Tokyo Weather in December

Season: Early winter

December is the beginning of winter in Tokyo. Its highest temperature is 12℃ (53.6℉) and the lowest temperature is around 6℃ (42.8℉). Although it's not the coldest time of the year, down coats, woolen hats, gloves, scarves, and other winter clothes are pretty useful. It becomes drier than last month, with an average rainfall of 51mm. It usually does not snow in this month.

Averages for Tokyo Weather in December

Temperature: 9°C / 48.2°F
High Temperature: 12°C / 53.6°F
Low Temperature: 6°C / 42.8°F
Humidity: 47%
Rainfall: 51 mm
Rainy Days: 3 days
Sunrise: 06:32 ~ 06:51
Sunset: 16:28 ~ 16:38

What to Wear in Tokyo in December

It comes to winter in December in Tokyo, so pack thick clothing for your Tokyo tours. Sweaters, wool overcoat, padded jackets, padded pants, etc. are must in Tokyo in December. If the cold air passes by, padded hats, scarves, and gloves are also needed.
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Top Things to Do in Tokyo in December

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December is cold in Tokyo, but it’s a festal month to celebrate Christmas and New Year. Winter illuminations everywhere light up the whole city, and Christmas markets are full of gifts and souvenirs for visitors to choose. Tokyo Disney Resort and Sanrio Puroland provide various Christmas activities for children. On New Year’ Eve, there are countdown events especially the lively party in Shibuya, and interesting fox parade in Oji area. Numerous children dress up as foxes and have their pilgrimage to Oji Inari-jinja Shrine, to show the scene in old legend. December can be a great time for ice skating in Tokyo. Winter comiket is a paradise for people who love manga and comic, while Odaiba Rainbow Fireworks offers wonderful fireworks show on every Saturday over Rainbow Bridge.


1. Remember to wear thicker clothes with gloves and scarfs for keeping warm when you go to see winter illuminations at night.

2. Businesses are opened as usual in Tokyo during Christmas; Ginza, Nakameguro, and Ebisu perhaps are optimal places with superb lighting as well as various restaurants for celebrations. However, it is pretty crowded in Tokyo in late December.
- Last updated on Apr. 11, 2023 by Nancy He -