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Tokyo Climate – City Highs and Lows – When is Best to Travel?

Tokyo, Japan at Sensoji Temple's Hozomon Gate in the Asakusa District in the springtime. (White lanterns on the left read the names of several streets and parks such as, "kannon street, orange street," etc. Top sign on gate reads "Sensoji Temple" Banners on left and right both read "flower festival april 8." Banner in middle reads, "Busseikai, the birthday of Buddha." Lastly, the large lantern on the gate reads, "Kobunacho," which is the town where the lantern was made.)
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What’s The Tokyo Climate Like?

Well for starters the Tokyo climate is temperate in nature which means you do need to plan ahead a little if you have a weather preference. If you’re visiting Japan and intend on traveling a little further afield, then from top to bottom, the country may vary by up to 20 or more degrees. Okinawa in the south is tropical, while Hokkaido in the north has deep snow for around 3 months of the year. Tokyo city, being in the middle, has fewer extremes although the range of temperatures between summer and winter is still one to be reckoned with.

So what do you need to know about the Tokyo climate?

  • Winter is dry and cold
  • Summer is hot and humid
  • Rainy season is, well… rainy!
  • Spring sees hanami season in full bloom
  • Autumn is full of colorful leaves and clear views

Which Season Is Best To Visit Tokyo City?

This is a really difficult question to answer as it really is down to personal preference. You’re coming to Tokyo so you’re not expecting to sunbathe on the beach – at least I hope not or you’ve got the wrong end of the stick!

The best way I can respond is to share my feelings about the seasons and give a brief summary of the benefits of each. Yes, you see, that’s the problem, there are pluses to all the seasons. Ho hum, no-one said this would be an easy decision.

Tokyo Winter

The Tokyo climate in winter is a great time for catching some good views of the mountains that surround the city. Don’t forget that only an hour away on the shinkansen lies the ever beautiful Mount Fuji. When I catch site of her on a clear cold morning on my way to work I always feel I’ll have a better day.

Tokyo Spring

This is when the famous hanami season parties, or cherry blossom viewing parties, are the must go to event if you’re here. Timing for this one is a fine art as the season only lasts around 2 weeks at any given place in the country, starting in Okinawa and working up the country to Hokkaido in a gorgeous band of pink.

Tokyo Summer

Many people that I know say this is their least favorite time of year. Me, I’m the odd one out as I happen to like the heat that comes with summer. If you’re not a fan of humidity though, best to stay away as it can become very heavy, especially during August.

Tokyo Autumn

Finally, Autumn. If you love seeing the changing of the leaves then Tokyo and Japan will not disappoint. There are reds, golds, yellows, oranges, and browns from all corners of the color spectrum. Just an hour away from Tokyo you can be in the middle of the countryside at Mount Takao or Nikko and enjoy koyo (the color change) in all its glory.

 

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