Weather in Tokyo is varied, with the city lying in a humid, subtropical climate zone. Annual rainfall averages nearly 1,530mm with the region experiencing humid, wet summers and dry winters. Japan’s capital has four seasons: mild springs, mild autumns, hot summers, and cold winters. The average temperature in Tokyo is 16°C.
The best time to visit Tokyo is spring. It’s the most popular of all Tokyo seasons, with weather mild and trees blossoming. Spring is the season in which you’ll get to see the cherry blossoms and experience many great celebrations with locals.
Summer in Tokyo runs from June to August. It’s hot, with temperatures sometimes reaching 40°C and the humidity high. While June to July is Tokyo’s rainy season, it doesn’t rain every day, so you’ll have ample time to enjoy the city’s sights. The lively summer festivals of Tokyo make travelling to the city in summer worth the heat and humidity.
Appropriate clothing: Light, breathable clothing that dries quickly.
Don’t forget: An umbrella and slip-on shoes (you’ll take off your shoes when stepping onto tatami mats, into temples, and into private homes).
Autumn in Tokyo (September to November) sees crisp, cool and clear days. October in particular is a great time for travelling, as the humidity is milder than in summer but it’s still pleasantly warm. Bear in mind, September is a time of year that experiences the highest threat of typhoons – a risk worth considering when it comes to making travel plans.
Appropriate clothing: Clothing that layers easily to suit the changing weather.
Don’t forget: Slip-on shoes, a waterproof jacket, and a camera (the autumn foliage is beautiful).
Tokyo’s winter (December to February) is clear and crisp. The city gets very little to no snow and the average temperature sits at around 5°C to 8°C. It’s the perfect season to eat hotpot, see the illuminations in Roppongi, Ginza and Shinjuku, or head north for skiing.
Appropriate clothing: Warm clothing and a winter coat.
Don’t forget: Slip-on shoes and a scarf.
Spring in Tokyo (March to May) sees warmer days with temperatures sitting between 9°C and 18°C. In spring, you can enjoy cherry blossom festivities and picnics, before the impending showers set in. At the end of April, there are national holidays (Golden Week) – this is a busy travel season so you may wish to avoid it.
Appropriate clothing: Warm clothing and a light cardigan or sweater for cold evenings.
Don’t forget: Slip-on shoes and a picnic mat.