From skiing in Hokkaido to sunbathing in Okinawa, there's such a huge range of things to enjoy in Japan throughout the year. However, weather extremes and surges of tourists at certain times of the year can be seriously disruptive if you don’t plan ahead. This article will cover the best time to visit Japan to see highlights like cherry blossoms and autumn foliage, as well as specific dates to avoid and some budget travel tips for amazing experiences in the off seasons.
Understanding the Climate and Seasons of Japan
While Japan is not the largest country by area, it has an extremely varied climate. Its northern areas such as Hokkaidosee long, snowy winters, while itssouthern Okinawaislands (shown as the "Ryukyu Islands"in the above photo)have sunny, subtropical climates. Popular tourist destinations like Tokyo, Osaka, and the Mt. Fuji area are located on the Pacific Ocean side of the country. These areas see four distinct seasons, with hot, humid summers and cold winters.
For visitors, this means it’s best to consider not just the season but the climate of the specific areas you plan to visit. A winter trip to snowyHokkaidowill be entirely different to a visit to the Okinawaislands. Your destination will also impact when you can see seasonal highlights like cherry blossoms or autumn foliage.
If you like to think ahead, we've prepared month-by-month guides to the climate and seasonal highlights for major tourist destinations in Japan. Check them out for info about exactly what to expect, what clothes to pack, and what to do to make the most of the season!
- Guide to Yokohama's Weather and Climate
- Guide to Kyoto's Weather and Climate
- Guide to Okinawa's Weather and Climate
What Are the Best Times to Visit Japan?
Cherry Blossom Season: March - April
Spring in Japan is synonymous with cherry blossoms, which bloom all over the country around April each year. This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful times to visit Japan, and the sight of Japan’s cities and parks tinted in shades of pink draws visitors from all over the world.
Cherry trees only bloom for around two weeks, with the much-anticipated full bloom period lasting as little as a few days. However, because of Japan'svaried climate, thetrees bloom in a wave through the countryover the course of around a month. To ensure you’re timing your trip just right to see the trees in full bloom, it’s best to check our cherry blossom forecast(yes, Japan forecasts the cherry blossoms!). Also be aware that popular tourist areas like Tokyo and Kyotocan get very busy during this period, so book your accommodation and other tickets well ahead if you can. To avoid the worst of thecrowds, you can also check out our roundups of little-known cherry blossom spots in Tokyo and Kyoto.
If you can’t catch the cherry blossoms, spring in Japan has plenty of other flowers and scenery to offer. Plum blossoms are in bloom around February and March, while wisterias, tulips, roses, and nemophilabloom around April and May. While these flowers aren’t quiteas prevalent as cherry blossoms,we're confident there will bemore than enoughbeautiful flower fields, gardens, and parks to satisfy you!
Festival Season: June - August
If you’re interested in Japan’s matsuri(festival) culture, summer is the best time to visit. Japan’s “big three” festivals are the Gion Matsuri in Kyoto (July), Kanda Festival in Tokyo (May), and Tenjin Festival in Osaka (July), but festivals are held throughout the country in the summer months. Japanese matsuri are important religious and cultural events, often with public performances like parades and dances to enjoy. The festive atmosphere, chance to dress up in summer robes called "yukata",and festival food and games are another highlight, particularly if you’re visiting with kids. To learn more about Japan's matsuri culture and when the dates fall, read our comprehensiveguide to festivals in all 47 of Japan's prefectures!
Summer is also an amazing time for fireworks! Many of Japan's top firework shows usually happen during the summer months, drawing in spectators from all over Japan and even abroad. Some are so popular that you need to reserve the best viewing spots well in advance! Food stalls will often be set up near popular spectating spots, so even if you choose not to attend a festival, you can always have your fill of Japanese festival food at a firework show.
Of course, since Japan is an island country, summer is also a great time to visit its many coastal resorts and islands. Visitors flock to Okinawa in the south and the Seto Inland Sea areain the summer to soak up some sun and scenery. In Japan, many beaches are closed for swimming and surfing outside the summer months, so if you’re dreaming of a beach getaway, checkthese dates inadvance. For beach holiday inspiration, we've covered TripAdvisor's top 10 best beaches in Japan here!
Fall Color Season: October and November
For many people in Japan, the fall color season is just as an exciting time of year as the cherry blossom season. The change of the trees signals the end of a long, humid summer, andin October and November (and sometimes even December), people in Japan flock to parks and gardens to see stunning red maples and brilliant yellow ginko trees. Many shrines and temples hold special evening viewings on their grounds, and "otsukimi", or moon viewing festivals, are also a popular activity at this time of year.
An autumn trip to Japan has many benefits: while popular autumn color hotspots may be busy, the scenery is stunning, and the weather can be more comfortable than the winter and summer months, too. This milder weather makes it easier to enjoy all kinds of foods, including local autumn delicaciessuch as persimmons, grilled Pacific saury, and roasted sweet potatoes.
For more about fall foliage spots and dates for different parts of Japan, we highly recommend checking out our nationwide fall foliage forecast. Keep in mind that theOkinawaislands have a subtropical climate, so you won't find any fall foliage spots there.
Ski Season: December - April
Japan’s mountainous geography is paradise for fans of winter sports. The ski season in Japan falls around December to April, with major resorts clustered around the Nagano area in the Japanese Alps and the northern island of Hokkaido, which is particularly prized among ski fanatics for its high-quality powder snow. There are around 500 ski resorts big and small throughout the country, including world-class resorts like Niseko in Hokkaido and Hakuba in Nagano. For more information on these, we've put together a guide tosome of the best resorts for powder snow in Japan.
One highlight of a ski trip to Japan is the abundance of natural hot springs, delicious food, and great sightseeing to round out your trip. Here are some fantastic open air hot springs in Hokkaido to get you inspired!
Dobe aware that the winter season coincides with New Year's, which in Japan means a peak in domestic travel and scheduled holidays for many shops and attractions.Keep that in mind as you plan any activities from aroundDecember 29th to January 5th.
What Times Should You Avoid When Visiting Japan?
