When Is the Best Time to Visit Tokyo? Weather and Climate by Month

We get a lot of questions from people new to Tokyo, such as: When is the best time to visit Tokyo? How hot is it in the summer? What events are held in Tokyo in the winter? In this article, we'll answer them all! From cherry blossoms to snowmen, this is your one-stop guide to the weather and climate in Tokyo by month. We also introduce at least one event or activity you can participate in each month. After reading this guide, tell us: When do you think the best time to travel to Tokyo is?

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*The data for each month's average high, average low, and average rainfall was taken from the Japan Meteorological Agency's 2023 records.

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Average high: 10.2℃ / 50.3°F
Average low: 1.8℃ / 35.2°F
Average rainfall: 15.5 mm

While winter illuminations in Tokyo make visiting the capital of Japan fantastically festive during the colder months, between December 29th and January 4th, many businesses will not be operating as January 1st, New Year's Day, is the most important holiday of the year in Japan. Temples and shrines, however, will be bustling with people from January 1st, as many locals come for hatsumode, the first temple/shrine visit of the new year.

Bringing a hat, gloves, a scarf, and multiple layers of clothing - including a warm coat - is a good idea during the day, because although it may be chilly outside, trains and many indoor attractions are heavily heated. You can leave your umbrella at home, however, as it rains very little. Tokyo also rarely gets snow - just be warned that when it does, the entire city pretty much shuts down.

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January is a great time to enjoy delicious hot pot to warm the body! Merino Shinjuku serves delectable shabu shabu that is certain to warm you to your core.


Average high: 12.1℃ / 53.7°F
Average low: 3.0℃ / 37.4°F
Average rainfall: 40.5 mm

February is heavily associated with the Tokyo Marathon, where participants from all over the world canter across the capital, passing through many famous and iconic Tokyo sites.

Another thing that is very heavily associated with February in Japan is strawberries. Strawberries in Japan are a winter fruit, and many foods such as candy, mochi, and pastries that are sold in February feature this seasonal red fruit. Definitely don’t miss out on tasting some!

With temperatures only being just a little bit warmer in February, we strongly recommend continuing to wear full winter attire.


Average high: 17.9℃ / 64.2°F
Average low: 8.6℃ / 47.4°F
Average rainfall: 145.0 mm

Although March in Japan initially starts out pretty cold, it gets surprisingly warm by the end of the month.

This gradual warming is responsible for a particularly exciting development: cherry blossoms! Sakura buds start opening in Tokyo as early as the middle of March and will typically reach full bloom by the last week of March.

The downside of the warmer weather, however, is that rain becomes more frequent, so if you see some ominous-looking clouds in the morning, packing an umbrella might just be the move to play it safe.

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Average high: 21.7℃ / 71.06°F
Average low: 11.9℃ / 53.4°F
Average rainfall: 90.0 mm

With the cherry blossom viewing (hanami) season continuing through the start of April, this is a very popular month to visit Japan.

If you’re planning a trip to Tokyo in April, be prepared for a mix of weather conditions. While the middle of the day on sunny days will make you want to wear a T-shirt, mornings and nights continue to be chilly. We recommend dressing in layers.

As with the saying, “April showers bring May flowers,” April also sees slightly more rainy days, so it is recommended to bring along a light raincoat or portable umbrella when heading out.



Average high: 24.0℃ / 75.2°F
Average low: 14.6℃ / 58.2°F
Average rainfall: 159.0 mm

Overall, May weather is mild and perfect for the traveler who easily gets too hot or too cold. Unfortunately, this mild weather coinciding with the long Golden Week holiday in early May means that those traveling to the city will find it more crowded and expensive, so we recommend making any holiday reservations well in advance.

Visitors looking to experience authentic Japanese culture will appreciate the Sanja Matsuri, a traditional Japanese festival held annually during mid-May in Tokyo's Asakusa district. It celebrates the three founders of the famous Sensoji Temple through vibrant parades, lively music, and Shinto rituals.


