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Japan has always been my dream destination to visit. But so far, been keep aside further in my bucket list. Reason why? maybe because I haven’t done much research about this beautiful country or simply can’t decided which part of Japan I must conquered first.
I always told my friend when asked about TIPS on traveling that  One of the first things to decide when you’re planning any tour is what time of year offers the best experience of your destination country. That decision is particularly tricky when the country or countries you’re planning to visit have a completely different climate to what you’re used to.
Japan Weather
January
City  

Average
Daytime High

Average
Nighttime Low

 

Rainy/Snowy Days

 

early month

 

late month

 

Sunny Days

 

early month

 

late month

Sapporo  

-1 C (30 F)

 

-8 C (18 F)

 

60%

 

60%

 

40%

 

35%

Tokyo  

10 C (50 F)

 

2 C (36 F)

 

15%

 

15%

 

75%

 

70%

Takayama  

3 C (37 F)

 

-5 C (23 F)

 

50%

 

40%

 

30%

 

40%

Osaka  

9 C (48 F)

 

3 C (37 F)

 

20%

 

20%

 

60%

 

55%

Fukuoka  

10 C (50 F)

 

3 C (37 F)

 

25%

 

30%

 

40%

 

35%

Naha  

19 C (66 F)

 

14 C (57 F)

 

35%

 

35%

 

35%

 

30%

New Year is one of Japan’s three major travel seasons with intensive domestic and international travel activity. Many shops, restaurants and tourist attractions are closed for at least one day between December 29 and January 4. Read more about visiting Japan during New Year.
The remainder of January is a good time for visiting Japan, as the weather is usually sunny and dry and sightseeing spots are not crowded. Only in northern Japan and along the Sea of Japan coast, there is lots of snowfall, and conditions are good for winter sports. The downside of a visit in winter are the relatively short days (sunset is around 5pm in Tokyo) and the vegetation’s barren state.

February

City  

Average
Daytime High

 

Average
Nighttime Low

 

Rainy/Snowy Days

 

early month

 

late month

 

Sunny Days

 

early month

 

late month

Sapporo  

0 C (32 F)

 

-7 C (19 F)

 

55%

 

60%

 

45%

 

45%

Tokyo  

10 C (50 F)

 

2 C (36 F)

 

15%

 

25%

 

70%

 

65%

Takayama  

4 C (39 F)

 

-5 C (23 F)

 

45%

 

45%

 

45%

 

45%

Osaka  

9 C (48 F)

 

3 C (37 F)

 

15%

 

25%

 

60%

 

55%

Fukuoka  

11 C (52 F)

 

4 C (39 F)

 

25%

 

30%

 

55%

 

45%

Naha  

19 C (66 F)

 

14 C (57 F)

 

35%

 

40%

 

30%

 

35%

Like January, February is a good time for visiting Japan as the weather is usually sunny and dry and sightseeing spots are not crowded. The downside of a visit in winter are the relatively short days (sunset is around 5:30pm in Tokyo) and the vegetation’s barren state.
Northern Japan and the Sea of Japan coast receive lots of snowfall. At the peak of winter, February tends to be the best time for winter sports and viewing winter sceneries, such as the drift ice off Hokkaido and the snow covered farm houses of Shirakawago.

March

City  

Average
Daytime High

 

Average
Nighttime Low

 

Rainy/Snowy Days

 

early month

 

late month

 

Sunny Days

 

early month

 

late month

Sapporo  

4 C (39 F)

 

-4 C (25 F)

 

50%

 

40%

 

55%

 

50%

Tokyo  

13 C (55 F)

 

5 C (41 F)

 

25%

 

35%

 

60%

 

55%

Takayama  

9 C (48 F)

 

-2 C (28 F)

 

45%

 

45%

 

55%

 

50%

Osaka  

13 C (55 F)

 

5 C (41 F)

 

30%

 

35%

 

60%

 

55%

Fukuoka  

14 C (57 F)

 

6 C (43 F)

 

35%

 

35%

 

50%

 

50%

Naha  

21 C (70 F)

 

16 C (61 F)

 

35%

 

40%

 

40%

 

30%

Early flowering plants and trees, such as plum trees, deliver the first signs of spring, while the weather is getting noticeably milder. Towards the end of March the cherry blossom season starts in certain regions, while in northern Japan conditions are still good for winter sports. Domestic travel activity increases in the second half of March due to spring school holidays.

