Have you ever wondered when is the best time to visit Japan? Every season has its advantages and disadvantages. In this article, we will study each of these times so you can find out when the best time to travel to Japan is.
Many would say April in the spring when the cherry blossoms bloom, but this is also the most expensive season. One of my first suggestions is to go during the change of seasons so you get a little of each.
No matter the season, there will always be exclusives such as seasonal foods, festivals, etc. Other things that we must take into account are the climate, landscapes and others. Let's first examine each season and season in Japan.
Japan's 4 seasons
Japan is one of the few countries that has the four seasons in order and is fully visible to those who witness such a season. It is possible to see snow, flowers blooming, flowers falling and an infernal heat.
Below you can see a table showing the date of change of stations and the period of each one. Remembering that the closer to the cut-off date, the less evident the weather becomes.
|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|
Spring in Japan
Spring is without a doubt the most famous time to visit Japan, it is crowded with people and tourists because of the hanami, where everyone appreciates the flowers of the trees blooming and giving that show of colors.
A colorful time, with pleasant weather not as cold as winter (it is around 4º to 18º). In the months of March you can already see the first signs of spring and the trees starting to bloom.
For those who appreciate beauty, the months of March, April and May are perfect for you. But it is also the most expensive time to travel to Japan due to the high cost of airfare and high concentration of tourists.
Even getting accommodation will be more expensive, the Japanese themselves travel to travel during the week of Golden Week which happens at the end of April. It can be uncomfortable for some to be among gigantic crowds.
It may happen that you book your trip and are unable to enjoy the hanami which is often unpredictable and will happen sooner or later depending on the location of Japan. This can be resolved by moving to other cities and regions.
To enjoy the spring you must make a trip in the month of March until the end of June. However, the cherry trees bloom between late March and April. There are calendars that can cure your curiosity about the hanami.
Summer in Japan
It is not a recommended time because of the strong humid heat and the heavy rains and typhoons. However, it is at this time that most summer festivals, fireworks, etc. take place.
In addition, you can hike in the Alps and Mount Fuji, see the charming coastline and enjoy the beaches and even visit Okinawa. Try to see in the calendars the less hot seasons of summer.
The months of July and August are the warmest with temperatures above 30ºC. Hokkaido is a good option to visit at this time because of its location to the north and its comfortable altitude.
Most festivals and fireworks are held in the month of August. In the month of September it is more comfortable despite the appearance of typhoons, and clouds can hinder the view of Mount Fuji.
I traveled at that time, it was cool but I was sad to not be able to see Fuji-san the first time. I prefer to travel at the end of the version in the second part of September.
Autumn in Japan
At the beginning of October the trees start to change their colors, the weather is comfortable (between 10º and 28º) and it becomes one of the best months to visit Japan. Personally, it is one of my favorite seasons.
Autumn is a good alternative for those who can't go in the spring and want to see a show of colors. In the month of November, the trees are with their colored leaves and starting to fall, becoming one of the best months to walk in Japan.
You can still visit a Onsen and enjoy the colors outdoors. If you want to avoid tourists, in December you can still enjoy a little autumn and winter.
Winter in Japan
In December the trees are completely dry and the snow starts to fall and the weather starts to get cold and can stay between (-10º to 10º) until the months of February. It has its advantages, but it is not good for Brazilian tourists used to the heat.
During these months between December and February you can enjoy the mountains for skiing, skating and snowboarding. In addition you can enjoy an Onsen together with monkeys outdoors.
You can also follow several Snow festivals, ice sculptures and the Famous festival in the city of Sapporo. You can also spend the New Year in Japan.
Winter is as beautiful as other seasons, the only problem is if you can stand the cold, and some days it may be impossible to go out and enjoy your time. Which can threaten wasted time on your trip.
What time of year to visit Japan?
There are other seasons and seasons that take place in Japan that can influence the date of your visit. We recommend reading our article Japan Seasons and Seasons by clicking here.
It is difficult to decide when is the best time to travel to Japan. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. In addition to what I mentioned there are several other advantages in each season, seasonal foods, festivals, holidays.
In my opinion the best months to travel are February, March, May, October and November, so you can enjoy a little of each season without facing crowds, high prices and uncomfortable weather.
And in your opinion? When is the best time to travel? We appreciate comments and shares.