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Stay Stylish and Comfortable in Autumn and Winter

When it comes to experiencing autumn and winter in Japan, it’s essential to be prepared for varying temperatures and conditions.

Weather News, Japan’s weather website provides valuable guidance on how to dress appropriately to stay comfortable in each temperature. Whether you’re exploring the vibrant streets of Tokyo or venturing into snowy regions like Hokkaido, here are some essential tips to keep in mind.


Source: Weather News

30° and up: short-sleeve (+cover-up when in indoor)
25° and up: short-sleeve shirt
25° and less: long-sleeve shirt
20° and less: cardigan
16° and less: sweater
12° and less: trench coat
8° and less: Winter coat
5° and less: down coat

Autumn in Japan

Autumn in Japan typically spans from October to November, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C in most regions. Here’s how to dress for this season.

  1. Layering is Key: Start with a light sweater or long-sleeve shirt as your base layer. You can add a cardigan or jacket that you can easily take off when it gets warmer during the day.
  2. Comfortable Bottoms: Opt for comfortable pants or jeans. It’s a good idea to wear leggings or thermal tights underneath if the weather gets colder.
  3. Footwear: Closed-toe shoes or comfortable boots are suitable for this season. Don’t forget to bring a light scarf and an umbrella, as occasional rain showers are common.
  4. Accessories: A stylish hat or a light scarf not only adds to your outfit but also keeps you warm when the temperatures drop.

Winter in Japan

Winter in Japan runs from December to February, while the cold weather still lasts until March, on some occasions, and the temperatures vary greatly depending on the region.

In Tokyo, temperatures can range from 0°C to 10°C, while northern areas like Hokkaido can experience sub-zero temperatures and heavy snowfall.

Here’s how to dress for this season.

  1. Layer, Layer, Layer: Start with thermal undergarments, followed by a sweater or fleece-lined shirt. Top it off with a heavy coat or down jacket to stay warm.
  2. Warm Bottoms: Slightly thick bottoms like jeans do well in winter. In the midwinter when the temperature drops and especially when the winter wind is strong, invest in thermal pants or wear thermal leggings under your regular bottoms.
  3. Accessories: A warm hat that covers your ears, gloves, and a scarf are essential for keeping your extremities warm.
  4. Snowy Areas: If you plan to visit snowy regions, consider wearing snow boots that are waterproof, anti-slip, and with cold protection (had your feet cold with worsen the day!). Don’t forget to dress in layers to trap heat and wear a waterproof outer layer to keep dry. A knit or fleece lining glove is good enough, but if you are going to play with the snow, make sure to have a snow glove with you.
  5. Heat Packs: Japanese convenience stores and supermarkets sell disposable heat packs that you can slip into your gloves or pockets for extra warmth.

A down jacket, scarf/muffler, and boots will help you keep warm.

Ski wear is perfect for the snowy area

Remember that Japan’s climate can be quite diverse, so it’s essential to check the weather forecast for your specific destination and adjust your clothing accordingly. Also, be sure to pack and dress appropriately, allowing you to fully enjoy the beauty and culture of Japan during autumn and winter.

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