January Weather Averages for Tokyo

What's the Weather like in Tokyo in January

Temperature

January is usually the start of the coldest month in Tokyo, with temperatures often falling below 2℃ (36°F) in the morning. It is advisable to bring a good winter jacket and warm shoes, with the average temperature being 5℃ for this month, highest usually rising to 8℃. Some say February feels colder than January, but the temperature rarely differs.

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What's the Weather like in Tokyo in January

Temperature

January is usually the start of the coldest month in Tokyo, with temperatures often falling below 2℃ (36°F) in the morning. It is advisable to bring a good winter jacket and warm shoes, with the average temperature being 5℃ for this month, highest usually rising to 8℃. Some say February feels colder than January, but the temperature rarely differs.

Rain

Over the course of January, Tokyo recieves an average of 43mm of rainfall divided by 9 rainy days. With some form of precipitation occuring on various days across the year, there is a chance you may experience rain so be prepared.

Sunshine Hours

Across the month, Tokyo usually enjoys an average of six hours of daily sunshine, along with medium cloud coverage which fluctuates between 78% at the beginning of the month and 73% by the end. On average, the sky is mostly clear.

Wind

The wind in tokyo is usually calm, with a very light breeze considered for January.

Humidity

The least humid month is January (32.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is July (66.6%).

Tokyo Hotels for January

Boasting 15 food and beverage options, 2 swimming pools, and its own aquarium, Shinagawa Prince Hotel is right next to JR Shinagawa Train Station, from where Haneda Airport is only a 25-minute train ride away. This 39-storey hotel offers beautiful Tokyo views and free WiFi throughout the entire property. The air-conditioned rooms at Shinagawa Prince Hotel have a fridge and an en suite bathroom with a bathtub and shower booth. Free toiletries and a hairdryer are provided. Guests will also find a personal locker in the room.

Opened in December 2013 and situated right at the heart of the lively Kabuki-cho area in Shinjuku, Granbell Hotel offers modern and stylish guest rooms with unique design concepts. The property added new rooms in December of 2016. Higashi-shinjuku Subway Station is just a 4-minute walk away, while JR Shinjuku Station East Exit is a 15-minute walk from the property. This non-smoking accommodation features free WiFi throughout the property and a terrace bar on the 13th floor.

Held annually at Yushima Tenmangu (Yushima Tenjin) Shrine, a historic Shinto shrine dedicated to Sugawara-no Michizane, the Bunkyo Plum Festival celebrates the blooming season of about 300 white and red plum trees planted throughout its precincts. The best time to visit the festival is February

Bars and Restaurants

There is no culinary sin greater than visiting Tokyo without eating sushi. One memorable place to do so is at the traditional Ginza flagship of family-run Kyubey. Here, bowing kimono-clad staff usher guests into the four-storey restaurant, which houses a warren of eating spaces, from intimate counter spaces where the chefs slice fish freshly in front of you to private rooms with low tables and "tatami" mat flooring.

Joël Robuchon is the eponymous restaurant from world-renowned chef Joël Robuchon, who owns numerous successful ventures around the world. Robuchon offers an outstanding take on modern french cuisine. The restaurant offers several set menus, along with an excellent selection of à la carte options. Be sure to save room for the delicious Kyoho grape mochi with fresh almond ice cream, soya milk and honey coulis.

Things to do in Tokyo in January

January in Tokyo can be cold, dark and dreary – especially once the New Year celebrations are over. On the other hand, this month is also the time for classic winter festivals, tasty food shows and ice skating

Sensō-ji is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. It is Tokyo's oldest temple, and one of its most significant. Formerly associated with the Tendai sect of Buddhism, it became independent after World War II. Many tourists due to visit the temple, and January is a good time to choose due to being less busy.

Forget football. Instead, embrace Japan's national sport and time your Tokyo visit to coincide with one of three annual sumo tournaments, in January, May and September, each lasting 15 days. Sumo tournaments take place at the Kokugikan arena in the Ryogoku district of Tokyo. For the next schedule, click here

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