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

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

When to go to Kamakura, Japan

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

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

January

January in Kamakura can be brisk. 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:

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

February

February in Kamakura is cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 30s F (single digits C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 50% to 60% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

March in Kamakura is cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 40s F (single digits C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 50% to 60% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

If you visit Kamakura during April, 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 50s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

May is balmy. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Light footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Dresses

June

June in Kamakura is a perfect temperature. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (low 20s C) to 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts or short pants
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Light footwear
  • Skirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Dresses
  • Sandals

July

If you visit Kamakura 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 low 60s F (low 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sandals
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Dresses
  • Skirts

August

Traveling to Kamakura 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:

  • Skirts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sandals
  • Dresses

September

September in Kamakura 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:

  • Shorts or short pants
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Light footwear
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals

October

October in Kamakura is balmy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (high 10s C) to high 60s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

November here is chilly. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (mid 10s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

December in Kamakura is pretty cool. Temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

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

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Kamakura, 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 Kamakura
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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