Good question! The Tokyo climate is just one small slice of the climate in Japan. It's a long country as we've said before, so depending where you are on the island, the weather you experience is totally different. That's why you need to plan ahead so you can choose to travel when the weather is right for you.
From 0 to 40 in 12 months. °C that is, not mph!
The Tokyo climate is temperate but with vastly different conditions depending on the time of year. Officially there are four seasons over the year, but we argue there's actually five. What do we mean? We've listed the seasons as we see them under the climate chart below. We think you'll see what we mean : )
Starting in March with Spring. This is the season for Japanese cherry blossom viewing when the weather is starting to get warmer and the days are starting to lengthen again. Spring is one of our favorite times of the Tokyo climate as it's usually relatively dry with nice sunny days.
In June we move into rainy season. For many folks this is the worst time of year as the humidity goes through the roof and the skies remain grey for much of the time. It usually starts around the first or second week and lasts until the end of the month or the first week in July. Our advice? If you can avoid this month we'd recommend it.
Summer starts in July and the mercury starts to top out on the thermometer at the end of the month and throughout August. It's hot! No other word for it. And it's humid. On peak days the temperature can hit 40 thanks to the effects of urban heat syndrome so come prepared to sweat a little!
The Tokyo climate moves into Autumn or fall around mid September. This is when the koyo, the famous color changing of the leaves sees them turn red, orange and golden during Japan Autumn across the country.
Winter blows in around November, when the temperatures drop, but the skies stay largely blue and bright. At this time of year the Tokyo weather is dry and the air is clear. It's the best time of year to get clear views of Mount Fuji from Tokyo. In fact it's the best time of year for clear views period.
So now you know what time of year you want to travel and what to expect from the Tokyo climate when you get here. It's time to check this one off your Tokyo Travel Essentials planner and move to step 4. Booking your flights to Tokyo.
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