The days of mornings and evenings being chilly has passed, and May is a very pleasant time. During the day it will be warm enough to wear short sleeves and you will see a city full of people who enjoy sightseeing and walking. We will tell about the temperature, precautions, and standard events in Kyoto in May.
Weather and What to Wear in Kyoto in May
Weather and Temperature in Kyoto in May
The average temperature in May is 25℃ (77°F）and 14℃ (57°F). It’s a season that doesn’t feel so cold even in the early morning or at night so it’s comfortable. This makes it a perfect time for sightseeing.
What to Wear in Kyoto in May
May is very comfortable from morning till night, so the clothes you need to prepare are light. All you need is a thin long sleeve and short sleeve shirts. During the day short sleeves should be fine as your body temperature will warm with all the walking you do. As for your lower half, shorts and skirts are fine as you won`t be too cold. Children can also enjoy sightseeing in a casual style.
Events in Kyoto in May
From late April to early May, is Golden Week, a long holiday in Japan. If they are lucky, workers in Japan may even have 9-10 days in a row off! This is rare in Japan as there are many holidays, but usually only 2-3 days off in a row. so everyone is excited. Some people enjoy traveling domestically and abroad, while others enjoy eating and shopping in the city. Schools are also closed, so we are able to go out with our families.
Hachiju Hachi Ya (88 Nights)
May is when fresh tea is picked, and it is a long-awaited season for people of Kyoto who love tea. At supermarkets and convenience stores, products labeled shincha (new, or freshly picked, tea) begin to increase.
Kodomo no hi (Children’s Day)
Children’s Day is the day when boys wish for healthy growth. Koinobori, or carp streamers representing dad, mom, and child, appear to be swimming against the blue sky as they are hung on houses where boys live. Also Go gatsu ningyo, literally May dolls (helmet, bow, a doll with a sword, etc.,) are displayed with the hope that the child will grow up strong. On Children’s Day, it is customary to eat chimaki, mochi wrapped in bamboo leaves, and kashiwa mochi, mochi wrapped in oak leaves.
Mother’s Day is celebrated not only in Japan but around the world. In Japan, it is customary to give mothers carnations to show gratitude to them. Therefore, in May, florists have many carnation flowers. In addition, cake shops and confectioneries also have Mother’s Day events. If you happen to be in Kyoto for Mother’s Day, find something special for yourself if you are a mom, or for the mom in your family!
Things to Be Careful of When Visiting Kyoto in May
1. Golden Week Crowds
From late April to early May, Japan enters Golden Week, a major holiday. There will likely be many people everywhere during this time. A lot of people travel to the cities because schools and companies are closed. Trains and buses are also crowded. Hotels also fill up quickly, so if you plan to be here during Golden Week it’s best to make reservations as early as possible.
2. The Beginning of Rainy Season
Between spring and summer Japan has a rainy season. While typically from June to mid-July, the rainy season may start in May depending on the location. If you are sightseeing around late May, you may want to have rain gear just in case. Having a raincoat in your luggage will make it easier to go sightseeing with children in the rain.
Kids Club and Family Tour Events Planned for May
If you aren’t sure where to go you should check out our Kyoto Highlight Family Tour. The tour is led by a local mom who is sure to know spots even better than the ones you can find in a guidebook!
And if you would like to go out and see Kyoto as just adults, please contact us about Kyoto with Kids Babysitting service! While we entertain your child they will learn about Japanese culture through play. There are many things to see and do in Kyoto that aren’t ideal for kids. We hope you will call on us so that you can enjoy everything the city has to offer.