Kyoto Weather in August

Season: Late summer

Kyoto weather in August is sunny and hot. The hottest days of the year often fall in this month.  The average temperature is around 29℃ (84.2℉), while the average maximum temperature is high at 33℃ (91.4℉). The continuous heat is prone to make people uncomfortable and even cause heatstroke. Even the night time is surprisingly hot, with the average minimum temperature of 25℃ (77℉). It is not the rainy season and typhoons do not come, so the rainfall is not abundant in August in Kyoto. However, there are afternoon thunderstorms bringing instant heavy rain occasionally.

Averages for Kyoto Weather in August

Temperature: 29°C / 84.2°F
High Temperature: 33°C / 91.4°F
Low Temperature: 25°C / 77°F
Humidity: 65%
Rainfall: 152 mm
Rainy Days: 11 days
Sunrise: 05:06 ~ 05:29
Sunset: 18:25 ~ 19:00

Clothes to Wear in Kyoto in August

For broiling August in Kyoto, light, short, and airy clothes are optimal. T-shirt, short shirt and shorts are all great, and girls can also wear a dress or skirt. Sunglasses and sunhat are essential against the burning sun, and sandals are recommended for short-distance walking. For the long walk, a pair of sneakers would be better.
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Top Things to Do in Kyoto in August

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Although August is very sweltering, Kyoto is filled with festive atmosphere. Ritual bonfires of Daimon-ji Gozan Okuribi are majestic, which is a magical ritual to guide souls of the dead to their afterworld. Fireworks is indispensable in summer in entire Japan, so as in Kyoto, where the fireworks festival by Hozugawa River in Kameoka can’t be missed. Also, the fireworks on Biwako Hanabi by neighboring Lake Biwa are wonderful. If you are fond of ceramics, Tōki Matsuri at Gojo-zaka will feast you with tens of thousands fine ceramic works. Kyo no Tanabata is also a miraculous activity with lighting shows in August in Kyoto, where you can see countless lights hanging over your head along the trail, looking like the Milky Way.


1. It’s always torrid in August in Kyoto even at nights; replenish water from time to time when enjoying the activities, and a handheld fan is also popular.

2. Tanabata is celebrated in July in most regions in Japan, but Kyoto hosts its celebration in the first half of August. Kyo no Tanabata is held at several attractions, including Nijo Castle, the banks of Kamo River, Umekoji Park, and so on.
- Last updated on Mar. 14, 2023 by Nancy He -