Shiretoko National Park, Japan: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

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

When to go to Shiretoko National Park, Japan

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

What to wear/what to pack for Shiretoko National Park, Japan by month

January

January in Shiretoko National Park is freezing and extremely snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C). It snows almost every day of the month.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

February in Shiretoko National Park is biting 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 high 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

March in Shiretoko National Park is frigid and extremely snowy. The rain/snow can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C) to low 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

If you vacation in Shiretoko National Park during April, you are likely to find that it can be very chilly, somewhat snowy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 40s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time and snow regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

Traveling to Shiretoko National Park in May, you will notice that it is cold and very rainy. Expect it to rain about two thirds of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

If you go to Shiretoko National Park in June, you will notice that it is brisk and very rainy. Expect it to rain most days. Daytime temperatures are in the low 50s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

If you visit Shiretoko National Park during July, you are likely to find that it can be chilly and extremely rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (low 10s C).

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

August in Shiretoko National Park is crisp and very rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (mid 10s C) to 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

Traveling to Shiretoko National Park in September, you will notice that it can be chilly and very rainy. Expect it to rain about two thirds of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

October in Shiretoko National Park is chilly and very rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 50s F (low 10s C) to 50s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

November in Shiretoko National Park can be brisk, somewhat snowy and very rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 30s F (single digits C).

It tends to rain about half of the time. It also snows about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

December in Shiretoko National Park is frosty and extremely snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

It tends to rain a bit less than half of the time. It also snows almost every day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Shiretoko National Park, Japan

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Shiretoko National Park, 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 Shiretoko National Park
  • Appropriate museum wear

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