Weather in December in Japan

Many people wonder what kind of weather they can expect in December in Japan. Is this month a good time to go to Japan? To answer that question we created this page with all the information you need.

What is the weather like in Japan in December?

The weather conditions in Japan in December range from poor to pleasant depending on the destination. It is a winter month.

During December in Japan, the average temperature ranges from very low in Mount Fuji with -12°C (10°F) to high in Ishigaki Island with 23°C (73°F). Minimum nighttime temperatures generally drop to 19°C (65°F) in Ishigaki Island and -18°C (-0°F) in Mount Fuji.

Precipitation in December ranges from moderate in Kofu with an average of 32mm (1.3inch) snow/rainfall to heavy in Joetsu with 425mm (17inch). It is the driest month of the year in Tokyo. It is also generally a moderate sunny month with an average of 177 hours of sunshine in Tokyo during the whole month.

We invite you to have a look at the map below to find out more about the different weather conditions per location in Japan.

Where to go in Japan in December

Find the average weather conditions in December for the most popular destinations in Japan on the map below. Click on a destination dot for more detailed information.

Legend perfect weather pleasant tolerable unpleasant poor
Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20-29ºC / 68-84ºF and not too much precipitation (less than 90mm / 3.5inch a month).

Popular destinations in Japan

What is the weather like in December for the 5 most popular destinations in Japan?

Average weather in Tokyo

In December Tokyo generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 12°C (54°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 4°C (39°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are unpleasant that month.

Tokyo
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
17°C / 62°F 
9°C / 48°F 
147 hours 
97mm / 3.8inch 
8 days 
12°C / 54°F 
4°C / 39°F 
177 hours 
57mm / 2.2inch 
5 days 
January   >> January
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10°C / 49°F 
1°C / 34°F 
191 hours 
57mm / 2.2inch 
6 days 
poor 
Climate in Tokyo

Average weather in Kyoto

In December Kyoto generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 12°C (54°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 3°C (38°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are unpleasant that month.

Kyoto
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
17°C / 63°F 
8°C / 46°F 
140 hours 
73mm / 2.9inch 
8 days 
12°C / 54°F 
3°C / 38°F 
138 hours 
50mm / 2inch 
8 days 
January   >> January
>>  
9°C / 48°F 
1°C / 34°F 
124 hours 
50mm / 2inch 
8 days 
poor 
Climate in Kyoto

Average weather in Osaka

In December Osaka generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 12°C (54°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 5°C (41°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are unpleasant that month.

Osaka
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
18°C / 64°F 
10°C / 50°F 
148 hours 
69mm / 2.7inch 
7 days 
12°C / 54°F 
5°C / 41°F 
151 hours 
43mm / 1.7inch 
7 days 
January   >> January
>>  
10°C / 49°F 
3°C / 37°F 
142 hours 
45mm / 1.8inch 
7 days 
poor 
Climate in Osaka

Average weather in Hakuba

In December Hakuba generally has low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 5°C (41°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around -4°C (25°F) and high monthly snow/rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Hakuba
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly snow/rainfall Snow/rainfall
Weather conditions Weather
11°C / 52°F 
1°C / 33°F 
110 hours 
109mm / 4.3inch 
poor 
5°C / 41°F 
-4°C / 25°F 
86 hours 
131mm / 5.2inch 
poor 
January   >> January
>>  
2°C / 35°F 
-7°C / 19°F 
80 hours 
149mm / 5.9inch 
poor 
Climate in Hakuba

Average weather in Hakone

In December Hakone generally has very low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around -12°C (10°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around -18°C (-0°F) and moderate monthly snow/rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Hakone
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly snow/rainfall Snow/rainfall
Weather conditions Weather
-6°C / 21°F 
-12°C / 10°F 
115mm / 4.5inch 
poor 
-12°C / 10°F 
-18°C / -0°F 
75mm / 3inch 
poor 
January   >> January
>>  
-15°C / 5°F 
-21°C / -6°F 
62mm / 2.4inch 
poor 
Climate in Hakone

Is your destination not in the list? Have a look at other destinations in Japan.

Is December the best time to go to Japan?

In our opinion December is not the best time to visit Japan with commonly unpleasant weather in Tokyo.

On average the best time to visit Japan is in April, May and June with generally pleasant weather in Tokyo. The worst month is January that can have poor weather conditions.

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