In March, temperatures gradually rise around Fukuoka City, and cherry blossoms begin to bloom in late March. However, it is not yet full-blown spring. It can be very cold on some days, so be sure to bring a light coat. Since Fukuoka is relatively close to China, yellow sand from the Chinese deserts sometimes arrives in the westerly winds from March to May. At that time, the sky looks hazy with yellow sand. Yellow sand causes sneezing, sore throats, and sore eyes, so be sure to wear a mask or take other countermeasures.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is yellow sand?

Yellow sand is the sand of deserts such as the Gobi and Taklamakan deserts on the Eurasian continent, and is carried to Japan by the prevailing westerlies. Kosa comes to Japan throughout the year, but the amount is particularly large from March to May every year. Especially April is the most popular month. According to the results of observations made by the Japan Meteorological Agency at 11 locations across Japan for 30 years from 1991 to 2020, yellow sand was observed for an average of 4.4 days in March, 6.2 days in April, and 2.2 days in May. Every year in Japan, yellow sand is observed most frequently in Fukuoka.

The effects of yellow sands vary from person to person. Some have no effect at all. On the other hand, some people experience sneezing, sore throats, and sore eyes. In Fukuoka, etc., yellow sand will be reported in the weather forecast, so please pay attention to the weather forecast during your stay in Fukuoka. If the sky is hazy with yellow sand, take precautions such as wearing a mask and not staying outdoors too long.

What should I wear in March in Fukuoka?

March marks the transition from winter to spring. The weather tends to be unstable, with cold and warm days alternating and rainy days increasing. For this reason, in March, first of all, do not forget to bring an umbrella when you go out. You may not even need a heavy coat, but it is a good idea to bring a light coat; by late March, a coat may not be necessary. However, please note that it is still cold in the mornings and evenings. For winter and spring clothes, please refer to the following articles.

When do cherry blossoms bloom in Fukuoka?

In Fukuoka, cherry blossoms usually start blooming around March 22 and are in full bloom around March 31. However, recently, due to global warming, the cherry blossoms sometimes bloom earlier.

Weather in Fukuoka in early March

Average temperature
Highest temperature
(Lowest temperature)
Total precipitation
(Total snowfall depth)
Fukuoka 9.5℃  (49.1°F)
13.4℃  (56.1°F)
6.0℃ (42.8°F)
37.2 mm (1.46 inch)
0 cm (0 inch)

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

Weather in Fukuoka in mid-March

Sightseeing scenery that simply shows the weather and clothes in Fukuoka in March2

FUKUOKA,JAPAN-March 16,2014: Many Tourists are walking pass the Torii gate of Dazaifu tenmangu shrine = Shutterstock

Average temperature
Highest temperature
(Lowest temperature)
Total precipitation
(Total snowfall depth)
Fukuoka 10.9℃  (51.6°F)
15.3℃  (59.5°F)
7.0 ℃ (44.6°F)
30.8 mm (1.21 inch)

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

Weather in Fukuoka in late March

Sightseeing scenery that simply shows the weather and clothes in Fukuoka in March3

Fukuoka city Fukuoka JAPAN – March 28 2018: Cherry blossom viewing with picnic in Park.

Sightseeing scenery that simply shows the weather and clothes in Fukuoka in March4

Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan – March 23,2016. Asian Teenager Playing Baseball in the Park, Baseball is Favorite Sport in Japan

Average temperature
Highest temperature
(Lowest temperature)
Total precipitation
(Total snowfall depth)
Fukuoka 12.0℃  (53.6°F)
16.2℃  (61.2°F)
8.4℃ (47.1°F)
35.7 mm (1.41 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 winter and spring

For winter and spring clothes, please refer to the following articles.

Monthly weather in Fukuoka

Below are articles about the weather in Fukuoka. 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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