The best times to visit Nikko for ideal weather are

June 4th to September 30th

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

 

 


Other Nikko Travel Info

Weather in Nikko

Temperature

Average temperatures in Nikko vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 24th 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 Nikko, 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 75.8°F (24.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 60.9°F (16.1°C) at night.

Nikko Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Nikko 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.

Nikko Perceived Temperature (F)

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Nikko Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Nikko 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)
Jan30.824.316.4
Feb32.925.616.8
Mar39.431.622.8
Apr49.240.530.9
May59.850.540.9
Jun64.657.149.7
Jul72.16558.6
Aug73.766.159.6
Sep66.659.352.3
Oct56.949.341.3
Nov47.239.731.8
Dec36.63022.5

Show Celsius

MonthAvg. High (°C)Avg. Mean (°C)Avg. Low (°C)
Jan-0.7-4.3-8.7
Feb0.5-3.6-8.4
Mar4.1-0.2-5.1
Apr9.64.7-0.6
May15.410.34.9
Jun18.113.99.8
Jul22.318.314.8
Aug23.218.915.3
Sep19.215.211.3
Oct13.89.65.2
Nov8.44.3-0.1
Dec2.6-1.1-5.3

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Nikko are January, November, and then February. 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 mid to late August with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of August 20th.

When can you find snow in Nikko? 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 Nikko.

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Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

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

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (in)Total Precipitation (in)
Jan10%01.7
Feb19%02.4
Mar24%03.9
Apr34%07.7
May32%08
Jun43%011.4
Jul42%011.5
Aug43%010.1
Sep35%016.5
Oct29%07.8
Nov19%03.7
Dec19%03.5

Show Centimeters

MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (cm)Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan1004.3
Feb1906.1
Mar2409.9
Apr34019.6
May32020.3
Jun43029
Jul42029.2
Aug43025.7
Sep35041.9
Oct29019.8
Nov1909.4
Dec1908.9

 

Humidity and Wind

Nikko has some extremely humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is January (52.8% relative humidity), and the most humid month is August (85.6%).

Wind in Nikko is usually calm. The windiest month is January, followed by December and February. January’s average wind speed of around 8.5 knots (9.8 MPH or 15.7 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 late December where average top sustained speeds reach 17.9 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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Wind

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

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Max Sustained Wind
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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
Jan8.5Gentle breeze16.1Significant breeze
Feb8.2Gentle breeze16.1Significant breeze
Mar8Gentle breeze15.6Significant breeze
Apr6.6Light breeze13.1Significant breeze
May6Light breeze11.7Significant breeze
Jun4.5Light breeze8.5Gentle breeze
Jul4.4Light breeze8.5Significant breeze
Aug4.2Light breeze7.9Gentle breeze
Sep4.6Light breeze8.9Significant breeze
Oct5.3Light breeze10.5Gentle breeze
Nov6.8Light breeze13.2Significant breeze
Dec8.5Gentle breeze16Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

MonthAvg. Relative Humidity
Jan52.8%
Feb55.8%
Mar56.7%
Apr61.4%
May63.5%
Jun83.1%
Jul85.5%
Aug85.6%
Sep83.4%
Oct76.5%
Nov66.2%
Dec59.4%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Nikko?

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 Nikko, 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 Nikko 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

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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 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 Nikko Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 62.7°F (17.1°C) and 35.5°F (1.9°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 7 to 10 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 comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the most precipitation with about 13 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Nikko, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 69.7°F (20.9°C) and 43°F (6.1°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 6 to 11 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 Nikko to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 39.7°F (4.3°C) and 30.2°F (-1°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 3 to 6 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.

 

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