May, along with April, is the best season for spring tourism in and around Fukuoka City. The days are warm and mild, so you can enjoy sightseeing in comfort. However, yellow sand may also be blown in from China on westerly winds in May, so be sure to wear a mask on such days to prevent it.

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 Fukuoka in May?

In May, you can enjoy spring fashion such as cardigans and light jackets. For more information on spring clothing in Japan, please refer to the following article.

Weather in Fukuoka in early May

Sightseeing scenery that simply shows the weather and clothes in Fukuoka in May2

Fukuoka, Japan – May 3, 2019 : the beautiful tunnel of Wysteria floribunda flower at Kawachi Fuji Wisteria Garden = Shutterstock

Average temperature
Highest temperature
(Lowest temperature)
Total precipitation
(Total snowfall depth)
Fukuoka 18.9℃  (66.0°F)
23.4℃  (74.1°F)
15.1℃ (59.2°F)
45.3 mm (1.78 inch)

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

Weather in Fukuoka in mid-May

Sightseeing scenery that simply shows the weather and clothes in Fukuoka in May3

ITOJIMA, FUKUOKA – MAY 14, 2022: Children and mother walking through a beautiful landscape of wheat fields and cherry trees = Shutterstock

Average temperature
Highest temperature
(Lowest temperature)
Total precipitation
(Total snowfall depth)
Fukuoka 19.7℃  (67.5°F)
24.2℃  (75.6°F)
15.9 ℃ (60.6°F)
53.6 mm (2.11 inch)

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

Weather in Fukuoka in late May

Sightseeing scenery that simply shows the weather and clothes in Fukuoka in May4

Fukuoka ,Japan May 26, 2015 cruising and sightseeing Yanagawa river = Shutterstock

Average temperature
Highest temperature
(Lowest temperature)
Total precipitation
(Total snowfall depth)
Fukuoka 21.1℃  (70.0°F)
25.5℃  (77.9°F)
17.4℃ (63.3°F)
34.7 mm (1.37 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 spring clothes, please refer to the following article.

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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