The countdown is on, we leave for Japan in just shy of 19 days, and it’s time for me to start thinking about what to wear and how to pack for in Japan in November. I have a good idea of what I want to pack, but it’s really nice to get a head start on it all. There a couple of things I want to buy for the trip because honestly when does one not want to purchase something for a trip. But all in all, I feel like I should have everything I need in my closet.
Before we kick things off, I want to note that I am not a minimal packer nor would I say I overpack. I would really just describe my packing style as someone who can efficiently pack retaining a lot of options. Two other things to note were:
- We will be going to Japan for 2-weeks
- I’ll be bringing/sharing a large suitcase and a carry on with my boyfriend.
With all that being said, let’s get started on this post, which is how to pack for Japan in November
Weather & Temperature in Japan in November
What is the Weather Like in Japan in November 2019
Perfect in my opinion. It’s mainly sunny with very few rainy days in-between
What is the Temperature in Japan in November 2019
Tokyo for early November (November 1 – 10) is mainly sunny, with potentially 1 rainy day and it’s predicted to be 18°C – 21°C or 65°F – 70°F, mid-November (November 11 – 20) again its mainly sunny, with potentially 1 rainy day and it’s predicted to be 15°C – 20°C or 59°F – 68°F, lastly for late November (November 21-30) its a bit cloudy with sun, with potentially 3 rainy days and it’s predicted to be 14°C – 18°C or 57°F – 64°F.
Kyoto for early November (November 1 – 10) is mainly sunny with clouds, with potentially 1 rainy day and it’s predicted to be 17°C – 20°C or 62°F – 68°F, mid-November (November 11 – 20) again its mainly sunny with a few cloudy days, with potentially 2 rainy day and it’s predicted to be 14°C – 20°C or 57°F – 68°F, lastly for late November (November 21-30) its mainly sunny, with potentially 2 rainy days and it’s predicted to be 13°C – 18°C or 55°F – 64°F.
Osaka for early November (November 1 – 10) is mainly sunny, with potentially 1 rainy day and it’s predicted to be 18°C – 20°C or 65°F – 68°F, mid-November (November 11 – 20) again its mainly sunny, it’s predicted to be 15°C – 20°C or 59°F – 68°F, lastly for late November (November 21-30) its sunny with a bit of clouds, with potentially 2 rainy days and it’s predicted to be 13°C – 18°C or 55°F – 64°F.
Is November a good time to visit Japan?
It’s amazing because you don’t get a ton of crowds, humidity or rain. I honestly would say November is the best time to go to Japan. Why? because for one you get amazing walking around weather (not too hot, not too cold), for two it’s shoulder season meaning there aren’t as large crowds and best of all the autumn foliage is in full beauty.
What is the season in Japan in November?
It’s autumn. Most importantly, it’s what a classifies as warm autumn, especially compared to other cities. To me (I’m from Vancouver) its feels like early September all month long, with mainly sunny days and temperatures ranging from 14°C – 21°C or 57°F – 70°F.
Is it cold in Japan in November?
Not really, temperature ranging from 14°C – 21°C or 57°F – 70°F I would say its brisk yet warm.
Which is the best month to go to Japan?
November honestly, this is actually our second time choosing to go in November! Cherry Blossom season is great but it’s hard to predict exact dates and also can get really costly and overly crowded with everyone wanting to come in to see it.
What to Pack for Japan in November for 2 Weeks
I always think I properly check the weather before going to a certain city, but it seems like I always slightly miss-calculate. It’s like all of a sudden I forget what 17°C feels like and it couldn’t possibly be that warm in November.
When we went to Japan in November of 2017 I realized quickly that I didn’t bring enough warm weather clothes nor did I bring enough cold weather clothes. I brought a lot of in-between clothes, rather than packing proper layers, I had a choice as to whether I wanted to either commit to a thicker sweater in the 20°C sun or wear the same t-shirt as the day before.
The good news is that I’ve learned, and now when people ask me what to wear and how to pack for Japan in November I respond with these points:
- It’s pretty warm at the beginning of the month, like jeans and a t-shirt warm
- It was significantly colder in Kyoto, Osaka and Nara than it was in Tokyo
- It gets pretty cold towards the end of the month, especially if you are planning on being outside and walking around a lot
- Pack a lot of things you can layer with, a scarf + beanie for the transitional times, as well as a warm jacket.
Packing Tips for Japan in November
- Layers are essential because it can be such a transition time depending on how long you stay. You can be in jeans and a t-shirt on the first few days and then bundled up in a camel coat and scarf on the last day.
- Comfortable shoes, much like other big cities, there is a lot to do both inside and outside in Tokyo.
- Rainy-day wear, it doesn’t really rain in November. I think for our 2-week trip we are going to get like 1-3 days of rain. However, I think its always good to pack at least one rain jacket and rain appropriate shoes, because it’s just that it absolutely sucks when you don’t have it and need to go outside that day.
- Travel-day wear, cause you are going to most likely move around a lot. Our first time around we went to 4 cities (Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara), this time we are going to 3 different places (Tokyo Disney, Kyoto, Tokyo proper + day trips)
- Remember to bring a backpack, we found ourselves out and about exploring for long periods of time and a backpack was perfect for all or snacks and drinks.
What I Didn’t Need for to Pack for Japan
- All of the same types of coats. I think I pack like 2 wool coats and 2 leather/moto-style jacket. I really should have brought one of each and used the extra space for a puffer jacket or raincoat.
- Too many uncomfortable shoes, I brought too many flats when I should I brought sneakers and boots.
- Too much skincare. I say too much because I ended not using a lot of what I brought because I wanted to try Japanese skincare.
What I Regretted Not Packing for Japan
- A warmer coat. I know I said I packed two “wool coats” but they were not the warmest of wool coats. Instead, I wished I packed a puffer jacket.
- not enough socks, I don’t know what I was thin
- More layers, I think I packed like 1 t-shirt and 1 tank top, which was a fail on my end.
- Just one travel outfits, really really wish I had more.
- Not enough PJs. When I switch hotels I feel like I should which PJs, and the ratio was just really off.
What to Wear in Japan in November for 2 Weeks
In regards to what to wear in Japan for November my answer to what would be, what you normally would wear, Japan (mainly Tokyo) is known for being edgier but at the end of the day I always about wear whatever you are most comfortable and confident in, because in my opinion there is nothing worse than packing a bunch of put-together outfits and on the day of just wanting to be in a t-shirt and joggers.
This roughly is what I wore for our 2-week trip to Japan, we went to Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Nara.
- Jackets & Coats
- Dresses, Jumpsuits & Matching Sets
- Bags & Purses
That’s it, thanks so much for reading my rambles, if you are looking for more Japan Travel guides, I recently finished my pre-vacation series for Tokyo, which included: where to stay if it’s your first time, the most Instagram-able + cutest coffee shops, a bucket list of the must-see things and best things to do, and a list of where to eat.