When Is the Best Time to Travel to Japan?

Posted by on October 18, 2014

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Anyone who has ever sipped sake, read manga or munched sushi might feel like they already know tons about the slinky archipelago made up of over 6,800 volcanic islands. Yet, after arriving in Japan, it’s still as though you’ve landed on a completely different planet! Don’t feel bummed if this ever happens to you; you’re not alone. Japan is just too fascinating of a land with its ancient isolated customs and traditional craftsmanship mixed up with futuristic fashion, modern technology and unique style.

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But today we’ll not be dwelling into what you should do in Japan or where in Japan you should explore. Before planning itineraries, you should know when it is the most ideal to visit the country.

Undoubtedly, the best times to explore Japan are during the seasons spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November).

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Spring is when Japan’s popular sakura or cherry blossom trees burst into beautiful pink blooms. The sakura zensen or cherry tree blossom line starts from Kyushu around March. It advances to the north, often passing the Honshu cities early April. If you are one so eager to witness the cherry blossoms bloom, you might want to think about scheduling your trip a little early on as the sakura’s glory is very brief, lasting just a week usually.

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Autumn is also a great time to head to the country. Temperatures are pleasant during this period and the colors are especially soothing. The autumn foliage in Japan is very different from its pink spring. It starts in the north around October, then peaks across Honshu sometime in November.

But if you really want to go on a winter, of course, you can too. The months December to February are cold particularly on the coasts of Honshu and Hokkaido. During this time, many fly to Hokkaido as there are more snow activities to enjoy there.

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Summer months in Japan are from June to August. The good beaches may not be as plenty but you’re still probably going to drop your jaws once you get to Shirahama Beach in Izu Peninsula or the Emerald Beach in Okinawa.

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