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What is the weather like in Japan?
Weather patterns and temperatures vary across the country but, according to various travel advisory websites, the best time to visit Japan is spring (March & April) or autumn (October & November), when days are sunny and dry.
During the summer months (May to September), the cities are hot and humid, with heavy rainfall occurring across the country, especially in June & July, except for Hokkaido.
Visitors to the Rugby World Cup will perhaps witness one of Japan’s two naturally beautiful seasons, autumn with the “koyo” – the autumn leaf viewing.
Let’s look at the expected weather conditions at each of the regions that will host Rugby World Cup fixtures.
The only RWC venue in this region is the Sapporo Dome. Sapporo is the largest city in the northernmost main island of Hokkaido, with a population of 1.9 million.
Hokkaido is cooler than the rest of the country with temperatures reaching as low as -8° during the winter months and peaking at 25°C during summer.
Weather conditions in the winter are affected by the island’s proximity to Siberia, with cold winds that bring significant snowfall – essentially perfect conditions for winter sports.
As the rest of Japan experiences humidity and rain during the summer months, Hokkaido enjoys pleasantly warm and sunny days, and so the hiking season continues.
The island also avoids the typhoons that pound the southern islands during Autumn months when days are typically crisp and dry, and by mid-September Hokkaido is the first place in the country to experience the famous autumn colours.
September weather:Whilst temperatures in Sapporo drop in September, daily average temperatures are still fairly high in the first half of the month (avg temp: 20°C), although evenings are noticeably cooler. There is a higher chance of rain in September, although Hokkaido escapes the typhoon generated rainfall that the rest of the country is experiencing this month.
October weather:Autumn is in full swing and Hokkaido’s National Parks are awash with the reds and golds of the season. Days are typically sunny, crisp and dry, with comfortable temperatures (avg temp: 16°C) making this an ideal month for rugby matches.
RWC Games In Region
This region hosts just two RWC games, both in September.
|Saturday 21 September||13:45||(JST)||Australia v Fiji|
|Sunday 22 September||19:15||(JST)||England v Tonga|
The main island of Japan, Honshu is split into a number of regions, Tohoku in the north, Kanto in the east, Chubu in the central region, Kansai is the southern central region, and Chugoku is both the most southern, and most western part of Honshu island.
Weather conditions and temperatures vary across all the regions.
The Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium is situated in this region which includes theJapanese Alps. The region experiences slightly cooler temperatures than the rest of the island.
RWC Games in Region
This regions hosts two RWC games, one in September and the second in October:
Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium
|Wednesday 25 September||14:15||(JST)||Fiji v Uruguay|
|Sunday 13 October||12:15||(JST)||Namibia v Canada|
The Kanto Region:
The Kugayama Stadium, Tokyo Stadium, and the International Stadium in Yokahama are all situated in the Kanto region, which can be very hot and humid in the summer months, temperatures pushing the mercury up to 35°C on some days.
The City of Toyota Stadium, and the Shizuoka Stadium are in the Chibu Region.
The Kansai Region:
The Hanazono Stadium and the Kobe Misaki Stadium are both in the Kansai Region.
September Weather:Regional weather conditions may vary, the further south you go, the more exposed you are to typhoon weather conditions, especially in the Kanto, Kansai and Chibu regions. September is the wettest month in and around Tokyo. Hiroshima and Osaka are drier and sunnier.
Temperatures in Tokyo, Kyoto and across most of Honshu remain high in September (avg temp: 23-25°C).
October weather:Autumn arrives in Honshu and the warm, rainy days of summer turn cooler and drier as the month progresses (avg temp: 22°C). Tokyo sees more rain this month than the city of Osaka, and Hiroshima is drier again with more sunshine.
