When is the best time to visit Japan?

Cherry BlosssomJapan has four distinct seasons, with the climate varying greatly depending on the region you visit. Ranging from cooler temperatures in the north island of Hokkaido, to sub-tropical in Okinawa, Japan’s most southern island, the best months of the year are March, April, May, October and November. The other months are still good, however they maybe some factors you need to be aware of, for example when and where is the best time to swim in the sea, where are the snow falls and when is the rainy season. Depending on where you are in Japan, the months of June and July are rainy season. The months of July and August can be hot and humid. During the first week of May (Golden Week), in the middle of August (Obon Holiday) and the third week of September (Silver Week) are peak holiday dates for domestic travel, so sites, trains and attractions can busy on certain days of the week.

The summer months offer ideal conditions for walkers looking to explore the Japanese Alps and Hokkaido’s wild national parks.

The very popular cherry blossom begins its journey northward starting in Okinawa in mid-February, reaching Kyoto and Tokyo in later March and early April. The further north you travel towards the island of Hokkaido and its capital, Sapporo, will find cherry blossom at the end of April and early May.

During the months of October and November, you will witness the spectacular autumn colours.

Spring Summer Autumn Winter
Sapporo 44 °F/ 7 °C 68 °F / 20 °C 53 °F / 12 °C 25°F / -3 °C
Tokyo 58 °F / 16 °C 77 °F / 25 °C 65 °F / 18 °C 43°F  / 6 °C
Kyoto 57 °F / 14 °C 80 °F / 27 °C 64 °F / 18 °C 42 °F  / 6 °C
Hiroshima 56 °F / 13 °C 84 °F / 29 °C 62 °F / 17 °C 41°F  / 5 °C
Okinawa  73 °F / 23  °C 86 °F / 30  °C 80 °F/ 27 °C 68 °F /20 °C