Public Holidays: Domestic Travel Peaks
Just like Thanksgiving or Christmasin other countries, Japan has certain times of the year where domestic travel peaks as people travel hometo celebrate the holidays with family. Japan’s workculture also means that many people plan their travel around certain clusters of public holidays, particularly Golden Week, where some 20 million people travel in Japan.If you’re planning a trip to Japan, it’s worth considering avoiding these fourdomestic travel peaks:
- Golden Week: April 29 - May 5
- Bon Festival (Obon):August 13 - 15
- Silver Week: September 19 - 23 (Note: This occurs every couple of years when two public holidays in September align to form a five-day holiday)
- New Year's:December 29 - January 3(Note: Japan doesn't have any official Christmas holidays, so this is actually like Christmas and New Year's combined)
*Please note that the exact dates of these holidays will vary from year to year.
If you do travel during these times, be prepared for very busy planes and bullet trains, traffic jams on highways, and peak pricing for accommodation (particularly true forGolden Week).
If you know your trip is going to coincide with these dates, bookahead where possible. If you can, staying within major cities and avoiding inter-city travel around the beginning and end of these periods will help minimize the hassle. When you're planning, refer toour up-to-date Japan Holiday Calendar for all the public holiday info you need to know.
Japan’s rainy season, called "tsuyu" or "baiyu", typically falls between June to mid-July.While you may picture heavy monsoonal rain, Japan’s rainy period doesn’t mean you’ll be battling non-stop downpours every day. However, if you’re planning a lot of outdoor sightseeing, the rain and accompanying early-summer humidity can get in your way. Here are the average dates for the rainy season in Japan at popular spots, but keep in mind you can also expect some extra rainfallas the weather cools inSeptember and October, too.
Okinawa: May 9th - June 23rd
Fukuoka: June 5th - July 19th
Kyoto/Osaka: June 7th - July 21st
Tokyo: June 8th - July 21st
Nagoya: June 8th - July 21st
Sendai: June 12th - July 25th
Hokkaido: Doesn't have a rainy season
For everything else you need to know about tsuyu before your trip, including sights in Japan that are actually best seen during this time,check out ourguide to Japan's rainy season!
Climatic Extremes: Mid-Summer, Mid-Winter
Another factor to keep in mind is climate. While internationally speaking, the Japanese climate does not typically go into extremes of heat or cold, spending your day sweating or shivering can impact how much fun you’re having.In the peak of summer, temperatures in cities like Tokyo and Osaka will reach the high 30s (80s in Fahrenheit), often with intense humidity that can make the days feel hotter.In winter, on the other hand,it can dip below zero (32°F).
Your tolerance for this will depend on the environment you were raised in. If you’re coming from a warmpart of the world, Japan's winters can be tough to handle. You might have to factor in the cost of buying cold weather clothes that you don't need at home. On the other hand, even people from warm countries can findthe hot and humid summers in Japanintense, so if you're from a cooler climate,you might find a spring or autumn visit a safer bet.
Typhoon season, which peaks in August and September,can also present issues for travelers. Japan's building codes and infrastructure are built to handle these types of storms,so there is no need to reconsider a summer trip simply because of them. However, if you are in Japan from May to October, be aware that public transport, shops, and attractions may temporarily close if a typhoon is predicted. In severe cases, power outages and other disruptions arepossible. So that you're not caught out,we recommend installing the Safety Tipsappfrom the Japan Tourism Agency. This app gives early warning alerts in multiple languagesfortyphoons, earthquakes, tsunami, and other adverse weather events.
Lunar New Year
One element some overlook whenplanning a trip to Japan is the timing of other international holidays. For example, in2019, a little over 50% of visitors to Japan came from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, all of whom celebrate Lunar New Year in late January or early February. While Japan doesn't celebrate the Lunar New Year, the holiday periodmeans that sightseeing areas can be a bit more crowded with sightseers and tour groups taking advantage of the holiday.
Cheapest Times to Visit Japan: Tips for Off-Peak Visits
Some of the most beautiful times in Japan, like the cherry blossom season, can mean dealing with crowds and paying a premium for flights and accommodation. On the flipside, while some people may consider a rainy daya vacation disaster,others don't mind the rainy season if it means seeing the hydrangea-dotted templesand brilliant green foliage without the crowds.
If you’re budget-conscious, paying attention to the high and low seasons in different parts of Japan can be a profitable exercise. For example, the ski season in the Japanese Alps is justifiably busy with winter sports fans, but a trip in the low season offers breathtaking scenery, hot springs, and stays at luxurious resorts at lower prices.In recent years, more and more ski resorts are offering activities like glamping or adventure sports to attract summer visitors, too.
Winter in Okinawa can also be a great escape if you need a break from the cold, and flights and accommodation will be cheaper to boot. While it might be a little chilly for swimming, you can indulge in fresh seafood, explore the fascinating Ryukyu Kingdom (the former name for Okinawa)culture,andenjoy your run of gorgeous ocean scenery, including Japan's earliest cherry blossoms! Check out our guide to 50 things to do in Okinawafor more ideas.
Low seasons arethe cheapest time of year to fly to Japan, so think outside the box to free up some extra funds for souvenirs!
Can I Travel to Japan in 2022? Traveling After the Coronavirus
After years of boominginternational tourism in Japan, the impact of the coronavirus has resulted in an almost complete reduction in travel activity. Travel bans are in place in many countries, including Japan, who are currentlyrestricting entry to non-Japanese citizens who have spent time in affected areas. Currently, atwo week self-quarantine period is also required for people arriving into Japan from overseas.
With the situation constantly changing around the world, it's hard to say for sure when we will be able to travel normally again. Before planning, we recommend you check the up-to-date status of travel, visa, and quarantining restrictions here: https://www.japan.travel/en/coronavirus/
We have been covering the coronavirus situation in Japan in our dedicated resource page, Traveling Safely in Japan. Here you'll find the latest information about the situation on the ground, including public health measures,closures, andlinks to official resources in English.
Travel Smart and Enjoy Your Time in Japan!
