Nara Weather in December

Season: Early winter

For winter comes, Nara weather in December gets cold. After the sun sets, the temperature drops even greatly, and the night becomes quite chilly. The temperature decreases to 8℃ (46.4℉) averagely, while the average low temperature is about 4℃ (39.2℉), and the average high temperature is 12℃ (53.6℉) in December. Although it rains or slightly snows sometimes, the sky is clear most of the month. Sweater, padded jacket, thermal trousers and boots can be worn to keep warm in Nara in December.

Averages for Nara Weather in December

Temperature: 8°C / 46.4°F
High Temperature: 12°C / 53.6°F
Low Temperature: 4°C / 39.2°F
Humidity: 57%
Rainfall: 52 mm
Rainy Days: 6 days
Sunrise: 06:45 ~ 07:03
Sunset: 16:46 ~ 16:56

What to Wear in Nara in December

In December, warm clothes, like sweater, parka, wool overcoat, padded jacket, thermal shirt and trousers, winter pants, and boots, should be worn. Scarf, gloves, and gorro are also necessary when going out.
Nara Clothes in December December Wear in Nara

Top Things to Do in Nara in December

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In mid-December at the end of the year, Nara has another grand festival, Kasuga Wakamiya On-matsuri. It is usually held around Kasuga Taisha Shrine from December 15th to 18th. The great parade and traditional artistic performances of different ages attract a lot of visitors. Meanwhile, Nara National Museum will launch an exhibition about Kasuga Wakamiya On-matsuri in December every year, with many old relics on display, including Shinto wares used in the ceremony in ancient times and old paintings describing the festival.

Deer in Nara Park is an icon in Nara. Why not try feeding deer for fun? Multiple old temples are recommended to see the Japanese style yards as well as traditional architecture. Todai-ji Temple is famous for the Great Buddha, as the statue is quite giant in size. Apart from temples, Naramachi is also a great district to see Japanese traditional buildings. Koshi-no-le, the old house having a shop with street frontage, is pretty distinctive at Naramachi. Sanjo Dori and Higashimuki Street are also great streets for a food safari.


1. In the off season, Nara is quiet, peaceful and less crowded in December for a leisurely trip. However, the frigid weather requires visitors to wear warm clothes.

2. Many owners would close their shops in Nara during New Year holiday, which is from December 29 to January 3. But shrines or temples may be full of visitors for the New Year visit and praying.
- Last updated on Mar. 27, 2023 by Nancy He -