What is the Best Month to Go to Japan?

Japan offers travellers a wealth of experiences to dive into. Whether you visit in Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter, you won’t be disappointed by everything this country has to offer. In this blog post, we offer an overview of Japan through the seasons so you know what to expect whenever you choose to visit. 

Spring in Japan (March to May): 

Spring is one of the most popular times to visit Japan. This season is characterised by the abundance of cherry blossoms, mild temperatures and a variety of festivals and events. The best time to catch the cherry blossoms is typically in late March to early April, but this can vary depending on the region and weather conditions.

Summer in Japan (June to August): 

Although summer in Japan can be hot and humid, it’s also a great time for outdoor activities such as hiking, beach trips or camping. If you’re interested in festivals, there are many traditional celebrations that take place during the summer months. Calendar events such as the Gion Matsuri in Kyoto or the Nebuta Festival in Aomori Prefecture offer travellers a chance to experience the vibrancy of Japanese culture. 

Be aware that July and August are peak tourist months due to school holidays, so if you’re looking for a quieter experience then consider visiting in June or September instead. 

Autumn in Japan (September to November):

Autumn prompts a sensational natural spectacle as the green, summer leaves turn to gold, red and orange. The cooler temperature also makes it an ideal time for sightseeing, especially if you’re looking for panoramic views of mountains covered in autumn foliage in full display. This is a great time to visit if you’re interested in hiking, visiting temples, and seeing the changing seasons. 

October is particularly popular due to its mild temperatures, while November offers some great opportunities for skiing or snowboarding at resorts like Niseko or Furano.

Winter in Japan (December to February)

Winter is a good time to visit Japan if you’re interested in skiing, hot springs, and winter festivals. It’s important to note that the weather can be quite cold, especially in northern Japan, but it can also be incredibly beautiful with snow-covered landscapes.

December through February are peak ski season months, while January offers some unique cultural experiences such as New Year’s celebrations or Setsubun (bean-throwing) ceremonies that take place in shrines across the country.


Overall, the best time to visit Japan really depends on what you want to experience. No matter what time of year you choose to visit, you’re guaranteed to get a taste of this majestic country. If you need any more advice on booking your trip to Japan, we’re here to help. For a quote or booking enquiries, simply call us on: 0800 412 5678.


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