Japan's culture and geography really does mean that there's something to enjoy whatever time of year you visit. When thinking about when to come, it's good to consider practical matters like your tolerance for heat or cold, and also what excites you about Japan.If it's gorgeous scenery, consider the cherry blossom or autumn foliage season. If you're interested in Japan's unique culture, a trip full of the music, dance, and local traditions of Japan'ssummer festivals might be the right pick for you. On the other hand, if you'd like a relaxed trip withoutcrowds, maybe you'd prefer to visit Japan during an off-peak season instead.
Now that you have a sense of when the best time of year to visit Japan for you is, it's time to think about where to go! If you're still deciding, check out our comprehensive guides to some of Japan's most popular locations for inspiration:
- The Ultimate Kyoto Travel Guide
- The Ultimate Tokyo Travel Guide
- The Ultimate OsakaTravel Guide
- The Ultimate Mt. Fuji Travel Guide
The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.
Top tips for finding cheap flights to Japan
High season is considered to be June and July. The cheapest month to fly to Japan is November.
April. Besides autumn, April is often considered the best time to visit Japan because the cherry blossom season takes place in most regions of the country and the weather is pleasantly mild.
The Worst Times to Visit Japan
Since weather significantly depends on which region you visit, bad weather in one area could mean clear skies in another. Rainy season typically runs from early June to mid-July throughout most of the country — Tokyo included — except in Okinawa where showers begin in early May.
2. Low Season in Japan. The summer and the winter seasons are usually low tourist seasons in Japan. The winter is extremely chilly in Japan, but there are few visitors despite the fact that Japan is home to many ski resorts.
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7 to 10 days are ideal for first time visitors to Japan. You wouldn't be able to see all around Japan, but it is possible to pick best highlights of the country.
You must have a valid passport and an onward/return ticket for tourist/business "visa free" stays of up to 90 days. Your passport must be valid for the entire time you are staying in Japan. You cannot work on a 90-day "visa free" entry.
It is completely OK to wear shorts in Japan. While it may be a bit uncommon among Japanese men, especially on work days, shorts are not off-limits by any means. And they are very common among tourists in the summer.
Springtime in Japan is nothing less than magical. From late March to mid-April, or even early May, the country's iconic sakura (cherry blossoms) capture the attention of visitors and locals as their beautiful flowers blanket the country in soft pink splendor.
The average price of a 7-day trip to Japan is $1,659 for a solo traveler, $2,690 for a couple, and $1,913 for a family of 4. Japan hotels range from $62 to $304 per night with an average of $105, while most vacation rentals will cost $140 to $520 per night for the entire home.
Taking first prize here as the cheapest airport to fly to in all of Japan is Haneda Airport, which can be found jutting its way out into the waters of Tokyo Bay on the southern fringes of the sprawling capital itself.
On average, tourists in Japan will generally spend an average of 12,000 to 15,000 yen, or approximately $110-140, per day. If your budget is flexible, it's very easy to spend money here, but even if you're on a tighter budget it's completely possible to have a wonderful experience.
How much does 3 weeks in Japan cost? Assuming a minimum cost of 100 USD (¥10,000) per person per day, the least you can expect to spend for a Japan 3 week itinerary is $2,100 (¥210,000), which does not include the price of your flights to and from Japan.
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A meal at a more average restaurant costs roughly between 1000 and 3000 yen, while there is no upper price limit when it comes to high-class restaurants such as ryotei. During lunch hours, many restaurants offer inexpensive teishoku (set menus) at around 1000 yen.
Assuming flights and accommodation are already paid for, budget travellers should get by on around ¥8,000 (around US$75) per day, which will be enough to cover simpler meals and visits to the main attractions.
As it currently stands, 1 USD equals just about 109 JPY (Japanese Yen).
A 10-day vacation to Japan costs around US$3,500 per person. A 1-week vacation costs around US$2,450 per person. A round trip flight ticket from the U.S. to Japan costs US$700 to US$1,500 per person. Expect airfare and hotel prices in Tokyo to SKYROCKET during the 2021 Summer Olympics from late-July to early-September.
Japan is a friendly and welcoming country, steep in history and tradition. While visitors are often amazed at how polite, courteous and gracious the society is, most first-timers may experience some sort of culture shock.
Mt Fuji, Yamanashi
Japan's crown jewel and arguably the most beautiful place in the country, Mt Fuji is a must for any visitor. There are plenty of places to see the grand mountain, but the views from Arakurayama Sengen Park, which boasts the majestic Chureito Pagoda, and from Lake Kawaguchi best capture its beauty.
If you had the time and money, you could spend a month in Tokyo and not feel that you were wasting your time. But, for most mortals with jobs and limited budgets, I'd suggest spending three or four days in Tokyo. For example, if you have a week to spend in Japan, I'd recommend three days in Tokyo and four in Kyoto.
If you prefer big cities, modern technology, nightlife and a huge selection of restaurants, Tokyo is for you. If you're after temples, shrines, garden, geisha and hiking, Kyoto is for you. If you've got 4 or more days in Japan, you should see both.
Yet in Asia, where many countries are reopening in a more gradual fashion -- with fewer flight cancellations or horror stories about lost luggage -- tourists have been slow to come back. That is especially striking in Japan, which reopened to much fanfare in June 2022, just in time for peak travel season.
Fees must be paid for the issuance of visas. The fees are about 3,000 yen for a single-entry visa, 6,000 yen for a double-entry or multiple-entry visa, and 700 yen for a transit visa. Fees are collected in the currency of the country (region) in which the Embassy / Consulate General is located.
Yet despite this growth, studies estimate that less than 30 percent of Japanese speak English at any level at all. Less than 8 percent and possibly as little as 2 percent speak English fluently.
Japan strictly prohibits entry of narcotics and related utensils, firearms, firearm parts and ammunition, explosives and gunpowder, precursor materials for chemical weapons, germs that are likely to be used for bioterrorism, counterfeit goods or imitation coins or currency, obscene materials, or goods that violate ...
