Best time to visit Japan

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Best Time to visit Japan

There is not any specific weather that constitutes the Best Time to Visit Japan as the weather patterns, and average temperatures vary significantly across the country. The wide mountain ranges and surrounding warm seas are the main influencers of the weather in Japan. Winters are more severe on the western coast of Japan whereas the Pacific coast of the country tends to be dry and doesn't experience any snowfall. Heavy snowfalls in the mountain ranges of Japan makes for an ideal skiing destination during the winters.

Despite regular showers, spring is the best Season to visit Japan. This is the busiest tourist season in Japan and numerous tourists from all over the world travel to the country to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom. This is without a doubt the most popular time to visit this majestic Island country. Among the numerous attraction in Japan, Cherry Blossoms are hands down the winner.

The country experiences heavy rains during June resulting in a marsh-like summer. If you are not a fan of tropical weather, then is its best to avoid the plains of Japan during this time. Autumn in Japan is usually preceded by bouts if typhoons and heavy rains. However, this is when the maple trees are in full bloom making for another spectacular tourist season in Japan.

In addition to the weather its best to make a note of all the national holidays before planning your trip to Japan. During holidays such as the Golden Week Break, i.e., 29th April to 5th May and the mid-August holiday knows as the Obon holiday the locals are on the move and it's often difficult to make any last-minute train or hotel bookings.  Please note that New Years is also a very busy time in the country as most schools, colleges, and business are closed for the holidays.

 

Spring

This is the season of the famous Japanese cherry blossom that is in full bloom from March to May. This is hands down the best and the busiest tourist time in Japan. If you are planning to visit Japan during this time refer to the guide below.

Temperature: The spring temperature in Japan varies between a minimum of degree Celsius and maximum of 18.5 degree Celsius. The average temperature during the day is about 13 degrees Celsius. 

Weather: The first half of the spring season witnesses many cold days while the latter half of the season has clear weather with sunny days. 

Significance: The most significant aspect of the spring season in Japan is that it coincides with the famous cherry blossom season. The cherry blossom first appears in the southern regions, slowly working their way up to the northern regions.  

Why you should visit now: Spring is the busiest tourist season in Japan. That is of course due to the cherry blossom season. Japanese cherry blossom is unmatched to anywhere else in the world. Therefore, you should visit Japan during this time. Although it may still be quite chilly, nothing a warm woolen coat can't help with.

This is also the time when the Omizutori spring festival is celebrated. It is a two-week long festival celebrated to welcome the arrival of the spring festival. 

Another festival held during this season is the Hinamatsuri aka the doll festival. This is an impressive springtime festival.

You must plan a visit to the Hokyoji Temple in Fukui aka the "Temples of Dolls." During the celebration, it holds an exhibition of dolls owned by the females of the royal family among other doll collections.

Know before you visit: Although Japan is prone to many natural disasters, spring is a safe time to visit the country. Since the season precedes summers that usually experience heavy rainfall, the country and especially the coastal regions are not at a risk of typhoons or cyclones. And since it's still quite chilly the chances of a volcanic eruption are diminished.   

Tips: The weather is still quite cold especially during the first half of the spring season so make sure you carry warm clothes. Make sure you carry your cameras and recorders because you would certainly not want to miss capturing the beautiful sights and the cherry blossom. You could also carry a translation guide especially if you are a solo traveller as you may not have a guide to help with communication with the locals.

 

Summer

This can be a sweltering and humid weather in Japan, and if you are not used to the tropical climate, you could be in for a ride. However, despite the soaring temperatures, summer is a very lively a colorful time to visit Japan. Summertime in Japan hosts some Japanese festivals and more so than anywhere in the world.

Temperature: Summer can be quite hot and humid in Japan, and the weather can vary anywhere from a minimum of 21 degrees to a maximum of 32 degrees.

Weather: The weather is mostly hot and humid. Cities like Tokyo the summers can be somewhat uncomfortable but primarily bearable especially since the city is busy and people are and about until late hours of the night. But in cities like Kyoto, the weather can be quite muggy, and one can get very tired if they overdo it.

Significance: Despite the weather being too hot and humid, summers are a great time to visit Japan. Especially because Japanese summers coincides with school holidays all over the world, hence the streets are chirping with tourists from around the world and secondly this is the time when Japan hosts many of festivals, especially more so than anywhere else in the world. 

Why you should visit now: This is the best time to attend some of the most prominent and most celebrated Japanese festivals. Festivals held during this period include Awa Odori festival held in Tokushima, Osaka’s Tenjin Matsuri festival, Aomori’s Nebuta Matsuri festival and Gion Matsuri held in Kyoto. 

In addition to these festivals, you can see many magnificent fireworks displays in different parts of Japan during summers. Firework is a serious business in Japan, and firework displays are culturally significant. The most amazing firework display is held at Sumida River in Tokyo.

