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)
There is no published data on snowfall.
December in Otsu City has an average temperature of 6.5°C, with a total rainfall of 60.2mm. The average high temperature is 10.5°C, and the average low temperature is 2.8°C. The average wind speed is 1.8m/s and the total daily sunshine hours are 133.1 hours.
Visitors are advised to bring warm clothing, such as a heavy coat and gloves, as well as an umbrella, as the weather can be chilly and rainy. Women can wear a heavy jacket, hat, and gloves, while men can wear a thick sweater and a warm coat.
The average temperature in January is 4.1 degrees Celsius, with the highest temperature being 7.9 degrees Celsius and the lowest being 0.7 degrees Celsius. The average precipitation is 56.8 mm. The average wind speed is 1.9 m/s and the average sunshine duration is 120.4 hours.
For tourists visiting from abroad, it is recommended to dress in warm layers as it can be chilly in January. For men, a heavy coat, gloves, and a hat would be suitable, and for women, a warm coat, scarf, and boots would be ideal.
The average temperature in February is 4.4 degrees Celsius, with the highest temperature being 8.5 degrees Celsius and the lowest being 0.6 degrees Celsius. The average precipitation is 69.7 mm. The average wind speed is 1.9 m/s and the average sunshine duration is 125.4 hours.
As it can still be cold in February, visitors should dress in warm layers. For men, a heavy coat, gloves, and a hat would be suitable, and for women, a warm coat, scarf, and boots would be ideal.
March in Otsu city has an average temperature of 7.6°C and an average rainfall of 117.9mm. The highest daily temperature during this month is around 12.6°C, while the lowest daily temperature is around 3.2°C. The average wind speed is 1.9 m/s, and there is about 160.9 hours of daylight.
For visitors from overseas, it is recommended to bring a coat or jacket as well as a light sweater or long-sleeve shirt for the cool temperature, and an umbrella for the rainy days. For men, a light jacket or windbreaker and a pair of pants would be suitable, while women can opt for a light coat, a sweater and a pair of pants or a skirt.
April in Otsu city has an average temperature of 13.1°C and an average rainfall of 125.6mm. The highest daily temperature during this month is around 18.6°C, while the lowest daily temperature is around 8.0°C. The average wind speed is 1.8 m/s, and there is about 183.0 hours of daylight.
For visitors from overseas, it is recommended to bring a light jacket or windbreaker, a sweater or long-sleeve shirt for the cool temperature in the early morning and late evening, and an umbrella for the rainy days. For men, a light jacket or windbreaker, a long-sleeve shirt and a pair of pants would be suitable, while women can opt for a light coat, a sweater and a pair of pants or a skirt.
May in Otsu City is characterized by average temperature of 18.2℃ and precipitation of 156.9mm. The average high temperature is 23.7℃ and average low temperature is 13.3℃, with an average wind speed of 1.8m/s and 192.8 hours of sunlight.
For visitors from overseas, it’s recommended to bring light jackets and long sleeves for the cool weather. Women can wear light dresses and cardigans, while men can wear light trousers and a shirt or t-shirt.
June in Otsu City has an average temperature of 22.1℃ and precipitation of 217.7mm. This month is in the rainy season, so visitors should be prepared for rain with a waterproof jacket or umbrella. The average high temperature is 26.8℃ and average low temperature is 18.2℃, with an average wind speed of 1.6m/s and 142.1 hours of sunlight.
For visitors from overseas, it’s recommended to bring a waterproof jacket and comfortable footwear for the rainy season. Women can wear light trousers or a skirt and a waterproof jacket, while men can wear light trousers and a waterproof jacket or umbrella.
July in Otsu city is characterized by warm weather, with an average temperature of 26.2 degrees Celsius. The average precipitation for the month is 211.8mm, with the highest temperature reaching 30.9 degrees Celsius and the lowest being 22.6 degrees Celsius. The average wind speed for the month is 1.5 meters per second and the total daylight hours is 159.3 hours.
For visitors, it is recommended to wear lightweight clothing and bring a hat and sunglasses to protect from the sun. It is also important to stay hydrated and take precautions to prevent heat exhaustion.
August in Otsu city sees slightly warmer temperatures with an average temperature of 27.3 degrees Celsius. The average precipitation for the month is 159.5mm, with the highest temperature reaching 32.5 degrees Celsius and the lowest being 23.5 degrees Celsius. The average wind speed is 1.7 meters per second and the total daylight hours is 202.9 hours.
In August, the number of typhoons increases, so visitors should be mindful of weather alerts and take necessary precautions. It is recommended to wear lightweight and breathable clothing, and bring a hat and sunglasses to protect from the sun. A light raincoat may also be useful in case of rain. To prevent heat exhaustion, it is important to stay hydrated and limit exposure to direct sunlight.
For both men and women, it is best to wear lightweight, breathable clothing such as cotton shirts and shorts. Women can also wear sundresses, while men can wear lightweight trousers or shorts. It is also recommended to wear comfortable shoes for walking and exploring the city.
The average temperature in September is 23.3 degrees Celsius, with a high of 28.1 degrees Celsius and a low of 19.6 degrees Celsius. The total precipitation for the month is 172.0 mm. The average wind speed is 1.6 meters per second and the average daily sunshine is 150.2 hours. September is also a month where typhoons are common, so it’s important to be aware of the weather forecast and take necessary precautions.
