The best times to visit Shinjuku for ideal weather are
April 9th 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.
Shinjuku Travel Guide
Other Shinjuku Travel Info
Weather in Shinjuku
Average temperatures in Shinjuku vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice most of the year, excluding some cold weeks in the winter, with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 30th 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 Shinjuku, 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 91.2°F (32.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 78.4°F (25.8°C) at night.
Shinjuku Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Shinjuku 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.
Shinjuku Perceived Temperature (F)
Shinjuku Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Shinjuku 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 Shinjuku 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 Shinjuku? 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 Shinjuku 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 Shinjuku.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Shinjuku (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
Shinjuku has some humid months, and slightly dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is January (32.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is July (66.6%).
Wind in Shinjuku is usually calm. The windiest month is April, followed by March and May. April’s average wind speed of around 6.6 knots (7.6 MPH or 12.3 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 late March where average top sustained speeds reach 12.5 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Shinjuku.
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||5.7||Light breeze||10.2||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||6.1||Light breeze||10.8||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||6.5||Light breeze||11.7||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||6.6||Light breeze||11.9||Significant breeze|
|May||6.3||Light breeze||11.1||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||5.4||Light breeze||9.8||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||6||Light breeze||10.4||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||5.8||Light breeze||10||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||5.7||Light breeze||9.9||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||5.4||Light breeze||9.4||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||4.7||Light breeze||8.6||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||5.1||Light breeze||9.3||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Shinjuku?
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 Shinjuku, 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 Shinjuku 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
Overall Shinjuku Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 77.3°F (25.2°C) and 52.4°F (11.3°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with roughly 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 6 to 10 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Shinjuku, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 85.7°F (29.8°C) and 58.1°F (14.5°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 6 to 9 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 too cold this time of year in Shinjuku to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 57°F (13.9°C) and 48.4°F (9.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 6 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.