is 17 ℃.  Tokyo might be not too cold but there might be a little rain. A light long-sleeved shirt plus a cardigan and a denim jacket would be recommended. For a child, two layers of inner clothing and a hoodie will keep them comfortable. If you feel it still isn’t enough, you may step into a nearby Uniqlo and buy ultra light down jackets at an affordable price.

 

Kansai

Kansai

Average High: 8˚C (46.4˚F) Average Low: 0˚C (32˚F)

Kansai region is the most southern part, hence it is considered to be the warmest place on the main Honshu Island of Japan. In November it’s a little chilly so could face mild days in Kyoto and Osaka. In both of these regions, you may take some denim jacket or a light down jacket with a long-sleeved shirt inside. However in the beginning of November you could see some tourists still taking in the sights with t-shirts and shorts in Kyoto.

 

Kyushu

Kyushu

Average High: 17˚C (62.6˚F)  Average Low: 10˚C (50˚F)

In November this region is still in the middle of an autumn mood. Kyushu is separated from the Honshu Island of Japan, which make the air there pleasantly warm. It won’t be a problem if you wear an autumn jacket or light sweater with one to two layers of inner clothing or a t-shirt inside. Sports shoes or sandals would be appropriate footwear as well.

 

Okinawa

Okinawa

Average High: 24˚C (75.2˚F) Average Low: 19˚C (66.2˚F)

Okinawa is the most southern part of Japan and is well known for its tropical climate as it is warm for the whole year. On a sunny day it’s not necessary to put on any warm clothing which will only make you get sweaty. When you travel there in November, one piece layer clothing and a pair of cute sandals are all you need.

 

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