Women should wear dresses or skirts, preferably knee-length. Avoid showing your shoulders; if the dress is sleeveless, add a shawl or bolero. White should be avoided, although at a more casual wedding you may be able to wear black. On the other hand, it's not all rules and customs.
Tokyo is known for its liveliness and dynamism, while Osaka is oft considered more carefree and relaxed. Do you want to see Japan's most famous landscapes and take in as much as possible, or do you want to take it slow and see where the streets take you?
Kyoto is a more touristy destination and a cultural melting pot. This is why accommodation and food tend to be more expensive here. If you're on a budget, I highly recommend visiting Osaka. The city is a nice mix of culture, nightlife, and great food.
Three days is the ideal amount of time for the traveler to stay in Tokyo. Base yourself somewhere central to save time. On Day 1, visit modern Tokyo on the west side. On Day 2, visit traditional Tokyo on the east side.
Cherry blossoms usually bloom between mid-March and early May. In 2022, Tokyo's cherry blossom season officially began on March 20, when flowers opened on a Somei-Yoshino cherry tree at Yasukuni Shrine. While the dates change somewhat from year to year, there are areas in which cherry blossoms bloom even earlier!
Effective June 1, eligible travelers from the United States to Japan, regardless of their vaccination status, will no longer require COVID-19 testing and quarantine upon arrival. Pre-travel testing within 72 hours of departure, as described above, is still required.
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You can expect to pay about $320 per day for an all-inclusive trip to Japan, so the average price for an 14-day trip would be $4500 with flights included.
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Which airlines offer direct flights to Japan? ANA (All Nippon Airways), Japan Airlines, United, American Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways and Delta all fly non-stop to Japan.
It is considerably cheaper to fly in and out of Tokyo than to include one leg of the trip going through either Osaka airport (flying from US). We would of course save time by flying through different airports since this would help us avoid backtracking, but it is about an extra $350 USD per person.
Flying time from United States to Tokyo, Japan
The total flight duration from United States to Tokyo, Japan is 12 hours, 54 minutes. If you're planning a trip, remember to add more time for the plane to taxi between the gate and the airport runway. This measurement is only for the actual flying time.
Tokyo sees an increase in visitors during the summer months. The least popular and thus cheapest season during which to visit is winter from mid-January through March. Although cold, the weather is usually sunny and dry. Many offer discounts in hopes of attracting tourists and sightseeing spots are not crowded.
The average price of a 7-day trip to Japan is $1,659 for a solo traveler, $2,690 for a couple, and $1,913 for a family of 4. Japan hotels range from $62 to $304 per night with an average of $105, while most vacation rentals will cost $140 to $520 per night for the entire home.
Taking first prize here as the cheapest airport to fly to in all of Japan is Haneda Airport, which can be found jutting its way out into the waters of Tokyo Bay on the southern fringes of the sprawling capital itself.
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We’re going to break down exactly what to expect during each season so you can choose the best time to visit Japan based on your travel style and interests.
We visited Japan during the month of August, which as you now know is the peak of typhoon season.. If you travel to Japan in the spring, you’ll be rewarded with comfortable temperatures, beautiful blossoms, and crowds .. The summer in Japan is the time for festivals and celebrations.. Also it’s rainy season and the start of typhoon season, so don’t forget your rain jacket and umbrella. January 1: New Year’s Day (people often travel on the days before and after)
When is the best time of year to travel to Japan? Deciding when to visit is easy with our guide to Japan's seasons, weather, and holidays.
The good news for travelers is that there is no single best time of year to travel to Japan — yet this makes it hard to decide when to visit, as each season has its own special highlights.. JAPAN’S ACCOMMODATION SHORTAGE We typically begin receiving requests for cherry blossom season up to a year in advance or more, and many hotels and ryokans begin to fill up surprisingly early (fortunately, some accommodations don’t start accepting bookings this far in advance, meaning it’s not impossible to plan with less advance notice).. During this time of year, Japanese people travel heavily, making it an extremely busy and expensive time to travel around Japan.. Apart from the usual summer crowds (thanks in great part to summer vacations taking place across half the world), one of the potential downsides of visiting Japan in summer is the heat and humidity, which can be uncomfortable at times.. REMAINING JAPANESE NATIONAL HOLIDAYS IN 2022 August 11: Mountain Day ( Yama no hi ) August 12-16: Obon Peak Travel Days September 19: Respect for the Aged Day ( Keiro no hi ) September 23: Autumn Equinox Day ( Shubun no hi ) October 10: Health and Sports Day ( Taiiku no hi ) November 3: Culture Day ( Bunka no hi ) November 23: Labor Thanksgiving Day ( Kinro kansha no hi ) December 31 to January 3: New Year’s Holidays
From cherry blossoms to national holidays, find out the best time for you to travel to Japan.
