Japan

Japan is one of those places that you just have to experience!

Japan, located in East Asia, is a captivating travel destination known for its unique blend of traditional culture and modern technology. From historic temples and serene gardens to bustling cityscapes and advanced robotics, Japan offers a diverse range of experiences for travelers. This country blends extreme modernity with one of the oldest civilizations in the world. From pristine landscapes to the hustle and bustle of the cities, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Japan. Don’t even get me started on the delicious cuisine!

Cities of Interest

There are so many amazing places to explore in Japan. To see more about individual cities, click here.

Best time to visit

If you have always wanted to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom then schedule your visit from late March to mid-April. Sometimes it can spill over into the beginning of May. If you choose to travel in May you will be able to see the beautiful wisteria trees in full bloom. Over 200 of them are located in Nara alone. Understand that this is considered high tourist season and thus the hotels, trains, and flights are usually much more expensive are harder to get. Crowds are also everywhere so if you go to some of the hot spots, make sure you go early in the morning.

If Autumn is more your thing then you will truly enjoy this season in Japan. Visit during the months of September, October, and November when the leaves are ablaze with color. Make sure you visit Kyoto, Tokyo, and Fuji for some of the best fall foliage.

The cheapest time to visit Japan is mid-January through March. This is when I visited and there were no crowds to push through and cheap places to stay. Our airfare was also drastically cheaper and the weather was very nice except for one day that it rained a bit, but no big deal.

Best time to visit Japan

Weather

Japan is a great place to visit in any season, however, depending on what you want to do you may want to decide which time frame is best for you.

Summer is warm and can be humid throughout most of the country, but summer is the best time to indulge in activities such as hiking. If you are wanting to visit Hokkaido and don’t want to deal with snow then choose to visit this area during the summer. You will be greeted with mild temperatures and bright blue skies.

Winter is a great time to enjoy snow sports and relax in the many onsens. If skiing is your thing, then definitely check out the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido. It offers world-class slopes and fresh snow.

Spring and fall are the perfect travel seasons. You get the colors of the flowers or foliage with mild temperatures and little rain.

The absolute worst time (if such a thing exists) to visit Japan is from early June to mid-July when the rainy season tends to pummel the country making everything a bit soggy.

This is a map of the places I visited during my time in this incredible country. For complete, downloadable itineraries for each city, head over to Downloadable Guides and click on Japan.

Japan Map

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