Kyoto Weather in December

Season: Early winter

Kyoto weather in December becomes exceedingly cold, with an average temperature at 7℃ (44.6℉). The highest temperature is 11℃ (51.8℉) averagely during this month, while the lowest temperature is around 3℃ (37.4℉). It does not often rain or snow, and clear sky is common. Occasionally, it rains mixed with snowflakes, when people feel colder than the actual temp. Even if it is warm during the day, the temp drops rapidly after the sun goes down. The closer to the end of December, the bigger the temperature difference between day and night. Sweater, wool overcoat, wool pants and short boots are appropriate to wear in Kyoto in December.

Averages for Kyoto Weather in December

Temperature: 7°C / 44.6°F
High Temperature: 11°C / 51.8°F
Low Temperature: 3°C / 37.4°F
Humidity: 63%
Rainfall: 48 mm
Rainy Days: 9 days
Sunrise: 06:46 ~ 07:05
Sunset: 16:45 ~ 16:55

What to Wear in Kyoto in December

Winter comes to Kyoto in December, so warm winter clothes could be taken on. Sweater, parka, thick overcoat, wool pants, etc. are great. Thick socks and short boots are also essential, and it would be better to wear a hat, scarf as well as gloves when getting outdoors.
Kyoto Clothes in December December Wear in Kyoto

What to Do in Kyoto in December

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It is still possible to admire red leaves in Kyoto in early December, which fall down soon after. Arashiyama Hanatouro is a fascinating place to go all the month as Sagano Bamboo Grove, Togetsukyo Bridge and more spots are light up at night. Kurama Onsen is a relaxing activity that can’t be missed in winter, and Kyoto National Museum is also visit-worthy in cold days. Tourists may taste hot Japanese food like Nabe and Sukiyaki; Nishiki Market is a nice place to go in the case. One can also sip Japanese tea and learn the traditional tea ceremony.


1. December is the slack season for sightseeing in Kyoto, so tourists can visit the city at a leisurely pace and lower cost.

2. Around the New Year from December 29 to January 3 or so, many shops stop their business. But the public transport is still in service, and shrines and temples are also open for New Year visits and praying activities.
- Last updated on Mar. 14, 2023 by Nancy He -