Average high: 27.6℃ / 81.6°F
Average low: 19.6℃ / 67.2°F
Average rainfall: 347.0 mm

June marks the beginning of the rainy season in Tokyo, so expect frequent rainfall and high humidity. However, the rain is typically intermittent and doesn’t last all day. Light clothing and a waterproof jacket or umbrella are essential.

While going out in rainy weather might sound terrible, it is worth it to see the beautiful hydrangeas, which start blooming in vibrant hues of pink, purple, and blue during this period. For the best local hydrangea-viewing experience, visit the Bunkyo Ajisai Matsuri, or Hydrangea Festival, held annually during the month of June at Tokyo’s Hakusan Shrine.


Average high: 33.9℃ / 93.0°F
Average low: 24.7℃ / 76.4°F
Average rainfall: 30.0 mm

The rainy season in Tokyo can extend well into July, after which comes the true summer season. Due to the high humidity levels, the temperature can feel higher than it actually is. Light, breathable clothing is a must, but be sure to wear UV protection and stay hydrated to avoid the risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. 

One of the most anticipated seasonal events is the Sumida River Fireworks Festival (Japanese only), which takes place on the last Saturday of July over the Sumida River near Asakusa. The festival offers a unique old-world festival atmosphere that is sure to delight visitors of all ages.

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Average high: 34.3℃ / 93.7°F
Average low: 26.1℃ / 78.9°F
Average rainfall: 132.5 mm

August ushers in even hotter temperatures than July, and the daytime heat often lingers into the night. Make sure to stay hydrated and find shade or air conditioning during the hottest times of the day. A portable parasol can provide much-needed relief from the sun’s rays.

August to September is also peak typhoon season in Japan, and the heavy rains and strong winds brought on by a typhoon can disrupt travel plans or delay transportation. It's always wise to stay up-to-date on the local weather conditions to avoid any unexpected mishaps.

One of the most exciting events held in August in Tokyo is the Koenji Awa Odori Festival. This festival is a large-scale event that involves the entire neighborhood of Koenji, and features as many as 10,000 dancers performing intricate dance steps to the rhythmical sound of Japanese drums.

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"Unagi" (eel) is a popular food to eat during the summertime, as it is believed to help combat summer fatigue. Ishibashi is our recommended eel specialty restaurant in Tokyo for getting a bite of this beloved dish!


Average high: 31.2℃ / 88.1°F
Average low: 23.6℃ / 74.4°F
Average rainfall: 229.0 mm

While September marks a welcomed decrease in heat in Tokyo, it is still part of the peak typhoon season in Japan. It is unlikely that you will be caught in one, but in the off-chance that a typhoon hits Tokyo, it is best to avoid outdoor sightseeing and instead explore the many indoor facilities that the city has to offer.

One popular event during September is the Nezu-jinja Shrine Annual Grand Festival, featuring mikoshi (portable shrines) and dashi (decorated floats) paraded around the town. Within the spacious grounds of the Nezu-jinja shrine, you can enjoy numerous outdoor stalls and the company of the friendly locals.


Average high: 23.7℃ / 74.6°F
Average low: 14.7℃ / 58.4°F
Average rainfall: 147.0 mm

The weather in Tokyo is noticeably cooler in October. Pack clothing appropriate for autumn weather, including long-sleeved shirts and a jacket or sweater.

One event not to miss is the Dogu Matsuri (Kitchen Tools Festival), held during the beginning of October on Kappabashi Street, between Ueno and Asakusa. This shopping street is lined with shops selling Japanese cooking utensils, tableware, and more. During the festival, you can score some great deals on knives and other kitchen items.

Another cultural event to check out is the Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony held toward the end of October at Hamarikyu Gardens. Here, you can experience Japan's traditional culture of sado (tea ceremony) and enjoy traditional performing arts and music.


