The best times to visit Kyoto for ideal weather are

April 16th to June 17th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.


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Weather in Kyoto

Temperature

Average temperatures in Kyoto vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice some of the year, but often too hot in the summer and cold in the winter with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 23rd percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Kyoto, the hottest months are August, July, and then September. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid August where highs are regularly around 94.6°F (34.8°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 77°F (25°C) at night.

Kyoto Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Kyoto Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Kyoto Perceived Temperature (F)

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Kyoto Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Kyoto Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

MonthAvg. High (°F)Avg. Mean (°F)Avg. Low (°F)
Jan47.840.133.1
Feb50.24234.4
Mar57.247.738.4
Apr67.357.246.5
May77.166.856.3
Jun82.774.266.2
Jul89.981.374.1
Aug92.883.476.1
Sep85.17668.2
Oct74.665.557.2
Nov62.854.346.3
Dec52.344.436.8

Show Celsius

MonthAvg. High (°C)Avg. Mean (°C)Avg. Low (°C)
Jan8.84.50.6
Feb10.15.61.3
Mar148.73.6
Apr19.6148.1
May25.119.313.5
Jun28.223.419
Jul32.227.423.4
Aug33.828.624.5
Sep29.524.420.1
Oct23.718.614
Nov17.112.47.9
Dec11.36.92.7


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Kyoto are January, December, and then November. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid June with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of June 18th.

When can you find snow in Kyoto? Weather stations report moderate or seasonal snow likely to be deepest around January, especially close to early January. The best time to ski (if at all) in Kyoto is often around around January 29th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Kyoto.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Kyoto (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (in)Total Precipitation (in)
Jan14%2.91.9
Feb24%0.93.4
Mar28%04.5
Apr27%04.7
May23%05.6
Jun30%06.8
Jul33%09.8
Aug21%06.4
Sep25%07.2
Oct20%05.2
Nov19%03.4
Dec19%0.42.7

Show Centimeters

MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (cm)Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan147.44.8
Feb242.38.6
Mar28011.4
Apr27011.9
May23014.2
Jun30017.3
Jul33024.9
Aug21016.3
Sep25018.3
Oct20013.2
Nov1908.6
Dec1916.9

 

Humidity and Wind

Kyoto has some slightly muggy months, with moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is April (46.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is July (60.7%).

Wind in Kyoto is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is April, followed by May and March. April’s average wind speed of around 4.4 knots (5.1 MPH or 8.2 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early April where average top sustained speeds reach 9.7 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Kyoto.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

MonthAvg. WindAvg. Wind FeelSustained High WindHigh Wind Feel
Jan3.5Barely noticeable7.6Gentle breeze
Feb3.7Barely noticeable8.1Gentle breeze
Mar4.2Light breeze9Gentle breeze
Apr4.4Light breeze9.4Gentle breeze
May4.4Light breeze9Gentle breeze
Jun4.1Light breeze8.1Gentle breeze
Jul4.1Light breeze8.3Gentle breeze
Aug4.2Light breeze8.2Gentle breeze
Sep4Light breeze8.2Gentle breeze
Oct3.6Barely noticeable7.8Gentle breeze
Nov3.2Barely noticeable7.1Gentle breeze
Dec3.6Barely noticeable7.8Gentle breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

MonthAvg. Relative Humidity
Jan55.8%
Feb53.8%
Mar50%
Apr46.4%
May47.3%
Jun56.9%
Jul60.7%
Aug57.1%
Sep57.4%
Oct56.3%
Nov58.1%
Dec56.3%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Kyoto?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe, except in a few regions. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are regional travel advisories for Japan; exercise normal security precautions and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Oct 01, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Kyoto, Japan is May, followed by October and March. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Kyoto in July. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is somewhat extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 82.7 in July means 82.7% of the tourists vs. May.


Overall Kyoto Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 79.5°F (26.4°C) and 53.3°F (11.8°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 7 to 9 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see the most precipitation with 7 to 10 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Kyoto, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 87.8°F (31°C) and 58.8°F (14.9°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 6 to 7 days per month. Tourism is the second busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be slightly higher priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is too cold this time of year in Kyoto to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 54.6°F (12.6°C) and 47.5°F (8.6°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 7 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.

 

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