Best time to visit Japan

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Cherry Blossoms

late March–late April • nature

The first week of April is the best chance to see Japanese cherry trees in full bloom!

Snow Monkeys

December–March • activity

Visit one of Japan's 'hell valleys' to see snow monkeys playing and bathing in hot springs

Ume Blossom

February–March • nature

The beautiful though often underappreciated blossoms of Japanese plum or apricot are one of the first signs of spring

Hanami Season

February–April  • activity

Enjoy the colorful sights of spring blossoms

Zao Fox Village

March–October • nature

Around 200 fluffy residents of this village enjoy its diverse infrastructure with fox hotels as an alternative to fox houses, also fox feeding area, and even fox shrine—everything to cater their needs

Eel Fishing

November–mid-April • activity

In order to attract eels, Japanese fishermen use an interesting technique. Check it out for yourself!

Kanamara Matsuri

April 01, 2018 • event

An interesting festival that celebrates fertility and openness that welcomes everyone!

Aoshima (Cat Island)

April–October • nature

Mice are not allowed to the island, but guests bringing tuna cans are welcome

Fireworks on Lake Toyako

April–October • activity

Watch fireworks every night on Lake Toyako over six months!

Baseball Season

March–October  • activity

An American sport with the Japanese twist

Okunoshima (Rabbit Island)

November–March • nature

Get smothered by thousands of bunnies at a former secret military base

Eight Hells of Beppu

September–May • nature

Blood Pond Hell... For some it became the sheer blood hell—the Japanese used the pond to boil sinners in their own blood and dirt...

Beach Season

April–October • activity

The official beach season starts with the end of school. But you can enjoy it any time


late March– April • food

Taste this true sign of spring


December–May • food

The unique Japanese strawberries make for great romantic gifts

Kusa Mochi

March–May • food

Traditionally eaten in spring, "grass mochi" is a true delight

Hanami Dango

late March–April • food

Thanks to this traditional Japanese dessert you will be able to feel cherry blossoms with all your five senses

Cranes of Kushiro Marshlands (Winter Feeding Sites)

November–March • nature

It's easier to spot the cranes at the winter feeding sites of the national park, the only known place where endangered Japanese Cranes live


April–October • activity

Japan offers some great windy places perfect for this sport


Fuji Shibazakura

April 14–May 27, 2018 • event

A festival that celebrates the beauty of Shibazakura

Synchronous Fireflies

late May–June • nature

Although thousands of firefly species live around the world, there are not that many places where you can observe such magic

Onbashira Festival

April–May 2022 (TBA) • event

A deadly festival of log riding that attracts more than half a million people

Climbing Mount Fuji

early July–mid-September  • activity

Climbing Mt Fuji is a truly beautiful experience​!


March 11–25, 2018 | May 13–27, 2018 | July 08–22, 2018 | September 09–23, 2018 | November 11–25, 2018 • event

Check out this famous and ancient Japanese sport in action!

Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri

middle of September TBA 2018 • event

A truly wild festival with giant floats and hundreds of participants

Ohinata no Hitoboshi or Fire Ring Festival

August 14–August 15 • event

The beautiful mystic sight of spinning fire rings is an unforgettable experience

Hydrangea Blossoms

June–early July • nature

Explore the temples of Kamakura with its stunning flower carpets

Wisteria Tunnels

late April–early May • nature

It's unbelievable that such beauty actually exists on planet Earth. Visit the hundred-year-old wisteria gardens during bloom and see for yourself


February 03 • event

A special ceremony to welcome spring by throwing soybeans

Hadaka Matsuri

February 17, 2018 • event

Finally being nude brings some luck and fortune at this festival!

Daimonji or Gozan no Okuribi

August 16 • event

Enormous characters set afire to guide ancestors to the other world

Nagaoka Fireworks Festival

August 01–August 03 • event

This grand fireworks finale spans over two kilometers of the riverbank!


July–August • nature

A season for purple fields of beauty

Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri

mid-August • event

Definitely the wettest in Japan! This water-throwing festival brings both happiness and prosperity

Sapporo Snow Festival

February 01–12, 2018 • event

A bit commercialized but this beautiful festival of snow statues is a winter highlight in Sapporo parks


late April or early May • event

This Baby Crying Festival that has been making children cry for over 300 years!

Cormorant Fishing

May 11–October 15 • activity

One of the oldest fishing traditions in the world, Ukai fishing is a fascinating practice. Check out just how it's done!

Arashiyama Hanatouro

December 08–17, 2017 • event

A spectacular 10 days in western Kyoto!

