Best Time to Visit Japan

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the most popular times to visit Japan, as the natural scenery becomes incredibly vibrant. In Spring, the cherry trees are alive with delicate cherry blossoms, and the ground is covered in a pale pink carpet. In Autumn, the leaves turn bright red and create a stunning backdrop to the temples and mirror lakes. As these are some of the best times to visit, we recommend booking in advance to avoid being disappointed.

In the Summer months (June to August), the northern National Parks and mountains are perfect for hiking and exploring. In the south, it will be quite hot and humid and there can be heavy rains as well. Winter (December to February) offers the best season for skiing and snow related activities. Powdery snow piles high and it’s cold outside, but the hot springs and onsens can help keep you warm. No matter what time of year you want to visit Japan, our specialists will be able to talk you through the experience of each season and help you choose the best month that is right for you.

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Climate guide for Japan

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Kanazawa & Around 4°C 182mm 5°C 87mm 8°C 125mm 12°C 144mm 19°C 84mm 22°C 247mm 26°C 127mm 28°C 335mm 25°C 48mm 19°C 282mm 12°C 114mm 8°C 143mm
Kyoto & Around 5°C 27mm 7°C 43mm 10°C 77mm 14°C 109mm 21°C 102mm 24°C 129mm 26°C 251mm 29°C 381mm 26°C 83mm 20°C 242mm 13°C 29mm 8°C 48mm
Osaka 0°C 50mm 2°C 47mm 5°C 109mm 10°C 110mm 17°C 139mm 20°C 322mm 24°C 305mm 26°C 294mm 22°C 84mm 16°C 319mm 8°C 39mm 4°C 79mm
Tokyo 6°C 10mm 7°C 49mm 11°C 112mm 14°C 71mm 20°C 128mm 22°C 207mm 24°C 160mm 28°C 108mm 25°C 107mm 20°C 497mm 13°C 149mm 9°C 77mm
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