Discover the best time to visit Japan from our experts. Stretching over a vast distance from North to South, the Japanese archipelago is known for major variations in weather as well as amazing flora and fauna. Here is an overview from our experts to help you plan the best Japan holidays:
Japan has mostly a mild climate, but as it is an archipelago stretching over 3,000 km from north to south, there are major local variations in the weather, as well as variations in fauna and flora and scenery. Pleasant temperatures arrive with spring, which along with autumn is one of the best times to visit. Sakura (cherry blossoms) bloom in Kyushu in March, reaching Tokyo by early April. Early summer is rainy, but July and August are hot and humid except in Hokkaido. The autumn is cool and typhoons may occur. Winter is chilly, but heavy snowfalls are mostly limited to the mountainous regions.
Lighter clothing in the summer is recommended, but jackets are necessary if you plan to explore the Alpine regions. If you are visiting in the spring then bring some warmer clothes as the temperature drops considerably at night. As a rule, the Japanese people are always meticulously dressed and you will be judged and sometimes treated based on how you dress. While Japan is less strict than other Asian countries about dress codes when visiting temples, it is always polite to cover shoulders and be dressed conservatively. Easy to slip on/slip off shoes are more practical when visiting temples, or staying in ryokans etc.
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