Japan prides itself in the beauty and subtleties of the four seasons. Often, certain flora and fauna only bloom or can be experienced for a week or so. The transition between seasons is gradual, and it takes a certain sensitivity to notice the faint scents, the differences in the quality of light. Kyoto experiences the best and worst of the seasons. Located in a valley surrounded by mountains, Kyoto's summer and winter weather is harsh and severe, while spring and autumn are extremely pleasant and beautiful.
Spring (March - May)
Spring in Japan is one of the most beautiful and pleasant seasons in Japan, and thus is the prime tourist season for Japanese and others coming from abroad.The weather is pleasantly warm with little humidity. Cherry blossoms, the national flower of Japan, can be seen in the most picturesque scenes in Kyoto, and are the highlight of the season. Pack lightweight jackets and sweaters.
Summer (June - August)
Summer in Kyoto is quite humid, with temperatures reaching 38°C (100.4°F) Bring light clothing like tanks and shorts, but also a long-sleeve top to put on in heavily air-conditioned facilities. From the middle of June to July is tsuyu, the rainy season, so be sure to pack rain-wear.
Autumn (September - November)
The intense colors of fall leaves are the main feature for autumn in Kyoto, best seen against the background of temples and shrines. Mild temperatures and wonderful afternoon light. Bring light jackets and sweaters, perhaps a light scarf as well.
Winter (December - February)
Winter can be quite cold, and snow falls only a few days of the year. Nevertheless, pack warm coats and sweaters, jackets, scarves, and gloves.