April

City  

Average
Daytime High

 

Average
Nighttime Low

 

Rainy/Snowy Days

 

early month

 

late month

 

Sunny Days

 

early month

 

late month

Sapporo  

11 C (52 F)

 

3 C (37 F)

 

30%

 

30%

 

55%

 

50%

Tokyo  

18 C (64 F)

 

11 C (52 F)

 

35%

 

35%

 

55%

 

55%

Takayama  

17 C (63 F)

 

3 C (37 F)

 

40%

 

35%

 

55%

 

55%

Osaka  

20 C (68 F)

 

11 C (52 F)

 

35%

 

30%

 

60%

 

60%

Fukuoka  

19 C (66 F)

 

11 C (52 F)

 

35%

 

35%

 

55%

 

55%

Naha  

24 C (75 F)

 

19 C (66 F)

 

40%

 

35%

 

35%

 

45%

Besides November, April is often considered the best time to visit Japan because the cherry blossoms are in full bloom in most regions of the country and the weather is pleasantly mild. Domestic travel activity is increased in early April due to spring school holidays, in late April due to the start of the Golden Week and during most of the rest of the month due the cherry blossom season

May

City  

Average
Daytime High

 

Average
Nighttime Low

 

Rainy Days

 

early month

 

late month

 

Sunny Days

 

early month

 

late month

Sapporo  

17 C (63 F)

 

8 C (46 F)

 

30%

 

30%

 

55%

 

50%

Tokyo  

23 C (73 F)

 

15 C (59 F)

 

30%

 

35%

 

50%

 

50%

Takayama  

22 C (72 F)

 

9 C (48 F)

 

35%

 

35%

 

55%

 

55%

Osaka  

24 C (75 F)

 

15 C (59 F)

 

35%

 

30%

 

60%

 

60%

Fukuoka  

24 C (75 F)

 

15 C (59 F)

 

30%

 

30%

 

55%

 

60%

Naha  

26 C (79 F)

 

22 C (72 F)

 

30%

 

40%

 

45%

 

40%



Golden Week, one of Japan’s busiest travel seasons, takes place in the end of April and beginning of May and can be the cause of various travel related concerns.
However, the remainder of May is one of the best times for visiting Japan, as the vegetation has become lush, the temperatures are still comfortable and tourists spots tend to be pleasantly uncrowded. In Hokkaido, the progress of spring is delayed by about one month compared to Tokyo. At the other end of the country, in Okinawa, the rainy season (tsuyu) typically lasts from early May to mid June.

June ~ Rainy Season (Tsuyu) except Hokkaido

City  

Average
Daytime High

 

Average
Nighttime Low

 

Rainy Days

 

early month

 

late month

 

Sunny Days

 

early month

 

late month

Sapporo  

21 C (70 F)

 

12 C (54 F)

 

25%

 

20%

 

55%

 

50%

Tokyo  

25 C (77 F)

 

19 C (66 F)

 

35%

 

45%

 

45%

 

25%

Takayama  

26 C (79 F)

 

15 C (59 F)

 

30%

 

45%

 

55%

 

30%

Osaka  

27 C (81 F)

 

20 C (68 F)

 

30%

 

45%

 

55%

 

35%

Fukuoka  

27 C (81 F)

 

19 C (66 F)

 

25%

 

50%

 

55%

 

35%

Naha  

29 C (84 F)

 

25 C (77 F)

 

45%

 

25%

 

40%

 

60%

From the beginning of June, the rainy season (tsuyu) visits most parts of Japan except Hokkaido. While it does not rain every day, the weather tends to be overcast and dreary. The duration and intensity of the rainy season can vary quite strongly from year to year.
Hot spring resorts like Hakone and the wooded temple mountain Koyasan are some places that can be quite attractive in rainy weather. Hokkaido is an attractive destination in June as it is least affected by the rainy season. Also, the weather in Okinawa takes a dramatic turn to the better after the end of the rainy season there in late June.

