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Best Time to Visit Kumamoto

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Best Time to Visit Kumamoto

When is the best time to visit Kumamoto? The capital of the Kumamoto Prefecture is located in the center of the island southwest of Kyushu. With its rich nature, Kumamoto has an abundant of good-quality food like fruits, vegetables, beef, and seafood providing for its agricultural production. It is known for Kumamoto Castle and Suizenji Park, one of the three most famous gardens in Japan. So what's the weather like in Kumamoto? Kumamoto's climate has extreme variations between hot and cold temperatures. There are three different climate zones of Kumamoto as they are continental, mountain, and coastal.

Best Season to Visit Kumamoto

Spring: During the spring season, during the middle of March, there is still a possibility of snow from the winter. Because of the higher altitude, the winters are long compared to other cities in Japan. Around March, is when the blossoming of cherry trees happen. The daily temperatures are usually around 59 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius) or higher, but by mid-April, the temperature may exceed 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius). During this time it may rain also, as it could rain 7 to 8 days per month. It is a great time and the best time to visit Kumamoto if you want to visit for the cherry blossoms and moderate weather.

The temperature during the summer is very hot and humid, so it is advised to carry an umbrella and stay hydrated. Around mid-May is when the daytime temperatures start to rise to 77 degrees Fahrenheit(25 degrees Celsius). Summer in June and mid-July is when it rains the most, as it is best to check the weather ahead of time or think about visiting during this time since it can disrupt outdoor activities.

After the rainy part of the season, the temperature is around 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius) or higher which is pretty warm. Like most of Japan, the hottest time of the year is August, as temperatures can reach 91 degrees Fahrenheit (33 degrees Celsius). There is a weather phenomenon during this time where there is no breeze with the heat. It is when people escape by swimming at the beach or going to the mountains for a cooler temperature. During July and August, Kumamoto is usually hit by typhoons, but visitors like to capture the stormy sights around the Kumamoto Castle. Although the spring season is usually the most popular time to visit Japan, visiting Kumamoto during the summer is no less beautiful and captivating.

Typhoon season falls into September, as a typhoon or two may come close to Kumamoto. Transitioning from summer, September is still a little hot in September with a maximum temperature of 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius). During mornings and evenings, the weather starts to feel cooler, with frequent rainfalls during this season. Between mid-October and November, the weatherbecomes pleasant autumn weather with clear skies. But by mid-November is when the winds start and it gets chilly. The temperature can be as low as 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius). The weather during September and October is generally the preferred time of the year to visit Kumamoto for outdoor activities.

Is winter the worst season to visit Kumamoto? The daily temperature in December drops below 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius). With the nearby mountains, the average temperature in January is 41 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius) or below. That annual precipitation during this time is particularly high, especially in Mount Aso. There is rarely heavy snow in Kumamoto so if you are not a fan of snow, it is a great place to visit, but temperatures are still pretty cool, so proper attire with sweaters or a winter coat. Even though temperatures may be low, it does get busy during this time because people are preparing for the holidays.

Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is March a good time for traveling to Kumamoto?
    Kumamoto is located in central Kyushu, Japan. Kyushu is the first place in Japan where the cherry blossoms bloom. You can see the cherry blossoms from late March, so it is a great time to visit.
  • What is the best season to visit Kumamoto?
    You can choose to see the cherry blossoms from late March or the red leaves at the end of October. Kumamoto in the winter is very comfortable. Therefore, depending on personal preferences, you can travel at any season.
  • What season is the best time to go to visit Kumamoto?
    You can see the cherry blossoms at the end of March and the red leaves at the end of October. You can enjoy the hot springs of Kitakyushu in the winter also. It depends on your personal preferences with weather and interests.
  • How is the climate in Kumamoto in April?
    Kumamoto during April is the most visited month of the year. Although the cherry blossoms can no longer be seen in late April, the temperature is moderate and there is less rainfall. It is also not too cold to go visit the Mount Aso.
  • Which season is the best climbing season for Kumamoto Aso Volcano?
    Autumn is the peak season for mountain climbing in Mount Aso. At this time, the autumn weather is just right for climbing. You can also enjoy views of the discolored maple leaves and the surrounding mountains.
  • Where is the most famous onsen for the winter in Kumamoto?
    There are many hot spring resorts located in Kumamoto. We recommend the Kurokawa Onsen where the water is good and full of healthy minerals. It is surrounded by beautiful mountains, situated along a river.
  • What months does the rainy season occur in Kumamoto?
    Generally, it rains more in Kumamoto during July, and the typhoon season falls into September and October.
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