Fall brings brilliant colors to Japan's deciduous forests © untouchablephoto / Getty Images Late summer and fall bring another surge in visitor numbers and big crowds of domestic tourists.. National holidays, colorful festivals and blistering temperatures keep sights crowded and accommodation expensive (and often fully booked).. Stick to cities at this time of year – Toyko is normally the best place for big New Year parties.. Key events: Setsubun Matsuri (nationwide), Mantōrō (Nara), Sapporo Snow Festival (Sapporo City), plum-blossom viewing season begins. The month usually lives up to the old Japanese saying, sankan-shion – three days cold, four days warm.. As April nears, cherry blossoms start to bloom across Honshu.. Key events: Hina Matsuri (nationwide), Anime Japan (Tokyo), I Love Ireland Festival (Tokyo). Sure, May is busy, but it's one of the best months to visit Japan.. As the mountain snows melt, this is also the start of the main hiking season in the Japan Alps.. Key events: Hyakumangoku Matsuri (Kanazawa). Key events: Mt Fuji climbing season, Gion Matsuri (Kyoto), Tenjin Matsuri (Osaka), Fuji Rock Festival (Naeba), Peiron Dragon-Boat Races (Nagasaki), Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival (Toyko). In September, days are still warm, hot even, but less humid.. Fall foliage brings a blaze of color to the Japan Alps, providing a stunning backdrop to its myriad mountain trails.. Key events: Matsue Suitōro (Matsue), Asama Onsen Taimatsu Matsuri (Asama hot springs area), Oktoberfest (Yokohama), Kurama-no-hi Matsuri (Kurama, Kyoto), performing arts festivals (nationwide), Halloween (major cities). Key events: Bonenkai parties (nationwide), Luminarie (Kobe), Toshikoshi Soba (nationwide), Joya-no-kane (nationwide)
It took me six years to get to Japan. Why? I didn't think I could afford it. Every time I seriously looked into visiting, I would wince at the high cost
Japan was simply too expensive for a budget traveller, so I decided to save it for when I was rich.. Tokyo: 4 nights Hakone: 1 night Yudanaka: 1 night Kanazawa: 2 nights Takayama: 1 night Kyoto: 3 nights Hiroshima: 1 night Osaka: 3 nights. I stayed in a capsule hotel, spent a night in a ryokan, slept on a tatami mat floor, stayed in family-run guesthouses, and checked out some pretty cool hostels.. If you’re on a tight budget, beds in a hostel dorm room will be around $15-25 a night, private double rooms in hostels and guesthouses are around $60-$80 a night, and staying in a ryokan will typically be over $120 a night, with most coming in at around $250 a night.. Hakone: $61 per night/6,750 Yen per night In Hakone, we opted for a private room in a lovely guesthouse , with a tatami mat floor to sleep on, and a private onsen on-site.. Yudanaka: $67 per night/7,400 Yen per night In Yudanaka, we splurged on a stay in a cosy ryokan , which is something you have to experience at least once in Japan.. Kyoto: $35 per night/¥3,833 per night In Kyoto, we stayed in a cosy hotel , that provided us with a tatami mat room for an excellent price.. When it comes to travel in Japan, your biggest expense is most likely to be a JR pass .. My total cost of food in Japan averaged out to $23.20 per day.
If you've ever wondered if it's possible to enjoy budget travel in Japan, this post will tell you exactly how to do it, with plenty of tips and actual costs.
Anyone travelling between cities in Japan should consider investing in one of these.. From here we planned to go on to Miyajima, Osaka, Himeji, Nara, Kyoto and Tokyo.. A regular JR pass that allows travel across the whole country costs 29,100 yen.. 3 days – Hiroshima and Miyajima 2 days – Osaka 1 day – Himeji 1 day – Nara 4 days – Kyoto 5 days – Tokyo. We then travelled from Kyoto to Tokyo by night bus for 6500 yen per person.. A total of 20,000 yen, 9000 yen less than a 7 day rail pass.. If we were to booked these flights without this deal it would cost us closer to 50,000 yen per ticket.. As always in Japan there are a variety of deals.. Deals In Hiroshima In Hiroshima you can purchase a 1 day street car and ferry pass for 840 yen.. All Day Pass: There are 2 all-day pass options.. If you take 4 trips you will be saving money.. However this is offset by the cost of food being much cheaper than other parts of Japan.. Hiroshima to Tokyo – Here AirBnB was generally cheaper and that was what we used the majority of the time.
Let's see the best time to visit Japan in 2022 & enjoy this journey full of excitement in the holidays. Let's see the month-wise guide & tips to visit Japan.
It would help if you planned which places you will visit in Japan and the country’s best things.. But when you plan to travel to Japan, you must know the best time to visit Japan.. So, they think that the best time to visit Japan is when they can witness this sight.. If you are planning to visit Japan in 2022 itself, then check out when is the best time to visit Japan in 2022.. Start your planning now to visit Japan at the mentioned time.. If you prefer greenery, then autumn will be the best time to visit Japan for you.. Then it will be better for the tourists to understand which will be the best times to visit Japan.. It is the ideal time for skiing as ski spots are covered with powdered snow named ‘Japow.’ So, if you want to enjoy skiing, i t is the best time to visit Japan.. If you are looking f or the best time to visit Japan in 2022, it w ill be better to avoid this time during the COVID situation.. The advantages of visiting Japan this season are:. This time is less crowded in Japan and can b e the best time to visit Japan in 2022.. And if skiing is what you are craving, then winter will the best time to visit Japan.. It is worth visiting Japan every month and season.. But in this pandemic situation, less crowded months will be the best time to visit Japan in 2022.
109 Tips on the Best Time to Visit Japan in 2022 ✈ Best season & month to travel, based on weather, things to do, low price & crowd. Check out our Guide!