Know before you visit: If you are not a fan of the hot summer weather or want to spread out your vacation, you can always travel to the Japanese Alps in northern Japan and Hokkaido. Although it will still be summer, the weather will be significantly milder in those regions.

Concerning natural disasters, there is no imminent threat of typhoons during this season.

Tips: Make sure you carry your sunglasses, lots of suns cream, caps, hats, water bottles, scarfs, etc. to protect yourself from the piercing UV rays and the hot, humid weather. Make sure you carry your cameras and recorders because you wouldn't want to miss capturing the beautiful sights you visit. You could also carry a translation guide especially if you are a solo traveler as you wouldn't have a guide to help with communication with the locals.

 

Monsoon and Typhoon Season

This season overlaps with summer in Japan and Typhoon season extends up to October. Although not common, if the country is hit with typhoons it may affect your travel plans especially since all air traffic is halted during such time. There is no specific monsoon season as it merely overlaps with the summer season. It's best to check for typhoon warning in the region before planning your trip.

Temperature: Summer can be quite hot and humid in Japan, and the weather can vary anywhere from a minimum of 21 degrees to a maximum of 32 degrees.  

Weather: The Typhoon Season experiences heavy rainfall. 

Significance: This is the best time to attend some of the most prominent and most celebrated Japanese festivals. Festivals held during this period include, Awa Odori festival held in Tokushima, Osaka’s Tenjin Matsuri festival, Aomori’s Nebuta Matsuri festival and Gion Matsuri held in Kyoto. 

In addition to these festivals, you can see many magnificent fireworks displays in different parts of Japan during summers. Firework is a serious business in Japan, and firework displays are culturally significant. The most amazing firework display is held at Sumida River in Tokyo.

Why you should visit now: Just like other Asian countries, Japan, is not prone to torrential rains. Although it doesn't rain every day, rainfall can be persistent, but it won't lead to floods or restrict your movement.  

Know Before you visit: This is the typhoon season, so make sure you check for any warning of approaching natural disasters before making any concrete travel plans. 

Tips: Make sure you carry raincoats, umbrellas, extra clothing and gumboots.

 

Autumn

Just like sprint time in Japan is characterized by the cherry blossom season, autumn in Japan is famous for its foliage season. Unlike spring, fall in Japan offers pleasant weather, affordable accommodation and public transport, fewer crowds and scenic views thanks to the maple trees that are in full bloom during this time. 

Temperature: Autumn temperatures in Japan vary between a minimum of 10 degree Celsius and maximum of 21 degrees Celsius. 

Weather: The weather during this time is enjoyable with clear days especially in the latter half of the season. Even though Autumn season starts late September it's still relatively warm and sometimes the weather can get quite hot.  

Significance: Just like the Cherry Blossom season during spring this season in Japan is characterized by the foliage season, i.e., the when the beautiful maple trees are in full bloom. Unlike the cherry blossom which attracts huge crowds of tourist this season is less busy; hence you can enjoy the maple foliage, which makes for an unprecedented scenic view in various arts of Japan.

Why you should visit now: Firstly, this season is not as busy as the cherry blossom season in during spring, which means lesser crowds and affordable accommodation. Additionally, Japanese's autumn season doesn't co-inside with any local holidays which means there is less local traffic, and public transport will be easier to access.  

Know Before you visit: With the typhoon season behind, Autumn is an enjoyable time to visits Japan. There is no imminent threat of any natural disasters during this time. 

Tips: It can be quite hot especially during early autumn so make sure you carry suns cream, hats, water bottles, etc. If you travel during October, carry light jackets and some woolen clothes as the temperatures drop during night time.  

 

Winter

This is typically low tourist season in Japan. Winter season last between December and Mid-March. Although you will notice a rise in tourists and busier streets during new years as its holidays around the world and this is the time the locals to travel back and forth to visit family and go on family vacations.

Temperature: Winter temperatures in Japan range from a minimum of -1 degree Celsius to a maximum of 7 degree Celsius.  

Weather: Winter can quite harsh in Japan especially in the northern regions around the Japanese Alps.

Significance: If you are an avid skier then this is the best time to visit Japan especially since Japan isn't a popular skiing destination especially in comparison to its European counterparts.

Why you should visit now: This is low tourist season in Japan as the only tourist attraction during winters is skiing, and tourist prefers the swizz alps over the Japanese Alps.  

Know Before you visit: There is no danger of avalanche during this time. But make sure you check for earthquake warning before traveling.  

Tips: Make sure you carry plenty of woolens and thick jackets to protect yourself from the cold winds and snow if you decide to go skiing. Make sure you carry the correct footwear i.e., snow boots. 

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