The best times to visit Nara for ideal weather are
April 23rd to June 24th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Nara Travel Guide
Other Nara Travel Info
Weather in Nara
Average temperatures in Nara 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 22nd 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 Nara, the hottest months are August, July, and then September. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid August where highs are regularly around 93.1°F (33.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 73.3°F (22.9°C) at night.
Nara Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Nara Temperatures (Celsius)
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.
Nara Perceived Temperature (F)
Nara Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Nara 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.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Nara 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 are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early July with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of July 2nd.
When can you find snow in Nara? Weather stations report a bit of annual snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to early to mid February. The best time to ski (if at all) in Nara is often around around February 12th 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 Nara.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Nara (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Nara has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is April (54.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is July (70.8%).
Wind in Nara is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is March, followed by April and January. March’s average wind speed of around 3.2 knots (3.6 MPH or 5.8 KPH) is considered “light air.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid March where average top sustained speeds reach 6.7 knots, which is considered a light breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Nara.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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||3||Barely noticeable||5.9||Light breeze|
|Feb||2.9||Barely noticeable||6||Light breeze|
|Mar||3.2||Barely noticeable||6.3||Light breeze|
|Apr||3.1||Barely noticeable||6.2||Light breeze|
|May||2.6||Barely noticeable||5.3||Light breeze|
|Jun||2.5||Barely noticeable||5.1||Light breeze|
|Jul||2.5||Barely noticeable||5.1||Light breeze|
|Aug||2.5||Barely noticeable||5.2||Light breeze|
|Sep||2.4||Barely noticeable||4.8||Light breeze|
|Oct||2.3||Barely noticeable||4.5||Light breeze|
|Nov||2.2||Barely noticeable||4.5||Light breeze|
|Dec||2.9||Barely noticeable||5.7||Light breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Nara?
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 Nara, 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 Nara 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
Overall Nara Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 78.6°F (25.9°C) and 53.8°F (12.1°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 7 to 8 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 Nara, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 86.5°F (30.3°C) and 57.8°F (14.3°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 6 to 8 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 Nara to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 54.2°F (12.3°C) and 47.4°F (8.6°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 6 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.