RWC Games In Regions
The stadiums in these regions host the bulk of the RWC games.
|Tuesday 24 September||19:15||(JST)||Russia v Samoa|
|Sunday 29 September||14:15||(JST)||Georgia v Uruguay|
|Wednesday 09 October||13:45||(JST)||Argentina v USA|
|Friday 20 September||19:45||(JST)||Japan v Russia|
|Saturday 21 September||16:15||(JST)||France v Argentina|
|Sunday 29 September||16:45||(JST)||Australia v Wales|
|Saturday 05 October||17:00||(JST)||England v Argentina|
|Sunday 06 October||13:45||(JST)||New Zealand v Namibia|
|Saturday 19 October||19:15||(JST)||QF2: W Pool B v RU Pool A|
|Sunday 20 October||19:15||(JST)||QF4: W Pool A v RU Pool B|
|Friday 01 November||18:00||(JST)||Bronze Final|
International Stadium, Yokahama
|Saturday 21 September||18:45||(JST)||New Zealand v South Africa|
|Sunday 22 September||16:45||(JST)||Ireland v Scotland|
|Saturday 12 October||17:15||(JST)||England v France|
|Sunday 13 October||19:45||(JST)||Japan v Scotland|
|Saturday 26 October||17:00||(JST)||SF1: W QF1 v W QF2|
|Sunday 27 October||18:00||(JST)||SF2: W QF3 v W QF4|
|Saturday 02 November||18:00||(JST)||Final|
City of Toyota Stadium
|Monday 23 September||19:15||(JST)||Wales v Georgia|
|Saturday 28 September||18:45||(JST)||South Africa v Namibia|
|Saturday 05 October||19:30||(JST)||Japan v Samoa|
|Saturday 12 October||13:45||(JST)||New Zealand v Italy|
|Saturday 28 September||16:15||(JST)||Japan v Ireland|
|Friday 04 October||18:45||(JST)||South Africa v Italy|
|Wednesday 09 October||16:15||(JST)||Scotland v Russia|
|Friday 11 October||19:15||(JST)||Australia v Georgia|
|Sunday 22 September||14:15||(JST)||Italy v Namibia|
|Saturday 28 September||13:45||(JST)||Argentina v Tonga|
|Thursday 03 October||14:15||(JST)||Georgia v Fiji|
|Sunday 13 October||14:45||(JST)||USA v Tonga|
Kobe Misaki Stadium
|Thursday 26 September||19:45||(JST)||England v USA|
|Monday 30 September||19:15||(JST)||Scotland v Samoa|
|Thursday 03 October||19:15||(JST)||Ireland v Russia|
|Tuesday 08 October||19:15||(JST)||South Africa v Canada|
Located just off the southern tip of Honshu, the island of Kyushu hosts three RWC stadiums, Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium, Kumamoto Stadium, and Oita Stadium. These stadiums are in an area that enjoy similar temperatures to the southern Honshu regions of Kyoto and Hiroshima, and there is a chance of typhoons as the summer turns into autumn (August – September).
Once the typhoon season has passed, autumnal days return to dry skies and comfortable temperatures.
September weather: Summer temperatures continue over the whole of Kyushu in September (avg temp: 24°C), but there is still a realistic threat of typhoons during the month.
October Weather:Autumnal days can be expected across the islands of Shikoku and Kyushu in October (avg temp: 22°C). Typhoons are still a distinct possibility at the beginning of the month.
Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium
|hursday 26 September||16:45||(JST)||Italy v Canada|
|Wednesday 02 October||16:45||(JST)||France v USA|
|Saturday 12 October||19:45||(JST)||Ireland v Samoa|
|Sunday 06 October||16:45||(JST)||France v Tonga|
|Sunday 13 October||17:15||(JST)||Wales v Uruguay|
|Wednesday 02 October||19:15||(JST)||New Zealand v Canada|
|Saturday 05 October||14:15||(JST)||Australia v Uruguay|
|Wednesday 09 October||18:45||(JST)||Wales v Fiji|
|Saturday 19 October||16:15||(JST)||QF1: W Pool C v RU Pool D|
|Sunday 20 October||16:15||(JST)||QF3: W Pool D v RU Pool C|