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Japan is the kind of country you can enjoy all year round. Which month you decide on comes down to where you’re going and what you want to do.
Here’s a breakdown to ensure your decision perfectly matches your interests.
March to May and September to October.
For cool, dry weather, the best times to wander the streets and gaze upon Japan’s plethora of temples without the heavy crowds are during spring and fall.
As beautiful as it can be, we’d avoid April, however, as this is peak season due to the country’s famous cherry blossoms. Prices for flights and accommodation during this time can be incredibly high.
Japan’s has four distinct seasons: winter, spring, summer and fall. Over winter the temperatures can dip to 0℃, making it ideal for winter sports though not so much for sightseeing.
Summers are plagued with a four-week-long period of rain between June and August so are best avoided unless you’re in town for a summer festival or to comb the resort town of Okinawa, which reaches temperatures of 28–31℃ during this time. The north generally experiences cooler temperatures than the south.
Peak periods in Japan include April due to cherry blossom season, June and August due to the summer holiday period, and December to March due to ski season.
If you’re seeking to avoid the crowds, it’s best to avoid these months and activities.
Best time to visit Japan, weatherwise: September to April. These are Japan’s fall, winter and spring periods and are when the country experiences comfortable, dry temperatures.
Cheapest time to visit Japan: Flights and hotels are cheapest in late summer between July and August but are still reasonable in the less rainy months of September and October.
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