Tezutsu Hanabi

July 20, 2018 • event

This hand-held fireworks festival has been celebrated since the 1500s!

Tsuchiura National Fireworks Competition

October 07, 2017 • event

One of the last major fireworks shows of the year


late July–mid-August • nature

These amazing yellow flowers are now in bloom!

Winter Magic of Biei Blue Pond

November–February • nature

Just half an hour by bus from Biei, you can feel the magic of winter and see a different version of the Blue Pond


late May–June  • nature

A colourful miracle of spring!

Zao Snow Monsters

January–February • nature

If you suppose these are man-carved ice blocks, you underestimate the talents of nature—the snow monsters appear on their own

Obon Matsuri

July 13–July 15 | August 13–August 15 • event

Feel the spirituality of the Japanese Buddhist festival of the Dead


November–February • food

A small fruit with a sweet peel

Baby Deer at Nara Park

June–August • nature

The deer may be not the only attraction of Nara Park, but they are definitely the most popular one, especially the little ones


December–February  • food

This insect dish is available in jars or freshly boiled and prepared over rice during winter

Aomori Nebuta

August 02–August 07 • event

Enormous lantern-floats with human figures and intense dancing make this summer festival extraordinary


December–February  • food

A small fish with a great taste


June–July • food

Well-known for their blossoms, umes are Japanese plums

Dragon Boat Racing

May 03–May 05 • event

Colourfully decorated boats race for a good catch and safety

Sunakake Matsuri

February 11 • activity

Have you ever dreamt of going back to your childhood and starting a sand fight?

Kaki or Japanese Persimmon

November–February  • food

An autumn fruit with a woody texture

Toshikoshi Soba

December 31 • food

Traditional noodles for a great New Year's meal

Abare Festival

July 06–07, 2018 • event

This fierce festival of "fire and violence" includes lots of smashing, dedicated to Yasaka Shrine in Ushitsu of Noto Peninsula

Seppe Tobe

June 01 • event

What can be better than dancing and drinking in a rice mud field?

Mibu no Hana Taue

June 03, 2018 • event

Traditional rice planting is quite a spectacular event!

Mizubasho or Skunk Cabbage

mid-April–early May  • nature

A beautifully strange flower

Shinmei Fireworks Festival

August 07, 2018 • event

With its beautiful colours and stunning displays, the Shimmei fireworks festival will not leave you disappointed!

Omagari National Fireworks Competition

August 25, 2018 • event

A top-tier show in Japan that attracts thousands of spectators

Whooper Swans at Lake Kussharo

December–February • nature

Gorgeous proud birds spend the winter in the snow-covered lake

Tanabata Festival

July 07–August • event

Celebrated nationwide, this festival brings colour and romance to daily life!

Fuji Apples

September–November • food

These special Japanese apples are both sweet and juicy

Sea Cucumber

December–February • food

Though not too pleasing to the eye, these creatures are a true delicacy

Nashi Pears

September–October • food

Similar to apples in taste and texture, Japanese pears are large and crispy


November–December • food

Used mostly for cooking, this citrus fruit has a unique taste

Hina Matsuri

March 3 • event

A unique festival that features rituals with dolls

Snowboarding and Skiing

mid-December–late March • activity

Choose winter sports in Japan, the scenery is unforgettable!

Pikachu Tairyou Hassei-Chu

August 2018 (TBA) • event

A wonderful week full of bright yellow colours and hundreds of Pikachus dressed in cute costumes


May–July • food

You will find it everywhere during this season!

Sumida River Fireworks

July 28, 2018 • event

One of the oldest and most famous fireworks shows in Japan


June–August  • food

In Japan summer means eel time!


August – December • food

A special fruit to eat during winter

Fuji Rock Festival

July 27–31, 2018 • event

Japan's largest outdoor music festival provides a great opportunity to enjoy the best of indie, rock and world music! And maybe also win a year's supply of meat?


September–December • food

Japanese grapes with a thick skin

Hachi No Ko

August • food

A specialty of Nagano, this bee and wasp larvae dish is one of a kind!

Ja Matsuri

May 05 • event

A festival of 15 meter-long snakes from around Mamada district


June 17, 2018 • event

This bloody battle between spiders is a regional highlight

Satonishiki Cherries

May–July • food

A bright red and luxurious variety of cherry


late November–February • food

Most often eaten in winter, zazamushi might be the strangest dish you have ever tried!


October–January • food

A citrus fruit that is easy to peel