Climate Japan

Japan has a unique climate due to its location between subtropical and temperate zones. The country has all four seasons and a wide variety of temperatures and meteorological conditions.

Overall, Japan has something for everyone, from the splendor of the cherry blossoms in spring to the vibrant and colorful autumn foliage. There is no bad time to visit Japan, whether you want to explore the country's diverse culture or admire its natural beauty.

Variations by region

Japan is a long and thin country with different climates. Kyushu, Japan's southernmost island, has a subtropical climate with moderate winters and hot, humid summers. In contrast, the northern island of Hokkaido has a more moderate climate, with fresher winters and cool summers.

Spring in Japan

As the country recovers from the cold of winter, spring in Japan is a season of renewal and growth. Spring temperatures range on average from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius, while it can still be cold in some areas of the country.

The cherry blossom season, which usually lasts from late March to early April, is a popular time to visit Japan, as the country is awash with beautiful pink and white flowers.

Summer time in Japan

Summer in Japan is hot and humid, with temperatures averaging 25 to 30 degrees Celsius. Tsuyu, or the rainy season, usually lasts from June to mid-July and brings torrential rain and thunderstorms to many regions of the country. Summer is a popular time to visit Japan, despite the rain, as there are numerous outdoor festivals and activities to enjoy.

Japan in autumn

Autumn is a beautiful season in Japan, when the leaves change color and temperatures begin to drop. Autumn temperatures range from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius, making it a pleasant time to explore the country.

Fall foliage season often reaches its peak in mid-November, when trees turn red, orange and yellow in various regions of the country.

Japan in winter

Winter in Japan is chilly, with average temperatures ranging from 0 to 10 degrees Celsius across the country. On the northern island of Hokkaido, temperatures are considerably lower, and snow is common. Because of the low temperatures and snowfall, Japan offers a variety of winter sports, such as skiing, snowboarding and hot springs.

Climate Japan by month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Day temp. (°C) 9 9 13 18 23 25 29 30 27 21 16 11
Night temp. (°C) 3 3 6 10 16 19 24 25 21 16 11 6
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Precipitation (mm) 14 21 32 21 19 26 19 17 33 28 20 16
Days with rain 6 9 14 11 9 12 9 8 12 12 10 8
Days with snow 1 2 - - - - - - - - - -
Dry days 24 17 17 19 22 18 22 23 18 19 20 23
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sun hours per day 7 6 7 9 10 9 10 10 8 7 6 6
Wind force (Bft) 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3
UV-index 3 3 3 5 5 6 7 6 5 4 3 3

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Best time to visit Japan

To go to Japan, the best time to visit is April through October. In this period you have a warm temperature and almost no precipitation. In Japan, August is the warmest month with 30°C and the most cold month is 9°C in January.

Japan weather by month

What is the average Japan weather like in a given month? Let's find out! Click on a month to check all the monthly averages for sunshine, temperature highs and lows, percentage chance of rain per day, snowfall accumulation and number of rainy days.

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Frequently asked questions

Where is Japan?

Japan lies in a straight line about 2,952 km from Philippines (Manila → Tokyo).

How long is the flight to Japan?

The flight time from Manila International Airport to Japan is approximately 4 h. 40 min.

What are the largest airports in Japan?

These are the largest airports in Japan:

  • Tokyo Haneda International Airport (HND) in Tokyo
  • Kansai International Airport (KIX) in Osaka
  • Osaka International Airport (ITM) in Osaka
  • Nagoya Airport (NKM) in Nagoya
  • Fukuoka Airport (FUK) in Fukuoka
  • Okadama Airport (OKD) in Sapporo
  • Sendai Airport (SDJ) in Sendai
  • Kobe Airport (UKB) in Kōbe
  • Kumamoto Airport (KMJ) in Kumamoto
  • Niigata Airport (KIJ) in Niigata

Airports on the well-known islands of Japan:

How many inhabitants does Japan have?

Japan has 126,490,000 inhabitants.

How big is Japan?

The surface area of Japan is 377,835 km². It is 1,5x bigger than Philippines.

What is the capital of Japan?

The capital of Japan is Tokyo.

What is the currency of Japan?

In Japan, the Japanese yen (JPY) is used for payment.

Exchange rates on 8 June 2023

  • 1 Philippine piso = 2.15 Japanese yen
  • 1 Japanese yen = 0.47 Philippine piso
  • 100 Philippine piso = 215.02 Japanese yen
  • 100 Japanese yen = 46.51 Philippine piso

What is the area code of Japan?

The area code to call Japan is +81.

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