Winter continues in February in Japan. Skiing conditions reach their best in northern Japan (Hokkaido). Central Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka) stays cold and quiet, while spring shows signs of coming in the warm south (Okiwana).
Along with the benefits of lower crowding, February is a great time to discover Japan for all travelers: thrilling winter activities, relaxing hot springs to bathe in, and stunning early cherry and plum blossom.
Find out about average temperatures, rain/snowfall, and tips on where to go and what to wear...
Japan Weather in February: Overview
- Average Temperature range: 2°C (36°F) – 10°C (50°F)
- Average Rainfall: 73 mm (3 inches)
- Average Rainy days: 8
- Average Sunny days: 20
Weather of Japan’s Major Cities in February
|Japan City||Min. Temp||Max. Temp||Rainfall/Snowfall|
|Sapporo||-6°C (20°F)||0°C (32°F)||116 mm (46 in)|
|Tokyo||2°C (34°F)||11°C (52°F)||56 mm (2 in)|
|Kyoto||2°C (34°F)||10°C (50°F)||65 mm (3 in)|
|Osaka||3°C (38°F)||11°C (51°F)||60 mm (2 in)|
|Hakone||2°C (36°F)||8°C (47°F)||68 mm (3 in)|
|Nara||-1°C (30°F)||10°C (49°F)||63 mm (3 in)|
|Hiroshima||2°C (36°F)||11°C (52°F)||64 mm (3 in)|
|Okinawa||14°C (58°F)||19°C (67°F)||58 mm (2 in)|
Sapporo and Northern Japan: Winter Sports
You can expect heavy snow in February on Hokkaido, Japan’s northern island. The snowy landscape and winter sports appeal to travelers, especially skiing lovers, while the festive atmosphere lights up the city of Sapporo.
Being in Sapporo’s peak season, crowds and higher prices are inevitable in February. So, early booking and avoiding weekends are helpful. With us, you enjoy 100% refund of any payments made to Asia Highlights prior to 3 weeks before departure (detail⇒).
Tokyo and Central Japan: Quieter Attractions
Most of central Japan remains cold and dry. The Japanese Alps are still covered by snow.
If you’re travelling to Tokyo and Kyoto, your trip is unlikely to be disrupted by the weather. Thanks to the cold weather, you’ll have quieter attractions, or even times to yourself, and save a bit on your budget.
Okinawa and Southern Japan: Warmer Winter Escapes
Unlike the north and central Japan, the (extreme) south has mild/warm and pleasant days. The earliest cherry blossom is already fully blooming in February.
Read more about How to Plan a Japan Winter Trip >>>
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5 Best Places to Visit in Japan in February
1. Hakone: Indulge in a Hot Spring
Just 1½ hours’ drive from Tokyo, Hakone is a perfect winter getaway, known for Japan’s best hot springs.
For some authentic cultural experiences, stay overnight in a traditional Japanese inn (a ryokan) with hot springs. If possible, try the outdoor baths. What could be better than bathing in a steaming hot spring as the snow falls around you?
On clear days, taking the Hakone Ropeway or a Hakone Lake cruise is a great way to get views of Mount Fuji...
2. Hokkaido: Go for Winter Activities
In February, Hokkaido becomes a snowy world. With the best powder snow, Sapporo is on the top of adventure lovers’ bucket lists.
Look for something thrilling? Go for a drift ice walking tour! Take an icebreaker, try drift ice bathing, spot wild animals (like eagles and seals), and enjoy the sunset over drift ice.
Even if you’re not big on winter sports, you may find a journey to the north worth it for the impressive snow scenery and atmospheric festivals. The beauty of Sapporo Snow Festival (Feb. 4–11, 2023) and Otaru Snow Light Path (Feb. 11–18, 2023) will never disappoint.
3. Kyoto: Encounter Plum Blossom in an Ancient City
The temperature gets up to around 10°C (50°F) in February in Kyoto. It might snow occasionally. The ancient city of Kyoto doesn’t lose its charm in the cold weather.
Watch Setsubun rituals (celebrating spring’s coming), encounter geisha in the old streets, and have photo opportunities with fully-blooming plum trees...
If the cold weather is not too much of a challenge for you, you can enjoy having the attractions to yourself and paying lower prices.
Get more information about How to Plan a Trip to Kyoto (Couples, Families, First Timers…) >>>
4. Tokyo: Take in the Winter Illuminations
Tokyo in February remains dry and sunny with a temperature high averaging 11°C (52°F).
Winter illuminations make Tokyo a romantic city, especially for celebrating Valentine’s Day.
As home to anime and manga, the warm anime-themed museums and shops are great escapes from the cold weather. A sushi cooking class is a friendly way to have closer contact with locals.
5. Okinawa: Catch the Earliest Cherry Blossoms
Okinawa is one of Japan’s warmest places in February, averaging highs of 19°C (67°F). With warmer weather, Okinawa welcomes spring earlier than other cities.
Appreciate stunning cherry flowers, walk on beautiful beaches, and explore historic castles...
Although February is not the peak time for water activities, it is ideal for spotting whales.
Costs and Crowding in February
Being one of the best times for skiing, February sees most Japan travelers in Hokkaido. If you’re going for winter sports, you can expect higher prices and more crowds than usual. Early booking is advisable for a better chance of availability and choices.
For other popular destinations (Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto…), you would have a more tranquil experience at the attractions. You could also take advantage of lower prices and more hotel choices.
What to Pack in February
Since the average daily temperature only gets up to around 10°C (50°F), you’re suggested to take winter clothing, such as winter jackets, down coats, hats, gloves, thick socks, long-sleeved shirts...
If you’re visiting even-colder northern Japan (Hokkaido), heavier clothes (or specialist clothes for winter sports) are helpful.
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