Otaru, Japan: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

Traveling to Otaru, Japan? If you're planning to go to Otaru, we've got some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Otaru, Japan

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

Important essentials for Otaru, Japan

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Otaru, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks aren't sold for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).


  • N95 masks to use in crowded airports

    These N95 masks provide the best level of protection possible.


  • Travel insurance

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  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards often wear out. An unreadable card may result in severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps avoid that.


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is an excellent plane-friendly product.

General health necessities

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

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January

January in Otaru is very cold and extremely snowy. The rain/snow can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 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:

If you go to the Otaru Music Box Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

February

February in Otaru is frosty and extremely snowy. The rain/snow can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 30s F (single digits C), although night temperatures can dip into the single digits F (10+ below zero C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Otaru Music Box Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

March

In March, Otaru is pretty cool and extremely snowy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 30s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C). This is also a rainy time for Otaru, with a few of the days of the month having rain. In March, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Otaru Music Box Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

April

April in Otaru is cold and very rainy. 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:

If you go to the Otaru Music Box Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

May

May in Otaru is crisp and extremely rainy. 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:

If you go to the Otaru Music Box Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

June

In June, Otaru is balmy and very rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the 60s F (high 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 50s F (low 10s C). This is also a rainy time for Otaru, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In June, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Otaru Music Box Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

July

If you vacation in Otaru during July, you will probably see 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 low 60s 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:

If you go to the Otaru Music Box Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

August

If you visit Otaru during August, you might notice that it is a perfect temperature and very rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 60s F (high 10s C). Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Otaru Music Box Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

September

If you visit Otaru during September, you are likely to find that it is balmy and extremely rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 50s F (low 10s 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:

If you go to the Otaru Music Box Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

October

October in Otaru is cool and extremely rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s 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:

If you go to the Otaru Music Box Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

November

November in Otaru can be very chilly, somewhat snowy and very rainy. The rain/snow can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 30s F (single digits C) to 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Otaru Music Box Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

December

Traveling to Otaru in December, you will notice that it is very cold and extremely snowy. Expect it to rain about a third of the time and snow nearly every day this month. Daytime temperatures are in the 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you go to the Otaru Music Box Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

Activities for Otaru, Japan

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Otaru.

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