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

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

When to go to Shirakawa-go, Japan

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

What to wear/what to pack for Shirakawa-go, Japan by month

January

January for Shirakawa-go is frosty, very snowy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the 30s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains about half of the time and snows about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

In February, Shirakawa-go is brisk, somewhat snowy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 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 Shirakawa-go, with several of the days of the month having rain. In February, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

March in Shirakawa-go is brisk 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 5-10 days 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:

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

April

In April, Shirakawa-go is cool and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 60s 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 30s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Shirakawa-go, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In April, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

May in Shirakawa-go is balmy and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C).

It tends to rain 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:

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

June

Traveling to Shirakawa-go in June, you will notice that it is warm and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

July in Shirakawa-go is pretty consistently hot and somewhat rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) to low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

In August, Shirakawa-go is pretty consistently hot and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the 80s F (high 20s C) and occasionally jump into the low 90s F (low 30s C) range. At night, lows are in the 60s F (high 10s C).

This is also a rainy time for Shirakawa-go, with several of the days of the month having rain. In August, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

In September, Shirakawa-go is warm and very rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the 70s F (mid 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

This is also a rainy time for Shirakawa-go, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In September, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

In October, Shirakawa-go is chilly and very rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the 60s F (high 10s C) and about a third of the time jump into the low 70s F (low 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the 40s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Shirakawa-go, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In October, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

November here is brisk and very rainy. Temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C) during the day. It rains about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

December in Shirakawa-go is cold 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 two thirds of the time.

It also snows regularly. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 70% to 80% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Shirakawa-go, Japan

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Shirakawa-go, 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 Shirakawa-go
  • Appropriate museum wear

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