The land of sushi, Geishas and origami, Japan provides visitors with one of the most unique travelling experiences around the world. Known as the land of the rising sun, and boasting intriguing architecture and traditions, as well as awe inspiring natural beauty, it is a country you will not forget visiting. Indeed the trip of a life time.
Having a love of design and technology that translates to architecture, food and fashion, carefully entwining historic rituals with modern living, Japan is a country full of tradition, superstition and incredible beauty. It has become synonym with oriental culture more than any other East Asian country in the world.
When is the best time of the year to visit Japan?
Japan can be visited all year around, it really depends of what you want to do while away, but the high-season months are April, May and August.
Spring, from March to May, is a beautiful time of the year to visit when temperatures are mild and the cherry blossom trees are not only a spectacle of their own, but also open the way for an array of national and local celebrations throughout the season.
The famous trees start to blossom in the southernmost part of the country as early as January moving northbound to bloom as late as May in the northern island of Hokkaido. It’s important to notice that this time of the year there are also several national celebrations taking place, including Golden Week, which could make last minute travel a little difficult, as locals are on the move to celebrate the holidays with friends and family.
Summer, from June to August, is hot and humid, with a cooler climate in the mountains. June is also typically the month with the highest rainfall. But this time of the year Japan plays host to an array of colourful summer festivals definitely worth the visit.
Autumn starts in September when the rain escalates to typhoon season, so not the best month of the year to visit. But after the severe weather, autumn starts changing the colours of the country to hues of stunning red and gold. October is a great time of the year to visit, as the weather is warm, but less humid than the summer.
Outside of big cities and southern areas, winter means heavy snowfall and winter activities such as skiing. In southern areas, temperatures are still cold, but there is little or no snow.
It’s worth noting that because of its geographic position, the weather in Japan varies dramatically throughout the country. While the descriptions above are a guide, there is usually a big difference in between the south and north areas of the country, as we can see with the cherry blossom trees, so it’s always worth checking the region you are visiting in more detail prior to visiting.