When to Travel - Japan

  • Best Time to Travel
  • Good Time to Travel
  • Green Season
  • Cool temperatures
  • Very cold

Weather information is an important factor to consider when deciding where or when to travel. The following table offers our opinion on when it is best to travel throughout the year, with the "Green Season" representing months with higher rainfall. "Green Season" days in the Far East tend to be dry in the morning with short sharp showers in the afternoon. Below this we offer average climate statistics, from selected destinations, and a general overview of the country's climate to help you decide when to travel.

Tokyo
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Nagasaki
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
  • Tokyo

    8 9 12 17 22 24 28 30 26 21 16 11
    -2 -1 2 8 12 17 21 22 19 13 6 1
    6 6 6 7 6 5 6 7 5 4 5 5
    48 74 107 135 147 165 142 152 234 208 97 56
    jan feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec

    Nagasaki

    9 10 14 19 23 26 29 31 27 22 17 12
    2 2 5 10 14 18 23 23 20 14 9 4
    4 5 6 7 7 6 7 8 6 6 6 4
    71 84 125 185 170 312 257 175 249 114 94 81
    jan feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec

Climate - Japan

Travel to Japan is possible in every season, and there are special events taking place throughout the year. Spring and autumn are generally the most popular seasons for travelling in Japan when the weather is usually warm and sunny, but fresher and drier than in summer. Spring is also the time of the cherry blossom, a delightful time to see Japan, which spreads from south to north from late March to mid April. Those who choose to travel in the often-overlooked autumn season are rewarded with the equally spectacular sight of the maple leaves changing colour, lasting for around a month from the end of October.

In Central and Southern Japan the summers are very warm and at times humid, but excessively hot days are rare, and there are a number of superb festivals held during these warmer months. At this time you can expect occasional heavy rain in the more southern areas caused by typhoons moving north from the South China Sea. In the mountains areas of Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu temperatures are sufficiently reduced by altitude as to be quite pleasant in summer, and this is the most popular time to visit for walkers and hikers. The northern-most island of Hokkaido is delightful in summer when the weather is clear and warm, and the fields are full of spectacular blooms.

Winter is a relatively dry season in Japan, and a good season for sightseeing without the crowds, but it can get quite cold in the northern areas. In the south of Honshu and in Kyushu and Shikoku the winters are mild and almost subtropical. In the mountains of Honshu and Hokkaido the moist Pacific air collides with cold Siberian air, resulting in heavy snowfalls and excellent powder snow - ideal conditions for winter sports.

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