If you are going to stay in Osaka in January, you will be wondering what the weather is like at that time. On this page, I will give you some ideas about the weather. Osaka, like other Japanese cities, will have the coldest season of the year from late January to early February. For this reason, there are not many tourists except for the New Year season in early January. There is almost no snow in Osaka. Days are likely to be sunny so if you are strong in the cold, you will be able to travel very comfortably. Osaka has lots of hot and delicious food, so please enjoy those too!

Below are articles about the monthly weather in Osaka. Click on an article if you want to know more.

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Below are articles on the weather in Tokyo and Hokkaido in January. If you plan to go to Hokkaido as well as Tokyo, please note that the weather in Hokkaido is quite different from Tokyo.

 

Weather in Osaka in January (overview)

Graph: Temperature change in Osaka in January

Graph: Temperature change in Osaka in January

※ Based on the data released by the Japan Meteorological Agency. Both high and low temperature data are averages over the past 30 years (1981-2010)

The climate of Osaka is coldest in January and February every year like other Japanese cities. Osaka has almost the same climate as Tokyo. However, in January, Osaka is slightly colder than Tokyo.

Osaka has less rain in January. It can be said that the weather is convenient for traveling around sightseeing spots. However, it is cold, so do not forget to bring coats or jumpers. If you go out for too long, please be careful as your body will get cold. When the body cools down, try eating something hot or using a hot spring!

There is almost no snow in Osaka, but once it falls, trains and buses will experience delays. If it snows, you should not move too much.

The following is weather information of January in Osaka announced by the Japan Weather Association. Please refer as necessary.

 

Osaka weather in early January (2018)

Maximum temperature (Celsius) 10.6
Minimum air temperature 0.0
Total precipitation 20.5 mm
Fine weather ratio 36%
January 2 2019: Ikukunitama Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Tennoji-ku, Osaka Prefecture, Japan = Shutterstock

January 2 2019: Ikukunitama Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Tennoji-ku, Osaka Prefecture, Japan = Shutterstock

In early January, in Osaka, as in Tokyo and Kyoto, people visit shrines and temples for New Year’s worship. Many of them wear coats, gloves and mufflers. Osaka is not as cold as Hokkaido, but the morning and evening minimum temperatures may still be below freezing. I recommend that you prepare a coat.

During this time, Osaka will continue to have sunny days and it is unlikely to snow.

In early January, sunrise time in Osaka is about 7:06 and sunset time is about 17:01.

 

Osaka weather in the middle of January (2018)

Maximum temperature (Celsius) 14.9
Minimum air temperature -0.5
Total precipitation 24.0 mm
Fine weather ratio 65%
Landscape view and Japanese interesting sign at Shinsekai area with crowd of people and tourists. Shinsekai area is one of tourist popular destination in Osaka, Japan = Shutterstock

Landscape view and Japanese interesting sign at Shinsekai area with crowd of people and tourists. Shinsekai area is one of tourist popular destination in Osaka, Japan = Shutterstock

In mid-January, Osaka mornings and nights will become even colder.

There are occasional warm days but the maximum daytime temperature is often below 10 degrees Celsius.

Even so, there is almost no snow in Osaka.

Mid-January, the sunrise time in Osaka is about 7:05 and the sunset time is about 17:10.

 

Osaka weather in late January (2018)

Maximum temperature (Celsius) 11.1
Minimum air temperature -2.5
Total precipitation 7.0 mm
Fine weather ratio 63%
January 27 ,2016, Tourist on the roof top of Osaka Castle, Osaka, Japan =Shutterstock

January 27 ,2016, Tourist on the roof top of Osaka Castle, Osaka, Japan =Shutterstock

It is not uncommon for Osaka to drop below zero degrees in the morning and evening in late January.

A coat is a must because it is cold even in the daytime, but even at this time, it hardly snows. Because the weather is clear, the night view from the tall buildings is very beautiful.

In late January, sunrise time in Osaka is about 7:01 and sunset time is about 17:20.

 

※ Sunrise and sunset times are based on the 2019 data released by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. I posted the time of the 5th for the beginning of January, the time of the 15th for the middle of January, and the time of the 25th for the end of January.

 

Thank you for reading to the end.

For Osaka, please refer to the following articles if you like.

>> Winter Wear in Japan! What should you wear?

>> Osaka! 17 Best Tourist Attractions: Dotonbori, Umeda, USJ etc.

>> Kansai Airport (KIX)! How to get to Osaka, Kyoto / Explore Terminals 1, 2

 

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