The four seasons   日本の気候

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Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle under the cherry trees.

Hanabi Mount Akagi

Fireworks summer before Mount Akagi.

The Koyo Hiroshima

The blushing landscapes of Hiroshima.

Kanazawa

Kanazawa Kenrokuen under snow.

Which to choose for a good trip?

In all seasons, the Japanese scenery has a lot to offer to visitors. But the Japanese climate can also reserve some unpleasant surprises, which it is better to know about before you leave. 

Spring - 春

  • The advantages

Without doubt this is the favourite season for tourists. Les cherry trees are in blossom, the temperatures are milder, the matsuri (popular celebrations) are numerous... It is the perfect time to enjoy the flower-filled parks for a picnic. 

  • The disadvantages

It is also the period during which the number of tourists reaches its peak. You will often have to push your way through the crowds in the popular locations for hanami (the contemplation of cherry trees). Inspite of that, armed with some good tips, you can easily avoid the crowds.

Another "detail" that should be taken into account: the rainy season (tsuyu). At the end of May(or in early June, depending on the region) the country, excluding Hokkaido Island, experiences downpours for approximately  six weeks... Beware: humidity, wind  and torrential rain are to be foreseen.

Summer - 

  • The advantages

The Japanese summer brings with it the song of the cicades, the hanabi (fireworks) and special gastronomy, which is sweet and refreshing. The restaurant terraces fill the streets and the river banks. In Kyoto, for example, the famous kawayuka, terraces on stilts, give the town a new image.

  • The disadvantages

The mosquitos are bothersome and the heat is stifling. The temperatures easily reach 30°C in the shade, and it can be unbearable to walk in Tokyo... But it is possible to get by with a fan or air conditioning - which is available in most buildings, and with cold soba and kakigôri (crushed ice).

The northern regions, where the summer is shorter, can be a solution for a cooler stay.

Fall - 秋

  • The advantages

Almost as popular as the contemplation of the cherry trees, the kôyô, the leaves of the maple trees turning red, bring a red and golden touch to the Japanese scenery.

The temperate climate of this season lends itself to nature visits, without having to suffer the sun and too many tourists. 

  • The disadvantages

Every year, there a violent typhoons in September. They are generally followed by a second rainy season, called akisame, the autumn rain. 

Winter - 冬

  • The advantages

With many mountainous regions, Japan is a favourite destination for fans of winter sports. In the Japanese Alps and on Hokkaido Island there are many ski resorts and snow related events.

  • The disadvantages

Besides the very low temperatures in certain regions (as low as -10 in Hokkaido), the main inconvenience of the season is the early closing times of some museums. 

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