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

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

When to go to Nikko, Japan

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

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

January

If you go to Nikko in January, you will notice that it is frigid. Daytime temperatures are in the low 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Thermal undergarments
  • Very heavy socks
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Insulated boots
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Scarf
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Gloves
  • Sweaters
  • Fleeces

February

If you go to Nikko in February, you will notice that it is freezing. Expect it to rain once in a while. Daytime temperatures are in the low 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Fleeces
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Scarf
  • Insulated boots
  • Sweaters
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Rain coat
  • Very heavy socks
  • Waterproof luggage

March

March in Nikko is cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C). It tends to rain once in a while.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Cold weather footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Heavy jacket
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sweaters
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Umbrella
  • Heavy socks

April

April is pretty cool. Temperatures average in the high 40s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

If you visit Nikko during May, you are likely to find that it is relatively cool. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 30s F (single digits C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

June in Nikko can be chilly. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 40s F (single digits C). It tends to rain regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

August in Nikko is mild and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

September here is chilly and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

October in Nikko is brisk. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 30s F (single digits C). It tends to rain 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

If you visit Nikko during November, you are likely to find that it can be brisk. Temperatures tend to hover around the 40s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain once in a while.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

December here is very cold. Temperatures average in the 30s F (single digits C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Heavy jacket
  • Sweaters
  • Heavy socks
  • Cold weather footwear

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

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

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