For tourists visiting from abroad, it is recommended to pack lightweight clothing such as t-shirts and shorts, as well as a light raincoat or umbrella due to the possibility of typhoons. For men, a long-sleeved shirt and pants are also appropriate for cooler days. For women, a light sweater or cardigan is recommended to layer with t-shirts or dresses.
The average temperature in October is 17.4 degrees Celsius, with a high of 22.2 degrees Celsius and a low of 13.3 degrees Celsius. The total precipitation for the month is 149.1 mm. The average wind speed is 1.5 meters per second and the average daily sunshine is 157.1 hours.
For tourists visiting from abroad, it is recommended to bring warm clothing such as jackets and long pants, as well as a raincoat or umbrella. For men, a light jacket or sweater is recommended, along with pants and a shirt. For women, a light jacket or sweater, pants, and a long-sleeved shirt are appropriate.
November in Otsu City is characterized by an average temperature of 11.5°C and a total rainfall of 79.3mm. The average high temperature is 16.1°C and the average low temperature is 7.3°C. The average wind speed is 1.5m/s, and the total daily sunshine hours are 141.1 hours.
Visitors are advised to bring warm clothing and an umbrella as the weather can be cool and rainy. Women can wear a light jacket and a scarf, while men can wear a sweater and a jacket.
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Comprehensive checklist before traveling to Japan
Book early before the hotels are fully booked
Japan offers a range of accommodations, from traditional ryokans to modern hotels. Popular platforms like Expedia and Agoda often have a wide selection, but also consider local sites like Rakuten Travel. In big cities, staying near a major train station like Tokyo's Shinjuku or Kyoto's Kyoto Station can save you a lot of commuting time. Remember that Japan's peak tourist seasons, such as cherry blossom season, can lead to booked-out accommodations, so reserve early.
Compare and purchase flight tickets
When planning your trip to Japan, it's advisable to start by researching flights several months in advance. Airlines often release promotional fares, especially during off-peak seasons. Use comparison sites like Skyscanner or KAYAK to get a sense of the price range. Be flexible with your travel dates if possible; flying mid-week might be cheaper than on weekends.
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Purchase your Japan Rail Pass before departure
The Japan Rail (JR) Pass offers unlimited travel on JR trains, making it a cost-effective option for tourists. However, it's only available to foreign tourists and must be purchased *before* you arrive in Japan. Determine the areas you plan to visit; if you're traveling extensively, a nationwide pass is beneficial, but if you're only exploring a specific region, consider regional JR passes. Children under 12 get a discounted pass, so ensure you order the correct type for each family member.
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Check the weather at your destination on this site
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
Beyond clothes, consider packing essentials like a universal power adapter (Japan uses Type A and B sockets), portable Wi-Fi or SIM card for internet access, and any necessary medications (with a copy of the prescription).
Which is better: a SIM card or pocket Wi-Fi?
When traveling in Japan, one essential to consider is securing internet access, especially given that many locations still don't offer free Wi-Fi. To ensure you can use your smartphone throughout your trip, you'll typically have three options: (1) a SIM card, (2) pocket Wi-Fi, or (3) the roaming service provided by your mobile company. Roaming services can be quite expensive, so we often recommend using a SIM card or pocket Wi-Fi. While SIM cards tend to be more affordable than pocket Wi-Fi, they can be trickier to set up. Pocket Wi-Fi, on the other hand, can be shared among several users, making it a favorable choice for families or groups.
Can be time-consuming to set up initially.
May have strict data limits.
Offers substantial data allowances.
A single device can be shared among multiple users.
Easily usable with PCs as well.
Typically more expensive.
Japan's representative services
Pre-book your tour and have a great trip!
Local tours offer deep insights into Japan's culture and heritage. Websites like Viator or GetYourGuide offer a variety of tours, from traditional tea ceremonies to modern pop culture tours in Akihabara. Consider unique experiences like staying with monks on Mt. Koya or taking a cooking class to learn authentic Japanese dishes.
>>Visit Viator's official website
>>Visit GetYourGuide's official website
Make a reservation to avoid crowds
Attractions like Tokyo Disneyland, Universal Studios Japan, or the Studio Ghibli Museum often have long ticket queues. Buy tickets online in advance to save time. Some attractions also have timed entry, so check the specific time slots available and plan accordingly.
▼Tokyo Disney Resort
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>>Visit Viator's Tokyo Disneyland page
>>Visit Viator's Tokyo DisneySea page
>>Visit GetYourGuide's Tokyo Disneyland page
>>Visit GetYourGuide's Tokyo DisneySea page
It is important to be prepared for emergencies
While Japan is a safe country, travel insurance is crucial for unforeseen events like health emergencies, travel disruptions, or lost baggage. Ensure your policy covers medical expenses in Japan, as healthcare, though excellent, can be expensive.
Here we introduce online travel insurance services that are popular worldwide.
World Nomads: An online travel insurance service widely endorsed by travelers worldwide. They offer plans that cover adventurous activities and high-risk sports.
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AIG Travel Guard: An insurance service available to travelers all over the world. They offer a wide range of options, including cancellation protection and emergency medical insurance.
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Organize your reservation information
Keep a digital and printed copy of your detailed itinerary, including hotel addresses, train schedules, and booked tours. Share this with a trusted family member or friend not traveling with you.