Best time to visit Tokyo

+136
Tokyo

Best time of year to visit Tokyo

March to May and September to November with pleasant temperatures are the best time to visit Tokyo. Spring will fascinate you with cherry blossoms and blooming wisteria tunnels. You might want to avoid Golden Week when residents travel in and out of the city. Visiting Tokyo in the middle of autumn means tasting all kinds of Japanese fruits like kaki, yuzu or nashi pears and being petrified by fantastic autumn foliage. June to September is a peak tourist season with longer lines and torturing heat accompanied by humidity. Lounging on the beach or climbing Mount Fuji sounds like a good summer experience. Winter in Tokyo can be chilly but mainly tolerable. December through February period gives you a chance to try exotic Japanese inago or zazamushi. The prices in Tokyo are high throughout a year, so there might be no seasonal deals.

12 THINGS TO DO IN TOKYO (APRIL 18 - APRIL 27)

Wisteria Tunnels

Wisteria Tunnels

mid-April–mid-May • nature

Visit the hundred-year-old wisteria gardens during bloom and see their unbelievable beauty

Hanami Season

Hanami Season

February–April  • activity

Enjoy the colorful sights of spring blossoms

Beach Season

Beach Season

April–October • activity

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

Baseball Season

Baseball Season

late March–October  • activity

An American sport with a Japanese twist

Strawberries

Strawberries

December–May • food

The unique Japanese strawberries make for great romantic gifts

Kusa Mochi

Kusa Mochi

March–May • food

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

Fukinoto

Fukinoto

late March– April • food

Taste this true sign of spring

Hanami Dango

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

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

all year round • nature

A wonderful alternative to whaling from Hokkaido to Okinawa

Onsen & Bathhouses

Onsen & Bathhouses

all year round • activity

Winter in Tokyo can be very pleasant if you warm up in one of the bathhouses

Toyosu Market

Toyosu Market

all year round • activity

A successor of the legendary Tsukiji market is a new gourmet tourist mecca

Kitesurfing and Windsurfing

Kitesurfing and Windsurfing

September–May • activity

The Japanese capital offers plenty of spots for wind sports enthusiasts

49 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Fuji Shibazakura

Fuji Shibazakura

out of rangeApril 17–May 30, 2021 • event

A festival that celebrates the beauty of Shibazakura

Ume Blossom

Ume Blossom

out of rangeFebruary–March • nature

The beautiful though often underappreciated blossom of the Japanese plum is one of the first signs of spring

Climbing Mount Fuji

Climbing Mount Fuji

out of rangeearly July–mid-September  • activity

Climbing Mt Fuji is a truly beautiful experience​!

Sumo

Sumo

out of rangeMay 9–23, 2021 | July 11–25, 2021 | September 12–26, 2021 | November 14–28, 2021 • event

Check out this famous and ancient Japanese sport in action!

Winter Illumination

Winter Illumination

out of rangeearly November–mid-February • event

Tokyo beats many European capitals as far as holiday lights are concerned

Hydrangea Blossoms

Hydrangea Blossoms

out of rangeJune–early July • nature

Explore the temples of Kamakura with its stunning flower carpets

Kanamara Matsuri

Kanamara Matsuri

out of rangeApril 4, 2021 (limited) • event

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

Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri

Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri

canceledmid-August • event

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

Tsuchiura National Fireworks Competition

Tsuchiura National Fireworks Competition

canceledEarly November • event

One of the last major fireworks shows of the year

Naki-Zumo

Naki-Zumo

out of rangelate April or early May • event

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

Obon Matsuri

Obon Matsuri

out of rangeJuly 13–July 15 | August 13–August 15 (canceled for 2020) • event

Feel the spirituality of the Japanese Buddhist festival of the Dead

Kurayami Matsuri (Darkness Festival)

Kurayami Matsuri (Darkness Festival)

out of rangeApril 30–May 6 • event

Watch this surreal night-time light procession which will throw you back in times of ancient Japan

