In December, Okinawa enjoys cool and comfortable days. Okinawa has a subtropical climate, which is quite different from other areas such as Tokyo, etc. In December, coats are essential in Tokyo and Osaka, but Okinawa is warm enough that you do not need a jacket during the daytime, and a jacket or light coat is sufficient even in the morning and evening!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is December the best time to visit Okinawa?

If you want to enjoy marine leisure in Okinawa, you should avoid going there in December. You can’t swim in the sea in December, even in Okinawa. However, you can enjoy scuba diving if you take measures against the cold.

Marine recreation is not possible in December, but you can visit various historical sites and aquariums. With fewer tourists and cheaper hotel and airplane rates, you can have a surprisingly enjoyable trip.

What should I wear in Okinawa in December?

On nice days, you can spend the daytime without a jacket. You can even see people wearing short-sleeved shirts. However, a jacket is basically a must, and you should also bring a light coat.

The temperature in Okinawa is high, but the wind from the sea is strong, so you may feel surprisingly chilly. A windbreaker or something that keeps out the wind may come in handy.

Weather in Okinawa in early January

Sightseeing scenery that simply shows the weather and clothes in Okinawa in December2

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium dolphin show in Okinawa, Japan on December 7,2015 = Shutterstock

Sightseeing scenery that simply shows the weather and clothes in Okinawa in December3

Shuri Castle on Okinawa Island Japan It was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on December 2, 2000 = Shutterstock

Average temperature
Highest temperature
(Lowest temperature)
Total precipitation
(Total snowfall depth)
Naha 20.1℃  (68.2°F)
22.6℃  (72.7°F)
17.9℃ (64.2°F)
32.2 mm (1.27 inch)

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

Weather in Okinawa in mid-January

Average temperature
Highest temperature
(Lowest temperature)
Total precipitation
(Total snowfall depth)
Naha 19.0℃  (66.2°F)
21.4℃  (70.5°F)
16.8 ℃ (62.2°F)
39.0 mm (1.54 inch)

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

Weather in Okinawa in late January

Sightseeing scenery that simply shows the weather and clothes in Okinawa in December4

Okinawa, Japan – December 26, 2020 – Beach of American Village in Okinawa taken from the terrace of a restaurant = Shutterstock

Average temperature
Highest temperature
(Lowest temperature)
Total precipitation
(Total snowfall depth)
Naha 18.1℃  (64.6°F)
20.6℃  (69.1°F)
15.7℃ (60.3°F)
38.8 mm (1.53 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 autumn & spring

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

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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