March to May and October to November are considered the best time visit Japan, even though climate differs from north to south. Nothing can be more vibrant, yet more crowded, than Japanese parks during the Hanami (cherry blossom) season in April. Avoid the ‘Golden Week’ in early May when all the country is on the move. Summer can be hot and humid washed up with typhoon rains and spiced up with high prices because of holidays. You can conquer Mount Fiji in July–August thanks to warm days. October and November bring striking red and yellow hues to the landscapes. A period from December through February is cold so it’s time to experience traditional outdoor onsens or watch the snow monkeys taking a hot bath.
The first week of April is the best chance to see Japanese cherry trees in full bloom!
Although thousands of firefly species live around the world, there are not that many places where you can observe such magic
Visit one of Japan's 'hell valleys' to see snow monkeys playing and bathing in hot springs
Enjoy the colorful sights of spring blossoms
The beautiful though often underappreciated blossom of the Japanese plum is one of the first signs of spring
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
Check out this famous and ancient Japanese sport in action!
In order to attract eels, Japanese fishermen use an interesting technique. Check it out for yourself!
Mind visiting this bamboo grove to relax from the noisy city streets
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...
The official beach season starts with the end of school. But you can enjoy it any time
Get smothered by thousands of bunnies at a former secret military base
An American sport with a Japanese twist
Learn about the Samurai culture and traditions at Kembu Theater in Kyoto
Discover the beauty and magic of Japanese gardens at night
The unique Japanese strawberries make for great romantic gifts
Traditionally eaten in spring, "grass mochi" is a true delight
Taste this true sign of spring
Thanks to this traditional Japanese dessert you will be able to feel cherry blossoms with all your five senses
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
Choose winter sports in Japan, the scenery is unforgettable!
A successor of the legendary Tsukiji market is a new gourmet tourist mecca
A wonderful alternative to whaling from Hokkaido to Okinawa
The possibly humanmade underwater structure could date back to the ice age
Visit the hundred-year-old wisteria gardens during bloom and see its unbelievable beauty
A festival that celebrates the beauty of Shibazakura
Climbing Mt Fuji is a truly beautiful experience!
Watch fireworks every night on Lake Toyako over six months!
Mice are not allowed to the island, but guests bringing tuna cans are welcome
A truly wild festival with giant floats and hundreds of participants
A deadly festival of log riding that attracts more than half a million people
Just half an hour by bus from Biei, you can feel the magic of winter and see a different version of the Blue Pond
A season for purple fields of beauty
Tokyo beats many European capitals as far as Christmas lights are concerned
Explore the temples of Kamakura with its stunning flower carpets
A spectacular 10 days in western Kyoto!
Don't miss the chance to meet prominent Japanese Geishas while in Kyoto
The beautiful mystic sight of spinning fire rings is an unforgettable experience
An interesting festival that celebrates fertility and openness that welcomes everyone!
Finally being nude brings some luck and fortune at this festival!
Definitely the wettest in Japan! This water-throwing festival brings both happiness and prosperity
Enormous characters set afire to guide ancestors to the other world
A colourful miracle of spring!
One of the last major fireworks shows of the year
One of the oldest fishing traditions in the world, Ukai fishing is a fascinating practice. Check out just how it's done!
This grand fireworks finale spans over two kilometers of the riverbank!
Discover the ravishing beauty of the blooming meadows
A bit commercialized but this beautiful festival of snow statues is a winter highlight in Sapporo parks
This Baby Crying Festival that has been making children cry for over 300 years!
The deer may be not the only attraction of Nara Park, but they are definitely the most popular one, especially the little ones
These amazing yellow flowers are now in bloom!
Feel the spirituality of the Japanese Buddhist festival of the Dead
This hand-held fireworks festival has been celebrated since the 1500s!
The tiny beach on Takenomi island is really one of a kind
If you suppose these are man-carved ice blocks, you underestimate the talents of nature—the snow monsters appear on their own
A small fruit with a sweet peel
Celebrated nationwide, this festival brings colour and romance to daily life!
A wonderful week full of bright yellow colours and hundreds of Pikachus dressed in cute costumes
This insect dish is available in jars or freshly boiled and prepared over rice during winter
Traditional noodles for a great New Year's meal
Enormous lantern-floats with human figures and intense dancing make this summer festival extraordinary
An autumn fruit with a woody texture
Suffering from intense summer heat? Cool down with delicious Kakigori
This fierce festival of "fire and violence" includes lots of smashing, dedicated to Yasaka Shrine in Ushitsu of Noto Peninsula
Gorgeous proud birds spend the winter in the snow-covered lake
Well-known for their blossoms, umes are Japanese plums
A scenic road with dramatic mountain scenery
A small fish with a great taste
Colourfully decorated boats race for a good catch and safety
A beautifully strange flower
A top-tier show in Japan that attracts thousands of spectators
Have you ever dreamt of going back to your childhood and starting a sand fight?
Used mostly for cooking, this citrus fruit has a unique taste
With its beautiful colours and stunning displays, the Shinmei fireworks festival will not leave you disappointed!
These special Japanese apples are both sweet and juicy
A bright red and luxurious variety of cherry
A special fruit to eat during winter
Update: The Tokyo Marathon 2020 will be held only for the marathon elites and the wheelchair elites
Japanese grapes with a thick skin
In Japan summer means eel time!
A unique festival that features rituals with dolls
Though not too pleasing to the eye, these creatures are a true delicacy
Similar to apples in taste and texture, Japanese pears are large and crispy
A special ceremony to welcome spring by throwing soybeans
Japan offers some great windy places perfect for this sport
You will find it everywhere during this season!
Try this Japanese hot pot dish when it's cold outside
Watching fireflies is a summer obsession for the Japanese
Traditional rice planting is quite a spectacular event!
A specialty of Nagano, this bee and wasp larvae dish is one of a kind!
One of the oldest and most famous fireworks shows in Japan
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?
Japanese simultaniously pour the water on the pavements to cool the heat
What can be better than dancing and drinking in a rice mud field?
A festival of 15 meter-long snakes from around Mamada district
This bloody battle between spiders is a regional highlight
Even without trick-or-treating Halloween is an incredible holiday in Japan
Most often eaten in winter, zazamushi might be the strangest dish you have ever tried!
A citrus fruit that is easy to peel