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Best Time to Visit Japan

When is the best time to travel to Japan? Japan is an island country enclosed by the Pacific Ocean, thus has temperate marine climate. This country offers distinctive scenery at different times, which is a great place to visit all year round. Mid March and early April are cherry blossom season in Japan, making it the best season to visit Japan. Summer runs from June to August, and is known for the various Japanese festivals. The best cities to visit in this season are Hokkaido, Okinawa, and Kitakyushu. Fall runs from September to November. It is known for the red maple leaves and Chrysanthemum in Japan. You will also find a lot of expositions and concerts during the period. Then the best cities to visit are Kyoto, Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka. Winter in Japan, runs from December to February, offers one of the most amazing snow scenery and the best season for skiing in Japan. Both Hokkaido and Nagano are good choices to visit in Winter. As one of reliable Japan tour operators, here, we provide some useful tips on the best travel season and the cherry blossom season in Japan. If you have any questions on Japan Travel Season, please contact our Japan travel specilalists.

Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is the best time to travel to Japan?
    Most people visit Japan during the spring and autumn season. In the springtime, you can enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms, which is the symbol of Japan. Autumn season in Japan has many festival days with themed activities, and the well-known maple leaf bloom. The summer season is a rainy season but is still suitable for a summer vacation in Japan. Although it is cold during the winter season, there are many themed activities such as Christmas and New Year celebrations, which may also attract many tourists.
  • When is the cherry blossom in Japan?
    The cherry blossom season in Japan is usually around the mid of March to the end of April in different cities. It changes slightly every year, but it usually ranges between this time. Note that the cherry blossom season is relatively short. Generally, if it rains the sakura will fall about a week earlier.
  • Can I see the autumn leaves in Japan during November?
    Yes, you can. The autumn leaves in the Kanto area usually turn red around late October. The best viewing times for different parks can last from late October to early December. And around the middle of November is the most beautiful time to visit Kansai for their maple leaves. During this time, the area has decent weather, basically the most beautiful and comfortable time to visit. Most of the time it is sunny, with temperatures under 15 to 20 degrees Celsius (59 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit), but it may be a little colder in the morning and evening.
  • What is the weather like in Kansai, Japan during December?
    Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto in Japan are close together, so there will be no temperature differences between the cities. December is already chilly, as the temperatures range between a low of 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit) and 12 degrees Celsius (53 degrees Fahrenheit). It is best to bring a warm coat or winter jacket. In addition, December is not a rainy season as there will be very little precipitation.
  • Will there be a typhoon in late October in Japan?
    Going to Japan in October, you may have a chance of running into a typhoon going through Japan, as it does have an impact in Osaka, Kyoto, or even Tokyo. But during the rainy season, you can choose to go to do the indoor tours or go to the indoor shopping malls.
  • Is it suitable to go to Japan during Christmas?
    Yes, it is suitable to visit Japan during Christmas. In addition to feeling the holiday spirit and New Year celebrations, the December New Year's discount season in Tokyo is something you don't want to miss.
  • Is cherry blossom season worth it?
    The cherry blossom season is an extremely popular and crowded time of year to visit Japan if you don’t mind braving the crowd. It begins towards the end of March and into the beginning of April.
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