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

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

When to go to Otsu, Japan

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

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

January

January in Otsu is pretty cool. The rain/snow can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

February is cold. Temperatures average in the low 50s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

If you visit Otsu during March, you are likely to find that it can be chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the 50s F (low 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 occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

If you visit Otsu during April, you are likely to find that it is mild. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 40s F (single digits C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

May in Otsu is warm. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

If you vacation in Otsu during June, you are likely to find that it is extremely warm and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (high 10s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

If you vacation in Otsu during July, you are likely to find that it is extremely hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Shorts
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Dresses

August

August in this region is really hot. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Shorts
  • Sandals
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses

September

September is constantly hot. Temperatures average in the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion

October

October here is balmy. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

If you visit Otsu during November, you are likely to find that it is cool. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 40s F (single digits C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

December in Otsu can be very chilly. Temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

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

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

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