Japan can feature on your list of holiday destinations to dream about all year round. Turning it on for locals and visitors every season, nature arranges some pretty amazing blessings to behold in summer, fall, winter and spring.
The four seasons are quite distinct and it’s hard to say which one is more stunning. Japanese people deeply appreciate the beauty of nature and make the most of every season with events, festivals and many outdoor activities.
Summer (June to August)
Summertime heats up high in Japan. If you live to bask in the sun and adore a hot climate you will love summer in Japan. A lot of activities take place in the late afternoon and evenings to avoid the intense heat. Festivals featuring traditional song and dance are lit up by elaborate fireworks displays and locals enjoy special noodles like Somen which they believe helps keep them cool. Shaved ice desserts are also a popular food to help beat the heat.
Summer is time to hit the beach or get into rafting or kayaking. You will need comfortable shoes, sun block and plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Fall (September to November)
In fall, like magic, all the leaves on the trees turn to golden, orange, yellow and red hues. It is absolutely gorgeous when the leaves change color and brighten up the landscape. Popular spots to see the colorful scenic sights are Nara and Kyota.
You can see many cultural celebrations during these months when the weather is mild and pleasant. If you are feeling energetic you can see some fab views during mountain climbing trips. The effort is always worth it when you reach the top and see the inspiring sight from the mountain tops.
Winter (December to February)
If you are a lover of cold weather and are into winter sports then head to Japan this winter. A white blanket of snow is often covering many areas of the country which is scenic and stunning to see. The winter landscapes are cool and pristine. A beauty to behold from a cosy spot indoors or an adventure to explore if you are a sporty person who loves freezing weather.
Of course Japan is known for hot springs which are called onsen. Hours can be happily spent soaking away in a natural bath of geothermal water.
The week-long Sapporo Snow Festival and the 4-day Hirosaki Castle Snow Lantern Festival are highlights on the Japanese festival calendar.
Spring (March to May)
The flowers are in bloom with the signature cherry blossoms stealing the show every year. You can see cherry blossoms in Tokyo and surrounding areas and many places have special events or festivals. The blooming of the cherry blossoms are a signal from nature that summer is around the corner.
Ueno Park and Shinjuku are famous places to enjoy the cherry blossom display but can get very packed with locals and tourists. There are plenty of quieter parks and oriental gardens to visit and see more gorgeous spring flowers like roses, tulips and wisteria. The weather is mild and enjoyable.
Japanese people love festivals so the festival calendar is always packed with events that are rich in culture, tradition and rituals.
You really can go to Japan any time of the year and have a wonderful experience and collect incredible photos and video. Your trip might depend on your love (or dislike) of the heat or cold or time restraints. But if you have the freedom to travel any time of the year you might consider trying every season. After being in Japan through the 4 distinct seasons it will probably be hard to name your favorite as they are all beautiful in their own right.