Sakaedacho, Kochi, 780-0061 MAP
The weather information shown here is the information closest to the station in question. Please note that there may be slight differences.
Clothing recommendations for each temperature range
When traveling in Japan with the following average temperatures, the recommended clothing is as follows:
Monthly changes in temperature, precipitation, and snowfall (1991~2020 average, Japan Meteorological Agency survey)
In December, the temperature drops further to an average of 8.8°C. The humidity is low, and the rainfall reduces to an average of 83.1 mm. It is essential to wear warm clothing, such as thick jackets, coats, sweaters, and warm pants. Accessories such as scarves, hats, and gloves are also necessary to protect from the cold.
Kochi Station in January has an average temperature of 6.7°C and is one of the coldest months of the year. The daytime temperature typically hovers around 10°C, while the nighttime temperature can drop down to 3°C. Visitors should expect cold weather and dress accordingly. Men and women should wear warm winter clothes such as heavy jackets, thick pants, sweaters, and gloves to keep themselves warm. It is also advisable to wear thermal undergarments and a hat to protect your head and ears. January is relatively dry, with an average precipitation of 59.1mm.
February is slightly warmer than January in Kochi Station, with an average temperature of 7.8°C. The daytime temperature is around 11°C, while the nighttime temperature can drop down to 4°C. Visitors should continue to wear warm winter clothes and dress in layers. It is advisable to wear a warm coat, gloves, a scarf, and a hat. February is also relatively dry, with an average precipitation of 107.8 mm.
In March, the temperature in Kochi Station continues to rise, with an average temperature of 11.2°C. The daytime temperature typically reaches around 15°C, while the nighttime temperature can drop down to 7°C. Although the weather is still cool, visitors can expect some warmer days during this month. It is advisable to bring layers of clothing to accommodate the temperature changes, such as a light sweater, a jacket, and a scarf. March is relatively dry, with an average precipitation of 174.8 mm.
April is the best month to visit Kochi Station with an average temperature of 15.8°C. Daytime temperatures are usually around 20°C, while nighttime temperatures can drop as low as 11°C. Mild weather can be expected during this month. However, with an average precipitation of 225.3 mm, rainy days are common, so be sure to bring an umbrella. A light jacket or sweater is recommended during the day and a slightly heavier jacket at night.
May is also a good time to visit Kochi Station, with an average temperature of 20°C. Daytime temperatures are usually around 24°C and can drop to 16°C at night. During the day it is warm, so wear light clothing such as short-sleeved shirts and shorts. However, nights are still cool, so bring a light jacket or sweater. Kochi has a lot of rainfall, and the average precipitation in May is still high at 280.4 mm.
June is the start of the rainy season in Kochi Station, with an average temperature of 23.1°C. The daytime temperature typically reaches around 27°C, while the nighttime temperature can drop down to 20°C. Visitors should expect humid and wet weather, so it is advisable to bring waterproof clothing such as a raincoat, umbrella, and water-resistant shoes. Women and men should also wear breathable and lightweight clothing to stay comfortable. June is the wettest month of the year, with an average precipitation of 359.5mm.
July at Kochi Station is the height of the rainy season, with an average temperature of 27°C. Daytime temperatures are usually around 31°C, and can drop to 24°C at night. Because of the heat and rain, light, breathable and quick-drying clothing is recommended. Both men and women are advised to wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and wear a hat and sunglasses for sun protection. July is another rainy month, with an average rainfall of 357.3 mm.
In August, the average temperature in Kochi is 27.9°C, making it one of the hottest months of the year. The humidity is high, and there is a lot of rainfall, with an average of 284.1 mm of precipitation. Therefore, it is recommended to wear light and breathable clothing made of natural fabrics such as cotton and linen. Short-sleeved shirts, shorts, and summer dresses are perfect for this weather. Don’t forget to bring an umbrella or a raincoat, as sudden rain showers can occur.
In September, the weather cools down a bit, with an average temperature of 25°C (77°F). Humidity, however, remains high.
Typhoons sometimes pass through the Japanese archipelago in September, and Kochi is especially prone to typhoons, so the average precipitation is high at 398.1 mm. Light, breathable clothing made of natural materials is still recommended. Long-sleeved shirts, lightweight pants, and skirts are ideal for the climate. An umbrella or raincoat is also necessary in this case.
In October, the temperature drops further to an average of 19.9°C. The humidity decreases slightly, and the rainfall reduces to an average of 207.5 mm. It is recommended to wear layered clothing during this time, as the temperature may vary throughout the day. Light jackets, cardigans, and long-sleeved shirts are suitable for this weather. Pair them with pants, skirts, or jeans. It is also advisable to have a raincoat or umbrella on hand.
In November, the temperature continues to decrease with an average of 14.2°C. The humidity is low, and there is less rainfall with an average of 129.6 mm. It is essential to wear warm clothing during this time, as the temperature drops significantly at night. Sweaters, long-sleeved shirts, and jackets are recommended, along with pants and jeans. It is also advisable to bring a coat for the colder days.
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Japanese weather varies significantly by season. In summer, it's hot and humid, so breathable clothes are essential. Winters, especially in the north, can be cold, requiring warm attire. If visiting during the rainy season (June to early July), pack a good umbrella and waterproof shoes. While Japan is generally casual, certain places like temples, shrines, or upscale restaurants may require modest and neat dressing.
SIM card or pocket Wi-Fi is required
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Offers substantial data allowances.
A single device can be shared among multiple users.
Easily usable with PCs as well.
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