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Japan's Best Travel Season - Weather per Mt. - Weather
What is the best season to come to Japan? The weather and temperature varies throughout the whole of Japan, but generally the best season to come to Japan is either early in the year (March & April) or late in the year (October & November), when the weather is rainy and drizzle. The towns are warm and wet during the summers (May to September), with strong rains all over the countryside in June and July, with the exception of Hokkaido.
Winters are cold and fresh, with strong snowfalls in Hokkaido and the Japanese Alps. As a year-round tourist resort with four different tourist destinations, Japan has something for everyone. The skier and snowboarder in pursuit of ideal snow conditions in the mountains of Japan, which also attracts walkers in the hot-season.
Farther southwards, the sandy areas of the Mediterranean archipelago are also lively in summers, thanks to high lake and mountain temperature. It is a very beautiful combination of warm weather in early fall and early fall with the beautiful Sakura (cherry blossoming season) and Koyo (visiting fall leaves), making these times a very special place to be in Japan.
Japan's most northerly isle, Hokkaido, is colder than the remainder of the nation, with freezing down to -8°C in the wintry and 25°C in summers. The weather is influenced by the closeness of the islands to Siberia, with freezing wind leading to considerable snowfalls - basically ideal weather for skiing.
Snows begin to thaw when it gets to the northern part of the country and light, sunshiny weather makes it the perfect place for walking and discovering the island's national parks. Hokkaido is enjoying nice hot and sunshine during the summers, so the walking seasons continue.
Hokkaido also prevents the typical crispy and arid weather of the fall season, and in mid-September Hokkaido is the first place in the land to see the famed fall-colors. Shikoku and Kyushu are situated directly in front of Honshu's south tip and have similar temperature to the Honshu and Hiroshima areas in the south, which range from 5°C in winters to just over 30°C in the south.
Winter is rather mellow and at the beginning of April the bloom of cherries moves through the isles northward. Springs and summers are a good season to come to Shikoku and Kyushu when the temperature is comfortable and the weather is generally bright, although there may be rain fall in June and there is a possibility of typhoon when summers turn to fall (August - September).
At the end of the typical autumn seasons, autumn weather returns to a cool and arid sky. The weather and temperature varies on Japan's capital Honshu. North Honshu and the Japanese Alps have colder weather (average temperature: 0°C) and strong snowfalls during the cold seasons, while the south and west areas have mild winters averaging 4-5°C, but are susceptible to warm and wet summer, especially in the capitals Tokyo, Kyoto and Osakawith which on some occasions reduce the temperature of quicksilver to as low as 35°C.
Regarding temperatures and weather the most enjoyable time of the year to come to Honshu is early fall. In April, the Hiroshima blossoms in the summer move from the southerly to the higher elevations of Takayama and the Japanese Alps by the end of the months, and vice versa, the fall colors move from the hills to Kyoto and to the southerly areas by the end of November.
Okayinawa and Japan's most southerly island enjoys a sub-tropical weather throughout the year with never below double-digit temperature levels and seldom below 20 degrees Celsius. Okinawa enjoys the warmest temperature in the land during the cold winters, although the ocean temperature is cool and only the harshest adventure in the ocean. In March it is springtime in the skies and announces the advent of the celebrated flowering of cherries, with Okinawa and the South Isles being the first place to capture this long-awaited time.
Though May and June see rainfall in the tropics, it comes in the shape of brief, hot eruptions and the weather is good for scuba-dive. Summers are characterized by high temperature and maximal sunlight, which makes it a favourite moment to go to the regional beach, although there are more opportunities for typhoons during the course of the summers, with August and September as high seasons for typhoons.
Taifun seasons pass with advancing fall and fall is hot and arid.