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

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

When to go to Tohoku, Japan

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

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

January

January in this region is frigid, extremely snowy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the 30s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time and snows most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

Traveling to Tohoku in February, you will notice that it is frosty, very snowy and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month and snow most days. Daytime temperatures are in the 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

March can be very chilly, somewhat snowy and very rainy. Temperatures average in the low 40s 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:

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

April

April in Tohoku is relatively cool and very rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C) to 50s F (low 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

May in Tohoku is balmy and very rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) to high 60s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

If you go to Tohoku in June, you will notice that it is a perfect temperature and very rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

July here is hot and very rainy. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

If you visit Tohoku during August, 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 60s F (high 10s C).

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

If you visit Tohoku during September, 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 60 and 70% 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:

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

October

If you visit Tohoku during October, you are likely to find that it is chilly and very rainy. 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).

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.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

Traveling to Tohoku in November, you will notice that it can be brisk and extremely rainy. Expect it to rain most days. Daytime temperatures are in the low 50s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

Traveling to Tohoku in December, you will notice that it is brisk, somewhat snowy and very rainy. Expect it to rain most days and snow about half of the time.

Daytime temperatures are in the high 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

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

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

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