Tokyo And Its Four Seasons: When Is The Best Time To Visit Tokyo?

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Planning to visit Tokyo but unsure when would be the best time to do it?

Tokyo is an all year round tourist destination. Visitors flock the capital city of Japan at any given time of the year.

Some say the best time to visit Tokyo is during spring time, from the months of April until the first week of May. This period is known in Japan as “Hanami” where at the start of the season, a sea of pink paint the whole streets of Tokyo as Cherry Blossoms start to bloom. The temperatures also become a lot warmer and nicer towards the early May.

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Others say October and November are most conducive for a stroll in downtown Tokyo. By this time, the autumn season is in full swing and you are guaranteed to witness the abundance of fiery cherry blossom leaves falling and being blown away by the wind in most parks and Sakura gardens in Tokyo.

Consequently, summer months, from late July to early September is the least suggested time to visit the “City that Never Sleeps.” Because of high temperature and humidity, Tokyo turns into a hot, sticky, and sweaty place for tourist that you would want to constantly soak in places with air-conditioning.

Even though these months are still the peak seasons for tourist and visitors in the city, unless you are akin to the humid climate and hot weather, this period should be the least time you book a ticket to visit.

Also, Tokyo has a mini rainy season that typically lasts a month during summer from June to July.

On the opposite, January through March are the coldest months to travel to Tokyo. The winds become freezing and leave a chill to your spine. But the good thing about this period, as the snow, slowly melts, the weather becomes more bearable and the climate remains cool. Scenes of blue winter skies are plentiful and seldom bothered by rain or snow showers.

In planning for your Tokyo trip, you should also put into consideration the numerous festivals hosted by the city and identify which ones you would like to attend.

Carolyn Ballard
www.destodis.com

So, When Really Is The Best Time To Visit Tokyo?

Let us look at each season in depth and discover its the pros and cons. I will also be discussing which activities and attractions that are best done for each period. I have also included different schedules for festivals and special events that could possibly help you decide which time to pack your bags and book your flight.

Winter - December To February

What We Liked

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  • Cold Weather

    Winter in Tokyo is a relatively low season for tourists and visitors. If you like the cold and don’t mind the cool breeze, you should be alright during this season.

    This time of the year offers a cooler weather, less humidity, and practically a little amount of snow. Temperatures usually drop from 50 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit during the day but can easily plummet below zero during night time. As long as you wear a coat and comfortable clothing, you will surely survive touring and exploring Tokyo during this period.

  • Slight Drop in Hotel Rates

    Accommodations rates also slightly go down this time of the year compared to another season except on Christmas and all the way through the New Year where prices shoot up. But don’t expect a considerable decline in hotel prices as Tokyo tend to be consistently stable and fairly pricey all year round.

What We Didn't Like

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  • Expensive Room Rates Towards New Year

    Although winter time has the lowest number of tourist, don't expect a large drop in room rates. Tokyo hotels remain generally expensive during these months and continue all throughout the year. If you’re thinking of staying for New Year, be conscious that museums and most restaurants will close down and hotel rates will skyrocket.

  • Difficult to Walk Around Because of the Cold

    If you can’t stand cold climates, bring with you thick layers of clothing to keep you warm. Temperatures don’t generally drop below freezing during the day, and it seldom snows, but it would still be a little difficult to walk around during daytime and especially at night time.

Interesting Activity

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Tsukiji Fish Market Tour: Visit the Tsukiji Fish Market which boasts as the largest wholesale fish market in the world. It is one of the many interesting places in Tokyo to visit, whether you visit it on an early morning to witness the tuna auctions, or later in the day as the sun rises to enjoy a sushi breakfast.

The market has moved to its new location in Toyosu district last November 2016. The best time to pay a visit to its new location is in January, which offers the most delicious local seafood during the year as fishes naturally fatten up to survive the icy waters.


Festivals And Special Events

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  • Emperor's Birthday (December 23)
  • New Year's Day (January 1)
  • National Foundation Day (February 11)

Spring - March to May

What We Liked

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  • Best Time to See the Cheery Blossoms

    Spring season is the best time to capture a glimpse of the famous Sakura or Cherry Blossom in full bloom and its leaves floating in the air before it falls to the ground creating a snowflake-like illusion from the last weeks of March through the middle of May.

    Although cherry blossoms time of bloom varies a little every year, it usually falls on or after April.

  • Favorable Weather

    The weather in spring is lovely, with a little sun and fewer rains.

What We Didn't Like

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  • Influx of Tourist and Locals in Tokyo

    As daytime temperatures resume to a bearable 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, people flock the outdoors to witness the burst in colors of plants and vegetation in the city.

    The famous Japanese cherry blossoms make their appearance for a few days in March and April and invite a sea of tourists and locals to its parks. Tokyo residents typically come in large numbers to its urban parks during this special event, so be ready for a heavy influx of locals in and around the city.

    Also, during Golden Week, a time where public holidays are held one after the other in succession, Tokyo becomes a virtually crowded city.