Average high: 19.2℃ / 66.5°F
Average low: 10.3℃ / 50.5°F
Average rainfall: 41.5 mm

While it does get noticeably more chilly in November, it can still be quite warm in the daytime, so it is recommended to dress in layers, especially if you plan on being active. 

The cool November weather brings the opportunity to see Tokyo's beautiful autumn foliage. Some parts of Tokyo start to see leaves changing colors as early as the beginning of November, and the colors can last until the beginning of December.



Average high: 14.3℃ / 57.7°F
Average low: 5.2℃ / 41.3°F
Average rainfall: 19.5 mm

If you're planning to visit Tokyo in December, be sure to pack winter items such as a down jacket, a knit cap, gloves, and a scarf to stay warm. Disposable hand warmers are also a great way to stay warm and can be purchased at any Japanese convenience store

One event you shouldn't miss is the Joya-no-Kane (Bells on New Year's Eve), which takes place at midnight on December 31st at various temples across the country. Both priests and temple visitors ring the temple bell symbolically 108 times to welcome the arrival of the New Year. Trains continue to run even after midnight on this day, so it's a great time to be out and about. 

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Oden is a type of Japanese stewed dish that becomes a common appearance in the colder months. KONAKARA is an oden restaurant in Tokyo where you can taste some of the best oden around!

Frequently Asked Questions About the Weather and Climate in Tokyo

What Is Tokyo’s Coldest Month?

The coldest month in Tokyo is January. However, December and February can also be quite chilly. If you're planning a trip to Tokyo during the winter months, make sure to pack warm clothing such as a down jacket, gloves, a scarf, and a hat. While in Japan, you might also want to try out some Japanese ways of staying warm.

What Is Tokyo’s Hottest Month?

August is Tokyo’s hottest month as well as its most humid, making the heat feel even more intense. Be sure to pack light, moisture-wicking clothing and apply sunscreen regularly. Here are some other ways the Japanese keep cool during the hot, sweltering summer!

Is Tokyo Windy?

Tokyo is not known for being an especially windy city. However, during the spring months, particularly in March, the city experiences a phenomenon called "haru ichiban," or "the first wind of spring." This is a strong, gusty wind that blows through the city and can cause some disruptions. However, overall, Tokyo does not have strong or consistent winds that would impact your visit.

When Is the Best Time of the Year to Go to Tokyo?

The best time of year to visit Tokyo largely depends on your interests and preferences.

Spring (March to May) is a popular time to visit Tokyo as that’s when the cherry blossoms bloom, creating a beautiful pink canopy over the city. Summer (June to August) can be hot and humid, but there are many summer festivals and events to enjoy, such as the famous Sumida River Fireworks Festival. Fall (September to November) is a lovely time to visit as the weather is mild and the autumn foliage is stunning. Finally, winter (December to February) can be chilly, but the festive atmosphere and winter illuminations make it a great time to explore Tokyo.

We made a full write-up on the topic as well as times of the year that you should avoid going to Tokyo. Check it out!

Don’t Let Tokyo’s Weather Stop You From Having the Trip of Your Life

Whether the weather is sunny or perfect for a sweater, there is never a bad time to set out on your Tokyo adventure.

While the city can experience extreme heat and humidity in the summer and chilly temperatures in the winter, there are still plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy all year round. Furthermore, by packing appropriately and planning ahead, you can make the most of your trip to Tokyo, no matter what the weather has in store.

So, go ahead, book your trip, and get ready for the experience of a lifetime!

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The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.

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Alexander Litz
Having moved to rural Yamagata Prefecture after junior high school, Alexander bounced around Tokyo, Seoul, and Taipei until he eventually returned to Yamagata, where he carved out a career as a travel writer and tourism professional. A serial traveler, feverous nature enthusiast, and advocate for adventure, Alexander has explored over 40 countries and all 47 prefectures of Japan. He has made it his life’s work to bring sustainable tourism to rural areas in order to promote, protect, and preserve local culture, traditions, and ways of life.
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