Explore Japan’s distinct culture on our Japan Highlights itinerary, uncovering both the fascinating old and new faces of Japan.
Visit Japan in spring time to witness the magical cherry blossoms; one of Japan's most cherished symbols.
This itinerary provides an excellent balance between the hustle and bustle of Japan’s populous cities, including the spirited capital Tokyo, and time spent in the best preserved old towns that Japan has to offer.
When To Go To Japan
Japan can be visited year-round however there is some variation in climate in different areas. The best and most popular times to visit are the climatically stable seasons of spring (March to May) and autumn (late September to November).
Spring - March to May
Spring brings pleasant, warm days. The highlight of spring is the cherry-blossom season, which usually arrives in Japan in March.
Bear in mind, though, that the blossoms are notoriously fickle, blooming any time from late March to mid-April, from warm Kyushu in March to colder Hokkaido around May.
Summer - June to August
The summer (May-August) is warm and humid with rain.
Late June can see torrential rains. The temperature and humidity are at their worst in August. If you don’t like tropical conditions, head for the cooler hills or the northern parts of the country.
Typhoon season begins in August and runs through to October.
Autumn - September to November
Autumn (September-November) sees the arrival of cooler temperatures. ) is the most pleasant season as temperatures cool down to a cosy level and days are often clear and fine.
Autumn also means the return of the dramatic foliage season, when the parks and green areas of the city mellow into varying hues of orange and red.
Winter - December to March
Japan kicks off its year with cold winter days and the odd snowfall. Although temperatures occasionally drop below freezing, winter (December to February) is usually reasonable. Winter days can be a little chilly for some people’s taste, but it's ideal for skiiers. In ski resorts, from December to February the average daytime mountain temperature is -8°C and if skiing at night, it can get down to -20°C. The average annual snow fall is 14 metres.