How to Enjoy
Japan’s Unique
Seasonality

Experience All 4 Season in Japan

There are four seasons in Japan, spring, summer, fall, and winter. Each season has specific sceneries and experiences to offer. For each season, there are many different ways to enjoy places in Japan and a new discovery always awaits. Let’s travel around Japan with ANA and enjoy the different seasons!

Spring

Arakurayama Sengen Park
  • Yamanashi
  • Kanto

Springtime
Brings
Blossoms

Hitachi Seaside Park
  • Ibaraki
  • Kanto

Spring is generally from March to May in Japan. “Sakura” or cherry blossoms are a symbol of spring in Japan. Many people gather under sakura trees for “ohanami,” which means cherry blossom viewing, all over Japan. Japan geographically stretches from north to south, and sakura starts blossoming in the south in late March then moves its way up to the north. Hokkaido, located in the north of Japan welcomes full blossoms in May. Spring is a mild season suitable for various leisurely activities.

Wisteria, moss phlox and many other types of flowers other than sakura also bloom in the spring. These flowers become a tourist attraction but they are also is there as a guided path.

  • Hirosaki Park
    • Aomori
    • Tohoku
  • Kawachi Wisteria Garden
    • Fukuoka
    • Kyushu
  • Himeji Castle
    • Hyogo
    • Kansai

Summer

Zamami Island
  • Okinawa

Summertime
Brings
the Heat

Tsunoshima Bridge
  • Yamaguchi
  • Chugoku

Summer is usually from June to August. Japan is surrounded by the sea, so you can enjoy swimming in various places. You can swim in the sea near Tokyo, but remote the islands of Okinawa are also recommended to enjoy a relaxing time.

Once the rainy season called “tsuyu”, which lasts from June to late July is over, the temperature rapidly increases. This is the season for summer festivals and firework displays happening everywhere in Japan. You can enjoy watching festivals or take part in dancing at other festivals as well.

  • Omagari Fireworks
    • Akita
    • Tohoku
  • Awa Odori Festival
    • Tokushima
    • Shikoku
  • Aomori Nebuta Festival
    • Aomori
    • Tohoku

Autumn

Karasawa
  • Nagano
  • Chubu

Autumn is a
Sight Unlike
Any Other

Rurikoin Temple
  • Kyoto
  • Kansai

September to November is usually the fall season. The heat of summer eases, and the most comfortable and nicest weather comes in this season. The peak for leaves changing colors is from October to late November. Mountains in Hokkaido start to turn color, and colors of leaves gradually change from the north down to the south of Japan. Visit tourist attractions anywhere in Japan that are famous for leaves changing colors and delight in the beauty.

Fall is also best for outdoor sports and leisurely activities. Seasonal foods, rich in nutrition and flavor, in other words, "the fall that makes you hungry", are also something worth tasting.

  • Blue Pond (Aoi Ike)
    • Hokkaido
  • Meiji Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Avenue
    • Tokyo
    • Kanto
  • Kiyomizu Temple
    • Kyoto
    • Kansai

Winter

Otaru Canal
  • Hokkaido

Experience
a Winter
Wonderland

Yokote Kamakura
  • Akita
  • Tohoku

Winter is from December to February. It is the coldest season of the year, which is perfect for enjoying hot springs. Dipping in a hot spring while relishing in the beautiful winter scenery is exceptionally remarkable. Illumination events are held all over Japan toward the year-end.

Drift ice and snowy landscape representing dazzling winter are not to be missed. Skiing and dog sledding are also an amusing leisurely activity of winter.

  • Shirakawa-go
    • Gifu
    • Chubu
  • Beppu Onsen
    • Oita
    • Kyushu
  • Niseko Ski Resorts
    • Hokkaido

Choose
Your Next
Destination

Sendai Tokyo Nagoya Kyoto Osaka Fukuoka Hiroshima Gifu Akita Tokushima Sapporo Tohoku Kanto Kansai Shikoku Kyushu Chugoku Chubu Hokkaido Okinawa

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