Best Time To Visit Japan
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Best Time To Visit Japan
Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination
The best time to visit Japan is during late spring and late autumn between the months from March to May and September to November. These are the seasons when Japan experiences a pleasant climate, and there is little rainfall. The weather during spring and autumn in Japan is marked by clear skies and mild temperatures. Therefore, it is also the best season to visit Japan for outdoor activities and sightseeing. Japan enjoys four distinct seasons such as Spring, Summer, Winter, and Autumn where each season holds cultural importance in the country. During the spring season in Japan, the cherry blossom offers a delight to the tourists coming and subtle yet vivid hues of autumn leaves offer the best experience of nature. See the complete weather information of Japan below.
June to mid-September (21°C to 10°C): The months from mid-June to mid-September is considered as the summer season in Japan. During this time, the temperature remains high and the weather is hot and humid. The areas in Japan which are at an altitude get covered with a variety of hydrangeas during this time and offer a pleasant experience for tourists visiting here. The month of August is known as the best time to visit Japan as the country sees a lot of crowds as it is the time of summer vacation for students and many people come here to spend their vacation. Trekkers can visit Mt. Fuji during the months of July and August.
October to January (19°C to 3°C): Duration between the months of October and November is the time of the shoulder season in Japan. During these months, Japan enjoys a relatively pleasant climate. However, the winter season in Japan falls during the months from January to March. It is a low season for tourists who do not prefer touring in cold weather. Winter is generally low season and can be a good time to visit if you don’t mind temperature drop.
February to May (-1°C to 22°C): During the months of February and March, the country still experiences a winter season. As it is the low season for Japan tourism during these months, accommodation rates see a fall. However, during the last few days of April and early days of May, Golden Week takes place which attracts a lot of tourists. The months of April and May is when the cherry blossom festival takes place in most of the regions in Japan, thus making it the best time to visit Japan. The urban parks of Japan are flocked by tourists during this time, especially to watch the cherry blossoms in April.
Climate in Japan
Summer Season in Japan
Summer season in Japan is marked by humid weather. Due to the humidity during this time, summer season may not seem to be the best season to visit Japan. But it is one of the most exhilarating seasons to visit Japan. Japan hosts an array of street festivals along with fireworks display during this time. In August, the famous festival lanterns can be seen floating across the skies of Japan.
Monsoon Season in Japan
Spring season is the most awaited time of the year in Japan. During spring, Japan enjoys a relatively pleasant climate when the iconic cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The subtle showers of white and pink sakura petals are a pure delight to every traveler.
It is also during the spring season when people flock here to celebrate hanami (blossom viewing) picnics. Tourists also take part in merry-making and get together. Make sure to try the sakura-flavored Japanese confectioneries and beers. Spring time is also the peak season in Japan, so make sure to book your tickets and other travel plans in advance.
Winter Season in Japan
Winter season in Japan is marked by cool weather and lower temperature. It is the best time to visit Japan for snow sports activities. Japan turns into a snowboarding ground during this season. ‘Japow’, the pet name for Japan’s legendary powder snow, has made Japan the ‘Swiss Alps of Asia’ among tourists. One can easily find a number of ski resorts in various parts of Japan. Hokkaido in Japan receives nearly hundred days of snow every winter. If you are here during the winter season in Japan, enjoy at a hot spring resort or stay at a traditional Japanese inn, ryokan.
While Japan remains an all-year destination for many tourists, there are certain months when you can experience the best of Japan. Some months host the cultural festivals while others are popular for their pleasant weather and more. Overall, pick up the season that you consider ideal according to your travel preferences.
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