Tokyo Food & weather

Tokyo is a bustling, sprawling maelstrom of a city. You might think anytime is a good time to visit, since Japan’s capital is a never-ending symphony of activity year-round. But before you book your flight, it’s important to do a little research to know some essential weather-related details: when the rainy season stops and starts, when the summer heat is particularly unbearable, and when a rare snowstorm could possibly throw your travel plans through a loop.

In general, the guidelines for the best time to visit Japan apply to Tokyo as well. Spring is the most pleasant season, with highs of up to 73 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degree Celsius) and lows in the high 50s (around 14 degrees Celsius). Summers are generally hot—we’re talking 88 degrees Fahrenheit (31 degrees Celsius). The heat is typically compounded by a subtropical humidity that can feel overwhelming (though it’s not nearly as bad as it gets in other parts of Japan, like Kyoto). While winters are mild, and snow is relatively infrequent, chilly temperatures and the possibility of a snowstorm are definitely things to consider if you’re visiting in December or January.

Fast Climate Facts 

  • Hottest Month: August (88 degrees F / 31 degrees C)
  • Coldest Month: January (49 degrees F / 9 degrees C)
  • Wettest Month: September (5.7 inches) 

The summer months begin with gentle temperatures but eventually ascend into the scorching heat. The rainy season usually hits around May or June, expect cloudy days and daily showers. Typhoon season begins the end of August and goes into September. In between are days of high humidity, and dry, very sunny days. What to pack: If you go in late May or early June, be prepared to have a light jacket or a few sweatshirts on hand. A rain jacket and an umbrella are also probably a good idea. Otherwise, shorts and a t-shirt are in order for late June through the end of August. People in Japan dress relatively conservatively—short-shorts are rare—air on the mild side with your wardrobe choices.

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