When is the best time to visit Japan?

Step 2: When is the best time to visit Japan?

Japan experiences a splendid array of different seasons which is highlighted by its beautiful nature and landscape. When looking at pictures of Japan it’s hard to pick which season to travel during. When is the best time to visit Japan? How do you pick from:

  • Cherry blossoms in Spring
  • Snow festivals in Winter
  • Red and yellow foliage in Autumn
  • Festival celebrations in Summer

Before you book any flights or accommodation the first thing you have to decide is when you want to go. There really is no ‘best time’ to visit Japan, but comes down to what suits you the most. Do you prefer warmer or colder weather? Do you mind big crowds? Is there a specific festival or food you want to try? (For me it was seeing the cherry blossoms). The best way is to compare all the seasons below and pick the one that stands out to you!

Let’s read Step 2: When is the best time to visit Japan?

What time of year should you visit Japan - Spring in Japan

SPRING IN JAPAN

Weather: 

March is around 13C/48F and warms up to  23C/73F by May

Number of tourists visiting at this time of year:

7 million* (*Statistics from the Japan National Tourism Organisation from 2017)

Festivals & Events:

When is the best time to visit Japan - Spring in Japan

Seasonal food:

Activities:

  • Strawberry picking
  • Flower festivals
  • Anime convention in Tokyo
  • Go to Matsuri festivals
  • Watch Sumo wrestling
  • Party at the Earth Day festival in Tokyo

autumn in Japan

Weather: 

Sept is around 27C/72F then drops down to 17C/63F in November

Note: Early Autumn can experience typhoons

Number of tourists visiting at this time of year:

6.3million(*Statistics from the Japan National Tourism Organisation from 2016)

Festivals & Events:

When is the best time to visit japan? Autumn in Japan

Seasonal Food:

Activities:

  • Enjoy autumn foliage
  • Attend a fire festival
  • Go to a university festival
  • Dress up for Halloween in Shibuya
  • Grape picking

When is the best time to visit Japan? Summer in Japan

SUMMER IN JAPAN

Weather: 

In June it’s around 25C/77F and warms up in August at around 31C/88F

Note: June to Early July is rainy season and can experience Typhoons

Number of tourists visiting at this time of year in Japan? 

7.5 million (*Statistics from the Japan National Tourism Organisation from 2017)

Festivals and events:

When is the best time to visit Japan - Summer in Japan

Seasonal Food:

Activities:

  • Attend a summer festival
  • Visit the islands of Okinawa
  • See the Alpine wildflowers in the North
  • Climb Mount Fuji (from July to Sept)
  • Light a lantern at the Hiroshima Lantern Ceremony

When is the best time to visit Japan - Winter in Japan

WINTER IN JAPAN

Weather: 

In December the weather is 12C/54F and drops down to 10C/50F in February

Number of tourists visiting at this time of year in Japan: 

5.7 million tourists* (*statistics from the Japan National Tourism Organisation from 2016)

Festivals & Events:

When is the best time to visit Japan - Winter Collage

Seasonal Food:

Activities:

  • See the snow art in Sapporo
  • Skiing and snowboarding at ski resort
  • Attend a fire burning festival
  • Join the crowd and visit a shrine on New Years Day
  • Eat KFC on Christmas Day
  • Sit in a Rotenburo (outdoor bath) deep in the snow
  • Enjoy the plum blossoms
  • See the snow monkeys in the hot springs

Japan is a great place to visit all year round. No matter what time of year you visit you can definitely catch an event.

WHEN DO YOU THINK IT’S THE BEST TIME TO VISIT JAPAN?

When is the best time to visit Japan? Read more about what each season has to offer. When is the best time to visit Japan? Read more about what each season has to offer When is the best time to visit Japan? Read more about what each season has to offer

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