When is the best time to visit Japan?

Summer, winter, autumn or spring are all a good idea when it comes to visiting Japan.

Japan is the kind of country you can enjoy all year round. Which month you decide on comes down to where you’re going and what you want to do.

Here’s a breakdown to ensure your decision perfectly matches your interests.

Best time to visit Japan

March to May and September to October.

Why?

For cool, dry weather, the best times to wander the streets and gaze upon Japan’s plethora of temples without the heavy crowds are during spring and autumn.

Avoid April, however, as this is peak season due to the country’s famous cherry blossoms.

Cheapest time to fly to Japan


Overview

Japan’s has four distinct seasons: winter, spring, summer and autumn. Over winter the temperatures can dip to 0℃, making it ideal for winter sports though not so much for sightseeing.

Summers are plagued with a four-week-long period of rain between June and August so are best avoided unless you’re in town for a summer festival or to comb the resort town of Okinawa, which reaches temperatures of 28–31℃ during this time. The north generally experiences cooler temperatures than the south.

Peak periods in Japan include April due to cherry blossom season, June and August due to the summer holiday period, and December to March due to snow season.

If you’re seeking to avoid the crowds, it’s best to avoid these months and activities.


Weather and prices

Best time to visit Japan, weatherwise: September to April. These are Japan’s autumn, winter and spring periods and are when the country experiences comfortable, dry temperatures.

Cheapest time to visit Japan: Flights and hotels are cheapest in late summer between July and August but are still reasonable in the less rainy months of September and October.


Best time to visit Japan for...

  • Cherry blossoms: While cherry blossoms can bloom as early as January, the best time to catch them is early April. This is also one of Japan’s peak months.
  • Hiking and climbing Mount Fuji: Due to the nature of the climb, Mount Fuji is only open to hikers from 1 July to early September yearly. Conditions are most stable between late July and early August.
  • Scuba diving in Okinawa: The resort town of Okinawa hides some of the world’s best diving spots with high visibility and all manner of marine life, such as hammerheads and manta rays. Peak season in Okinawa is summer from June to August, however the weather stays pleasant up until November.
  • Snow sports: Snow season in Japan is from mid-December to mid-April. Shoulder season is in late-November to mid-December and mid to the end of April.
  • For festivals: The summer months of June and August are when cities come to life with festivals of fireworks, floats and music. But be warned that summer brings with it high humidity and rainfall in many areas.

Hot Japan travel deals

Klook Klook

Rugby sale: Extra $5 off Japan activities and experiences with code

Valid for use on select dates until December 2019. Destinations include Tokyo, Yokohama, Sapporo, Oita, Shuzuoka, Toyota and more. Discount applies with a minimum spend of $100. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Coupon code ends

Columbus Direct Columbus Direct
Exclusive

Get 5% off your next travel insurance policy

Use our exclusive code to get 5% off any Columbus Direct travel insurance policy, domestic or worldwide. Destinations would include Thailand, Bali, Fiji, USA, UK, Italy, France, Japan and more.

Last verified

Groupon Groupon

Up to 47% off 5-night Hakuba Japan ski getaway

Valid for travel from December 2019 to February 2020. Includes luxury onsen tour, daily breakfast, four-day lift ticket, transfers and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

CruiseAway CruiseAway

Up to $1,000 air credit + up to $400 OBC with Princess Landmark cruises

Valid for select 2019–2020 travel dates booked until 12 December 2019. Destinations include Europe, Alaska, Japan, Asia, New Zealand, South Pacific, Australia, Caribbean and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

STA Travel STA Travel
FLASH SALE

Up to 25% off worldwide tours

Available for travel on select 2019 and 2020 dates with G Adventures. Destinations include Thailand, Vietnam, Rio, Lima, Spain, Japan and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Skyscanner Skyscanner

Asia flights from $668 return

Valid for travel between 1 November 2019 and 25 October 2020 with Cathay Pacific. Sample fare is Perth–Manila. Destinations include China, Japan, Vietnam. India and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Flight Centre - Holidays Flight Centre - Holidays

Japan: 9-day tour with cruises, hotels + return flights from $3,989

Valid for departure at 10 October 2020. Includes return flights from Australia to Osaka, onboard cruises with MSC Meraviglia, accommodation, daily meals and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Wendy Wu Tours Wendy Wu Tours

Singapore stopover from $99

Valid for travel on select dates in 2020 flying with Singapore Airlines. Includes accommodation at the Peninsula Excelsior, daily breakfast, return airport transfers and more. Discount applies when you book a tour of Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Sri Lanka, China or Japan. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Wendy Wu Tours Wendy Wu Tours

Japan free flights or get 50% off solo tours

Valid for travel between 2020-2021. Free airfare applies to bookings for two or get a discount with single supplement. Destinations include Tokyo, Hokkaido, Kyoto, Hiroshima and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Viator Viator

Up to 15% off Japan ski and snow tours

Valid on select 2019 and 2020 dates. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Trafalgar Tours Trafalgar Tours

Extra 10% off Asia 2020 tours

Valid for travel between January - December 2020. Destinations include Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Contiki Contiki

Up to 20% off Asia trips

Valid for travel on select dates. Destinations include India, Japan, Vietnam, Nepal, Sri Lanka and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Contiki Contiki

Up to 10% off Japan tours

Valid for 2020 and 2021 departures. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Contiki Contiki

Up to 10% off Asia 2020 trips

Valid for travel on select dates. Destinations include Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, India and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Flight Centre - Cruises Flight Centre - Cruises

Free flights, upgrades and 2-for-1 deposits on Viking Cruises

Book a Viking ocean or river cruise in destinations like Italy, France, Norway, the UK, Germany, the USA, Japan and more between August 2019 and March 2021.

Last verified

Wendy Wu Tours Wendy Wu Tours

Up to $300 off last-minute Asia tours

Valid for travel on select dates between August - December 2019 until sold out. Destinations include Laos, Borneo, Indochina, Myanmar, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, India, Japan, China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Get deal

Deal ends

Wendy Wu Tours Wendy Wu Tours

$100 off tours for senior card holders

Valid on 2018 dates depending on the destinations. Destinations include China, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Japan and more. T&Cs apply.

Last verified

Design Hotels Design Hotels

Up to 30% off if you book in advance

Valid for bookings made at least 30 days in advance at hotels around the world. Destinations include France, USA, Bali, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, UK, Singapore, Japan and more.

Last verified

Popular Travel coupon codes

Last checked Code description Code
14 Nov 2019 Up to 50% off experiences + Extra $15 off with code EXT****
13 Nov 2019 Extra 10% off with code FIN****
7 Nov 2019 Year-end sale: Extra $40 off experiences with code YEA****
5 Nov 2019 Extra 15% off Australia-wide business flights with code FMZ****
5 Nov 2019 Up to 75% off worldwide hotels + extra 5% off with code FIN****

Find out the best time to go to...

Was this content helpful to you? No  Yes

Related Posts

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on finder.com.au:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Terms of Use, Disclaimer & Privacy Policy and Privacy & Cookies Policy.
Ask a question
Go to site