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Japan Weather in June 2023: Hot & Rainy? Best Places to Go (Insider Tips)

Japan Weather in June 2023: Hot & Rainy? Best Places to Go (Insider Tips)

By RitaUpdated Mar. 16, 2023

June sees the arrival of summer (June to August) and also the rainy season (June to mid-July) in Japan. In June, the average daily temperature is around 25°C (77°F).

As for rainfall, the closer to northern Japan you visit, the drier the weather you can get. The rainfall averages around 200 mm (8 inches) in central Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka) and southern Japan (Okinawa). But in the north, on Hokkaido, it is still dry with sunny days.

June is the best time to go if you’re planning a summer trip to Japan, especially with your family. You could perfectly avoid the domestic tourist crowds, who travel during Japan’s school holidays (July and August), and enjoy reasonable prices on flights and hotels. Besides, you could enjoy the coolest weather in the summer months.  

Find out about average temperatures, rainfall, and tips on where to go and what to wear in Japan in June below...

Japan Weather in June: Overview


  • Temperature range: 19–26°C (66–79°F)
  • Rainfall: 178 mm (7 inches)
  • Rainy days: 10
  • Sunny days: 20  

Weather of Japan’s Major Cities in June

Japan City Min. Temp Max. Temp Rainfall
Sapporo 13°C (56°F) 22°C (71°F) 60 mm (2 in)
Tokyo 19°C (67°F) 26°C (79°F) 168 mm (7 in)
Kyoto 19°C (67°F) 28°C (83°F) 200 mm (8 in)
Osaka 20°C (68°F) 28°C (83°F) 185 mm (7 in)
Hakone 18°C (64°F) 24°C (76°F) 160 mm (6 in)
Nara 20°C (68°F) 28°C (83°F) 183 mm (7 in)
Hiroshima 20°C (68°F) 27°C (81°F) 227 mm (9 in)
Okinawa 25°C (77°F) 30°C (86°F) 284 mm (11 in)

Hokkaido and Northern Japan: The Perfect Dry Getaway

Different from the wet areas further south, you could expect mild and pleasant weather in June on Hokkaido. The average high temperature is around 22°C (71°F). With plenty of sunshine, you could fully enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking or cycling.

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Tokyo and Central Japan: Quieter Places to Go

Central Japan sees its rainy season begin in June with a moderate 168–200 mm (7–8 inches) of rain. You can expect warm weather with average high temperatures of around 27°C (81°F) at noon.

Kyoto and Osaka experience their wettest month of the year. The rainfall keeps many travelers away. But you could still find plenty of dry time to discover them, as the rain usually comes as tropical cloudbursts or showers.

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Okinawa and Southern Japan: More Sun in Late June

Goryokaku Park in June Goryokaku Park in June

Okinawa suffers high rainfall, which eases to moderate levels at the end of June. The high temperature averages 30°C (86°F), which is ideal for water activities in late June, like snorkeling and diving.

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5 Best Places to Visit in Japan in June

Tokyo and Kyoto are must-sees on any trip to Japan, no matter the season. With fewer crowds in June, their abundant indoor activities also offer great downpour escapes during rainy days.

Sunny Hokkaido is ideal for outdoor activities and seeing flowers. Feeding deer in Nara (near Kyoto) and hands-on crafts experiences in Kanazawa (near Tokyo) are great for getting kids engaged.

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1. Hokkaido: Paradise for Outdoor Lovers

Cosmos are blooming at Biei province, Hokkaido, Japan Cosmos are blooming at Biei province, Hokkaido, Japan

In June, Hokkaido is a paradise for outdoor lovers with cool and sunny weather.

You could walk through the boundless flower fields to have some romantic moments. If you like hiking, don’t miss its national parks.

If you love beer, Sapporo Beer Museum is a fun stop. Learn about the oldest and most popular beers in Japan, and taste them! A beer garden is a relaxing way to end a day of touring.

2. Tokyo: Full of Diverse Choices

Night View of Tokyo Tower Night View of Tokyo Tower

Tokyo in June is comparatively dry among the most popular cities in Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka).

Being the capital, it always tops travelers’ bucket lists. You should see its modern skylines, experience its new high-tech, and explore its theme parks (for example, the unique DisneySea).

If you would be travelling with kids, they might love Tokyo’s anime and manga. Its anime museums (Ghibli Museum) and Pokemon center never disappoint fans.

June is also a good time to take a firefly night tour, which would allow your kids to get closer to nature. Fireflies light up the night sky, which creates a magical atmosphere.

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3. Kyoto: Rich in Cultural Experiences

Kyoto is warm and humid in June. You can expect 13 rainy days with a rainfall of 200 mm (8 in). Rain almost never lasts for a whole day and mostly comes as afternoon showers.

You would still have enough dry time to appreciate its zen-like temples with their lush June greenery, like Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Or seek out some indoor cultural experiences when it rains, such as tea ceremonies, samurai classes, and kimono try-ons...

As per the records, the highest rainfall period is estimated to start in Kyoto from June 8th and peak at the end of the month. If you’re looking for a somewhat drier and cooler experience, visit Kyoto in early June.

4. Kanazawa: Ancient Town with Hands-on Crafts Experiences

Visiting Kenroku-en Garden in June Visiting Kenroku-en Garden in June

With similar weather to Tokyo, you can reach Kanazawa in 2½ hours by train from Tokyo.

There, you could discover one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan — Kenroku-en Garden.

For fans of handicraft art, Kanazawa is a paradise. There, you can browse exquisite arts and crafts displaying traditional Japanese techniques, such as golden leaf crafts, fabric dying, and decorative cord tying. If you like, you could receive instructions to make your own souvenirs for your family and friends. 

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5. Nara: Very Kid-Friendly with Cute Deer to Feed

Feeding deer in Nara Park Feeding deer in Nara Park

On a family trip to Japan, feeding deer in Nara might get your kids excited. You could encounter hundreds of freely roaming deer in Nara Park. June is the best time to see the lovely fawns.

Costs and Crowding

Compared with its peak season (March to May), most of Japan becomes quieter in June because of the rain. Just before the Japanese summer holidays, you could take advantage of better prices on flights and hotels, and sightseeing without large crowds.

Things are different in Hokkaido and Okinawa (mainly from late June), where you can expect more travelers and higher costs.

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What to Pack in June

Rain gear and waterproof clothing are good to take, since most of Japan experiences its rainy season in June.

You’re suggested to take some breathable and quick-drying clothing for humid days. Layers of clothing are good for the cooler evenings in northern Japan.

Don’t forget the insect repellent if you’re going to hike in mountains or national parks. UV levels will be high, so pack plenty of sun cream, a sunhat, and good sunglasses.

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