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Best Time to Visit Kyoto

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Best Time to Visit Kyoto

When is the best season to visit Kyoto? Japan is known for its distinctive season, and Kyoto's temperature is even more extreme. Surrounded by valleys on three sides, Kyoto is hot and humid in the summer and cold in the winter.

Best Season to Visit Kyoto

Spring (March to May): Kyoto offers a moderate temperature in spring. Beginning in mid March, the city starts to warm up, providing an optimal temperature for flowers to bloom.  Various plants and flowers become vivid, and among the most noticeable are the cherry blossom, plum blossom, Rhododendron, Wisteria, and Iris. Undoubtedly, the cherry blossom is the favorite of both the locals and the travelers, so spring is the best time to visit Kyoto(March to May).

Tsuyu Season (June to July)
From June to mid July is the rainy season in Kyoto. More properly, the local Japanese use the term Tsuyu to describe the season.  During the Tsuyu season, Kyoto would be very humid and the temperature tends to fluctuate. If you want to keep yourself dry, there are many museums offered in Kyoto, including the Kyoto Aquarium where you can meet numerous marine creatures you have never seen and the Kyoto International Manga museum where you learn about an extensive collection of comic books.

Summer (July to August)
The mountains on the three sides of the Kyoto block most of the wind, thus summer day can hardly cool down.  In those couple months, the temperature will remain hot and humid, and it is not unusual to find temperature rising to 35C (or 95F) on a summer day. Additionally, it is common for unexpected storms to visit the city.

Fall (September to November)
Similar to spring, fall is mild and sunny, thus another perfect season to visit Kyoto. October is still very warm, but the temperature will start to drop in November. As the temperature cools down, maples leaves will turn bright red, decorating the city into a picturesque tourist attraction. Maples leaves can be widely found as you visit temples. Because nights in fall are not too cold, most temples would keep the door open for the colorful night view.

Winter (December to February)
Is winter the worst season to visit Kyoto? The mountains surrounding Kyoto would bring cold currents to the city. Despite the cold temperature, it rarely snows in Kyoto. However, if you are lucky enough to see snow in Kyoto, make sure you take pictures of this beautiful ancient town covered in snow. Staying in a traditional ryokan for a hot bath is also a recommended experience during a winter visit.


Kyoto Travel Season

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Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the weather like in early June in Kyoto?
    Summer in Kyoto starts in June and ends in August. The average maximum temperature in June is around 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) and the average low temperature is around 17 degrees Celsius (62 degrees Fahrenheit). During June in Kyoto you can see the colorful hydrangeas, but because the sunshine is stronger during this time, please be aware of heatstroke prevention.
  • Can I go to Kyoto in the middle of November to catch the autumn leaves season?
    This is the most beautiful time to visit Kyoto for their maple leaves. During this time, the area has decent weather, basically the most beautiful and comfortable time to visit. Most of the time it is sunny, with temperatures under 15 to 20 degrees Celsius (59 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit), but it may be a little colder in the morning and evening.
  • Does it rain often in Kyoto?
    During June and July, it is the rainy season in Japan, and there will most likely be rainy days. As it will not necessarily be raining every day, the probability of rain is high. Traveling during other months, if you catch a rainy day, most of the cases it's just rain showers as the weather will clear up soon after. This is a feature of the Japanese weather.
  • What time during the year is the cherry blossom season in Kyoto?
    The cherry blossom season in Kyoto is usually from late March to the end of March.
  • Will there be a typhoon in late October in Kyoto?
    Going to Japan in October, you may have a chance of running into a typhoon going through Japan, as it does have an impact in Kyoto. But during the rainy season, you can choose to go to do the indoor tours or go to the indoor shopping malls.
  • What is the weather like at the beginning of January and early February in Kyoto?
    In the Kansai region, the climate is the most special in Kyoto because mountains surround the city on all three sides. On the northeast side is Lake Biwa, with an average temperature of 1 to 10 degrees Celsius (33 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit). Public places like shopping malls, stations, buses, subway stations have heating. It is recommended to wear warm clothing like a sweater and, a rain and wind jacket.
  • When is the best time of year to Kyoto?
    Kyoto is a year-round travel destination, and every season has its pros and cons. Of course, the cherry blossom season is an extremely popular time to visit Japan.
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