The seasons have an important role to play in Japanese culture and you’ll find that fashions and festivals are very much oriented around the four seasons of spring, summer, winter and autumn. You’ll also notice distinct changes in weather; although Japan is an island nation its proximity to the continental landmass of Asia and the enormous variation in latitude that occurs within its boundaries mean that weather can be volatile as you move through the year, and around the country.
Generally summer begins in June, heralded by what is called the rainy season. Although it doesn’t rain every day through June and July you can expect one day in three to be very wet, in Tokyo at least. When it isn’t raining you can expect hot and humid weather. Around Tokyo, you can expect cool temperatures but it isn’t often uncomfortably cold.
Winter can be very cold and you can expect snow. Tokyo itself will probably escape snowfall, although it isn’t unheard of.
Spring can occur late in the year but is always a time of great celebration across Japan. The country as a whole is at its most beautiful at this time of year. Rural areas, formal gardens and temples in particular are picturesquely adorned with the blossoms of flowering trees. Cool temperatures can be augmented with light rainfall but March and April are undoubtedly rewarding times for tourists to visit.
Average Weather Guide:
Temperature in Degrees Centigrade
Rainfall in Millimetres
The tables above are intended as guidelines only.
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