In October, mild and sunny days increase in Kyoto Prefecture, and although there are still hot days in early October, the weather becomes much more autumnal from the middle of the month onward. In particular, Kyoto City on the Pacific Ocean side has many comfortable days perfect for sightseeing. Sightseeing spots such as Kinkakuji Temple and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are crowded with many tourists. In the mountainous area of Miyama-cho, it is cooler than in Kyoto City. On the Sea of Japan side, Maizuru City has more cloudy and snowy days in winter, but still mild in October.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is October a good time to visit Kyoto?

October is one of the best months to visit Kyoto.

Can I enjoy autumn leaves in Kyoto City in October?

The best time to view the autumn foliage in Kyoto City is from late November to early December, with the leaves gradually changing from mid-November. Unfortunately, you will not be able to see autumn foliage in Kyoto City in October. However, the number of tourists is smaller in October than in the peak season of November, so you can move smoothly.

Weather in Kyoto (Kyoto City, Miyama Town, Maizuru City) in early October

Sightseeing scenery that simply shows the weather in Kyoto in October2

Kyoto, Japan – October 6, 2013: people drinking water from sacred otowa no taki waterfall at Kiyomizu pure water temple = Shutterstock

average temperature
Highest temperature
(Lowest temperature)
Total precipitation
(Total snowfall depth)
Kyoto 20.6℃  (69.1°F)
25.3 ℃  (77.5 F)
16.7℃  (62.1°F)
49.2 mm (1.94 inch)
Miyama 17.3℃  (63.1°F)
22.8 ℃  (73.0 F)
13.3℃  (55.9°F)
54.4 mm (2.14 inch)
Maizuru 19.1℃  (66.4°F)
23.9 ℃  (75.0 F)
15.4℃  (59.7°F)
59.1 mm (2.33 inch)

※ Source: All figures are the average for 30 years of 1991-23.92020 announced by the Japan Meteorological Agency

Weather in Kyoto (Kyoto City, Miyama Town, Maizuru City) in mid-October

Sightseeing scenery that simply shows the weather in Kyoto in October3

Kyoto, Japan: October 19, 2018: Tourists at the Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto = Shutterstock

average temperature
Highest temperature
(Lowest temperature)
Total precipitation
(Total snowfall depth)
Kyoto 18.6 ℃  (65.5°F)
23.6 ℃  (74.5°F)
14.5 ℃ (58.1°F)
50.7 mm (2.00 inch)
Miyama 15.2℃  (59.4°F)
21.1℃  (70.0°F)
11.0℃ (51.8°F)
52.4 mm (2.06 inch)
Maizuru 17.1℃  (62.8°F)
22.1℃  (71.8°F)
13.2 ℃ (55.8°F)
55.9 mm (3.20 inch)

※Source:  All figures are the average for 30 years of 1991-2020 announced by the Japan Meteorological Agency

Weather in Kyoto (Kyoto City, Miyama Town, Maizuru City) in late October

Sightseeing scenery that simply shows the weather in Kyoto in October4

KYOTO, JAPAN – OCTOBER 20: Eikando Temple in Kyoto, Japa = Shutterstock

average temperature
Highest temperature
(Lowest temperature)
Total precipitation
(Total snowfall depth)
Kyoto 16.4℃  (61.5°F)
21.4℃ (70.5°F)
12.2℃ (54.0°F)
43.3 mm (1.70 inch)
Miyama 13.1℃  (55.6°F)
19.0℃ (66.2°F)
8.9℃ (48.0°F)
55.7 mm (2.19 inch)
Maizuru 15.0℃  (59.0°F)
20.1℃  (68.2°F)
11.1℃ (52.0°F)
65.0 mm (2.56 inch)

※ Source: All figures are the average for 30 years of 1991-2020 announced by the Japan Meteorological Agency

What to wear in Japan during October

Please refer to the following article.

Monthly weather in Kyoto

Below are articles about the weather in Kyoto. Click on the month of interest to see articles about that month.

January February March
April May June
July August September
October November December

Weather in tourist destinations around Japan

Below are pages showing the climates of various regions in Japan at the same time of the year.

Tokyo Osaka Kyoto
Hokkaido Sendai Nagano
Nagoya Hiroshima Fukuoka
Okinawa

 

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