Best Times of Year to Visit Japan If you’re considering a trip to Japan, you’re probably wondering what time of year is best…
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Best Times of Year to Visit Japan
If you’re considering a trip to Japan, you’re probably wondering what time of year is best to visit. The wonderful thing is every season is a great time to visit Japan, and you will have a completely unique experience. We’ll lay out what to expect in each season, as well as the pros and cons of visiting during these times.
Note: The weather is based on averages, though it can vary a lot throughout the country.
JAPAN IN THE SPRING (MARCH – MAY)
- Cherry blossoms in bloom; lots of festivals
- Pleasant temperatures and not much rain
- Lots of crowds for cherry blossoms
JAPAN IN THE SUMMER (JUNE – AUGUST)
- Hot and humid weather
- 3-4 week rainy period (usually mid-June through mid-July)
- Festivals and fireworks starting in July
- Mount Fuji is opened for climbing in July
- Good time for beach holidays in places like Okinawa
JAPAN IN THE FALL (SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER)
- Colorful leaves make the landscape spectacular (October is the best month for leaves)
- Temperatures are comfortable
- Lots of festivals, concerts, sports tournaments and exhibitions during this time
- Less crowds
JAPAN IN THE WINTER (DECEMBER – FEBRUARY)
- Less crowds
- Skiing in Japan is said to be some of the best in the world!
- Ideal temperature for soaking in outdoor onsens
- Small towns look magical covered in snow
DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT TOKYO
On arrival at Tokyo International Airport meet our local representative and transfer to your hotel.
The land of the rising sun, Japan is perhaps one of those few places where modernity meets culture effortlessly. Uncover the famous attractions of Japan on this holiday, starting as you arrive in the capital city - Tokyo. The economic, political and financial powerhouse of Japan, Tokyo dazzles for its traditional culture.
On arrival check into the hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure to relax.
DAY 2: TOKYO CITY TOUR
Today after breakfast proceed for a full day city tour. This tour takes you to Tokyo Tower to enjoy the panoramic views of Tokyo. Then head to the Imperial Palace East gargens, enjoy the pleasent walk in the east garden and see the remaining foundation of the former castle tower on the top of a hill. Here, you’ll find Japanese and Western-style gardens, as well as the foundation of the castle’s former keep.
Next up will be Asakusa Kanon Temple, is a Buddhist temple located in Asakusa. It is one of Tokyo's most colorful and popular temples. When approaching the temple, visitors first enter through the Kaminarimon(Thunder Gate), the outer gate of Sensoji Temple and the symbol of Asakusa and the entire city of Tokyo. A shopping street of over 200 meters, called Nakamise, leads from the outer gate to the temple's second gate, the Hozomon. Alongside typical Japanese souvenirs such as Yukata and folding fans, various traditional local snacks from the Asakusa area are sold along the Nakamise. The shopping street has a history of several centuries.
Head back to the hotel for a relaxing overnight stay.
DAY 3: Mt. FUJI TOUR
This guided tour takes you to Mt. Fuji and Hakone. Hot springs, absolute natural beauty and spectacular mountain scenery dominated by Mt. Fuji, Hakone is a perfect escape from the hustle – bustle of city life. Upon arrival at Hakone, heads for an excursion to Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain. Reach the Mt. Fuji 5th Station, which is located at an altitude of 2,300 meters and take-in sweeping, panoramic view of the countryside. Head to Hakone Ropeway to enjoy a scenic ride to the peak to the peak. Spend some time at the summit, strolling around and enjoy exquisite views of Southern Alps. Mt. Ontake, Mt, Norikura and the Northern Alps. Having explored the natural beauty and culture landmarks, proceed to board a Shinkansen Bullet Train to Osaka.
On arrival check into the hotel at Osaka and overnight stay at hotel.
DAY 4: KYOTO & NARA VISIT
Post a delicious breakfast and proceed for a full-day excursion to Kyoto and Nara. Brimming with masterpiece of religious architecture, Kyoto is an amazing place where you could see monks’ temple hopping or meditating in the stunning Zen gardens. Visit the most famous sightseeing spots in Kyoto and Nara including worlds heritage sites such as Kinkaku-ji and Todai-ji Temple.
The Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku) is a three-storey building on the grounds of the Rokuon-ji temple complex. The top two stories of the pavilion are covered with pure gold leaf The pavilion functions as a shariden, housing relics of the Buddha (Buddha's Ashes). The building was an important model for Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion Temple) and Shokoku-ji, which are also located in Kyoto. When these buildings were constructed, Ashikaga Yoshimasa employed the styles used at Kinkaku-ji and even borrowed the names of its second and third floors.
Later make your way to Nara, Japan's first permanent capital. Once there, continue to the Todaiji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and thereafter, head to the Nara Deer Park to see 1,200 wild sika deer.
After exploring Nara, return to Osaka make your way to the hotel for a relaxing overnight stay.
DAY 5: OPTIONAL TOURS
Experience and Hand-On activities Noodle Making, Sushi Making, Tea Ceremony, Ikebane Making, Japanese Calligraphy.
Overnight stay at hotel
DAY 6: OPTIONAL TOURS
After relishing a delicious breakfast, check-out from the hotel and get transferred to the Kansai International Airport. It is time to bid adieu to Japan and head home with fond memories to last a lifetime.
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- 05 nights accommodation on twin sharing basis.
- Daily breakfast at residing hotel.
- Bullet train from Tokyo to Osaka
- Items of personal nature like Laundry, Mini Bar, Porterage, Mineral Water, excess baggage, itinerary changes etc.
- Lunch / Dinner
- Government service tax
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