Jan. 11, 2018 UPDATE
Winter in Kyoto is cold but actually great for sightseeing!
What to wear in Kyoto in winter? The best tips for travelers!
Once it’s winter in Kyoto, even the Japanese people start feeling cold. The good thing is that the buildings and even the trains have heating. Because when sightseeing you’re going to spend a lot of time outside, it’s important to wear warm clothing, but it would also be nice if you were not mistaken for the Michelin man with all your clothes. But don’t worry! Vanessa is going to tell you how to spend the winter in Kyoto in style!
The winter winds cut right through you, which is why having something to cover your ears is important. Earmuffs are a great way of keeping your ears warm, plus they look cute and there are many colors and designs for you to choose from.
Woolly hats not only make your whole head feel warm, but they also look cute. You can take a look at the Japanese women around you and see that many of them have woolly hats on; it’s the definite winter fashion item!
If you have a long wool coat, you won’t have to worry about the cold anymore. Compared to shorter coats, long wool coats also help keep your thighs warm so they’re something every man and woman should have when coming to Kyoto in winter.
If you’re outside for a longer period of time, it’s also important to keep your hands warm. You can even get gloves that make it possible for you to use your smartphone even with gloves on.
At many of the drugstores and convenience strores in Kyoto you can buy kairo, Japanese pocket warmers, that heat up once you open the package, and keep warm for over 10 hours. You can use the sticky-type pocket warmers by sticking them to your clothes or putting them inside your shoes. If you have these, you don’t have to fear the cold.
How to dress in winter
Because Japanese houses have heating, I recommend wearing something you can take off quickly, otherwise you may feel a bit too hot inside. When outside, I recommend wearing a down jacket or a long wool coat, and of course, also wearing a hat and gloves. This way you won’t feel cold!
It’s important to dress in layers when in Kyoto. But you can also dress up in style, so don’t let the cold discourage you from sightseeing in winter! You can also buy many of these things in Kyoto, and became a true Kyoto-fashionista! Next, we head out for some delicious and hot dining experiences!