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

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

When to go to Kobe, Japan

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

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

January

January in Kobe is pretty cool 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:

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

February

If you go to Kobe in February, you will notice that it can be very chilly and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain regularly and snow occasionally. Daytime temperatures are in the 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

If you are traveling to Kobe in March, you will notice that it can be brisk and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 50s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

In April, Kobe is cool and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 60s F (high 10s C) and sometimes jump into the low 70s F (low 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 50s F (low 10s C).

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

In May, Kobe is balmy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 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 Kobe, with several of the days of the month having rain. In May, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

June in Kobe is warm and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

In July, Kobe is hot and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 80s F (high 20s C) and sometimes jump into the low 90s F (low 30s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

This is also a rainy time for Kobe, with several of the days of the month having rain. In July, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear

August

Traveling to Kobe in August, you will notice that it is constantly hot and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about a third of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear

September

Traveling to Kobe in September, you will notice that it is a perfect temperature and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

October here is balmy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

November here is relatively cool and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

In December, Kobe is pretty cool and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 50s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the low 40s F (single digits C).

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

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

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Kobe, 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 Kobe
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • If you plan to visit a synagogue, take appropriate clothing
  • Appropriate museum wear

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