The land of the rising sun – Japan has four beautiful seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. Japan’s best seasonal attractions depend on these seasons. Japan is a four season travel destination. It surly amazes you anytime you come to explore this country.

Sakura – Symbol of Spring in Japan. Photo Credit: Fabian Reus at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Spring is the sign of cherry blossom (sakura), summer is the symbol of flower garden, fireworks & festivals, autumn is the symbol of colorful leaves and freezing cold winter season is the sign of illumination & ski.

Japanese culture is deeply related to these four beautiful seasons. In general, the four seasons of Japan offers number of festivals and events to experience that take place in different regions across Japan.


Sakura on Mount Fuji, Kawaguchi Lake, Japan. Photo Credit: skyseeker at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Spring is the best season to travel in Japan. Spring season in Japan is usually between March and May. Temperatures are pleasant and sunny. Early spring brings ume matsuri (plum blossom festival) where pink and white plum blossom start blossoming in mountainous area, grounds of temple & shrines, and public parks. In late march, the great cherry blossom festivalHanami” arrives. People usually have picnic party beneath sakura trees with sake and bento. They love it and start preparing to hunt possible popular sakura viewing spots.

Period of Spring Season: March – May

Best Spring Festivals and Events: Aoi Matsuri, Hanami Matsuri, Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival, Ume Matsuri, Odawara Ume Matsuri, Atami Baien Ume Matsuri, Hana Matsuri, Kanda Matsuri, Takinoue Park Shibazakura Festival, Kakunodate Cherry Blossom Festival, Sapporo Lilac Festival, Kurayami Matsuri, Asakusa Sanja Matsuri, Sanja Matsuri, Fuji Matsuri, Fuji Shibazakura Matsuri, Tonami Tulip Fair, Sanno Matsuri, Bunkyo Tsutsuji Matsuri, Takayama Matsuri, Kanamara Matsuri and etc.


Yokohama Fireworks! Photo Credit: Marufish at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Summer is an amazing season. Summer season usually lasts from June to August with three to four week of rainy season. Excessive warm weather and constant rains may ruin Japanese daily life but still they survive. In this warm season people like to go to beaches to have cool airflow. During any summer festival people wear light yukata. Hokkaido’s flowers fields cover with different flowers such as lavender, poppy, sunflowers, tulips and more. Farmers get ready for planting paddy. Japanese celebrate many popular summer festivals in this season as well.

Period of Summer Season: June – August

Best Summer Festivals & Events: Akita Kanto Matsuri, Aomori Nebuta Matsuri, Yokohama International Fireworks, Tokyo Bay Ground Fireworks Festival, Sumida River Fireworks Festival, Setagaya-ku Tamagawa Hanabi, Gion Festival, Nakafurano Lavender Festival, O-bon Week, Sumiyoshi Rice Planting Festival, Kanto Festival, Asakusa Samba Carnival, Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi, Nango Summer Jazz Festival, Koenji Awa Odori, Shinjuku Eisa, Tokushima Awa Odori Folk Dance Festival, Grand Sumo Tournament and etc.


Autumn Colors at Kitano Tenmengu, Kyoto. Photo credit: Norio NAKAYAMA at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

After the end of hot and humid summer season autumn arrives in Japan. It creates a nice atmosphere with light cool breeze. Fall season in Japan is usually between September and November. Number of popular autumn leaves viewing spots gets ready to accept the beauty of autumn colors. Maple tree leaves, Ginkgo and other deciduous trees leaves turn yellow, red, crimson and reddish. They show their colorful beauty at different public parks, mountains, temples & shrines throughout Japan. In Japan, Kyoto is considered to be the number one spot to see autumn foliage. In fact, many traditional festivals, international exhibitions, concerts take place in various regions of Japan.

Period of Autumn Season: September – November

Best Autumn Festivals & Events: Takayama Autumn Festival, Koyo Festival, Arimatsu Festival, Sapporo Autumn Fest, Shuki Taisai Grand Autumn Festival, Naha Matsuri, Zuiki Festival, Karatsu Kunch, Ohara Matsuri, Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri, Jidai Matsuri, Nihonmatsu Lantern festival, Nagasaki Kunchi, Jidai Matsuri, and etc.


Otaru Canal in Winter, Otaru, in Hokkaido. Photo credit: Bryan at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Japan’s winter could be dangerous. Snow falls everywhere. People tend not to get out of the house unless it is urgent during snowfall. Winter lasts from December to February. The weather is often very sunny with blue sky. Sometimes, you will be amazed seeing snowy landscape of Japan. It is the ideal season to witness snowy Japan, winter sports and Sapporo snow festival in Hokkaido. It is an international snow festival, offers giant ice sculptures to see and enjoy winter in Hokkaido region.

Period of Winter Season: December – February

Best Winter Festivals & Events:  Sapporo Snow Festival, Yokote Kamakura Snow Festival, Dosojin Fire Festival,  Chichibu Yomatsuri, Asahikawa Winter Festival, Hadaka Matsuri, Lake Towada Snow Festival, Tokamachi Snow Festival, Hirosaki Castle Snow Lantern Festival, Coming of Age Day Ceremony, The Wakakusa Yamayaki, Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival, Iwate Snow Festival, Otaru Snow Light Path Festival, and etc.