Interesting Activity

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Visit Tokyo Disney Resort: The most suitable time, if you are planning to visit Tokyo Disney Resort to dodge the largest numbers of visitors and take advantage of the fair weather, is in the spring, before or after Golden Week which usually happens at the end of April and beginning of May, but before the start of the mini rainy season in June.


Festivals And Special Events

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  • Tokyo International Anime Fair (March-April)
  • Art Fair Tokyo (March-April)
  • Golden Week (April 29-May 5)

Summer - June to August

What We Liked

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  • Good Time to Be Outdoors

    Summertime is peak season for tourists visiting Tokyo. Despite the fact that the weather is typically hot during this time and humidity are at its highest, if you are in for a summer adventure and looking for a tropical weather then this is a good time to be outdoors. You will also see and abundance of green from trees and Vegetation during this time.

  • Rain Makes Summer Heat Bearable

    Though more similar to European climate compared to its neighbors in Asia, a mini rainy season still occurs in the middle of summer in Japan, which starts during mid-June and ends in mid-July, approximately lasts a month.

    The rain makes the summer bearable and lightens up the climate a little bit. Typhoon season typically starts at the end of August and last throughout September. But this is nothing to worry, especially if you are in Tokyo as the storms frequently occur in the open sea, and turns into weak thunderstorms when they make landfall.

What We Didn't Like

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  • Heat and Humidity

    July and August are commonly the most sizzling and humid months of the year, and can be uncomfortable for touring in case you are not bothered by the heat. Groups touring around Tokyo are additionally at their highest, which implies you'll be knocking elbows with a great deal of other sweat-soaked tourists.

    The midyear additionally tends to see higher hotel rates and longer lines in museums and famous landmarks - another motivation to refrain from visiting during this season.

  • Peak Season for Tourist and Vacation for Locals

    The heat is at its high point during the month of August. This is also the month for summer vacation for most students in the whole of Japan and Tokyo. Subsequently, many adults take day offs during this month, so it’s best that you expect a dense crowd in the city.

    Additionally, Mount Fuji’s official climbing season opens in July and August, making Tokyo a base for international and local mountain climbers, adding to an already large amount of people in the city.

Interesting Activity

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Shop at Tokyo’s End-of-Summer Sale: The end of July, the conclusion of Japan’s mini rainy season signals the commencement of Tokyo’s yearly end-of-summer sales which is rather the opposite as summer has yet to reach its peak.

This is your biggest chance to shop while getting discounts of up to 30% to 50% on fashion accessories, branded clothes, and other stuff as most shop do this to dispose of products in their inventory.


Festivals And Special Events

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​Autumn - September to November

What We Liked

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  • Best Time to Be Outdoor

    Autumn in Tokyo sees a drop in temperature, humidity, and number of tourists. During the day, temperatures average from 70 degrees Fahrenheit to 60 degrees.

    When November comes, you will feel a little coolness in the climate as you may want to wear a thin sweater to keep you a little warm as you stroll around the city at night. There will also be plenty of sun and clouds.
  • Witness Cherry Blossom Leaves Fall

    A phenomenon to witness is the bursting colors of Cherry Blossom leaves pile around Tokyo’s parks and gardens turning the whole city ablaze. This scene is picture worthy, you shouldn’t miss bringing a camera with you.

What We Didn't Like

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  • Few Tourists

    There are not much disadvantages and drawbacks when you visit through the autumn season except that hotels and attractions will have fewer tourist. It would also be an advantage at the same time.

Interesting Activity

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Viewing of the Gingko Trees: Another natural marvel you shouldn't miss is the Gingko trees whose beautiful leaves turn into a vibrant shade of yellow in the late November and is usually visible along the stretch of the Icho Namiki Avenue.


Festivals And Special Events

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  • Tokyo International Film Festival (October)
  • Culture Day (November 3)
  • Seven-Five-Three Festival (November 15)
  • Labor Thanksgiving Day (November 23)

Verdict

With all these considerations, the best time to visit Tokyo is between the months of September and November. Autumn has the perfect scenario for a wonderful vacation—a pleasant weather, cool climate, less crowded places, and a colorful view of fall.

Summer invites the largest number of visitors in Tokyo as you will quickly discover from long queues in public places and city attractions. It is better to avoid this time of the year to refrain from having to pay a high rate in accommodation and having to experience extreme heat and humidity.

Comparatively, winter time is a bit of a challenge because of its moderately cold weather that turns freezing at night. This is not the best time be outdoors.

Spring is another season to go and visit Japan as the weather is pleasant during the daytime. This is also the best time to behold the magnificent Cherry Blossoms in full bloom.

Carolyn Ballard

Although I recommend autumn as the best season to visit Tokyo, it is also best to come and see Japan in its different seasons to understand how they pervade a significant role in Japanese culture.

Quick Recap

Did you find the recommendations and suggestions on when to visit Tokyo helpful?

It is important that you consider the month and season you plan to visit Tokyo. There are pros and cons for each season so you will have to decide on what you want to experience the whole trip.

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