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

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

When to go to Kansai, Japan

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

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

January

January in Kansai is cold and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 30s F (single digits C). It tends to rain about a third of the time.

It also snows once in a while. With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 50% to 60% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

If you go to Kansai in February, you will notice that it can be very chilly and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month and snow occasionally. Daytime temperatures are in the 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

In March, Kansai can be very chilly and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 50s F (low 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 30s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Kansai, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In March, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

If you visit Kansai during April, you are likely to find that it is cool and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 40s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

May in Kansai is mild and somewhat rainy. 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:

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

June

In June, Kansai is a perfect temperature and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

This is also a rainy time for Kansai, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In June, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

July in Kansai is hot and somewhat rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

August in Kansai can be very hot and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

If you visit Kansai during September, you are likely to find that it is warm and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 60s F (low 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

In October, Kansai is balmy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 60s F (low 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

This is also a rainy time for Kansai, with several of the days of the month having rain. In October, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

If you visit Kansai during November, you are likely to find that it is crisp and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 40s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

December for Kansai is pretty cool and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the low 50s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

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

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

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