When to visit Japan?


If you are planning to visit Japan, you may wonder when is the best time to do so. As you may know, Japan has four seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. You can enjoy each season in different ways. For example, in Spring, if you are in Japan between March and April, the chances are high that you can see cherry blossoms in full bloom. Normally, in the Spring time, it is not too cold or not too hot so the weather may be perfect for traveling. However, it could rain once in a while and when it rains, the temperature could go down. In summer, you can experience extreme heat, especially during July through September. Your body can get dehydrated really quickly so I would not recommend traveling in Japan in the middle of summer. On the other hand, many great fireworks festivals only take place during the summer time which is definitely worth watching live. The autumn was supposed to be the most pleasant time of the year; however, due to the climate change caused by global warming these days, there is barely the season that can be called “Autumn” in Japan. Most likely, in November through early December, you can feel the autumn breeze and enjoy colored leaves in mountains. Lastly, you may wonder how cold it gets in Tokyo during the winter time. The average temperature in winter changes every year, but normally, it could get as cold as five to ten degree Celsius in January and February. It rarely snows in Tokyo but if you go to northern parts of Japan’s mainland or Hokkaido in winter, you are able to enjoy winter sports such as ski and snow boarding.

In conclusion, if I were you, I would come to Japan either in spring (some time in March through May) or in early winter like November or early December. Just on a side note, usually, June through July is rainy season in Japan. Also, from late April to early May is called “Golden week” which is a public holiday period in Japan; therefore, prices for hotels and air tickets, etc. normally go up significantly. You may want to avoid traveling in Japan around Golden week as tourist destinations can easily get packed.

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