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Best time to visit Kanazawa, Japan

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The best time to visit Kanazawa is October

Based on a number of criteria such as the weather conditions, cost of flights and hotels, peak travel seasons and much more, October is the best time to go to Kanazawa.

In summer, the temperature in Kanazawa can rise as high as 29℃ (84℉). In the colder months such as January, temperatures usually get down to an average minimum of 0℃ (32℉).

If you’re keen to see the sights of Kanazawa during the day, the sun stays up the longest around May. 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.

Learn everything you need to know to help you decide when to go to Kanazawa below, and don’t forget to use the awesome travel tools we know and love to help you find the best deals and make booking your vacation a breeze!

Warmest month

August

Least rainfall

February

Most daylight

May

Kanazawa seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Kanazawa as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Kanazawa 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 Kanazawa

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 Kanazawa 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.

Kanazawa 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 Kanazawa 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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Kanazawa in January

  • Average temperature: 2℃ (36℉)
  • Average high temperature: 4℃ (40℉)
  • Average low temperature: 0℃ (33℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 19 days
  • Average rainfall: 36mm (1") over 7 days
  • Average snow days: 6 days
19 days
of pure sunshine
7 days
of showers or rain

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


Kanazawa in February

  • Average temperature: 3℃ (37℉)
  • Average high temperature: 5℃ (41℉)
  • Average low temperature: 0℃ (32℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 29mm (1") over 7 days
  • Average snow days: 6 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
7 days
of showers or rain

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


Kanazawa in March

  • Average temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average high temperature: 9℃ (47℉)
  • Average low temperature: 3℃ (38℉)
  • Average humidity: 71%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 69mm (3") over 14 days
  • Average snow days: 3 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

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


Kanazawa in April

  • Average temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average high temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average low temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average humidity: 72%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 90mm (4") over 14 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

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


Kanazawa in May

  • Average temperature: 15℃ (60℉)
  • Average high temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average low temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 73mm (3") over 12 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

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


Kanazawa in June

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average high temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average humidity: 83%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 71mm (3") over 15 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

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


Kanazawa in July

  • Average temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average low temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average humidity: 85%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 74mm (3") over 18 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
18 days
of showers or rain

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


Kanazawa in August

  • Average temperature: 24℃ (76℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average low temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average humidity: 84%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 74mm (3") over 17 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

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


Kanazawa in September

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average high temperature: 24℃ (74℉)
  • Average low temperature: 19℃ (67℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 85mm (3") over 15 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Kanazawa 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.

Kanazawa in October

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average high temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average low temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 122mm (5") over 13 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

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


Kanazawa in November

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average high temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (47℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 18 days
  • Average rainfall: 39mm (2") over 11 days
18 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

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


Kanazawa in December

  • Average temperature: 6℃ (42℉)
  • Average high temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average low temperature: 3℃ (38℉)
  • Average humidity: 72%
  • Average sunny days: 18 days
  • Average rainfall: 36mm (1") 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 Kanazawa 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 Kanazawa is usually August, where temperatures tend to rise to around 27℃ (80℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Kanazawa is generally around February. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in February first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Kanazawa 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 Kanazawa, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in May are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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