Japan has a rich culture which is evident in their celebration of seasons. Every new season is ushered in with festivals and different seasonal foods making it an interesting vacation destination for travelers any time of the year.
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The New Year is usually sunny and dry and is one of the three major travel seasons in Japan. You should visit Japan after the 4th of January. If you intend to visit during this period, you will find out that many shops, tourist attractions and restaurants do not operate for at least one day between December 29 and January 4. Sightseeing locations are not crowded around this time.
February is usually sunny and dry with uncongested sightseeing spots. You can avoid the short days and barren state of vegetation that comes with the winter when you visit around this time.
It ushers in spring and the weather becomes milder. There is a rise in domestic travel in the second half of March due to spring school holidays. Cherry blossom season begins in some regions towards the end of March and winter sports are held around this time in Northern Japan.
There is a bloom of cherry blossoms in most regions which accounts for the increase in domestic travel, together with the spring school holiday in early April and the start of the Golden Week in Late April. Other than November, April is often thought to be the best time travel because of the mild weather and cherry blossom season.
Golden week holds in the end of April and the beginning of May making it one of Japan’s major travel seasons. The period after the event is however a good time to visit Japan, with its lush vegetation and comfortable temperature. Tourist locations are usually not crowded too.
June marks the beginning of the rainy season (Tsuyu) except in Hokkaido. The weather is usually gloomy even when it doesn’t rain. The length and intensity of the rainy season varies each year.
Usually the rainy season ends early in July and the weather is hot and humid. Elevated areas like Hokkaido are usually more comfortable. Climbing in Mount Fuji, Cormorant fishing, and beach holidays in Okinawa are popular activities around this time. Domestic travel is also increased during this period due to the summer holidays.
August comes with a lot of festivals and fireworks. There is increased travelling activity especially in mid August during the Obon week. August is usually hot and humid.
Typhoons are at its peak in August and September causing strong rains and storms for about two days; however the weather clears up in a short time. Septembers are hot and humid and less crowded than August.
The warm weather makes October a pleasant month to visit Japan.
November is dry and mild with autumn colors visible in many part of the country. Apart from popular autumn spots, travelling activity is reduced.
The weather is generally dry in December. Travel activity remains low until the winter school holiday begins around December 23.