August marks the end of Japan’s summer (June to August). Average daily temperatures peak at 31°C (88°F). If you’d like to escape the heat, northern Japan and the Japanese Alps are ideal destinations.
Despite the heat, you’ll be rewarded with the driest weather of summer in Japan, with just a few short downpours, as the rainy season (June to August) fades away and the typhoon season (September/October) is yet to arrive.
You could also enjoy world-class fireworks displays and abundant Nipponese festivals in August.
Find out about average temperatures, rainfall, and tips on where to go and what to wear in Japan in August below...
Japan Weather in August: Averages
- Temperature range: 24–31°C (74–88°F)
- Rainfall: 155 mm (6 inches)
- Rainy days: 9
- Sunny days: 22
Weather of Japan’s Major Cities in August
|Japan City||Ave. Min. Temp.||Ave. Max. Temp.||Average Rainfall|
|Sapporo||19°C (66°F)||26°C (80°F)||127 mm (5 in)|
|Tokyo||24°C (74°F)||31°C (88°F)||155 mm (6 in)|
|Kyoto||25°C (76°F)||34°C (93°F)||154 mm (6 in)|
|Osaka||26°C (78°F)||34°C (93°F)||113 mm (5 in)|
|Hakone||23°C (73°F)||30°C (86°F)||145 mm (6 in)|
|Nara||23°C (73°F)||33°C (91°F)||128 mm (5 in)|
|Hiroshima||25°C (76°F)||33°C (91°F)||131 mm (5 in)|
|Okinawa||27°C (80°F)||32°C (90°F)||240 mm (9 in)|
Hokkaido and Northern Japan in August: Summer Retreat
With higher latitudes, you could enjoy cooler weather in northern Japan than in central and southern Japan.
In late August, Hokkaido receives its heaviest rainfall, averaging 127 mm (5 in) for the month. However, this is only moderate and drier than further south. If you’re looking for outdoor adventures, early August should be a bit drier.
August is also the best time to spot animals like whales and birds. Fully-blooming flowers light up the cities as well.
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Tokyo and Central Japan in August: Hot but Best for Mountain Climbing
August is the hottest month in central Japan, averaging 31°C (88°F) at maximum. Its average rainfall is moderate at 147 mm (6 inches), and occasionally comes as afternoon downpours.
August is a good time for mountain-climbing expeditions, like up Mount Fuji or the Japanese Alps. You’ll experience cooler temperatures, fresh air, and dense forests in the mountains.
When travelling in central Japan, the heat actually wouldn’t bring too many problems. You could enjoy plenty of indoor activities inside air-conditioned buildings and travel in a private air-conditioned car, which is also helpful to minimize the inconvenience/discomfort of any rainfall.
As August is a peak time for family trips, you might be interested in our hand-picked family tour: 2-Week Japan Private Family Vacation>>> or would like to get some inspiration about planning your family trip in August.
Okinawa and Southern Japan in August: Hot Beach Destination
In August, the temperature range is from 27°C (80°F) to 32°C (90°F) in Okinawa. With occasional typhoons, southern Japan receives a high rainfall of 240 mm (10 in).
Packed with white sand beaches and water sports, Okinawa is a popular destination for summer beach holidays.
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5 Best Places to Visit in Japan in August
Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka are must-sees for a Japan first trip. August heat only slightly affects your trip there, as public places are well-equipped with air conditioners. What’s more, our experienced guide knows how to make your private tour more comfortable by avoiding spending the hottest times of the day outdoors etc.
Here are some top suggestions for August, including Aomori for colorful summer festivals and Hiroshima, where the rain/heat won’t stop you appreciating its tragic war history and promotion of peace.
To well discover the above 5 places, you might need at least 2 weeks. Get some inspiration about 2-week Japan itineraries or 3-week Japan itineraries...
1. Tokyo: Showcase of Japan Packed with Indoor Activities
Tokyo, the capital of Japan, offers a varied mix of advanced technologies, unique anime culture, and traditional culture. Undoubtedly, Tokyo is the No. 1 destination for a Japan trip, especially for families with school-age children.
Besides exploring its modernity, you and your kids could try on kimonos for family photos, wander through shrines and hunt for seasonal fruit-themed treats in August...
As the anime mecca, you could immerse yourself in hundreds of anime stores, anime museums, and anime cafes in Tokyo, all away from the heat of day.
Suggested reading: How to Plan a Japan Summer Trip>>>
2. Kyoto: Indoor River Dining with Traditional Japanese Food
Kyoto can be hot and humid in August. But a well-organized private tour would keep your trip comfortable nevertheless.
You’re suggested to visit the iconic shrines and temples in the cooler early morning or late afternoon. For the hotter hours after noon, what could be cooler and more interesting than savoring delicious food while soaking your feet in floating water in a river restaurant?
If your trip is during Obon Festival (August 13 to 16), you could see its huge ceremonial bonfires and well-decorated streets with beautiful lanterns. If you like, you could join in with floating paper lanterns, giving the special experience of celebrating with the locals.
3. Osaka: Food Hunting and Castle Exploring
With similar temperatures, Osaka is a little bit drier than Tokyo and Kyoto.
Always known as a foodie paradise, you could easily find yummy food to suit you, whether you’re traveling with kids or aging parents. Its fantastic theme parks are family-friendly too.
History buffs, you could wander around Osaka Castle to learn about Japanese history and architecture. You could also take a side trip to Himeji Castle, the largest castle in Japan (just 1½ hours’ driving away).
4. Hiroshima: Reminder of the Price of Peace
In August, you can not only see the beautiful torii (symbolic shrine gateways) over the water, but also learn about the tragic history of Hiroshima.
For families with kids, a trip to Hiroshima can be an educational opportunity to explore the site of the world's first atomic-bomb strike. You could join in the Peace Memorial Ceremony on August 6th as well.
5. Aomori: Join in Nebuta Festival
Located in northern Japan, the pleasant, cooler weather makes Aomori a perfect summer retreat. You could refresh yourself by hiking in a dense forest with waterfalls. You and your kids could have a night adventure with fireflies there!
If you’re travelling in early August, go and see Aomori’s Nebuta Festival (summer festival, August 2 to 7). Giant illuminated floats, majestic fireworks, and bustling food stalls create a memorable experience during your trip!
Costs and Crowding in August
Being the main school-holiday month in most countries, August is the peak time for family tours to Japan. With more festivals as well, you can expect more travelers and higher costs than that in June and July.
Due to the high demand, booking at least 6 months in advance is necessary to guarantee rooms and guides. For a worry-free booking, contact us to enjoy our free cancellation policy, and personalize your private tour itinerary.
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What to Pack in August
Because of the hot weather, summer clothing with breathable fabrics is advisable, such as short-sleeved shirts, dresses, and shorts with sandals.
Sun protection is a must due to the high UV on sunny days, so pack your sunscreen, hat, sunglasses...
You’re also suggested to take some insect repellent as mosquito numbers peak in summer.
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