out of rangeFebruary–March • natureThe beautiful though often underappreciated blossom of the Japanese plum is one of the first signs of spring. unconfirmedApril 2–4 (Kamisha) | April 8–10 (Shimosha) | May 3–5 (Kamisha) | May 14–16 (Shimosha) • eventA deadly festival of log riding that attracts more than half a million people. out of rangeFebruary 1–12, 2022 • eventA bit commercialized but this beautiful festival of snow statues is a winter highlight in Sapporo parks. out of rangelate April or early May • eventThis Baby Crying Festival that has been making children cry for over 300 years!. out of rangeJuly 13–15 | August 13–15 • eventFeel the spirituality of the Japanese Buddhist festival of the Dead. unconfirmedearly March 2023 • eventThis hand-held fireworks festival has been celebrated since the 1500s!. out of rangeAugust • eventJapanese Lantern Festivals, where people commemorate the souls of the dead, is the second most essential event in the country after New Year's Eve.. out of rangeNovember–March • natureIt's easier to spot the cranes at the winter feeding sites of the national park, the only known place where endangered Japanese Cranes live. out of rangeAugust 2–August 7 • eventEnormous lantern-floats with human figures and intense dancing make this summer festival extraordinary. out of rangeAugust 27, 2022 • eventA top-tier show in Japan that attracts thousands of spectators. out of rangeAugust 7, 2022 • eventWith its beautiful colours and stunning displays, the Shinmei fireworks festival will not leave you disappointed!. unconfirmedlate February 2023 • eventThe oldest winter festival in Japan promises tons of fun. out of rangeAugust – December • foodA special fruit to eat during winter. late March–late April • natureThe first week of April is the best chance to see Japanese cherry trees in full bloom!. unconfirmedmid-April–late May 2023 • eventA festival that celebrates the beauty of Shibazakura
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For most tourists interested in sightseeing, the best time to visit Japan is during the months of March and April , as the weather is milder, the sakura (cherry blossoms) are in bloom, and the big summer crowds haven't arrived yet.. Spring temperatures can vary widely depending on where you're heading, with the northern destinations seeing around 4 degrees Celsius in April, and the southern cities experiencing temperatures in the mid to high teens-in many places like Tokyo, temperatures are usually in the single digits in the early mornings and at night, but a comfortable 13 to 15 degrees during the day.. Fall: Fall is a great time to travel around Japan , as you'll get cooler weather, great Autumn colors, and discounted prices.. March & April: Sakura season is one of the most beautiful times in Japan , when local residents even hold special gatherings to stroll through the parks in search of the best blooming cherry trees.. Tokyo and Kyoto offer their best autumn colors in November, and in the northern mountains, November brings the first snows – a perfect time to photograph Mount Fuji in the background.. Accommodations at skiing destinations like Hokkaido will still be expensive, but Tokyo, Okinawa, and other major cities are likely to offer deals for visitors all winter long except for the time around the New Year's holiday season.. The best time to visit Japan for cherry blossoms could be anywhere between March 15-20 and April 15, with full bloom usually happening in early April .. Most international visitors coming to Japan arrive in Tokyo first-and if this is your visit time in the country, you'll want to spend at least a few days exploring the capital.. Still, spring and fall are usually the best time to visit Tokyo , as these months offer the best weather, smaller crowds, and better money-saving deals.. The large port city of Osaka has a moderate climate and is great to visit at any time of year, though summers are humid and not always comfortable if you're spending a lot of time outdoors.. The peak of Autumn colors in Osaka is mid-November , when the weather is still warm and sunny and the parks turn golden – this is also a great time to visit and is actually considered low season, so you'll find plenty of deals to save money.. Sightseeing in Japan's Biggest Cities: Japan's capital is home to some of the most stunning palaces and temples in the country, as you can see on our list of the Top Tourist Attractions in Tokyo .
Figuring out the best time to visit Japan depends entirely on the area you wish to visit and the things you want to do. Although Japan has four distinct seasons, average temperatures are not consistent across the country. Each season is culturally important in Japan.
Summers are hot and humid while winters are pretty cold with a lot of snow.. If you don’t mind crowds, higher prices and are eager to see the cherry blossom, then Spring is the best time to visit Japan.. Summer is a good time to visit Japan if you don't mind the hot, humid weather.. Summers in Japan are hot, so make sure you pack accordingly.. In Tokyo, December temperatures are around 12ºC during the day and 5ºC at night .. Wear as many layers as possible, and bring super warm sweaters.. The best month to visit Japan is April for the cherry blossom festival, whereas November and beginning of the December are the best times to visit Japan if you wish to avoid crowds and fancy cheaper prices.. In my opinion, Autumn is the most beautiful season in Japan but the beginning of December is the best time to visit Japan.
Planning a trip and curious to know the best month to visit Japan?! Read on for when to visit Japan, how to avoid crowds, and best time for hanami and koyo!
Keep on reading, because I’ll not only be dishing out info on when to visit Japan, but when to avoid the crowds, best times to see those beloved cherry blossoms, and when you can get the best bang for your buck.. Is there a bad time to visit Japan?. While you’re deciding the best month to visit Japan, remember that the country has four very distinct seasons, so the timing of your visit does in fact matter, more so than it would in say, Thailand or Vietnam .. Spring is widely regarded asthe best time to travel to Japan due to its temperate weather and famous cherry blossom season, when the entire country turns a stunning shade of pink.. Although spring isoften cited as the best time to travel to Japan (it’s when I chose to spend my 10 days in Japan), it’s also one of the busiest and most expensive.. Festivals occur all year round in Japan but summer is the most celebratory season, which can make it a really fun time to visit if you don’t mind crowds.. The latter is one of Japan’s liveliest and most culturally significant festivals, so if you’re looking to party, this might be the perfect time to visit.. If you’re not afraid of a little frost, winter could be the perfect time to visit Japan.. Visiting in early September is also a fairly cheap time to go to Japan and capitalise on the brief lull between the summer season and the fall foliage.
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Asia has a vast number of cultures that tourists are very interested to know about and even want to experience in-person.. You may worry that traveling is expensive.. Japan also has four different seasons which are summer, autumn, winter, and spring.. Japan, however, is not a cheap destination.. It is actually one of the most expensive countries when it comes to tour activities, accommodations, transportation, foods and of course, the airline ticket.. But if you really want to see Japan at its finest, which only happens during high peak seasons, then you can buy a round trip ticket for at least $1000.. Don’t be alarmed because even though Japan is expensive, there is still another way to tour Japan within a budget.. The cherry blossoms which are also known as “Sakura” are the number one attraction during this season and also Japan’s national flower.. During late March, the cherry blossoms will start to bloom to almost every city of Japan – giving a very vibrant atmosphere in the surroundings.. Another peak season of the country is autumn.. pixabayJapan’s parks are usually very huge, and you can find a zoo, coffee shops, restaurants and small shrines inside.. Taxis are very expensive in Japan as their meter starts at $7 and even a 10-minute long ride could cost you at least $18.. They could also rent bicycles to explore the city and rate can either be per hour or per day which ranges from $3 per hour or $27 for one day depending on the rental company.. This, however, is much more expensive than the Tokyo Metro.. The country is actually not expensive when it comes to sightseeing because of the tourist’s attractions are free.
When is the best time to visit Japan? We break it down the weather in Japan here, including information on cherry blossums, hiking, and skiing!
