Nara Weather in January

Season: Winter
It is quite cold in Nara in January. In fact, it is the coldest period in the year. The average max temperature is around 9℃ (48.2℉), while the average min temperature is as low as 1℃ (33.8℉). It seldom rains or snows in January, so Nara is comparatively dry in January. Even so, Nara’s humidity is pretty high, perhaps because of the nearby ocean. Although it snows on occasion, the snow falling on the ground melts fast. Warm winter clothes such as down coat, sweater, padded jacket, padded trousers, thick stockings, and boots are optimal choices to keep yourself warm in the cold Nara weather in January.


Averages for Nara Weather in January

Temperature: 5°C / 41°F
High Temperature: 9°C / 48.2°F
Low Temperature: 1°C / 33.8°F
Humidity: 57%
Rainfall: 48 mm
Rainy Days: 5 days
Sunrise: 06:54 ~ 07:03
Sunset: 16:55 ~ 17:23

What to Wear in Nara in January

It is definitely necessary to wear warm winter clothes in Nara in January. Thermal shirt, sweater, down coat, hat, padded trousers, boots, gloves, scarf, etc. are all proper. As it is well-heated indoors, visitors could wear outerwear which can be taken off conveniently.
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Top Things to Do in Nara in January

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Nara abounds in old temples, and Todai-ji Temple, Toshodaiji Temple, Horyu-ji Temple, etc. are all visit-worthy for their historical atmosphere and relics. Among them, Todai-ji Temple is the world’s largest wooden architecture and preserves the world’s biggest bronze statue of Buddha. Kasuga Taisha Shrine is a great place to experience the festival atmosphere of New Year. Wakakusa Yamayaki may be the grandest festival in late January, as the grass burning ceremony is accompanied with firework show on Mount Wakakusa. Wakakusa Yamayaki is held on the fourth Saturday in January. Nara Park and Kasugano at the foot of Mt. Wakakusa are perfect to see fire. Also, Nara Palace Site Historical Park allows you to have a panoramic view of both the fire and fireworks. In case of rainy day or strong winds, the burning ceremony may be postponed. In view of Nara weather, onsen bathing is also a nice thing to do in January.


Remember to keep warm with thick clothes and apply cream and lip pomade for skin protection in Nara in January.
- Last updated on Mar. 27, 2023 by Nancy He -