Japan is a land of vastly different climates. At certain points of the year, the mountainous far north can be snowing while the tropical southern islands are warm and perfect for swimming. Many activities are however more suitable at certain times of year, and of course it’s best to know when the rainy season is so you can plan to enjoy any outdoor activities!
Japan is world renowned for its skiing in winter whilst the summertime is perfect for visiting the relaxing mountain resorts for a swim.
The cherry blossoms, known in Japan as sakura, are usually only in full bloom for around one week. After the period of full bloom the small, round shaped flowers start to flutter gracefully from their trees and the blossoms are said to be the most beautiful in this final stage as the white and pink petals gently float to the ground.
Summer is the season of fireworks. Almost every night, communities around Japan stage lively firework displays colourfully enlivening the night skies. Summer throughout Japan culminates with large scale festivals, many with folk dancing, as well as “Bon odori” dance meetings for the recreation of local residents, friends and visitors.
Colourful autumn leaves, known as koyo in Japanese, draw just as many visitors in autumn as the cherry blossoms do during spring. The viewing of autumn leaves has been a popular activity in Japan for centuries. Today people still set out all over the country to find the best spot to view the beauty of the stunning blend of yellow, orange and red leaves.
Depending on what part of Japan you are travelling to, winter experiences in Japan can be vastly different. Big cities such as Tokyo and Osaka generally experience short winters with cold and sunny days and occasional snowfall.
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