How to Stay Warm in the Winter at Tokyo Disneyland

Winter months at Tokyo Disney Resort — and Japan in general — are from December until the end of February, with the coldest months being January and February (this is the slowest time of the year for crowds). Our tips and recommendations keep you nice and toasty during this chilly time of year. Even if you’re from a colder climate, you’ll still want to give this a read, as I guarantee you will learn a few tricks!

Chip n Dale Fleece Mittens Gloves Tokyo Disneyland DisneySea

Average Temperatures

Here’s a reference for how cold it gets on average during the winters months of December to February:

  • Average Temperature: 7°C (45°F)
  • Average High: 10°C (50°F)
  • Average Low: 3°C (37°F)

What to Wear

What to wear for Winter at Tokyo Disneyland DisneySea

I always wear a Uniqlo Heattech undershirt and Ultra Light Down under my layers of clothing. The adorable Gelatoni hat (from Hong Kong Disneyland) and cozy (from Tokyo DisneySea) are just an added bonus!

If you’re from a cold climate (shout out to my Canadian brethren), then this is a walk in the park, sorta. The cold is humid, so it does chill you to the bone if not dressed in proper layers, and it can also get windy. If you’re not used to the cold climate, then you’ll want to memorize this section.

Here’s my recommendation for items to wear:

The reason for the layers is while it keeps you nice and toasty outside when you go inside the heat is — on average — pumped up and you will get hot. This is true on public transportation as well. This way it’s easy to take off a layer or two.

I swear by the Uniqlo Heattech (or a shirt that is similar), as it holds your body heat. Also recommended is the Ultra Light Down jacket or vest (this helps with the wind). Both are thin and light, which makes it easy to layer on top without the bulk. If you have a Uniqlo in your home country, pick them up before your trip. If not, Uniqlo stores are everywhere in Japan, including Narita and Haneda Airport.

Fleece Winter Merchandise Tokyo Disneyland DisneySea

The resort carries a lot of different fleece merchandise to not only stay warm, but cute too.

Before Japan, I refused to wear anything with fleece, but now I am a believer. If it has fleece, you bet I am going to wear it. And with of all the adorable choices at the parks, how can you resist?

Minnie Mouse Winter Headwear Tokyo Disneyland DisneySea

These keep you warm and fashionable. That’s what it’s all about right?

Fluffy Mickey Mouse Earmuffs Tokyo Disneyland DisneySea

If there’s an opportunity to put Mickey Ears on it, you bet it’ll be there.

Winter Beanies Hats Tokyo Disneyland DisneySea

Not everything is fluffy, these hats do keep your head warm.

Wearing a blanket is not uncommon in the parks by locals, so go ahead and treat yourself to that Chip ’n’ Dale fleece blanket or shoulder wrap. Keep yourself warm while you wait for the best parade they have — Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights.

Other Ways to Keep Warm

Kairo Hand Warmers Winter Japan

These hand warmers are a must. While they are available in the parks for about ¥54 for one. You’re better off buying them at the convenience store or Daiso for much cheaper.

  • Kairo hand warmers
  • Kairo body warmers (sticks to your clothing)
  • Kairo Feet Warmers (stick them on your socks in your shoes)
  • Hot beverage
  • Adorable Gelatoni, ShellieMay, or Duffy cup cozy (available at Cape Cod Cook-off)
  • Refuge inside a restaurant
Fleece Blankets Tokyo Disneyland DisneySea

The fleece blankets may look silly but they keep you warm and protect you from the wind!

Kairo (カイロ) is brilliant and I keep a bunch of these in my bags anytime I am outside or at the parks in the winter. There are two types: One that you hold in your hand and it warms up; the other is a patch you stick on the outside of your clothing. I suggest sticking it on your Uniqlo Heattech or undershirt and NOT directly on your skin.

Kairo Body Warmers Winter Japan

Similar to the hand warmers, you stick these on your clothing and it keeps you warm. I like to put mine on my lower or upper back.

These last for hours on end and you’ll thank me once you have some. They are available almost everywhere in the parks, or if you have time, any convenience store or Daiso carries them for much cheaper. Or follow the links above and buy them before your trip so you aren’t scrambling when it’s cold!

Staying Inside or Covered

Staying Warm at Tokyo Disney Resort During Winter

Winnie the Pooh fleece blanket is an adorable way to keep yourself warm.

Most queues for attractions are covered or indoors, so you won’t have to endure the cold for too long, hopefully. If you have everything listed above, it makes it bearable. As for restaurants, avoiding sitting outside is a good idea. Warm yourself up with a hot beverage, or if you’re at Tokyo DisneySea, some hot wine.

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  1. vaishnavi jai


    Coming from a tropical climate anything below 18C is way cold for us… So thanks for this great post as we ll be visiting TDR right in the middle of winter in 2018…

  2. Sarah

    Given that you hail from Prince Albert, this past makes me laugh. A balmy “hello” from PA where its currently zero degrees.

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    What month are all these photos taken? I definitely want to visit DisneySea in 2019 but I am still up in the air about which month to go since I will be visiting multiple spots throughout Japan but Disney being the top of my list

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