In June in Kyoto, it’s around 30℃ (86°F) during the day. Even in light clothes such as short sleeves, it is not cold, so you can enjoy sightseeing easily. But beware of June, as most of Japan enters the rainy season. Keeping this in mind, let us tell you about some events unique to this period. Enjoy sightseeing in Kyoto before the heat really hits the city.
Weather and What to Wear in Kyoto in June
Weather and Temperature in Kyoto in June
The average temperature in Kyoto in June ranges from a low of 19℃ (66°F) to a high of 28℃ (82°F). In this season you can usually spend the day in short sleeves and be ok. When you’re moving a lot during the day, you’ll sweat. As June is the rainy season in many parts of Japan, the number of days with rain will be more than other months.
What to Wear in Kyoto in June
As the temperature rarely gets below 20℃ (68°F), it is comfortable and thin long sleeved shirts or short sleeves should be ok. If you plan to walk around a lot during the day you may consider taking a change of clothes as you may sweat a lot. Also, as it is the rainy season you could get caught in the rain and get wet and in that case you may want to change clothes as well.
Events in Kyoto in June
Tsuyu-iri Start of the Rainy Season
We have already mentioned that June is the rainy season in much of Japan. Okinawa, the most southern part of Japan enters rainy season first in early May. From there it gradually moves northward and by mid-June the rest of Japan, excluding the northern island of Hokkaido, has entered the rainy season. Hokkaido doesn’t have a rainy season like other parts of Japan and the average temperature is 16℃ (60°F). Around Japan kids, hoping for sunny days, make teru teru bozu to hang in their window. These are small dolls with a round face made out of tissue paper or a towel. When I was in elementary school I would often make them the day before our field trip!
As in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, Father’s Day in Japan is the third Sunday in June. Here in Japan, we also try to show our fathers how much we appreciate them. It doesn’t have the same level of excitement as Mother’s Day, but many people give their dad socks, handkerchiefs or neckties.
Around the 21st of the month is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year from sunrise to sunset. So the hours of daylight in Japan become a bit longer. Sunset is around 19:00 (7pm), so you can fully enjoy sightseeing with children until it gets dark. It’s also fun to visit the shrines in the evening when it’s not quite so crowded. At some shrines you may even be able to see fireflies!
Kamo-gawa River Nouryou Yuka – Open Air Seating by Kamo River
Every year from May to September approximately 90 restaurants along the Kamo-gawa River open their terrace seating along the river. Many places have a Japanese-style terrace with a different atmosphere than a typical terrace. It almost seems as if the meals are a little tastier than usual when you can enjoy them while feeling the cool breeze from over the river. There are many varieties of shops including Italian, French, and more.
2 Things to Be Careful of When Visiting Kyoto in June
June is the rainy season in Japan. You will want to get a large umbrella and/or raincoat, as there will be many rainy days. You can buy both of these things at just about any conbini. Waterproof shoes are also a good idea so that you can enjoy walking without having wet feet. Be careful when it rains because cobblestone roads such as those at many shrines are slippery. As much as possible, try not to let children run.
2. Crowds of Traveling Students
Many students on school excursions from around the country visit Kyoto in the spring. So you may see students on their school trip in June. If there is a group of students in uniform at a tourist spot, it is probably a school trip. They are enjoying Kyoto sightseeing as well, so please look at them with kind eyes. Also, be careful that your own kids don’t get mixed into the large groups of kids.
Kids Club and Family Tour Events Planned for June
You may think taking kids out in the rain is a bit of a hassle. If that is the case, don’t hesitate to use Kyoto with Kids Club during the day. Your child will enjoy learning about Japanese culture through play. If you would like to go out at night, maybe to dinner on a terrace overlooking the Kamo-gawa River, then Kyoto with Kids Babysitting is the service for you!