Weather in May in Japan

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

The weather in Japan in May ranges from poor to perfect depending on the destination.

May has maximum daytime temperatures ranging from very cold in Mount Fuji with -1°C (31°F) to warm temperatures in Ishigaki Island with 29°C (84°F). Nighttime temperatures generally drop to 24°C (75°F) in Ishigaki Island and -6°C (21°F) in Mount Fuji.

Precipitation ranges from moderate in Sapporo with 54mm (2.1inch) rainfall to heavy in Kōchi with 285mm (11inch) rainfall. In general it is also a moderate sunny month with an average of 180 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 May

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

Average weather in Tokyo

In May Tokyo generally has warm temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 24°C (75°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 15°C (59°F) and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are pleasant 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
<<   April April
<<  
20°C / 67°F 
10°C / 50°F 
176 hours 
132mm / 5.2inch 
11 days 
24°C / 75°F 
15°C / 59°F 
180 hours 
138mm / 5.4inch 
12 days 
June   >> June
>>  
26°C / 79°F 
18°C / 65°F 
123 hours 
170mm / 6.7inch 
12 days 
Climate in Tokyo

Average weather in Kyoto

In May Kyoto generally has warm temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 25°C (77°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 14°C (57°F) and heavy monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are pleasant 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
<<   April April
<<  
20°C / 68°F 
9°C / 48°F 
178 hours 
115mm / 4.5inch 
11 days 
25°C / 77°F 
14°C / 57°F 
185 hours 
165mm / 6.5inch 
12 days 
June   >> June
>>  
28°C / 82°F 
19°C / 66°F 
140 hours 
215mm / 8.5inch 
13 days 
Climate in Kyoto

Average weather in Arashiyama

In May Arashiyama generally has warm temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 25°C (77°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 14°C (57°F) and heavy monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are pleasant 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
<<   April April
<<  
20°C / 68°F 
9°C / 48°F 
178 hours 
115mm / 4.5inch 
11 days 
25°C / 77°F 
14°C / 57°F 
185 hours 
165mm / 6.5inch 
12 days 
June   >> June
>>  
28°C / 82°F 
19°C / 66°F 
140 hours 
215mm / 8.5inch 
13 days 
Climate in Arashiyama

Average weather in Osaka

In May Osaka generally has warm temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 25°C (76°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 16°C (60°F) and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are pleasant 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
<<   April April
<<  
20°C / 68°F 
11°C / 51°F 
188 hours 
103mm / 4.1inch 
10 days 
25°C / 76°F 
16°C / 60°F 
202 hours 
145mm / 5.7inch 
11 days 
June   >> June
>>  
28°C / 82°F 
20°C / 68°F 
156 hours 
183mm / 7.2inch 
12 days 
Climate in Osaka

Average weather in Hakuba

In May Hakuba generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 21°C (69°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 8°C (46°F) and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are pleasant that month.

Hakuba
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Weather conditions Weather
<<   April April
<<  
15°C / 58°F 
2°C / 35°F 
177 hours 
117mm / 4.6inch 
21°C / 69°F 
8°C / 46°F 
177 hours 
147mm / 5.8inch 
June   >> June
>>  
24°C / 74°F 
13°C / 55°F 
135 hours 
218mm / 8.6inch 
Climate in Hakuba

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

Is May the best time to go to Japan?

In our opinion May is one of the best times to visit Japan with commonly pleasant weather in Tokyo. However, the weather conditions may vary depending on your destination.

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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