From January to February, the area around Fukuoka City is covered with clouds from the Sea of Japan, and overcast days continue. This phenomenon is similar to other cities on the Sea of Japan coast. The wind from the Genkai Sea sometimes feels cold. However, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the average January temperature in Tokyo (1991-2020) is 5.4 degrees Celsius, while Fukuoka is 6.9 degrees Celsius. Fukuoka is generally warm due to the warm current (Tsushima Current) flowing in the Sea of Japan. If you take basic measures against the cold, you will be able to enjoy sightseeing even in January.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear in Fukuoka in January?

January, along with February, is the coldest month. Winter clothes such as coats and down jackets are necessary. If you don’t like the cold, a scarf, gloves, and a knit hat are also recommended. For more information on winter clothing in Japan, please refer to the following article.

Does it snow in January in Fukuoka?

No, it does not. It almost never snows in Fukuoka. Some people think that since Fukuoka faces the Sea of Japan, it snows as much as Niigata and Kanazawa, which also face the Sea of Japan. However, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the total snowfall in January (1991-2020) is 1 cm in Fukuoka City, compared to 3 cm in Tokyo. However, Fukuoka City does have a large amount of doldrums and clouds in January.

Weather in Fukuoka in early January

Sightseeing scenery that simply shows the weather and clothes in Fukuoka in January2

Fukuoka, Japan – JANUARY 4, 2019: People gathering at Dazaifu Tenman-gu Shrine as part of Hatsumode (first trip of the year) to pray for good and prosperity during Oshōgatsu or Japanese new year = Shutterstock

Average temperature
Highest temperature
(Lowest temperature)
Total precipitation
(Total snowfall depth)
Fukuoka 7.3℃  (45.1°F)
10.7℃  (51.3°F)
4.2℃ (39.6°F)
21.0 mm (0.83 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-January

Sightseeing scenery that simply shows the weather and clothes in Fukuoka in January3

Fukuoka, Japan – January 17 2020: Two tourists wearing jacket are reading their travel itinerary = Shutterstock

Average temperature
Highest temperature
(Lowest temperature)
Total precipitation
(Total snowfall depth)
Fukuoka 7.0℃  (44.6°F)
10.2℃  (50.4°F)
4.0 ℃ (39.2°F)
26.3 mm (1.04 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 late January

Sightseeing scenery that simply shows the weather and clothes in Fukuoka in January4

Yanagawa, Japan – January 28, 2020: People Waiting for a Boat Ride Yanagawa is a famous canal town in Kyushu island = Shutterstock

Average temperature
Highest temperature
(Lowest temperature)
Total precipitation
(Total snowfall depth)
Fukuoka 6.5℃  (43.7°F)
9.8℃  (49.6°F)
3.5℃ (38.3°F)
21.6 mm (1.07 inch)
1 cm (0.39 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

For winter 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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