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Best time to visit Japan?

edited May 2013 in - Japan
Hi all,
I've just found out that September is typhoon season in Japan. Does that mean it is necessarily a bad time to travel there? When is the best time to visit the country? Thanks!


  • September is indeed typhoon season, although autumn is generally considered a good season for travel to Japan because the weather is pleasant and mild and the foliage turns magnificent colours! I would say maybe put your trip off a few weeks and go in late October, which is the best time to hit many parts of Japan. The typhoon season is at its peak in September, although some storms may still hit in October. It doesn't necessarily rule out travel, but it is best to watch the weather forecasts and look out for storm warnings. Where are you going in Japan? Obviously the different cities and islands are affected differently by the typhoon season. Apart from late-autumn (October and November) the best time to visit Japan is in spring, particularly late March and early April, when the cherry blossoms are in bloom and the country is at its most beautiful. If you let me know where you are going I will try to be more specific.
  • edited May 2013

    Visiting Japan can be enjoyable at any time of the year. Japan has several different climate zones. May end, September to Mid-October, End of March and Begin of April, etc. These all are good time to visit in Japan.

  • I think Spring season is the best to go to Japan because climate activities are also normal in Japan,The weather is very charming in Japan.I like this place.I visited Japan in 2012.I traveled with a tour company and we have great fun out there on this journey .We stayed in Tokyo and saw its attraction for a weak.We also visited Japan in spring season.We had a great enjoy.
  • Environment of Japan is very difference in each city.
    If you travel to Tokyo:
    January-February: cold
    March-May: warm, it is easy to spend
    June: many raining
    July-September: hot, and sudden rain and typhoons
    October: warm, it is easy to spend
    November: cold
    December: cold but Christmas illuminations is beautiful

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  • Cherry blossom season is the best time to visit Japan because the flowers are gorgeous, winter is turning into summer and the weather is perfect. The sakura (cherry blossoms) are even more beautiful when they are lit up at night. There are also some very good desserts called sakura mochi (bean paste) available during this season.

    In autumn Japan is famous for its brilliant foliage and pleasant temperatures so this is also a great time to visit and to see places outside of Tokyo like Kyoto, Hiroshima and Niko.

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  • april is the best time to visit japan
  • I visited Japan during September and whilst the south islands were hit hard by storms, the central and northern areas were mostly dry and very hot! I would say this time of year is great to visit Japan, actually, as you miss the peak tourist rush and the unbearable summer temperatures are starting to abate. I especially enjoyed the Tohoku region during this time of year.
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