There’s spring, summer, autumn, and winter, sure – but within these usual seasons there’s a rainy season, cherry blossom season, hiking season, beach season, fall foliage season and more.. Since there’s so much going on throughout the year – and with so many festivals and different seasonal quirks – you’re going to want to know exactly when to visit Japan.. Then again, snow means good snowboarding and skiing.. As with the first month of the year, February also means crisp, winter days with plenty of sunshine to take away from the cold air temperature.. So essentially it’s not the best time to travel to Japan for crowds, but the best time to visit Japan for cherry blossoms.. Things start to get much warmer across the country.. So not exactly the best time to visit Japan.. Even Sapporo’s average September temperature is 22°C.. Average temperatures across the country are not usually above 20°C.. Snows start to fall in mountainous areas, while surfers in Okinawa have started wearing wetsuits.. Snow might even fall in parts of the country that doesn’t usually see snow, like the northern city of Sendai, or even in Tokyo.. March means warmer weather and the chance to catch cherry blossoms in the far south and further north the later in the month it becomes.. Summer is Japan’s festival time.. The best time to ski in Japan is between early December and late March.. That being said, summer is also a prime time to visit Hokkaido.
It's official: now is the best time to visit Japan. Here's how to beat the crowds, get a great deal, and see the cherry blossom on your Japan holiday.
This year is the best time to visit Japan – here's why.... We continually check thousands of prices to show you the best deals.. Japan often has a reputation for being an expensive place to travel, but with a bit of planning ahead it’s absolutely possible to have an affordable trip to Japan and it can even be a cheaper holiday destination than several places in Western Europe.". It seems that now is the time to visit Japan, so we've got tips on how to beat the crowds, get a great deal, and see the cherry blossom on your Japan holiday.. Here's why you should visit Japan now (or as soon as possible!. But while staying during the Olympics will likely be much pricier than usual, it doesn't have to be unaffordable.. The absolute best time to visit Japan is in late spring (March-May), when the cherry blossoms come out and the country celebrates with picnics and parties in the parks.. Do you really need travel insurance?. Japan is known for its exceptional hospitality, and the country has some of the best places to stay in the world.. We continually check thousands of prices to show you the best deals.. Stunning hotel deals in Japan. Experience the peak of luxury Japanese style and hospitality with the finest five-star hotels in Tokyo.. Cherry blossom season (March to May) is by far the most beguiling time to visit Japan, and the pink blooms are celebrated all over the country with festivals and picnics.
The best time to visit Japan depends on where you're going and what you're hoping to see. Discover the best time of year for travelling to Japan and start planning your trip with our complete guide.
This means there’s no single best time to travel to Japan.. That said, unless you’re planning to hit the ski slopes, March to May and September to November are the best months to visit Japan – it’s warm and dry and most activities are on offer.. Between December and February, snow brings a magical stillness to mountains and rural areas.. Tea ceremony © Shutterstock. With four national holidays during this period, locals seize the opportunity to take time off to travel around the country.. Cherry blossom like here in Ōsaka is a great time to go to Japan © Shutterstock. Three things you’ll want to consider if you’re planning a trip to Japan in the summer:. For many travellers, especially nature lovers, the autumn is the best time to visit Japan.. October is the best month to travel to Japan to indulge in ramen.. Late July and August in Japan is the time for rock and popular music festivals.. Tanabata Matsuri (Star Festival) July 7.. Some cities also hold displays in early August.. Sawara Grand Festival, which has been celebrated for over 300 years.
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In this post, we're outlining the best times to visit Disneyland in 2022 and 2023.. With so many locals at Disneyland, who have a bigger influence on crowds than at Disney World, we knew crowds would return to Disneyland after its reopening — and boy, did they ever!. The spring breaks at major universities in California also influence crowd levels, making the second half of March the peak of spring break.. You can view the busiest times on the Disneyland Crowd Calendar for the day, month or year.. If you're planning a visit, but you don't see your particular dates discussed below, leap down to the comments .. Visiting During a Busy Time?. Depending on the type of pass they have, Magic Key holders might find themselves blocked out of the park on certain days or weeks, particularly those times that are especially popular with tourists — namely summer, spring break and holidays.. Even if the park capacity is the same each day, Magic Key holders influence the park crowds.. During school days and workdays, Magic Key Holders might visit the park for just the morning or just the evening, making the park seem less crowded than a Saturday or holiday, when many more people arrive early and stay all day long, making the park feel more crowded.. Many people visit during Disneyland Halloween Time or the holidays to experience the magic of these seasons, and there are special events at different times throughout the year.. Know of other dates that are popular with locals?. While these are traditionally the best times to visit Disneyland, we expect higher crowds than usual around these times now that the parks are open and each day sells out!. There it is — the best time to visit Disneyland in 2022 and 2023!
The Japanese yen is now about 17 percent cheaper vs. the U.S. dollar than it was just six months ago. Here are 20 tips to help your travel dollar go even further.
The U.S. dollar is now worth about 17 percent more against the Japanese yen than it was just six months ago; $1 would have bought you about 80 yen then; today it’s over 93.5 yen.. If you're headed beyond Japan's main Tokyo gateway, look into discounted air fares such as the Star Alliance Japan Airpass offered by All Nippon Airways and the OneWorld Yokoso Visit Japan Fare by Japan Airlines.. For far-flung Japanese domestic destinations, this is faster and much cheaper than train travel - the Shinkansen (bullet train) between Tokyo and Fukuoka costs more than twice as much.. In Tokyo, "limousine buses" (a lot less fancy than the name implies) take you directly to many hotels and train stations for 3,000 yen (about $32).. For frequent, long distance rail trips within Japan, a one- or two-week Japan Rail Pass will pay off despite the initial sticker shock (from 28,300/45,100 yen for one/two weeks, about $302/482) and the fact that they’re not valid on the very fastest of bullet trains (this has gotta change).. Japan Rail Passes must be purchased before you arrive in Japan.. For purchases over 10,000 yen (about $107), many department stores and other high-end retailers can waive Japan's 5 percent sales tax as a courtesy for visitors from overseas; your passport will be required.. Most rooms at these hotels catering to domestic business travelers are pretty cramped (well, extremely cramped by American standards), but they’re spotless, central, usually up-to-date (if somewhat style-less) and offer free internet access and breakfast, all for a fraction of the international name brands down the road.. If you need a fast food burger, bypass the international chains and head for Japan’s own Mos Burger, an obsession among Japanese and visitors alike.
