Our guide’s “Clothing Advice” for coming to Kamikochi
Temperature transition in Kamikochi, and Recommended clothing
We will introduce you to the recommended clothing according to each season.
This is for hiking/walking around in the Kamikochi area (Taisho Pond ~ Tokusawa), and not for mountain climbing.
The temperature varies according to the year or the day.
We update the latest temperature and clothing information on “TODAY’S KAMIKOCHI and Clothing Advice”(Japanese text only), so please also have a look.
|Month||Average peak temperature||Reference: Tokyo|
|Month||Daytime||Morning/Evening||One tip advice|
|Late April||Fleece jacket, Gloves, Beanie||+ Down jacket, Neck warmer||There is snow left, so dress well around your foot.|
|Early May||Fleece jacket, Gloves, Hat||+ Down jacket, Neck warmer||Snow falls but also strong sunshine during the day.|
|Late May||Windbreaker, Hat||+ Fleece jacket, Gloves||Gets mild but sometimes gets frosty|
|Early June||Windbreaker, Hat||+ Fleece jacket, Gloves||Big difference from day to day, so please check the weather forecast|
|Late June||Windbreaker, Hat||+ Fleece jacket||It feels cold when it rains|
|Early July||Windbreaker, Hat||+ Fleece jacket||Prepare your rain gear during rainy season|
|Late July||Long sleeve shirt, Hat||+ Windbreaker||It’s mid summer but please be ready with an outerwear for bad weather|
|Early August||Long sleeve shirt, Hat||+ Windbreaker||Be prepared for sun protection and hydration.|
|Late August||Wind breaker, Hat||+ Fleece jacket||Chilly in the mornings and evenings|
|Early September||Fleece jacket, Hat||+ Gloves||It gets below 10 degrees in the mornings|
|Late September||Fleece jacket, Hat||+ Gloves, Beanie||It gets below 5 degrees in the mornings, and in some years it starts getting frosty|
|Early October||Fleece jacket, Gloves, Beanie||+ Down jacket, Neck warmer||In the mornings, the temperature gets below zero, so please dress in mid winter clothing|
|Late October||Down jacket, Neck warmer, Gloves, Beanie||Same as daytime||You can see snow-capped peaks on many days.|
|Early November||Down jacket, Neck warmer, Gloves, Beanie||Same as daytime||Prepare to keep your fingertips, toe, and neck from getting cold|
* You can scroll the table by flicking.
One point advice on clothing
The temperature is about 8-9 degrees lower than Tokyo. Since you will be hiking/walking outdoors, we recommend you to wear clothing with less skin exposure such as long sleeves and long pants. It is basic to layer your clothes so that it is easy to adjust the warmth. It is good to have with you a rainwear, that you can use as a rain gear or to prevent cold and wind in all seasons.
The sunshine is very strong since we are located at a high elevation. So even in the cold times such as May, sun protection is necessary during the day. Please consider having with you hats for both sun protection and cold protection.
About Rain gear
Since there are many narrow paths, we recommend you to use rainwear than umbrellas for long walks. It is very convenient to use it together with a compact umbrella.
There are many unpaved paths, but since there is not much difference in elevation, it is no problems to wear sneakers on sunny days.
On rainy days, there will be many paddles and wet mud, so it may be better to wear waterproof shoes such as trekking shoes.
If wearing sneakers, it is a good idea to use a waterproof spray.
It is basic to use bags that will allow both your hands to be empty.
If you are hiking/walking for a long time, it will help you from getting tired by having the weight close to the center of your body. Adjust the length of the straps on your backpacks so that they are not too long, and it is comfortable when you carry it.
We do not recommend you to use bags with casters. The casters may break by using them on unpaved paths. If necessary, it will be safer to send your bags in advance to the hotel.