Osaka Weather in December

Season: Early winter

December is the beginning of winter in Osaka. It is the driest month in Osaka, with a rainfall of only 45mm, but its humidity is not very low, at about 56%. The average temperature in December is around 9℃ (48.2℉), and the maximum and minimum temperatures are 12℃ (53.6℉) and 5℃ (42.8℉), respectively. The closer to late December, the lower the temperature is. Also, the temperature difference between day and night becomes quite large. The good thing is that in this month, it’s sunny most of the days, and visitors could feel mild sunshine during the day. A down coat, wool sweater, and thick winter pants are recommended to cope with Osaka weather in December.

Averages for Osaka Weather in December

Temperature: 9°C / 48.2°F
High Temperature: 12°C / 53.6°F
Low Temperature: 5°C / 42.8°F
Humidity: 56%
Rainfall: 45 mm
Rainy Days: 5 days
Sunrise: 06:47 ~ 07:05
Sunset: 16:47 ~ 16:58

Clothes to Wear in Osaka in December

Osaka climate in December requires visitors to take on thick winter clothes. Sweaters, wool overcoat, thin down coat, and thick wool pants are nice for the weather. Gloves, scarf, and short boots are also desirable during this month.
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Where to Go in Osaka in December

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When getting to Osaka in December, winter illuminations is absolutely unmissable. Osaka Hikari Renaissance at Nakanoshima Park and Osaka Castle Illuminage are among the most brilliant winter illumination sites in Osaka; Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Hirakata Park and Abeno Harukas are also favorite spots to enjoy winter illuminations. In early December, visitors can still seize the last chance of the year to appreciate red leaves. Mt. Inunaki is great to appreciate the red fall foliage all over the mountain with waterfalls, while trying Japanese traditional onsen bath. There are a variety of New Year celebrations in late December, when you can experience Japanese New Year celebrations in person. Shinsakbashi and adjacent Dotonbori are also recommended to taste hot Osakan snacks like takoyaki and okonomiyaki.


1. The New Year holiday, usually falls from December 29 to January 3, is a peak tourism season with higher travel prices.

2. New Year's matsuri is held at many shrines since December 31.

3. Late December is probably the busiest time in a year in many malls and shopping places, so there are large crowds of people.
- Last updated on Aug. 30, 2023 by Nancy He -