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Instead of where to go in Japan, when to go may be the question weighing most on your mind. There are advantages to choosing to go during any season and few disadvantages. The best way to decide when to go is to decide what kind of activities are most important to you.
Spring is an excellent time to visit Japan throughout the country. The subtropical temperatures of southern areas such as Okinawa are moderately warm without being overly hot and even the colder temperatures of northern areas of Japan such as Hokkaido are beginning to warm up. Spring is also the time of the Sakura Matsuri throughout the country, when people flock to public parks to have picnics under the boughs of the cherry trees, in order to view the gorgeous pink colors of the cherry blossoms. In the southern parts of Japan, the flowers begin to bloom in March, in central parts, in April, and in northern parts, in May.
Japan is known for summers that are a little excessively hot and
humid and not just in the subtropical islands. Tokyo summer
temperatures average around 60 to 82 degrees F, although temperatures
in the low 100s are not entirely surprising. While this is good news
for those who love hot temperatures, it can make running around the
country to go sightseeing and engage in activities a bit harrowing for
those with breathing difficulties and sensitivity to the heat. However,
the warm temperatures do make outdoor activities easier for many, although central Japan (including Tokyo) does get heavy rainfall in the summer.
Autumn is another ideal time to visit Japan, as the temperatures across the nation will have cooled somewhat and humidity will be less of a problem. Japan's many parks and scenic mountainsides are gorgeous as the foliage changes colors, making visits to the countryside especially ideal during this time. However, even Tokyo, with its many parks, temples and grand views of Mt. Fuji, has attractive scenery.
Because the climate throughout Japan is so varied during the winter season, winter can be a good time to visit different regions of Japan depending on your taste. If you prefer warmer weather and winter is the only time you can visit the country, head to one of the southern subtropical islands, like Okinawa, where temperatures rarely drop below 60 degrees F in winter and scuba diving, swimming, surfing, fishing and sunbathing are still frequent activities.
If you love winter sports, head to the northern region of Hokkaido, where heavy snowfall and cold temperatures make the area a haven for skiers, snow boarders and even dogsledders. The central part of the country, where Tokyo is located, has cooler temperatures and occasional snowfall, but the temperature is usually around 30 to 40 degrees F and the snowfall is rarely significant, making it easy to still see the city, even if it's a bit chilly.