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

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

When to go to Hakone, Japan

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

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

January

If you visit Hakone during January, you are likely to find that it is pretty cool. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 50s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 40 and 50% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

If you vacation in Hakone during February, you are likely to find that it is brisk. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 50s F (low 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 40 and 50% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

March here is relatively cool. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

April in Hakone is crisp. 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 60% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

Traveling to Hakone in May, you will notice that it is balmy. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

June in Hakone is a perfect temperature. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

July for Hakone is hot. Temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

August here is extremely hot. Temperatures average in the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Rain boots
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage that you don't mind ruining
  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts

September

September in Hakone is extremely warm. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

If you go to Hakone in October, you will notice that it is balmy. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

If you visit Hakone during November, you are likely to find that it can be chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

December in Hakone can be chilly. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 30s F (single digits C). With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 40% to 50% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

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

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Hakone, 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 Hakone
  • Appropriate museum wear

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