Weather in January in Japan

Many people wonder what the weather conditions are in January 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 January?

The weather in Japan in January ranges from poor to pleasant depending on the destination. January is a winter month in Japan.

January has maximum daytime temperatures ranging from very cold in Mount Fuji with -15°C (5°F) to moderate temperatures in Ishigaki Island with 22°C (71°F). Nighttime temperatures generally drop to 17°C (62°F) in Ishigaki Island and -21°C (-6°F) in Mount Fuji. It is one of the coldest months of the year.

Precipitation ranges from moderate in Nemuro with 32mm (1.3inch) snow/rainfall to heavy in Joetsu with 411mm (16inch) snow/rainfall. January can be the driest month of the year. In general it is also a sunny month with an average of 191 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 January

Find the average weather conditions in January 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 January for the 5 most popular destinations in Japan?

Average weather in Tokyo

In January Tokyo generally has cold temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 10°C (49°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 1°C (34°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor 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
12°C / 54°F 
4°C / 39°F 
177 hours 
57mm / 2.2inch 
5 days 
10°C / 49°F 
1°C / 34°F 
191 hours 
57mm / 2.2inch 
6 days 
poor 
11°C / 51°F 
2°C / 36°F 
170 hours 
60mm / 2.4inch 
7 days 
poor 
Climate in Tokyo

Average weather in Kyoto

In January Kyoto generally has cold temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 9°C (48°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 1°C (34°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor 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
12°C / 54°F 
3°C / 38°F 
138 hours 
50mm / 2inch 
8 days 
9°C / 48°F 
1°C / 34°F 
124 hours 
50mm / 2inch 
8 days 
poor 
10°C / 50°F 
1°C / 35°F 
120 hours 
69mm / 2.7inch 
9 days 
poor 
Climate in Kyoto

Average weather in Arashiyama

In January Arashiyama generally has cold temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 9°C (48°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 1°C (34°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Arashiyama
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
12°C / 54°F 
3°C / 38°F 
138 hours 
50mm / 2inch 
8 days 
9°C / 48°F 
1°C / 34°F 
124 hours 
50mm / 2inch 
8 days 
poor 
10°C / 50°F 
1°C / 35°F 
120 hours 
69mm / 2.7inch 
9 days 
poor 
Climate in Arashiyama

Average weather in Osaka

In January Osaka generally has cold temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 10°C (49°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 3°C (37°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor 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
12°C / 54°F 
5°C / 41°F 
151 hours 
43mm / 1.7inch 
7 days 
10°C / 49°F 
3°C / 37°F 
142 hours 
45mm / 1.8inch 
7 days 
poor 
10°C / 51°F 
3°C / 37°F 
140 hours 
61mm / 2.4inch 
7 days 
poor 
Climate in Osaka

Average weather in Hakuba

In January Hakuba generally has very cold temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 2°C (35°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around -7°C (19°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
5°C / 41°F 
-4°C / 25°F 
86 hours 
131mm / 5.2inch 
poor 
2°C / 35°F 
-7°C / 19°F 
80 hours 
149mm / 5.9inch 
poor 
2°C / 36°F 
-7°C / 19°F 
104 hours 
138mm / 5.4inch 
poor 
Climate in Hakuba

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

Is January the best time to go to Japan?

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

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

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