Updated: October 05, 2018
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Weather In Japan In March - What You Need To Know

Information on the weather in Japan in March. Average daytime high temperatures included for major cities.

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Weather In Japan In March

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March is the month in Japan where spring sets in with temperatures on the rise and the occurrence of the countries most iconic seasonal phenomenon, the blooming of the cherry blossoms, which happens towards the end of March for most places in the Kanto region (Tokyo) and places to the south of the Kanto.

The air becomes warmer and the humidity really picks up as well. In Tokyo for instance, the number of rainy days in March roughly doubles from February to March, going from 6.2 days to 11 days on average.

The weather changes in a similar way for places on the east coast of Honshu and on the southern island of Kyushu.

The west coast of Honshu, on the other hand, starts to be drier than its deep winter months that are very wet. That region receives a lot of precipitation due to the moisture coming from the Sea of Japan in the winter. When the atmosphere warms up, the prevailing air currents change and stop bringing so much moisture to the region.

If you plan on doing a ski trip, March is an excellent month to do so because the snow is near its peak in the alpine regions and the temperatures are warmer than in the midst of winter.

On the northern island of Hokkaido, the weather is likely to still be winter-like with snow covering the ground and temperatures barely and mean temperatures hovering around the freezing point.

As for the sub-tropical (bordering on the tropical) prefecture of Okinawa, the weather in March is pleasantly warm.

As a reference, here is the average high temperature in November for some major cities in Japan from north to south.

Sapporo, Hokkaido: 4.0 C (39.2 F)
Sendai, northern Honshu: 9.2 C (48.6 F)
Tokyo, central Honshu: 13.6 C (56.5 F)
Osaka, southern Honshu: 13.7 C (56.7 F)
Fukuoka, Kyushu: 14.4 C (57.9 F)
Naha, Okinawa: 21.7 C (71.1 F)

Source: Japan Meteorological Agency
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Overall, for most major urban centers in Japan, the weather in March is getting to be pleasant, with a mix of cool days and warmish spells with a comparatively higher number of rainy days than the winter months.
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