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

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

When to go to Niseko, Japan

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

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

January

In January, Niseko can be extremely cold and extremely snowy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C) range. At night, lows are in the low 10s F (10+ below zero C).

This is also a rainy time for Niseko, with a few of the days of the month having rain. In January, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Very heavy socks
  • Scarf
  • Sweaters
  • Umbrella
  • Thermal undergarments
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Fleeces
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Waterproof boots
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Insulated boots
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof coat

February

February in Niseko is very cold and extremely snowy. The rain/snow can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C) to low 30s F (single digits below 0 C), although night temperatures can dip into the single digits F (10+ below zero C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof boots
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof coat
  • Insulated boots
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Very heavy socks
  • Umbrella
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Sweaters
  • Scarf
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Multiple layer jacket shell

March

March in Niseko is very cold and extremely snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 10s F (single digits below 0 C). It tends to rain regularly.

It also snows nearly every day this month. 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:

  • Thermal undergarments
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Very heavy socks
  • Scarf
  • Waterproof coat
  • Insulated boots
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Sweaters
  • Umbrella
  • Fleeces
  • Gloves
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Waterproof boots

April

If you vacation in Niseko during April, you are likely to find that it is brisk and very rainy. 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).

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

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Fleeces
  • Jacket or coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof boots

May

If you vacation in Niseko during May, you are likely to find that it is chilly and extremely rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 30s F (single digits C).

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

June in this region is balmy and very rainy. Temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

If you vacation in Niseko during July, you are likely to find that it is a perfect temperature and very rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% 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:

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

August

If you are traveling to Niseko in August, you will notice that it is warm and very rainy. Expect it to rain most days. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

If you go to Niseko in September, you will notice that it is balmy and extremely rainy. Expect it to rain most days. Daytime temperatures are in the high 60s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

October in Niseko is relatively cool and extremely rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 30s F (single digits C).

It tends to rain most days. 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:

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

November

November in Niseko is cold, somewhat snowy and very rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C). It tends to rain about half of the time.

It also snows about half of the time. 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:

  • Gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof boots
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Heavy jacket
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Sweaters
  • Waterproof coat
  • Heavy socks
  • Cold weather footwear

December

In December, Niseko can be extremely cold and extremely snowy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 30s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the high 10s F (single digits below 0 C).

This is also a rainy time for Niseko, with a few of the days of the month having rain. In December, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Insulated boots
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Waterproof coat
  • Umbrella
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof boots
  • Very heavy socks
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Sweaters
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Pajamas, such as sweats

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

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Niseko, 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 Niseko

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