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

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

When to go to Tokyo, Japan

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

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

January

January in Tokyo is cold. Temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains or snows about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

Traveling to Tokyo in February, you will notice that it is cold. Expect it to rain about a third of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

March in Tokyo can be very chilly. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

If you vacation in Tokyo during April, 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 low 50s F (single digits C).

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

In May, Tokyo is mild. Temperatures routinely are in the low 70s F (low 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

June for Tokyo is warm. Temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day. It rains about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

July in Tokyo is hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

August for Tokyo can be very hot. Temperatures average in the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

September in Tokyo is a perfect temperature. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) to high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

In October, Tokyo is balmy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 60s F (low 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

This is also a rainy time for Tokyo, 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:

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

November

If you go to Tokyo in November, you will notice that it is crisp. Expect it to rain about a third of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

December is pretty cool. Temperatures average in the low 50s F (low 10s C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

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

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Tokyo, 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 Tokyo
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Theft can be a problem, so pack theft protection, including locks for luggage and a money belt or pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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