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Best time to visit Hakone, Japan

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The best time to visit Hakone is April-May

When’s the best time to visit Hakone, you ask? Based on several factors like the weather and climate, cost of flights and hotels, peak travel seasons and much more, the best time to go to Hakone is April-May.

The warmest month of the year in Hakone is August, where the average temperature gets to around 28℃ (83℉), but temperatures can reach as high as 30℃ (86℉) on the hottest days in summer. The weather at night in the winter can get down to temperatures as low as -0℃ (31℉).

The sun stays up the longest in Hakone in August, so you’ll get the most out of your daytime activities if you visit around this time. On average it rains the most days in October, making it the wettest month of the year. Although it’s the wet season, it can often rain a little bit during the day or evening but have fine weather for a majority of the day too, so don’t let this put you off.

Keep reading to learn more about the best times to go to Hakone, including detailed weather information and tools to help you find and book great deals on your travel.

Warmest month

August

Least rainfall

January

Most daylight

August

Hakone seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Hakone as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Hakone is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Hakone

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Hakone for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Hakone climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Hakone for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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Hakone in January

  • Average temperature: 4℃ (40℉)
  • Average high temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average low temperature: 1℃ (34℉)
  • Average humidity: 68%
  • Average sunny days: 18 days
  • Average rainfall: 51mm (2") over 10 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
18 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Hakone in January, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Hakone in February

  • Average temperature: 5℃ (41℉)
  • Average high temperature: 8℃ (47℉)
  • Average low temperature: 2℃ (36℉)
  • Average humidity: 72%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 68mm (3") over 12 days
  • Average snow days: 3 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Hakone in February, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Hakone in March

  • Average temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average high temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average low temperature: 5℃ (40℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 117mm (5") over 18 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
18 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Hakone in March, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Hakone in April

  • Average temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average high temperature: 15℃ (60℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 137mm (5") over 17 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Hakone in April, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Hakone in May

  • Average temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average high temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average low temperature: 14℃ (56℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 108mm (4") over 15 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Hakone in May, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Hakone in June

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (67℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average low temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average humidity: 84%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 122mm (5") over 19 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
19 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Hakone in June, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Hakone in July

  • Average temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average low temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average humidity: 84%
  • Average sunny days: 7 days
  • Average rainfall: 127mm (5") over 20 days
7 days
of pure sunshine
20 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Hakone in July, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Hakone in August

  • Average temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average low temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average humidity: 82%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 76mm (3") over 19 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
19 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Hakone in August, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Hakone in September

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (76℉)
  • Average low temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average humidity: 82%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 151mm (6") over 19 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
19 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Hakone in September, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.

Hakone in October

  • Average temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average high temperature: 20℃ (67℉)
  • Average low temperature: 14℃ (58℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 168mm (7") over 17 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Hakone in October, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie.


Hakone in November

  • Average temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average high temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (49℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 79mm (3") over 13 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Hakone in November, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Hakone in December

  • Average temperature: 7℃ (44℉)
  • Average high temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average low temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average humidity: 72%
  • Average sunny days: 18 days
  • Average rainfall: 62mm (2") over 11 days
18 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Hakone in December, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Hakone is usually August, where temperatures tend to rise to around 28℃ (83℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Hakone is generally around January. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in January first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Hakone is generally around October, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of October too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Hakone, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in August are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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