11 Seasons and Seasons that take place in Japan

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In Japan, work, play, food, culture and life are carried out in a seasonal cycle that gives a rhythm over the years. Understanding these seasons and seasons is important when planning your trip to Japan.

There is no right or wrong time to visit. Each season has its pros and cons. In this article, we are going to see a little about each of those seasons, seasons and seasons that happen during a period in Japan.

1. Japan's Four Seasons

Japan is one of the few countries that has the four seasons spring, summer, autumn and winter in order and is fully visible and perceptible by the population, correctly following what we see in movies and at school.

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It is possible to see snow, flowers blooming, flowers falling and an infernal heat. These seasons in Japan are seen as a unique aspect of the country that helped to define its culture.

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These four seasons also greatly influence the other seasons and seasons that we will see throughout the article. Stay tuned at what time of year you plan to come. I recommend Spring or Autumn.

The table below specifies exactly what time of year each climatic season in Japan takes place. Most of the time I traveled to Japan was around the end of September, as you can never plan to visit spring.

StationPeriod in Japan
Spring (Haru)March 13 to June 21
Summer (Natsu)June 21 to September 23
Autumn (Aki)September 23 to December 21
Winter (Fuyu)December 21 to March 13

2. Japan Food Seasons

Japan has hundreds of dishes for each time of the year. In many cases, it is considered strange to prepare a dish out of season. Winter dishes are hearty and warm. Spring dishes include seasonal ingredients, such as sakura petals.

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Summer dishes are light and cold. Autumn dishes reflect autumn colors and use autumn harvest ingredients. (Hiyashi chuka, a classic summer).  

Other than that, there are also processed foods and products that are launched at a certain time or place in Japan, as a limited edition. Like chocolates, snacks, cookies and drinks. Everyone has their time and exotic flavor.

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3. Fruit Stations in Japan

Japan has the right fruit for every time of the year (it depends on the fruit). Japanese fruits are available at any supermarket in Japan at a reasonable price.

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Fruit picking is a popular activity that is a good way to connect with Japan's agricultural culture. There is always some special fruit in season:

FruitBeginningFinal
Satonishiki Cherries (Cherries)MayJuly
Ume (Typically sour fruit)JuneJuly
MelonsJuneAugust
PeachesJuneSeptember
Kyoho Grapes (A type of grape)JulyOctober
BlueberriesJulyAugust
Fuji ApplesSeptemberDecember
Nashi pearsSeptemberOctober
Sudachi (Typical Fruit)OctoberNovember
Mikan (Tangerine, Tangerine)OctoberJanuary
Yuzu (typical fruit)NovemberDecember
KhakiNovemberFebruary
Japanese strawberriesDecemberJune
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4. Season Kafunsho in Japan

February to May - More than 25 million people in Japan have an allergy to cedar pollen. You will notice a lot of people wearing masks when pollen is on the rise (between March and April).

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5. Sakura season in Japan

February to May - When sakura blooms in the spring everyone wants to be outside under the trees. The act of seeing the beauty of sakura is called Hanami. Each region sakura blooms at a different time as shown in the table below:

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OkinawaEarly February
KyushuEnd of March
ShikokuLate March or early April
Osaka, Kyoto, KobeLate March or early April
Tokyo, Yokohama, ChibaLate March or early April
TohokuMid-April
HokkaidoIn early May
Hanami (cherry blossom viewing)

6. Rainy season in Japan

May to July (depending on the region) - The Japanese language has 50 words to describe the rain. Japan's rainy season is a foggy time of year that receives a fair amount of rain. See the table below and know the season:

CityBeginningFinal
Okinawaearly mayJune's end
Kyushuend of Maymid July
Shikokubeginning of Junemid July
Osaka, Kyoto, Kobebeginning of Junemid July
Tokyo, Yokohama, Chibabeginning of Juneend of July
Tohokumid-Juneend of July
Hokkaidono rainy season
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7. Typhoon season in Japan

May to October - Typhoons are common in Japan between that time. However, the peak of the season is August and September. Major typhoons can completely disrupt your travel plans.

Okinawa and other areas in southern Japan are more exposed to typhoons. However, Tokyo is also regularly thrown into chaos by a typhoon. Japan can be hit with up to a dozen or more typhoons in a year.

8. The Beach Season in Japan

April to October (depends on location) - Most of Japan's main beaches have an official season. In some cases, there are seasons that are warm enough to swim, but nobody does that (except surfers) because it is not the official season.

In many cases, the official season of a beach coincides with school holidays and considers factors such as jellyfish. Seasons vary widely from city to city. Near Tokyo, most beaches are open mid-July and August. In Okinawa it is common for beaches to be open from April to October.

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9. Japan's obon season

July 13-15 or August 13-15 (depending on the region) - Obon is a huge summer vacation season. It is believed that the dead return to the land kingdom at this time. People return to their hometowns to greet their ancestors. It is the busiest time of travel of the year. It is also a time of several festivals.

10. Bonenkai season in Japan

December - Bonenkai are the office parties that are held at the end of the year. Most office workers go to various Bonenkai's company, department and staff level. As a result, December is a difficult month to get group bookings at popular restaurants and izakaya.  

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11. Ski and Snowboard Season in Japan

Mid December to early April - Japan is a mountainous country full of snow for much of the year. The snowboarding season is from January to March. However, it is possible to practice snowboarding late in some region of Japan. These were 11 things that have their season set, now you can know what is the best time to make your trip.

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