In August, Okinawa attracts a very large number of domestic and international tourists on vacation. The weather is stable when there are no typhoons, so you can enjoy marine sports and other activities without any worries. However, in August, typhoons hit Okinawa every year. Please pay close attention to the weather forecast, as both airplanes and boats are closed before and after typhoons hit Okinawa.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do typhoons often come to Okinawa in August?

Okinawa is in the path of typhoons and inevitably receives direct hits from them. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the number of typhoons that have approached within 300 km of JMA observation facilities in Okinawa is as follows.

Number of typhoons that hit Okinawa

year  July  August  September
2021 1 3 1
2020 4 2
2019 1 1 3
2018 3 4 2
2017 3 1 1

※ Source:https://www.data.jma.go.jp/fcd/yoho/typhoon/statistics/accession/okinawa.html
When a typhoon strikes, the weather can be very rough for several days before and after, and there is a risk of having to stay in your hotel room for two days or so. So please pay close attention to the weather forecast both before you leave for Okinawa and while you are there. Also, please be careful not to make your itinerary too crowded.

What should I wear in August in Okinawa?

Short-sleeved summer clothes are best in August. However, the sun is strong, so it is best to wear a light cardigan to prevent sunburn. In addition to this sun protection, creams, sunglasses, and hats are also recommended. Since hotels are air-conditioned, cardigans and jackets are useful. For summer clothes, please refer to the following article.

Weather in Okinawa in early August

Sightseeing scenery that simply shows the weather and clothes in Okinawa in August2

Kabira bay, the most popular landmark in Ishigaki Island, Okinawa, Japan, August 3, 2016 = Shutterstock

Average temperature
Highest temperature
(Lowest temperature)
Total precipitation
(Total snowfall depth)
Naha 29.0℃  (84.2°F)
31.8℃  (89.2°F)
26.9℃ (80.4°F)
97.7 mm (3.85 inch)

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

Weather in Okinawa in mid-August

Sightseeing scenery that simply shows the weather and clothes in Okinawa in August3

Okinawa, Japan August 10, 2018 : White water from the bottom = Shutterstock

Average temperature
Highest temperature
(Lowest temperature)
Total precipitation
(Total snowfall depth)
Naha 29.0℃  (84.2°F)
31.9℃  (89.4°F)
27.0 ℃ (80.6°F)
74.9 mm (2.95 inch)

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

Weather in Okinawa in late August

Sightseeing scenery that simply shows the weather and clothes in Okinawa in August4

OKINAWA,JAPAN-AUGUST 13,2018: Viewpoint of the Shurijo castle to see the wide angle of Okinawa city,Japan = Shutterstock

Average temperature
Highest temperature
(Lowest temperature)
Total precipitation
(Total snowfall depth)
Naha 28.8℃  (83.8°F)
31.7℃  (89.1°F)
26.7℃ (80.1°F)
67.9 mm (2.67 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 summer

For summer clothes, please refer to the following article.

Monthly weather in Okinawa

Below are articles about the weather in Okinawa. 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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