The best times to visit Matsushima for ideal weather are

April 30th to July 22nd

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



Other Matsushima Travel Info

Weather in Matsushima


Average temperatures in Matsushima vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 35th 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 Matsushima, 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 83.4°F (28.6°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 71.8°F (22.1°C) at night.

Matsushima Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Matsushima Temperatures (Celsius)


“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.

Matsushima Perceived Temperature (F)


Matsushima Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Matsushima 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

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 40.5 33.5 27
Feb 41.4 34.3 26.9
Mar 47.8 40.1 32
Apr 56.7 48.7 40.3
May 66.5 58.3 51.3
Jun 72.4 65.7 60.1
Jul 78.4 72.2 67.5
Aug 81.4 75.1 70.1
Sep 76.4 69.5 62.9
Oct 67 59.2 50.5
Nov 55.9 48 39.5
Dec 45.1 38.2 31.3

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 4.7 0.8 -2.8
Feb 5.2 1.3 -2.8
Mar 8.8 4.5 0
Apr 13.7 9.3 4.6
May 19.2 14.6 10.7
Jun 22.4 18.7 15.6
Jul 25.8 22.3 19.7
Aug 27.4 23.9 21.2
Sep 24.7 20.8 17.2
Oct 19.4 15.1 10.3
Nov 13.3 8.9 4.2
Dec 7.3 3.4 -0.4



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Matsushima are January, February, and then December. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid January. For example, on the week of January 15th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late July with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of July 23rd.

When can you find snow in Matsushima? Weather stations report no annual snow. 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 Matsushima.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

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

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 9% 0 1.3
Feb 14% 0 1.6
Mar 18% 0 3
Apr 21% 0 4.1
May 22% 0 4.4
Jun 21% 0 4.1
Jul 30% 0 4.7
Aug 21% 0 3.9
Sep 22% 0 6.7
Oct 19% 0 5.6
Nov 17% 0 2.7
Dec 16% 0 2.8

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 9 0 3.3
Feb 14 0 4.1
Mar 18 0 7.6
Apr 21 0 10.4
May 22 0 11.2
Jun 21 0 10.4
Jul 30 0 11.9
Aug 21 0 9.9
Sep 22 0 17
Oct 19 0 14.2
Nov 17 0 6.9
Dec 16 0 7.1


Humidity and Wind

Matsushima has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is March (57.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is July (77.8%).

Wind in Matsushima is usually moderate. The windiest month is March, followed by February and April. March’s average wind speed of around 9.5 knots (10.9 MPH or 17.5 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early March where average top sustained speeds reach 18.9 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

Avg. Relative Humidity


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

Max Sustained Wind
Average Daily Wind

Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

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

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 9.1 Gentle breeze 16.5 Significant breeze
Feb 9.2 Gentle breeze 17.1 Strong breeze
Mar 9.5 Gentle breeze 17.7 Significant breeze
Apr 9.2 Gentle breeze 17 Strong breeze
May 8.8 Gentle breeze 15.8 Significant breeze
Jun 7 Gentle breeze 12.6 Significant breeze
Jul 6.6 Light breeze 12.1 Significant breeze
Aug 6.4 Light breeze 11.7 Significant breeze
Sep 7.5 Gentle breeze 13.3 Significant breeze
Oct 7.8 Gentle breeze 14.2 Significant breeze
Nov 8 Gentle breeze 14.9 Significant breeze
Dec 8.8 Gentle breeze 15.9 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 61%
Feb 58.7%
Mar 57.4%
Apr 58.5%
May 64.3%
Jun 73.8%
Jul 77.8%
Aug 76.1%
Sep 72.5%
Oct 66.6%
Nov 65.3%
Dec 66.1%


Is it Safe to Travel to Matsushima?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Dec 04, 2023 there are no travel advisories or warnings for Japan; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Nov 14, 2023.


The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Matsushima, Japan is January, followed by March and April. 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 Matsushima in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month


Most Popular Months to Visit

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 extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 73.3 in December means 73.3% of the tourists vs. January.



Overall Matsushima Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 68.5°F (20.3°C) and 43.8°F (6.6°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 6 to 7 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 comfortable. These months see the most precipitation with 6 to 9 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Matsushima, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 79.6°F (26.4°C) and 51.4°F (10.8°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 5 to 7 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is far too cold this time of year in Matsushima to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 48.5°F (9.2°C) and 39.1°F (3.9°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 3 to 5 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.


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