If you go to Tokyo in May the climate is likely to be very comfortable. It is a perfect climate for visiting sightseeing spots, so be sure to take advantage when possible. However, the weather will become a bit unstable in late May. On this page, I will discuss the weather of Tokyo in May based on the weather data released by the Japan Weather Association.
Below are articles about the monthly weather in Tokyo.
Below are articles on the weather in Osaka and Hokkaido in May. If you plan to go to Hokkaido as well as Tokyo, please note that the weather in Hokkaido is quite different from Tokyo.
For spring clothes, please refer to the following article.
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Weather in Tokyo in May (overview)
※ Based on the data released by the Japan Meteorological Agency. Both high and low temperature data are averages over the past 30 years (1981-2010)
If you go to Tokyo in May, you will enjoy a quite comfortable trip. As the graph above shows, in early and mid-May, the days in Tokyo are not too hot or too cold.
When exercising, you may break a sweat. However, it is not as hot as the summer yet. You may be fine wearing short-sleeved shirts during the day. There are many sunny days but a few rainy days throughout. Sometimes it rains continuously for several days.
The number of rainy days will gradually increase at the end of May. Temperatures will also rise and there will be days when you feel hot and humid. Japan will have a rainy season that begins in June with the summer months to follow.
Tokyo weather in early May (2018)
|Maximum temperature (Celsius)||28.1|
|Minimum air temperature||10.0|
|Total precipitation||93.0 mm|
|Fine weather ratio||38 %|
In Japan, the “golden week” of many public holidays will continue until around May 6. There are a large number of Japanese tourists traveling in and out of the country. However, when the Golden Week is over, there will be fewer Japanese tourists in the tourist areas of Tokyo. From the beginning to the middle of May the weather is very comfortable. You should be able to enjoy sightseeing with ease.
In early May, sunrise time in Tokyo is around 4:46 and sunset time is around 18:30.
Tokyo weather in the middle of May (2018)
|Maximum temperature (Celsius)||29.0|
|Minimum air temperature||9.0|
|Total precipitation||49.0 mm|
|Fine weather ratio||61 %|
In mid-May, the weather in Tokyo will be very mild and comfortable. The temperature will not be too cold or hot so you can travel comfortably.
Along with the Gion Festival in Kyoto and the Tenjin Festival in Osaka, the Kanda Matsuri Festival, one of the three major festivals in Japan, will be held at this time in Tokyo. Please refer to this page for details. Please refer to this page for details.
In mid-May, sunrise time in Tokyo is approximately 4:37, and sunset time is approximately 18:39.
Tokyo weather in late May (2018)
|Maximum temperature (Celsius)||27.6|
|Minimum air temperature||13.7|
|Total precipitation||23.5 mm|
|Fine weather ratio||39 %|
By late May, temperatures in Tokyo will be quite high. As you can see in the table above, the daytime maximum temperature will be over 25 degrees Celsius. The humidity gets a little higher and people begin to feel that the rainy season is approaching.
In late May, sunrise time in Tokyo is around 4:30 and sunset time is around 18:46.
※ Sunrise and sunset times are based on the 2019 data released by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. I posted the time of the 5th for the beginning of May, the time of the 15th for the middle of May, and the time of the 25th for the end of May.
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