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

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

When to go to Honshu, Japan

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

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

January

If you go to Honshu in January, you will notice that it can be very chilly. Expect it to rain occasionally. Daytime temperatures are in the high 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Heavy jacket
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sweaters
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Umbrella
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Heavy socks
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear

February

February in Honshu is cold. The rain/snow can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C) to high 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Heavy socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Heavy jacket
  • Sweaters
  • Umbrella
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage

March

March in Honshu can be brisk. The rain/snow can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 30s F (single digits C) to 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sweaters
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Heavy socks
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Heavy jacket
  • Umbrella
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Gloves or mittens

April

If you are traveling to Honshu in April, you will notice that it is cool. Expect it to rain occasionally. Daytime temperatures are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Umbrella
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light gloves or mittens

May

May here is balmy. Temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains once in a while.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Long skirts
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Socks
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Standard footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Light jacket or fleece

June

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

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sandals
  • Light footwear
  • Waterproof luggage

July

If you visit Honshu during July, you are likely to find that it is pretty consistently hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 60s F (high 10s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Light footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof luggage

August

August here is pretty consistently hot. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion

September

September in Honshu is a perfect temperature. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Light footwear
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts or short pants

October

October in Honshu is crisp. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C) to low 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long skirts
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Rain coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Socks

November

November here is cold. Temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Jacket or coat
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Socks
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear

December

December in Honshu can be brisk. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C). It tends to rain once in a while.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Heavy jacket
  • Umbrella
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Heavy socks
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Sweaters
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear

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

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Honshu, 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 Honshu

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