Tokyo Weather in January

Season: Winter
Arguably, Tokyo weather in January is pretty cold. Actually, it is the coldest time in a year with an average temperature of 2-9℃ (35.6-48.2℉). In particular, the mid-late January is the coldest, so you need to take on warm clothes like downcoat. There is not much rainfall in January comparatively, which reaches 52mm at average. Besides, the sun rises late and drops earlier, while the daytime lasts for about 10 hours every day. Although it is a cold month for travelling, holiday celebrations will make your tour unforgettable in Tokyo.


Averages for Tokyo Weather in January

Temperature: 7°C / 44.6°F
High Temperature: 9°C / 48.2°F
Low Temperature: 2°C / 35.6°F
Humidity: 45%
Rainfall: 52 mm
Rainy Days: 4 days
Sunrise: 06:42 ~ 06:52
Sunset: 16:39 ~ 17:07

What to Wear in Tokyo in January

In January, it's best to wear winter clothes such as thick overcoat, padded jacket, gloves and more in Tokyo. Inside, a sweater should be fine. Also, because the buses, department stores and other indoor places are greatly heated, it is recommended to wear an overcoat easy to be taken off and put on.
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Top Things to Do in Tokyo in January

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Local characteristic activities are waiting for visitors to experience in Tokyo in January. New Year visit to a shrine or temple is a must, where traditional worship activities are held from midnight on December 31 to January 3. Meiji Shrine is Japan's largest shrine, and Sensoji Temple is also among the most popular ones to visit in Tokyo.

In addition, January is the right time to appreciate snow landscapes and have an onsen bath. Rural Tokyo, Karuizawa, and Mt. Fuji are imposing spots to sightsee snows near Tokyo. Hakone is well-known for hot spring, where is perfect for Japanese onsen bath. Also, Japanese winter food like Shabushabu and Oden is a highlight during this period.


1. It’s relatively dry in January of Tokyo, so it’s necessary to apply and take lip pomade and hand cream with you when getting out, to protect your skin from winter dry. You can utilize warm stickers to keep warm.

2. As it is bitterly cold, it’s necessary to wear masks in Tokyo in January, to isolate viruses and prevent flu.
- Last updated on Mar. 03, 2023 by Nancy He -