Tokyo Weather

Tokyo Weather 東京の天気

Tokyo, situated at slightly higher latitudes than Osaka, Nagoya and Kyoto, escapes some of the very high summer temperatures of those cities, but the metropolis' heat-island effect means that summer is not the most pleasant season for Tokyoites or visitors to the city. Temperatures in August can be over 30 degrees Centigrade and now the summer highs are stretching further and further into September. The summer of 2013 was the hottest on record in Japan with temperatures reaching over 40 degrees Celsius in Kochi Prefecture on Shikoku.

Winters can be cold but Tokyo, on the Pacific coast sees little snow, though it is not unknown. If it snows in Tokyo it makes the national news with images of Office Ladies (OLs) sliding down slopes on their high heels.

Again, spring and autumn are the best times to visit Japan's capital with many clear days and low rainfall usually guaranteed.

If you wish to escape the heat in Tokyo during July, August and September head to nearby Hakone and Nikko in the mountains or Kamakura on the coast for swimming and wind-surfing. Shimoda and the Izu Peninsula are also a favorite getaway for Tokyoites in the long, hot summer months.

Snow in Yanagibashi, Tokyo.
Snow is not unknown in deepest winter in Tokyo, the Japanese capital city

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