Tanabata Festival

Tanabata Festival

canceledJuly 07–August • event

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

Kinkan

Kinkan

out of rangeNovember–February • food

A small fruit with a sweet peel

Inago

Inago

out of rangeDecember–February  • food

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

Asakusa Tori No Ichi Fair

Asakusa Tori No Ichi Fair

out of rangeNovember • event

Celebrate the arrival of winter and the end of the year

Toshikoshi Soba

Toshikoshi Soba

out of rangeDecember 31 • food

Traditional noodles for a great New Year's meal

Kaki

Kaki

out of rangeNovember–February  • food

An autumn fruit with a woody texture

Kakigori or Shaved Ice

Kakigori or Shaved Ice

out of rangeJune–August • food

Suffering from intense summer heat? Cool down with delicious Kakigori

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

out of rangelate March–early April • nature

The favorite natural attraction for Tokyo residents and visitors

Ume

Ume

out of rangeJune–July • food

Well-known for their blossoms, umes are Japanese plums

Halloween

Halloween

out of rangeOctober (online events in 2020) • event

Join the massive Halloween matsuri festivities in Tokyo

Kichiji

Kichiji

out of rangeDecember–February  • food

A small fish with a great taste

Fireflies (Hotaru)

Fireflies (Hotaru)

out of rangelate May–mid-July • nature

Firefly watching is a favorite summer nighttime activity in Tokyo parks

Yuzu

Yuzu

out of rangeNovember–December • food

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

Koenji Awa Odori & Harajuku Super Yosakoi

Koenji Awa Odori & Harajuku Super Yosakoi

on holdlate August 2021 • event

Huge dancing festivals, full of positive energy

Fuji Apples

Fuji Apples

out of rangeSeptember–November • food

These special Japanese apples are both sweet and juicy

Satonishiki Cherries

Satonishiki Cherries

out of rangeMay–July • food

A bright red and luxurious variety of cherry

Asakusa Sanja Matsuri Festival

Asakusa Sanja Matsuri Festival

out of rangeOctober 16–18, 2020 (limited event) • event

A large traditional festival in the center of Tokyo

Tokyo Marathon

Tokyo Marathon

out of rangeOctober 17, 2021 • event

Update: The Tokyo Marathon 2020 will be held only for the marathon elites and the wheelchair elites

Kyoho

Kyoho

out of rangeSeptember–December • food

Japanese grapes with a thick skin

Eel

Eel

out of rangeJune–August  • food

In Japan summer means eel time!

Sea Cucumber

Sea Cucumber

out of rangeDecember–February • food

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

Nashi Pears

Nashi Pears

out of rangeSeptember–October • food

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

Asparagus

Asparagus

out of rangeMay–July • food

You will find it everywhere during this season!

Nabemono or Nabe

Nabemono or Nabe

out of rangeDecember–February • food

Try this Japanese hot pot dish when it's cold outside

Sumida River Fireworks Festival

Sumida River Fireworks Festival

unconfirmedJuly 31, 2021 • event

One of the oldest and most famous fireworks shows in Japan

Mission Uchimizu

Mission Uchimizu

out of rangeJune–August • activity

Japanese simultaniously pour the water on the pavements to cool the heat

Ako Gishi-sai Festival

Ako Gishi-sai Festival

out of rangeDecember 14 • event

Honour the most well-known samurai heroes from the Edo period

Surfing & Windsurfing

Surfing & Windsurfing

out of rangeAugust–October • activity

Try some adrenaline-pumping sports right in Japan's capital

Sanno Matsuri

Sanno Matsuri

out of rangeJune 7–17, 2022 • event

One of three most important festivals in Tokyo

Kanda Matsuri

Kanda Matsuri

out of rangemid-May • event

One of the greatest festivals in Tokyo with 100 portable shrines being carried through the city

Fugu Season

Fugu Season

out of rangeOctober–March • food

This expensive luxury food can also be deadly

Mt. Takao Hiwatari-sai Festival

Mt. Takao Hiwatari-sai Festival

out of rangeMarch 14, 2021 • event

Don't miss a chance to see a fire-walking festival on Mt. Takao

Daikoku Matsuri

Daikoku Matsuri

unconfirmedJanuary 16–17, 2021 • event

Start the New Year by honouring the Japanese god of fortune

Senso-ji Hagoita-Ichi Fair

Senso-ji Hagoita-Ichi Fair

out of rangeDecember 17–December 19 • event

A holiday fair at one of the most famous sightseeing spots in Tokyo

Jindaiji Daruma Ichi Fair

Jindaiji Daruma Ichi Fair

out of rangeMarch 3–4, 2021 • event

Spring arrival is always celebrated by Daruma doll fair at the Jindai-ji temple in Tokyo

Zazamushi

Zazamushi

out of rangelate November–February • food

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

Mikan

Mikan

out of rangeOctober–January • food

A citrus fruit that is easy to peel

Last updated: