The following is an overview of Kyoto Prefecture’s climate in December. First of all, Kyoto City is located in a basin, so it is a little colder in winter than Tokyo and Osaka, etc. You can enjoy walking around the city with beautiful autumn leaves until early December, but it gradually gets colder and you will need a coat. On the other hand, Miyama-cho, located about an hour and a half north of Kyoto City by bus, is colder than Kyoto City, and it sometimes snows. Maizuru City on the Sea of Japan side also has occasional snowfall.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I see autumn leaves in December?

In early December, you can see the autumn leaves in Kyoto Prefecture. Especially in Kyoto City, you can enjoy the autumn foliage at many temples and other places.

When does it start snowing in Kyoto?

In the center of Kyoto City, there is almost no snow in December. In Miyama Town, north of Kyoto City, and Maizuru City on the Sea of Japan side, there is some snowfall from early December. However, even in Miyama and Maizuru, snow does not begin to fall in earnest until January.

Weather in Kyoto (Kyoto City, Miyama Town, Maizuru City) in early January

Sightseeing scenery that simply shows the weather in Kyoto in January2

Kyoto, Japan – January 1, 2020: Kyoto Station is a railway station and transportation hub in Kyoto, Japan = Shutterstock

average temperature
Highest temperature
(Lowest temperature)
Total precipitation
(Total snowfall depth)
Kyoto 5.2℃  (41.4°F)
9.4 ℃  (48.9 F)
1.7℃  (35.1°F)
14.3mm (0.56inch)
1cm (0.39inch)
Miyama 2.2℃  (36.0°F)
6.7℃  (44.0°F)
-0.8℃ (30.6°F)
44.0mm (1.73inch)
20cm (7.87inch)
Maizuru 4.1℃  (39.4°F)
8.1 ℃  (46.6 F)
1.1℃  (34.0°F)
56.7mm (2.23inch)
15cm (5.9inch)

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

Weather in Kyoto (Kyoto City, Miyama Town, Maizuru City) in mid-January

Sightseeing scenery that simply shows the weather in Kyoto in January3

Kyoto, Japan – January 13, 2020: Shimogamo shrine is one of the oldest shinto shrines in Kyoto, Japan. Its formal name is Kamo-mioya-jinja = Shutterstock

average temperature
Highest temperature
(Lowest temperature)
Total precipitation
(Total snowfall depth)
Kyoto 4.9℃  (40.8°F)
9.1℃  (48.4°F)
1.5 ℃ (34.7°F)
17.8 mm (0.70inch)
1cm (0.39inch)
Miyama 1.8℃  (35.2°F)
6.3 ℃  (43.3°F)
-1.3℃ (29.7°F)
58.4mm (2.30inch)
21cm (28.27inch)
Maizuru 3.8℃  (38.8°F)
7.7℃  (45.9°F)
0.8 ℃ (33.4°F)
58.4 mm (2.3inch)
12cm (4.72inch)

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

Weather in Kyoto (Kyoto City, Miyama Town, Maizuru City) in late January

Sightseeing scenery that simply shows the weather in Kyoto in January4

Kyoto January 21, 2018 – Winter : Beautiful Architecture at Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto, Japan = Shutterstock

average temperature
Highest temperature
(Lowest temperature)
Total precipitation
(Total snowfall depth)
Kyoto 4.5℃  (40.1°F)
8.7℃  (47.7°F)
1.1℃ (34.0°F)
21.2mm (0.83inch)
2cm (0.79inch)
Miyama 1.3℃  (34.3°F)
5.7℃  (42.3°F)
-1.8℃ (31.82°F)
52.8mm (2.08inch)
33cm (13.0inch)
Maizuru 3.2℃  (37.8°F)
7.2℃  (45.0°F)
0.3℃ (28.8°F)
68.3mm (2.69inch)
27cm (10.6inch)

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

Mountainous areas in northern Kyoto are cold

Sightseeing scenery that simply shows the weather in Kyoto in January4

Kyoto, Japan – January 25, 2018: Kifune Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Sakyo-ku in Kyoto, Japan.Kifune Shrine is dedicated to the god of water = Shutterstock

Areas in northern Kyoto such as Kibune, Kurama, and Ohara receive more snowfall than central Kyoto. Coats and gloves are essential due to the low temperatures.

What to wear in Japan during winter

For winter clothes, please refer to the following articles.

Monthly weather in Kyoto

Below are articles about the weather in Kyoto. 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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