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Japan Climate - overview
of Japan's climate and Japan's Weather including weather forecasts for Tokyo.
Japanese are proud of
their four seasons (and a surprising number believe the phenomenon is unique to
Japan), but the discerning tourist should try to aim for two of them.
Spring is probably the best time of year to be in Japan. The temperatures
are warm but not hot, there's not too much rain, and March-April brings the
justly famous cherry blossoms and is a time of revelry and festivals. Just watch
out for Golden Week (April 27 to May 6), the longest holiday of the year, when
everybody travels and everything is booked full.
Summer starts with a dreary rainy season in June and turns into a steam
bath in July-August, with extreme humidity and the temperature heading as high
as 40�C. O-Bon (mid-August), when everybody is on the road again, is probably
the worst possible time to visit. Avoid, or do as the Japanese do and head to
northern Hokkaido or the mountains of
Tohoku to escape.
Autumn - Fall, starting in September, is a close second to spring.
Temperatures become more tolerable, fair days are common and fall colors can be
just as impressive as cherry blossoms.
Winter is a good time to go skiing or hot-spring hopping, but as the
Japanese have yet to figure out the wonders of central heating, it's often
miserably cold indoors. Heading south to Okinawa
provides some relief. Also watch out for New Years (December 29 to January 3),
the only days of the year when everything in the country shuts down.
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