When traveling Japan in winter, what kind of clothes should you wear? If you do not experience a cold winter in your home country, you may wonder what you should wear. On this page, I will introduce you helpful information about clothes when you travel in Japan in winter. I also prepared photographs of winter clothes below.
You better wear a coat or jumper in winter
In general, Japanese living in Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku are wearing coats or jumpers from December until late February. Meanwhile, when we are in a warm building, we take off our coat and are wearing a jacket such as a sweater on our shirt.
Japanese living in Hokkaido will wear coats or jumpers by November. In December they are wearing a slightly thicker coat than Japanese people like Honshu. When it is cold, such as in the evening, they wear a woolen cap or wear gloves to keep it cold.
On the other hand, in Okinawa, there are a lot of people who do not wear coats even in winter. Every year, the Japanese archipelago will be quite similar in temperature everywhere (hot everywhere!), But in winter the temperature will vary considerably depending on the location.
In winter, I recommend that you prepare the most suitable clothes according to the place you go.
Examples of clothes to wear in Japanese winter
Below are the photographs of winter in Japan. I guess these are mainly photographs taken in Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku. Please refer to these photos and think about the clothes to wear when traveling in Japan.
If you go to Hokkaido or the highlands of Honshu, I think that you should wear slightly thicker clothes than the clothes seen in these pictures.
If you plan to stay in a wooden Japanese style building rather than a concrete building, clothes you wear in the room should be slightly thicker. For example, if you stay in a traditional private house in Kyoto, I think that warm clothes such as sweaters are indispensable indoors.
In Hokkaido, the outdoors are very cold, but the inside of the building is generally quite warm. The Japanese who live in Hokkaido have a habit of making the room warm enough in winter. They seem to be keeping their bodies warm all the time as they do not get cold as soon as they go outdoors.
If you are planning to stay in Okinawa, I think it's okay with a little thin clothing than the pictures below.
Of course, there will be individual differences. If you are not good at cold you may as well prepare more clothes than your friends. I wish your Japanese trip would be wonderful!
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