The climate of Tokyo
, the lovely coastal capital city of Japan
, experiences a humid subtropical climate classified as Cfa under the Köppen climatic classification. The summers are characterized by hot, humid, and wet weather, while the winters are moderately wet and cold. Monsoons affect the climate of Tokyo and may cause irregular fluctuations during the monthly weather. Four distinct seasons are experienced in Tokyo in equal divisions throughout the year.
Spring is strikingly beautiful in Tokyo, especially when the flowers are in full bloom. The trees grow shades, and the grass turns green, making the environment attractive with moderately warm temperatures. Tokyo records high numbers of tourists coming to witness the beautiful scenery of spring. Rainfall is typical in the afternoon hours but the days remain warm even with the rain. However, the nights and early mornings record low temperatures and can be chillier during the first few weeks into spring.
Summer in Tokyo runs from June
and is characterized by oppressive humidity and extremely high temperatures, with the hottest days going as high as 40°C (104°F). Most of the year's rainfall is experienced in summer, and on the rainiest days, the rain gauge collects precipitation of up to 180mm (7.09") on average.
Tourists flock Tokyo for the warm temperatures and the high ocean temperatures for a swim and later basking in the sun.
The beautiful autumn colors are witnessed from mid-September
, making the city appear golden and beautiful. The sight of the shady trees and falling leaves is breathtaking with the warm and pleasant temperatures experienced. However, the weather remains unpredictable, with rainfall being experienced occasionally and the sun shining for up to five hours per day. The ocean temperatures in autumn remain moderately warm, averaging 23°C (73.4°F), making swimming in the ocean an everyday luxury all through the season. September is mainly known for high occurrences of typhoons, which can cause significant damage when intense hence, precaution is advised.
Winter temperatures are extremely cold. Tokyo winter time lasts between December
. At night it gets worse with temperatures almost hitting the freezing point. Cold winds are rampant in winter and make the weather even colder. Snow is experienced for minimal days during winter and may vary in intensity every other year. The winter season in Tokyo has more sunshine hours than the other seasons making it mildly warm despite the low temperatures. Outdoor activities may be minimal, but skating in the snow remains the best activity in winter.
The best time to visit Tokyo
The best time to visit Tokyo
is during spring and autumn. These periods record relatively manageable crowds in all the spots making touring the city easy and enjoyable. Accommodations and flights are available and reasonably priced. The weather generally stays pleasant with mildly warm temperatures and moderate humidity. The ocean temperature makes it possible to enjoy swimming in the waters as it is moderately warm, and the sun shines steadily across most days resulting in warm, lovely weather.
In spring, the beautiful blossoms give Tokyo a magnificent sight even at night. Autumn has fresh, crisp air and a beautiful fall that makes visiting parks a great experience with the golden color looming in the air with warm, steady sunshine on most days.
The worst time to visit Tokyo
Unfortunately for some, summer is the worst time to visit Tokyo
. The warm temperatures attract high numbers of tourists, and as schools are closed for holidays, it gets worse with crowds. Visiting the parks, museums, and other historic spots become limited, with the long queues from the large crowds attending. Prices for most services increase with the demand, and it results in flights, accommodation, and park fees getting hiked along with most hotels remaining fully booked.
The temperatures stay high and constant throughout the entire season, and on the hottest days, they become oppressive and may not make a good time for outdoor activities. The rainfall comes with more interruptions to tours in Tokyo, especially when accompanied by thunderstorms and strong winds.
The heavy rains in summer may result in flash floods in Tokyo
that may bring serious damages if in high intensity. Rainfall may be accompanied by thunderstorms that can cause harm or result in the death and damage to property.
The month of September
experiences significant typhoons. These tropical cyclones have been known to bring strong winds and heavy torrential rains that cause massive damage.
Weather in January
, like December
, is another chilly winter month in Tokyo
, with an average temperature fluctuating between 2.8°C (37°F) and 8.9°C (48°F). With an average high-temperature of 8.9°C (48°F) and an average low-temperature of 2.8°C (37°F), January is the coldest month. Weather in January »
Weather in February
, the last month of the winter in Tokyo
, is another chilly month, with an average temperature ranging between max 9.8°C (49.6°F) and min 3.5°C (38.3°F). In Tokyo, the average high-temperature in February is practically the same as in January
- a still chilly 9.8°C (49.6°F). Weather in February »
Weather in March
The first month of the spring, March
, is a mild month in Tokyo
, with an average temperature fluctuating between 13°C (55.4°F) and 6.2°C (43.2°F). In March, the average high-temperature marginally rises from a frosty 9.8°C (49.6°F) in February
to a moderate 13°C (55.4°F). Weather in March »
Weather in April
, is an enjoyable spring month, with an average temperature fluctuating between 17.6°C (63.7°F) and 10.6°C (51.1°F). In April, the average high-temperature slightly increases from a mild 13°C (55.4°F) in March
to an enjoyable 17.6°C (63.7°F). Weather in April »
Weather in May
, the last month of the spring in Tokyo
, is a pleasant month, with temperature in the range of an average high of 22.8°C (73°F) and an average low of 16.1°C (61°F). In Tokyo, the average high-temperature in May increases from an enjoyable 17.6°C (63.7°F) in April
to a pleasant 22.8°C (73°F). Weather in May »
Weather in June
The first month of the summer, June
, is a moderately hot month in Tokyo
, with temperature in the range of an average low of 19.3°C (66.7°F) and an average high of 25.1°C (77.2°F). In Tokyo, the average high-temperature in June is essentially the same as in May
- a moderately hot 25.1°C (77.2°F). Weather in June »
Weather in July
, the same as June
, is a moderately hot summer month in Tokyo
, with temperature in the range of an average low of 23.3°C (73.9°F) and an average high of 29.3°C (84.7°F). In Tokyo, the average high-temperature in July marginally rises from 25.1°C (77.2°F) in June to a still warm 29.3°C (84.7°F). Weather in July »
Weather in August
, the last month of the summer in Tokyo
, is a hot month, with temperature in the range of an average low of 25.1°C (77.2°F) and an average high of 31°C (87.8°F). With an average high-temperature of 31°C (87.8°F) and an average low-temperature of 25.1°C (77.2°F), August is the warmest month. The average heat index in August is evaluated at a torrid 39°C (102.2°F). Weather in August »
Weather in September
The first month of the autumn, September
, is still a warm month in Tokyo
, with an average temperature ranging between min 21.3°C (70.3°F) and max 26.8°C (80.2°F). In Tokyo, Japan, the average high-temperature in September slightly decreases from a hot 31°C (87.8°F) in August
to a warm 26.8°C (80.2°F). Weather in September »
Weather in October
, the same as September
, in Tokyo
, is another pleasant autumn month, with an average temperature varying between 21.6°C (70.9°F) and 16.3°C (61.3°F). In Tokyo, the average high-temperature in October drops from a warm 26.8°C (80.2°F) in September to an agreeable 21.6°C (70.9°F). Weather in October »
Weather in November
The last month of the autumn, November
, is another comfortable month in Tokyo
, with an average temperature fluctuating between 10.9°C (51.6°F) and 16.5°C (61.7°F). In Tokyo, the average high-temperature in November decreases from an agreeable 21.6°C (70.9°F) in October
to an enjoyable 16.5°C (61.7°F). Weather in November »
Weather in December
The first month of the winter, December
, is still a cool month in Tokyo
, with an average temperature ranging between min 5.9°C (42.6°F) and max 11.2°C (52.2°F). In December, the average high-temperature drops from an enjoyable 16.5°C (61.7°F) in November
to a cool 11.2°C (52.2°F). Weather in December »