December Weather Averages for Tokyo, Japan
What's the Weather like in Tokyo in December
December brings mostly cool, dry, late autumn days to Tokyo, Japan. While it will feel noticeably cooler, with high temperatures averaging 12°C and overnight lows of 4°C, a warm coat is usually plenty to keep you comfortable outdoors. Don't forget those sunglasses as the sun shines brightly this time of year. If you're chasing the summer sun, perhaps you'd prefer to visit Bangkok instead, where t...
What's the Weather like in Tokyo in December
December brings mostly cool, dry, late autumn days to Tokyo, Japan. While it will feel noticeably cooler, with high temperatures averaging 12°C and overnight lows of 4°C, a warm coat is usually plenty to keep you comfortable outdoors. Don't forget those sunglasses as the sun shines brightly this time of year. If you're chasing the summer sun, perhaps you'd prefer to visit Bangkok instead, where temperatures can top 31°C!
Across the month, Tokyo usually enjoys an average of six hours of daily sunshine, along with medium cloud coverage which fluctuates between 70% at the beginning of the month and 76% by the end. On average, the sky is mostly clear.
The wind in tokyo is usually calm, with a very light breeze considered for December.
Tokyo Hotels in December
Hotel Monterey Hanzomon
Hotel Monterey Hanzomon is a 1-minute walk from Hanzomon Subway Station and a 5-minute walk from the Imperial Palace. It offers modern accommodation with a daily breakfast and rooms with free Wi-Fi. Guestrooms at Monterey Hanzomon Hotel feature the simple elegance of warm colours and wooden furniture. Each room is equipped with tea/coffee making facilities and a flat-screen TV. Smartphones in the room may be used inside and outside of the property free of charge.
Hotel Villa Fontaine
For luxury, and space, Hotel Villa Fontaine Tokyo-Tamachi is situated an 8-minute walk from both JR Tamachi Station and Mita Subway Station. Mita Station offers direct train access to Haneda Airport, a 30-minute ride away, as well as to Narita Airport, which is a 90-minute train ride. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.
Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba
This property is 7 minutes walk from the beach. Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba is the first Grand Nikko hotel in Japan, open from 1 July 2016. Situated in the Tokyo Bay area in Odaiba, this property is the closest city resort hotel to central Tokyo, a 20-minute monorail and train ride away from JR Tokyo Station. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.
Bars and Restaurants
Oribe Bar, which is pppropriately refined for its magnificent location, this Ginza bar is named after Furuta Oribe, a samurai and master of the tea ceremony whose students included shogun Tokugawa Hidetada. Although the views of the iconic theatre are the main attraction, the veteran master here also serves up some mean cocktails – try the sublime Silver Bullet for a drink matching the atmosphere.
The glorious restaurant Hinokizaka will welcome you with the true essence of traditional, yet contemporary Japanese cuisine which is awarded the Michelin One Star for 2010, and the only Hotel Japanese restaurant to have earned this distinction.
Anyone dying to try the sushi-for-breakfast experience need look no further than Sushi Dai, located just steps from the Tsukiji fish market, which arguably serves the freshest seafood of anywhere in the world and is the unanimous choice as one of the best sushi restaurants in Tokyo.
Things to do in Tokyo in December
Christmas in Tokyo
If you are looking to get into the Christmas spirit, look no further than Tokyo with the city peppered with Christmas lights and decorations to admire during your trip.
Glide under the bright lights at the foot of Tokyo Skytree, where this rink opens in December. A children's rink and a play area have been added for 2018, making the comfy Ice Skating Park even more family-friendly than before, while the experienced staff offer daily lessons for beginners. The entrance fees include skate rentals.
Akibasan Kongen Yabuse Matsuri
The Akibasan Kongen Yabuse Matsuri – or the Akibasan Protection from Fire Festival takes place at the Akibasan shrine in the Itabashi district of Odawara City in December. The festival, which dates from the 16th century, is ostensibly for offering protection from fire. A better description might be "fun with fire" – with robed priests doing a variety of activities with fire..
December events in Tokyo
The Great British Weekend
7th December 2018 to 9th December 2018
Three-day mini festival to celebrate all things British. There are live music performances on the main stage throughout the day, a handful of promotional booths (BBC, British Airways, etc.), and several food and drink stalls selling craft beer and classic British cuisine.
29th December 2018 to 31st December 2018
The Comic Market (“Comiket”) is an event where groups and individuals can exchange and sell self-published comic books known as dojinshi (同人誌). It has its roots back in the 1970s when a growing number of manga fans were frustrated at the lack of diversity among the established publishers and the difficulty new authors faced in trying to get their work seen by a wider audience. In 1975 a small manga reiew club called meikyu (迷宮) or “Labyrinth” decided to self-publish a magazine that reviewed dojinshi and organise events where authors could share their work freely.
Hibiya Park Christmas Market
15th December 2018 to 25th December 2018
While Yokohama’s Christmas market might boast a 10-meter tall Christmas tree, Hibiya pulls out all the stops for its “Tokyo Christmas Market” by importing a giant-sized wooden spinning toy that gives the illusion that it’s powered by candle smoke. It’s Tokyo’s biggest (and best, in my humble opinion) Christmas market, but owing to its location near Ginza—not to mention the general popularity of Christmas markets—the venue gets crowded.
World Christmas Festival
22nd December 2018 to 23rd December 2018
Another offering from BMI, an organisation responsible for some of the more generic festivals that take place in Yoyogi over the course of the year. This one is no different, with belly dancing, samba, and cuisine from Southeast Asia making an appearance in the past.