July ~ Hot | Summer School Holiday ~ Okinawa Beach

City  

Average
Daytime High

 

Average
Nighttime Low

 

Rainy Days

 

early month

 

late month

 

Sunny Days

 

early month

 

late month

Sapporo  

25 C (77 F)

 

17 C (63 F)

 

25%

 

25%

 

40%

 

45%

Tokyo  

29 C (84 F)

 

23 C (73 F)

 

35%

 

30%

 

30%

 

40%

Takayama  

29 C (84 F)

 

19 C (66 F)

 

55%

 

40%

 

35%

 

50%

Osaka  

31 C (88 F)

 

24 C (75 F)

 

40%

 

25%

 

45%

 

60%

Fukuoka  

31 C (88 F)

 

24 C (75 F)

 

40%

 

30%

 

40%

 

60%

Naha  

31 C (88 F)

 

26 C (79 F)

 

25%

 

30%

 

80%

 

80%

The rainy season (tsuyu) typically ends in the first half of July. It is hot and humid in most of Japan, and just standing outdoors can make you sweat. The conditions are more comfortable in higher elevations and in Hokkaido, a highly popular destination among outdoor lovers during the summer months.
Many local festivals and fireworks are held. Mount Fuji is opened for climbing. Cormorant fishing can be observed. It is also a very good time of the year for beach holidays in Okinawa. With the summer school holidays from late July through August, domestic travel activity increases considerably.

August ~ Humid and Hot ~ Best Destination Hokkaido

 

City  

Average
Daytime High

 

Average
Nighttime Low

 

Rainy Days

 

early month

 

late month

 

Sunny Days

 

early month

 

late month

Sapporo  

26 C (79 F)

 

19 C (66 F)

 

25%

 

30%

 

50%

 

50%

Tokyo  

31 C (88 F)

 

24 C (75 F)

 

25%

 

25%

 

55%

 

50%

Takayama  

31 C (88 F)

 

20 C (68 F)

 

35%

 

35%

 

60%

 

60%

Osaka  

33 C (91 F)

 

25 C (77 F)

 

20%

 

25%

 

70%

 

70%

Fukuoka  

32 C (90 F)

 

25 C (77 F)

 

25%

 

30%

 

65%

 

60%

Naha  

31 C (88 F)

 

26 C (79 F)

 

40%

 

35%

 

70%

 

75%

August is hot and humid in most of Japan. The conditions are more comfortable in higher elevations and in Hokkaido, a highly popular destination among outdoor lovers during the summer months. Many local festivals and fireworks are held in August. Travel activity is high during the entire month due to summer school holidays, but is especially intensive during the Obon week in mid August.

September ~ Beware of Typhoon

City  

Average
Daytime High

 

Average
Nighttime Low

 

Rainy Days

 

early month

 

late month

 

Sunny Days

 

early month

 

late month

Sapporo  

22 C (72 F)

 

14 C (57 F)

 

30%

 

35%

 

50%

 

55%

Tokyo  

27 C (81 F)

 

21 C (70 F)

 

35%

 

40%

 

40%

 

35%

Takayama  

26 C (79 F)

 

16 C (61 F)

 

40%

 

40%

 

45%

 

45%

Osaka  

29 C (84 F)

 

21 C (70 F)

 

30%

 

35%

 

60%

 

50%

Fukuoka  

28 C (82 F)

 

21 C (70 F)

 

35%

 

30%

 

55%

 

55%

Naha  

30 C (86 F)

 

25 C (77 F)

 

35%

 

40%

 

70%

 

65%

The typhoon season reaches its peak in August and September. Typhoons usually hit the coasts of Okinawa, Kyushu and Shikoku and cause strong rain and wind in wide parts or all of Japan for about two days. Luckily, typhoons are often followed by perfectly clear weather. The weather in September can still be quite hot and humid, but the crowds of August have mostly disappeared.

