Tokyo enjoys four distinct seasons. If you visiting Japan with kids, the best time to visit Tokyo is in the Spring or Autumn seasons, when temperatures are pleasant, humidity is low and there is less chance of rain. It is also shoulder season for tourists so you should be able to get some good deals on accommodation.
Summertime in Tokyo can be very hot and humid, and also busy with tourists, so prices will be higher and Tokyo’s most popular attractions will busier.
- Best time for Spring visits is late March – early May.
- Best time for Autumn visits is October – early December.
- Cherry Blossom season in Tokyo is usually end of March – early April.
- Fall Foliage peak period is usually mid-November – early December.
- Try to avoid Golden Week at end April-early May when much of Japan takes holidays.
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Spring in Tokyo
Spring is a great time to visit Japan, running from March to May. Weather is usually pleasant at this time of year with plenty of sunshine and little rain. You will enjoy warm days, with a sweater or light jacket required for chillier evenings.
Do bear in mind that Cherry Blossom season is a hugely popular time to visit Japan. In Tokyo, peak cherry blossom viewing time is usually end of March to beginning of April. If you are not particularly fussed about viewing the blossoms, you should avoid this time as hotel prices will be higher and attractions will be busier.
Also be aware of Japan’s Golden Week. This is peak vacation time of the year for many Japanese, and you will find attractions busier, hotel rooms more expensive and some businesses closed. Golden Week takes place at the end of April/beginning of May.
Either side of both Cherry Blossom peak season and Golden Week, you should be able to find some good hotel deals in Tokyo.
Summer in Tokyo
Summer in Japan is hot (up to 40 degrees) and extremely humid. June is also the rainiest month for most of Japan. Despite the oppressive heat and humidity, summer is peak season in Japan, so it is also the busiest and most expensive season to visit.
Autumn in Tokyo
After the typhoon season in September, the weather becomes very pleasant in Tokyo for the rest of the autumn from October to the beginning of December. Humidity is low and temperatures are usually warm and pleasant, although it can get a little chilly towards the end of November and in the evenings.
Fall foliage is a huge attraction in Japan, so you may see an increase in hotel room prices around peak foliage season – usually mid-November to early December.
Winter in Tokyo
If you don’t mind colder temperatures, Tokyo usually enjoys crisp, clear weather in winter, with little or no snow. Temperatures rarely fall below 0 degrees.
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