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

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

When to go to Lake Biwa, Japan

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

What to wear/what to pack for Lake Biwa, Japan by month

January

January in Lake Biwa can be very chilly, somewhat snowy, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 30s F (single digits C). It tends to rain about half of the time.

It also snows about a third of the time. 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:

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

February

February in Lake Biwa is brisk, somewhat snowy, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 30s F (single digits C). It tends to rain about half of the time.

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

March in Lake Biwa is pretty cool, very rainy and somewhat hazy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the 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:

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

April

April in Lake Biwa is cool, very rainy and somewhat hazy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

If you visit Lake Biwa during May, you are likely to find that it is mild, very rainy and somewhat hazy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (low 10s C).

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

June in this region is a perfect temperature, very rainy and somewhat hazy. Temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day. It rains about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

July is hot, extremely rainy and somewhat hazy. Temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

August in Lake Biwa can be sweltering, very rainy and very hazy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) to high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

September in Lake Biwa is a perfect temperature, very rainy and somewhat hazy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) to high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

If you vacation in Lake Biwa during October, you are likely to find that it is balmy, very rainy and very hazy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (low 10s 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:

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

November

In November, Lake Biwa is crisp, somewhat rainy and very hazy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) and once in a while jump into the low 70s F (low 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 40s F (single digits C).

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

If you visit Lake Biwa during December, you are likely to find that it can be brisk, somewhat rainy and very hazy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 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 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:

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

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Lake Biwa, Japan

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Lake Biwa, 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 Lake Biwa
  • 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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