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

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

When to go to Iwate, Japan

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

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

January

January in Iwate is frosty. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 10s F (single digits below 0 C). It tends to rain occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Thermal undergarments
  • Insulated boots
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Gloves
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Very heavy socks
  • Fleeces
  • Sweaters
  • Scarf
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Waterproof luggage

February

February in Iwate is frigid. The rain/snow can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

If you are traveling to Iwate in March, you will notice that it can be brisk. Expect it to rain once in a while. Daytime temperatures are in the low 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

April here is crisp. Temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C) during the day. It rains sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

If you vacation in Iwate during May, you are likely to find that it is mild. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 40s F (single digits C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain once in a while.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

June for Iwate is mild. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

If you vacation in Iwate during July, you are likely to find that it is warm. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (high 10s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

August here is hot. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

If you visit Iwate during September, you are likely to find that it is warm. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 50s F (low 10s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

If you go to Iwate in October, you will notice that it is relatively cool. Expect it to rain occasionally. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

November in Iwate is pretty cool. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 30s F (single digits C). It tends to rain occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

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

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Iwate, 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 Iwate
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing

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