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Best Time of the Year to Visit Japan

Best Time of the Year to Visit Japan

Japan is a beautiful place to visit any time of the year, with each season offering something unique. Ultimately it is down to individual preference, and this quick guide to each season should help you decide which time of the year you are most likely to enjoy.


Spring (March - May)

Spring is the most popular time of year to visit Japan due to the blooming of the cherry blossoms which lasts about one week. The festivals celebrating the cherry blossoms draw in massive crowds who come to admire the beauty of the delicate pink flowers. The cherry blossoms are the mecca of nature in Japan during Spring and the cherry blossom festivals are a definite must-see.

There are plenty of places across Japan where you can celebrate the cherry blossom season.

1.       Hirosaki Sakura-Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival at Hirosaki Park (April to early May)

2.       Yoshino-Yama Mountain

3.       Osaka Mint Bureau

4.       Ueno Park, Tokyo

Weather: not too hot, not too cold, minimal-average rainfall


Summer (June - September)

Summer in Japan can be very hot and humid but it's the perfect time of year for festivals, mountain hikes and sample some of Japan's famous beer!

To do:

1.       Sumida-Gawa Fireworks Festival

2.       Obon Festival

3.       Tenjin Festival

Must Try:  Somen Noodles - Summer is the best time to try this iconic Japanese cold noodle dish which is a refreshing and delicious way to cool off in the summer heat!

Weather: extremely hot, humid and rainy


Autumn (October - November)

Autumn in Japan is the time to see the changing colours of the maple leaves as they turn beautiful shades of red and yellow and transform the streets into picturesque landscapes.

Places to see beautiful leaves:

1.       Hida Takayama

2.       Rikugien Garden

3.       Kamakura Hiking Trails

4.       Hozu Valley

Weather: warm and relatively dry


Winter (November - March)

Winter in Japan is like a picturesque winter wonderland, with ancient snowy-white landscapes as far as the eye can see. Japan also has some of the best skiing in the world making it a popular destination for lovers of snow sports.

Best places for skiing:

1.       Niseko Ski Resort

2.       Hakuba Ski Resort

3.       Sapporo Ski Resort

Other activities if skiing isn't for you:

1.       Tokyo - If you don't like the cold, Tokyo has plenty of indoor attractions to keep you warm. Winter is a great time to enjoy some nice hearty meals and Tokyo will keep you entertained with its famous Cat Cafes, Ninja Restaurants and fine dining restaurants.

2.       Temples - Japan's many temples are even more beautiful in the winter with their triangular rooftops covered in snow.

3.       Hot Spring Baths - Warm up and take in some spectacular views in one of Japan's famous hot spring baths.

Weather: cold and dry, with snow in selected areas.

For a taste of Japan any time of the year, try our range of Japanese spice mixes and be transported by your tastebuds.

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