October ~ The best time to visit

City  

Average
Daytime High

 

Average
Nighttime Low

 

Rainy/Snowy Days

 

early month

 

late month

 

Sunny Days

 

early month

 

late month

Sapporo  

16 C (62 F)

 

7 C (45 F)

 

35%

 

40%

 

60%

 

50%

Tokyo  

22 C (72 F)

 

15 C (59 F)

 

35%

 

30%

 

40%

 

55%

Takayama  

20 C (68 F)

 

9 C (48 F)

 

35%

 

30%

 

45%

 

55%

Osaka  

23 C (73 F)

 

15 C (59 F)

 

30%

 

25%

 

55%

 

65%

Fukuoka  

23 C (73 F)

 

15 C (59 F)

 

20%

 

20%

 

60%

 

65%

Naha  

28 C (82 F)

 

23 C (73 F)

 

25%

 

25%

 

65%

 

65%

October is one of the most pleasant months for traveling in Japan as the weather remains warm, but is not hot and humid anymore. Trees begin turning colors in the northern regions and higher elevations.

November

City  

Average
Daytime High

 

Average
Nighttime Low

 

Rainy/Snowy Days

 

early month

 

late month

 

Sunny Days

 

early month

 

late month

Sapporo  

8 C (46 F)

 

1 C (34 F)

 

45%

 

45%

 

40%

 

35%

Tokyo  

17 C (63 F)

 

10 C (50 F)

 

25%

 

20%

 

55%

 

60%

Takayama  

13 C (55 F)

 

2 C (36 F)

 

35%

 

35%

 

45%

 

40%

Osaka  

17 C (63 F)

 

10 C (50 F)

 

20%

 

20%

 

60%

 

60%

Fukuoka  

18 C (64 F)

 

10 C (50 F)

 

30%

 

25%

 

55%

 

50%

Naha  

24 C (75 F)

 

20 C (68 F)

 

25%

 

30%

 

55%

 

45%

November is one of the best times to visit Japan, as the weather is relatively dry and mild, and the autumn colors are spectacular in many parts of the country. Travel activity tends to be low except around popular autumn leaf spots.

December ~ Dry weather condition ~ Winter start 23 Dec

 

City  

Average
Daytime High

 

Average
Nighttime Low

 

Rainy/Snowy Days

 

early month

 

late month

 

Sunny Days

 

early month

 

late month

Sapporo  

2 C (36 F)

 

-4 C (25 F)

 

50%

 

50%

 

35%

 

35%

Tokyo  

12 C (54 F)

 

5 C (41 F)

 

15%

 

10%

 

65%

 

75%

Takayama  

6 C (43 F)

 

-2 C (28 F)

 

40%

 

40%

 

35%

 

35%

Osaka  

12 C (54 F)

 

5 C (41 F)

 

20%

 

15%

 

65%

 

65%

Fukuoka  

13 C (55 F)

 

5 C (41 F)

 

30%

 

25%

 

45%

 

45%

Naha  

21 C (70 F)

 

16 C (61 F)

 

25%

 

30%

 

45%

 

40%

December is a good month for traveling thanks to generally dry weather conditions. Domestic travel activity remains low during the first half of December until the beginning of winter school holidays around December 23. The downsides of a visit in winter are the relatively short days (sunset is around 4:30pm in Tokyo) and the barren state of the vegetation. From around December 29 some tourist attractions close down for the New Year holidays. The ski season starts in December.
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