Two suns rise in Japan

Sunrise and sunset in Japan

Sunrise today: 4:29 am
Sunset today: 6:46 pm
(Figures for Tokyo)

The times for sunrise and sunset in Japan are determined by the moderate location in the northern hemisphere. Not as extreme as in the Nordic countries, but still noticeable. The days are longer in summer than in winter. With up to 14:40 hours, the longest days are in June. The longest dark nights, on the other hand, are in winter (in the southern hemisphere it is exactly the opposite). In December, the night in Tokyo lasts almost 15 hours and the days start around 2 hours later.

If you want to watch the sunrise these days, you have to get up early in the morning. The sun rises in Tokyo at 4:29 a.m. The sunset can currently be viewed at around 6:46 pm.


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Average length of daylight in Tokyo


Duration of sunshine at twilight


Sunrise and sunset in the largest cities of Japan

The order of the cities is from east to west, i.e. in the approximate direction of the course of the sun. Since the sun's orbit is elliptical, sunrise and sunset are never at the same time on a whole degree of longitude. All data given for May 23rd, local time in Japan.



Sunrise and sunset by month (Tokyo)

Where does the sun rise in Japan?

The sun always rises in the east, everywhere and regardless of the country or continent. The easternmost city in Japan is Nemuro in Hokkaido Prefecture. There the sun rises at 3:44 a.m. and sets again at 6:44 p.m. The latest sunset is currently in the west in the city of Ishigaki (Okinawa) at 7:24 p.m.

Duration of the sunset

The distance from the equator and the orbit of the sun not only determine the time of sunrise and sunset. The further a country is from the equator, the more oblique is the path of the sun to the horizon. And this results in a different duration that a sunset takes. Tokyo is located at latitude 36 degrees north, which means that it is quite far from the equator. While a sunset near the equator only lasts around 20 minutes, the average time in Japan is 29 minutes. In June it is around 30 minutes in Tokyo, while in December it is 28 minutes.

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