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Best time to visit Nara, Japan

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The best time to visit Nara is March-April

Based on all the essential things any traveller needs to know about visiting Nara such as the cost of travel, weather, peak travel seasons and many more, March-April is the best time of year to go.

In the summer months, temperatures can reach as high as 34℃ (92℉) in Nara. The weather in the winter, especially around January, can reach a minimum of -3℃ (27℉).

If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Nara, or you’re just afraid of the dark, the days in August are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset. The wet season in Nara falls around July, so if you prefer the dryer weather, you should look to visit in January instead.

Continue reading to find out loads more about when to travel to Nara, then use the handy tools below to search for the best flight and hotel options that are right for you.

Warmest month

August

Least rainfall

January

Most daylight

August

Nara seasons

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

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 Nara 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.

Nara 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 Nara 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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FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Nara in January

  • Average temperature: 3℃ (37℉)
  • Average high temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average low temperature: 0℃ (32℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 37mm (1") over 11 days
  • Average snow days: 7 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

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


Nara in February

  • Average temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average high temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average low temperature: 0℃ (33℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 42mm (2") over 11 days
  • Average snow days: 5 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

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


Nara in March

  • Average temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average high temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average low temperature: 3℃ (37℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 61mm (2") over 15 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

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


Nara in April

  • Average temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average low temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 80mm (3") over 14 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

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


Nara in May

  • Average temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average low temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average humidity: 72%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 78mm (3") over 12 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

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


Nara in June

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 89mm (4") over 17 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

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


Nara in July

  • Average temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (85℉)
  • Average low temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average humidity: 82%
  • Average sunny days: 7 days
  • Average rainfall: 135mm (5") over 22 days
7 days
of pure sunshine
22 days
of showers or rain

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


Nara in August

  • Average temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average high temperature: 31℃ (87℉)
  • Average low temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 87mm (3") over 18 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
18 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Nara in August, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays pretty warm most of the time.


Nara in September

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 95mm (4") over 16 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

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

Nara in October

  • Average temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average high temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average low temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 102mm (4") over 13 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

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


Nara in November

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average high temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (45℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 38mm (1") over 12 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

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


Nara in December

  • Average temperature: 5℃ (42℉)
  • Average high temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average low temperature: 3℃ (37℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 40mm (2") over 12 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Nara 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 Nara is usually August, where temperatures tend to rise to around 31℃ (87℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Nara 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 Nara is generally around July, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of July too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Nara, 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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