"June rainy season, September typhoons" Weather Tip by j-san

Weather, Kyoto: 2 reviews and 2 photos

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by j-san

May is lovely with spring blossoms and blue skies most of the time. October and November have the cool autumn air and red maple leaves.

That aside, here are the seasons to avoid: June is the rainy season and while it can be pleasant for the first week or so, the rain and humidity arrive one day and then it's very oppressive. Even if it's not pouring outside 90%humidity is not unusual. July and August are then swealtering. Stay out of the sun during the day, best to sleep the day away and head out for dinner and beers at night!

Then there is September with lovely typhoons making their way to Kyoto with increasing frequency in recent years. Though not so dangerous here, they are not fun. During a typhoon listen to news updates on NHK (available in english during a typhoon) and stay indoors until it passes. Other than that February is the coldest month, with some snow but I rather like it, as the temples are DESERTED! The sightseeing spots like those around Kiyomizu Temple can seem like another world - a Kyoto as it once was.

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  • Written Jun 10, 2005
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