Map from Google - Kyoto
The climate of Kyoto, the ancient Japanese capital, located in the southern part of Honshu Island, is temperate humid
, with quite mild winters and hot, moist, and rainy summers. Like the rest of Japan, the city is affected by the monsoon circulation
: in winter the northwest cold currents will prevail, while in summer they will be replaced by the hot and humid currents of tropical origin.
The city is located about 50 km (30 mi) from the sea, in an interior plain surrounded by low mountains, and to the south it is practically merged with Osaka and Kobe, in a large metropolitan area called Keihanshin
In the winter
there are fairly mild periods, with highs above 10 °C (50 °F), alternating with cold periods, with wind and rain, highs around 5/7 °C (41/45 °F) or less, and possible falls of sleet or snow. Snowfalls, however, are usually light, as are nocturnal frosts.
in Kyoto are particularly hot and humid, both for the distance from the sea and the heat island effect of the big city; there can be periods of good weather, with maximum temperatures around 35 °C (95 °F) or above, tropical nights and high humidity, but also periods of bad weather, due to the summer monsoon. August is the hottest month, both for the thermal inertia of the sea, and for the lower frequency of periods of bad weather.
Here are the average temperatures.
Average temperatures - Kyoto
are quite abundant, as they amount to 1,500 millimetres (60 inches) per year; winter is undoubtedly the driest season, at least in quantity; the rainiest months are June and July, ie the first period of the rainy season (called Baiu
). In August there is a certain decrease in the frequency of the rains: on average, among the summer months, it is the hottest, as well as the driest and sunniest.
Here is the average precipitation.
Average precipitation - Kyoto
In the latter part of summer and in early autumn, from August to October, Kyoto may be affected by typhoons
, the tropical cyclones of Southeast Asia.
The cherry blossoming
in Kyoto occurs around April the 3rd: you can take advantage of this period to visit the Buddhist temples that are located around the city (and maybe the nearby Lake Biwa), or you can go from mid-November to early December, when the trees take on the beautiful autumn colors. The Kyoto area is indeed one of the best to practice the so-called momijigari
, the hunting of red maples in autumn.
The amount of sunshine
in Kyoto, all things considered decent in winter, never becomes very good, however, you can see two peaks, one in spring (April-May), and the other in August, after the Baiu rains, with around 6 hours of sunshine per day.