Find the best time to travel to Japan along with our favourite seasons and their benefits to ensure you're guaranteed an amazing experience.
However, whilst spring may well be the best season to visit Japan, this doesn’t mean that you can’t, or shouldn’t, visit Japan at other times of the year.. Although usually commencing in late March and peaking a week following bloom, cherry blossom season does vary considerably per Japanese region, and year.. Heading to Japan in the springtime however is a safe bet that you’ll catch the famous cherry blossoms in some state or form.. If experiencing the blossoms is top of your Japanese bucket list , make sure to plan your trip accordingly; in cooler regions, such as Sapporo, the blossoms often don’t bloom until May, whereas milder regions, like Nagasaki, experience their blossoms much earlier.. Late April and early May is a popular time to visit Japan for another reason; the abundance of festivals, in what is known locally as ‘ golden week ‘.. Prices especially skyrocket in May, with the first week of May being the busiest time of year for Japanese travel.. Whilst this might solidify May as the best month to visit Japan, it could also mean spring isn’t the season for you, if crowds and pricing are features you wish to consider.. At odds with many destinations, summer is one of the least popular times to visit Japan due to the intense humidity it brings.. Some regions do experience lower humidity however, such as Matsumoto, a destination most-crowded during cherry blossom season, which means it can be yours to explore in the summertime.. Takayama also boasts renowned ski resorts, whilst the winter illuminations spread across Japan are reason enough alone to visit in the colder months.. Due to the aforementioned foliage, prices peak in spring and autumn, making winter one of the cheapest times to travel (just so long as you avoid New Years!).. Whilst spring and autumn are perhaps still the best times to visit Japan, it’s certainly just as worth going off-season, especially if you’re keeping an eye on your budget, or wanting to see something more out of the ordinary, proving the best time to travel to Japan really is anytime!. For more inspiration for your trip, including what to experience in Japan , and the most popular Japanese festivals to visit , keep reading our blog.
Here's what you can expect in every month in Japan.
While cherry blossom season is a rightfully popular and unique time to visit, there are several factors to consider that can either make or break your best time to go.. In northern Japan, January — after the New Year’s holiday — marks a prime time to hit the ski slopes.. January also marks the Sumo New Year Basho in Tokyo , and cherry blossom season kicks off in Okinawa as trees are already beginning to bloom.. Aboveground, on Japan’s central and northern islands, February is typically Japan’s coldest month.. March is one of the most popular times to visit Japan, thanks to warming temperatures and the start of the much-anticipated cherry blossom season .. March and April are also two of the best months to visit Okinawa .. However, we recommend skipping a visit that falls during Golden Week (the last Sunday in April through the first week of May).. Flights, trains, hotels, and other activities often soar in prices and quickly become booked up.. August is also Japan’s hottest month, no matter which island you find yourself on, though the highs can vary greatly, reaching into the 90s on Okinawa and just 72 in Hokkaido.. It snows nearly every day in the winter on Hokkaido.
Always wanted to travel to Japan, but wondering when is the best time to visit Japan? Expat Explore can help with tips to plan your trip before travelling to Japan.
Kinkakuji temple and snow landscape, Kyoto, Japan Best things to do in winter in Japan It’s a perfect time to see the snow monkeys at Jigokudani Monkey Park or view Mount Fuji.. Spring in Japan: Cherry blossom season One of the most incredible times to visit Japan is in late spring, from March to May.. Two geishas wearing traditional Japanese kimono among Sensoji Temple Best things to do in spring in Japan If you are planning your visit during Japan’s famous cherry blossom season, you need to consider two things – when and where you want to go.. Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine in Kyoto, Japan Best things to do in autumn in Japan At the beginning of the autumn season in September, typhoon season is typically peaking, bringing rain and the most beautiful cover of deep-hued maple leaves.. Summer in Japan: Festival season Summer in Japan is typically humid throughout the country, from June to August.. Women in traditional Japanese kimonos walking in Kyoto, Japan Rainy Season (Tsuyu or Baiyu) The rainy season in Japan, also known as Tsuyu or Baiyu, happens around early June to mid-July, in summer.
Italy is an amazing travel destination. But when is the best time to visit Italy? Find out when to beat the crowds and get the best weather.
August is a holiday month in Italy when locals and tourists flock to the beaches to make the most of the very hot weather.. Visiting the churches, museums, and galleries in the cities is good in most seasons outside of the high summer period.. The busiest time to visit Italy is during peak season during the summer months, between May and August, with July being extremely busy.. Overall, the best time to visit Italy is in the spring and autumn.. There are far fewer tourists at this time, which means you’re likely to benefit from some attractive pricing on accommodation.. The southern regions of the country, anywhere south of Rome, experience a shorter rainy season than the north.. With all the locals at the beach, it’s not a great time to be planning a coastal trip in Italy.
The modern oasis in the desert, Dubai is a MUST visit destination. But, when is the best time to visit Dubai? Let's find out.
It is a great destination at any time of the year, but if you’re heading there to experience something specific, then choosing the best time to go to Dubai is extremely important.. While most destinations experience their high season in the peak of the summer, Dubai is a little different.. This is the best time to visit Dubai if you plan to hit the shopping malls – crowds of tourists are at their lowest and there are plenty of great sales to check out.. There are also many events and festivals at this time that attract visitors, so if you’re planning to visit then, book well in advance – check out our guide to Dubai accommodation for ideas.. The low season is the cheapest time to visit any destination.. The holy month of Ramadan also falls over the summer months.. Not only is this the busiest time to visit Dubai, but because of this increased demand, it’s also the most expensive and most crowded time to visit the city.. Conversely, the winter months between October and March offer warm weather in Dubai but not so hot as to be unbearable.. The city is still pleasantly free of the large crowds of winter tourists, and hotels offer some really great deals.. The winter months, while offering pleasantly mild weather, are the worst time to visit in terms of crowds – it’s the busiest time, and also the most expensive time to visit.