Japan has the four seasons very well defined. Which means the best time to visit the country depends more on what you want to see and do. Mainly, the spring and the autumn seasons attract travelers around the world. In this post, we will bring you some information about what you can enjoy in each season. We will also show you some advantages and disadvantages so you can conclude about the best time of year for you to visit the country.
Spring in Japan – from March to May
Spring is Japan’s most famous season, with its cherry blossom season in full bloom and its mild climate. It is when most tourists visit Japan. The iconic cherry blossoms depend on the location and weather conditions each year. So keep an eye on the cherry blossom forecast released annually by the Japan Meteorological Corporation. In general, the blossom occurs between late March and early April, lasting about 7 to 10 days. It is a great season for outdoor activities.
Cycling around the lakes near Mount Fuji is highly recommended. Japanese strawberries are amazing. Try not only the fresh fruit, but also the phenomenal sweets made with strawberries during spring. There is also another time to be considered – the Golden Week. If you want to avoid crowds, consider traveling at the end of the season.
Summer in Japan – from June to August
Japanese summer is hot, muggy and humid. So if you like, the heat and beaches, it is a perfect time to have fun. There are also many festivals and events at this time of year. There are many beaches in Japan. Even if you do not have time to visit the subtropical islands, there are also many nice beaches near Tokyo. If extremely hot weather is not for you, visit Hokkaido. It is a cool, dry destination with lots of flower fields.
Summer in Japan cannot be described without fireworks shows. This festival is held almost every day in many places in Japan during the summer. While there are big events throughout the year, summer features many of Japan’s best festivals. If you want to climb Mount Fuji, the official climbing season is from early July to mid-September.
Autumn in Japan – From September to November
Autumn is the second most popular season. At this time of year, Japan is famous for its bright autumn foliage and its mild temperature. If you avoid the typhoon season in early autumn, the weather is quite pleasant. Autumn has beautiful landscapes. The green leaves of the trees gives way to shades of red, orange and yellow. Autumn is also a good time to enjoy hiking and other outdoor activities.
Winter in Japan – from December to February
Japanese winter is quite cold. Nevertheless, if you get over this fact, you will find plenty of amazing attractions. With many snow-capped mountains and great scenery, Japan is an amazing destination for skiing and snowboarding. Hokkaido and Nagano provinces are well known to winter sports lovers all over the world. Besides hot springs, other great winter highlights are the snow festivals. The most famous of these is the Sapporo Snow Festival and the Asahikawa Winter Festival. It is the best time to enjoy fresh seafood.