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

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

When to go to Kanazawa, Japan

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

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

January

If you visit Kanazawa during January, you are likely to find that it is pretty cool. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 40s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 30s F (single digits C).

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

If you vacation in Kanazawa during February, you are likely to find that it is brisk. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 40s 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 60 and 70% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

March in Kanazawa is cold. Temperatures average in the low 50s F (single digits C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

April for Kanazawa is crisp. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (mid 10s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

July in Kanazawa is pretty consistently hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) to low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

Traveling to Kanazawa in August, you will notice that it can be sweltering. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

If you visit Kanazawa during September, you are likely to find that it is a perfect temperature. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 60s F (high 10s C).

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

November in Kanazawa 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 70% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

December in Kanazawa is brisk. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 40s F (single digits C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

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

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

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