While subzero temperatures are not uncommon during the night in March summer may be there in all its glory a month later. Winter lasts from December till March on average.
The southern part of Japan has a Mediterranean to subtropical climate, which means that there are only two distinct seasons there. Because the intensity of rain gets higher in the summer the amount of precipitation is about twice as high as during the winter.
Specific information on weather and climate can be found on the pages per region or city. Varying from middle range mountains and hills to large regions with high summits reaching up to 3776 meters (the famous Fuji Volcano).
All year round large amounts of rain fall in the entire country. The early summer months are even fractionally drier than winter and autumn.
Japan has some excellent skiing areas, especially in the regions Took and Chub and on the island Hokkaido. Because winter sports are very popular among the Japanese it is quite expensive compared to price Europe.
A day pass for the ski lift costs about 5000 Yen per person. The country has a large amount of seaside resorts and beaches but it is not an ideal summer sun destination.
Chances of cloudy skies are high and most regions get some rain each day. Hurricanes (typhoons)Japan is located between the tropic of Cancer and 46 degrees North latitude.
Normally northern enough to be in the supply route of hurricanes which form between 5 and 20 degrees North latitude. Hurricanes and typhoons have the nasty habit of bending to the north on the Northern Hemisphere.
Hurricane season in Japan starts in July and ends in November. The highest activity of hurricanes is recorded in August, September and October.
The most northern island Hokkaido sometimes gets a tropical depression that travels up north. Most of the hurricanes that reach Japan travel over the Ryukyu island group, which are situated between Taiwan and Kyushu.
The earthquakes in Japan even caused large nuclear problems. Despite the fact that the sun doesn’t shine that exuberantly you have to bear the high UV-index figures in mind.
Depending on the region you are in the maximum UV-index is 8 in the north to 11 in the south when the weather is sunny. Average minimum temperature (°C)average hours of sunshine per day average days with precipitation per month average mmprecipitationper monthaveragesea temperature (°C)January 10 0 6 9 17 February 10 1 6 11 16 March 13 4 6 17 16 April 19 9 5 16 17 May 23 14 6 16 20 June 25 18 4 20 22 July 29 22 5 21 24 August 31 24 6 17 26 September 27 20 4 20 25 October 21 14 4 17 23 November 17 8 5 12 21 December 12 3 6 9 19 = 0-5 mm = 6-30 mm = 31-60 mm = 61-100 mm = 101-200 mm = over 200 mm = 0-0.2 inches = 0.2-1.2 inches = 1.2-2.4 inches = 2.5-4 inches = 4.1-8 inches = over 8 inches More climate information Climate figures are very useful but don’t present a general impression of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain period.
The figures don’t always reflect the chance of wintry weather, extreme heat or hurricanes. Chance of(very) coolweatherchance oflong-termprecipitationchance of hurricanes(cyclones)chance of sunny daysJanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember click here for the explanation of the symbols Disclaimer The information at this site was carefully composed of climate data collected by meteorological services, meteorological offices, climate experts and other sources.
The authors of this site feel in no way responsible for any damages caused by misinterpretation or other circumstances that may influence your holiday or trip to a certain destination. Typhoon Hansen rapidly intensified on Thursday over the warm waters of the West Pacific Ocean and is forecast to hit southwestern Japan this weekend, to be followed by landfall in South Korea.
If it follows this forecast, it would become only the seventh Category 2 or greater typhoon to strike South Korea since 1959, according to a database of tropical cyclones from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. South Korea and the Japanese island of Kyushu are just cleaning up after Typhoon Mask, which struck the Korean port city of Susan and sunk a cargo ship in the East China Sea, with 43 crew members and 5,800 cattle aboard.
Hansen is moving further east than Mask did, overwaters that are unusually warm, around 86 degrees, offering plenty of energy and moisture for an intense typhoon. A buoy sits untethered Thursday after a heavy swell overnight from Typhoon Mask on Handle Beach in Susan, South Korea.
Categories Travel Guides Japan ’s rainy season starts in early summer, between May and July, depending on the region. In most Japanese regions (including Tokyo), the rainy season runs from the beginning of June to mid July.
Rainy season in Japan : Average dates RegionAverage Start Deleverage End DateOkinawaMay 9June 23Southern Kyushu May 31July 14Northern Kyushu June 5July 19ShikokuJune 5July 18ChugokuJune 7July 21KansaiJune 7July 21Southern ChubuJune 8July 21Northern ChubuJune 12July 24KantoJune 8July 21Southern TohokuJune 12July 25Northern TohokuJune 14July 28Map of Japanese regions and prefectures The weather during rainy season is unpredictable. It can be difficult and uncomfortable on a hot day, but generally speaking, the temperatures are aren’t too high over this period.
The humidity of the rainy season creates the perfect environment for mold to grow. Visitors should take care with their belongings by keeping their things dry by airing their suitcases and bags out.
For most travelers, the rainy season isn’t the ideal time to visit Japan. The start of the rainy season falls just after Golden Week, the annual peak travel time in Japan.
Prices for accommodation and transport drop after this week of festivities as locals return to work and school. Visitors to Japan can also witness the stunning rain chains which hang from shrines, temples, and people’s houses.