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.
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.
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.
|Station||Period 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.
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.
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.
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:
|Satonishiki Cherries (Cherries)||May||July|
|Ume (Typically sour fruit)||June||July|
|Kyoho Grapes (A type of grape)||July||October|
|Sudachi (Typical Fruit)||October||November|
|Mikan (Tangerine, Tangerine)||October||January|
|Yuzu (typical fruit)||November||December|
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).
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:
|Kyushu||End of March|
|Shikoku||Late March or early April|
|Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe||Late March or early April|
|Tokyo, Yokohama, Chiba||Late March or early April|
|Hokkaido||In early May|
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:
|Okinawa||early may||June's end|
|Kyushu||end of May||mid July|
|Shikoku||beginning of June||mid July|
|Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe||beginning of June||mid July|
|Tokyo, Yokohama, Chiba||beginning of June||end of July|
|Tohoku||mid-June||end of July|
|Hokkaido||no rainy season|
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.
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.
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.