While the Japanese pride themselves on having four seasons, for the tourist with a flexible itinerary, they should focus on spring or fall.
- Spring is one of the best times of the year in Japan. Temperatures are warm but not hot, it does not rain too much, and March-April brings the famous cherry blossoms (sakura) and is a time of festivals and celebrations.
- Summer begins with a sad rainy season (known as Tsuyu or Baiu) in June and turns into a steam bath with extreme humidity and temperatures of up to 40° C from July to August. Avoid or direct it You drive north to Hokkaido or into the mountains of Chubu and Tohoku to escape. The advantage, however, is a series of fireworks shows (花火 大会 Hanabi Taikai) and large and small festivals.
- Autumn, which begins in September, is also a great time to be in Japan. Temperatures and humidity become more bearable, sunny days are frequent and autumn colors can be as breathtaking as cherry blossoms. However, in early fall typhoons often hit southern Japan and brought everything to a halt.
- Winter is a great time to ski or jump in the hot springs, but some buildings do not have central heating and it is often very cold inside. The way south towards Okinawa brings relief. In Hokkaido and northeastern Japan there is usually a lot of snow due to the cold gusts of wind from Siberia. Be aware that the Pacific coast of Honshu ( the area where most of the major cities are located) has milder winters than the shoreline of the Sea of Japan: For example, it may snow in Kyoto while it is cloudy or raining in Osaka. just one hour away.