Japan weather in January

Planning a getaway to Japan this January and curious about the weather you should prepare for? Discover all the vital details you need on this page, solving your puzzle:

What is the weather like in Japan in January?

Japan has a wide variety of climate types. During January, you can expect temperatures that range from very cold to warm and precipitation levels ranging from moderate to heavy. January falls during the winter season.

During the day temperatures vary from very cold in Kamikawa at -6°C to warm in Ishigaki Island at 22°C. At night it cools down to 19°C in Ishigaki Island and -14°C in Kamikawa. In general, this month stands out as the coldest period throughout the year. Given the lower temperatures, it's essential to be well-prepared. Packing the right winter clothing and necessary accessories can make a significant difference in ensuring your comfort and well-being during this chilly season.

In January, precipitation varies across different areas. From moderate rainfall in Fukuyama with an average of 50 mm to heavy rainfall in Itoigawa with 309 mm. Most areas experience a moderate amount of sunshine, with approximately 189 hours of sunlight expected in Tokyo. This makes it neither too gloomy nor overly bright.

For specific regional insights in Japan for January, refer to the map provided below. For an in-depth overview of the yearly weather conditions, do visit our Japan climate page.

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.

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Legend perfect weather pleasant tolerable unpleasant poor
Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20°C and 29°C and not too much precipitation (less than 90 mm 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 low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 10°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 2°C and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Tokyo
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly rainfall precipitationRainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
13°C 
5°C 
177 hours 
62 mm 
9 days 
10°C 
2°C 
189 hours 
72 mm 
9 days 
poor 
11°C 
2°C 
170 hours 
79 mm 
12 days 
Climate in Tokyo

Average weather in Kyoto

In January Kyoto generally has low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 9°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around -0°C and moderate monthly snow/rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Kyoto
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly snow/rainfall precipitationSnow/rainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
11°C 
2°C 
138 hours 
71 mm 
18 days 
9°C 
-0°C 
124 hours 
73 mm 
21 days 
poor 
10°C 
0°C 
120 hours 
88 mm 
21 days 
poor 
Climate in Kyoto

Average weather in Osaka

In January Osaka generally has low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 10°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 2°C and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Osaka
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly rainfall precipitationRainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
13°C 
4°C 
151 hours 
67 mm 
15 days 
10°C 
2°C 
142 hours 
64 mm 
18 days 
poor 
11°C 
2°C 
140 hours 
79 mm 
19 days 
Climate in Osaka

Average weather in Hakuba

In January Hakuba generally has very low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 0°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around -7°C and heavy monthly snow/rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Hakuba
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly snow/rainfall precipitationSnow/rainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
3°C 
-5°C 
86 hours 
221 mm 
23 days 
poor 
0°C 
-7°C 
80 hours 
223 mm 
26 days 
poor 
1°C 
-7°C 
104 hours 
206 mm 
23 days 
poor 
Climate in Hakuba

Average weather in Hakone

In January Hakone generally has low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 9°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 2°C and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Hakone
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
precipitationMonthly rainfall precipitationRainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
12°C 
5°C 
94 mm 
8 days 
9°C 
2°C 
103 mm 
10 days 
poor 
10°C 
2°C 
128 mm 
12 days 
poor 
Climate in Hakone

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Is January the best time to visit Japan?

Given the typically poor weather conditions in Tokyo, January may not be the ideal time to visit Japan.

Generally speaking, the best visiting conditions can be found in May, June and November offering mostly pleasant weather in Tokyo. On the other hand, the month of January tends to have poor weather conditions.

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