homeJapan travel guide > Japan weather
Japan guide
Traveler café 
Travel directory
Last updated : Nov 2009
Japan Weather
Japan Weather - TravelPuppy.com
With the exception of the Hokkaido area and the subtropical Okinawa region, the weather is mainly temperate, with four seasons. Winters are cool and sunny in the south, cold and sunny in the Tokyo area (which occasionally has snow), and very cold around Hokkaido, which is covered in snow for as long as 4 months a year. Summer, between June and September, varies from warm to very hot, while spring and autumn are usually mild throughout the country. Rain falls year round but June and early July is the primary rainy season. however, Hokkaido is much drier than the Tokyo area. Rainfall is usually intermittent with sunshine. Typhoons are usually occur in September or October but rarely last more than one day.

Required clothing

Lightweight cottons and linens are required all summer in most areas. There is much less rainfall than occurs in Western Europe. Light- to medium weights in spring and autumn; medium- to heavyweights for winter months, depending on the region. Much heavier and warmer clothes are required in the mountains all year round.