Gokayama, Japan: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Gokayama, Japan? If you're planning to go to Gokayama, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Gokayama, Japan

Based on the climate and weather in Gokayama, the best time to go is June. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Gokayama, Japan by month

January

January in Gokayama can be very chilly. The rain/snow can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 30s F (single digits C) to low 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Jacket or coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Fleeces
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Socks

February

February for Gokayama is brisk. Temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Fleeces
  • Jacket or coat
  • Socks

March

March in Gokayama is pretty cool. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C) to low 50s F (single digits C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Jacket or coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces

April

April in Gokayama is crisp. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long skirts
  • Pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Dresses
  • Socks
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses

May

May is balmy. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (low 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long skirts
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses

June

June in Gokayama is warm. Temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Light footwear
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sunscreen lotion

July

July in this region is pretty consistently hot. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Shorts

August

Traveling to Gokayama in August, you will notice that it is extremely hot. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts

September

If you are traveling to Gokayama in September, you will notice that it is warm. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Light footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion

October

October here is balmy. Temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Dresses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long skirts

November

November in Gokayama is relatively cool. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 70% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Socks
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Rain boots
  • Long skirts
  • Standard footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Pants or jeans

December

December in Gokayama can be very chilly. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 30s F (single digits C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 70% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Socks
  • Jacket or coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Rain boots
  • Fleeces
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Rain coat

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Gokayama, Japan

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Gokayama, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types A and B
  • A SIM card that works in Gokayama

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