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What to wear when traveling Japan

The temperature hardly ever drops below 0°C in the plains along the Pacific coast during winter. In fact it is very often sunny and rather dry. Central and Northern Japan, on the other hand, are highly regarded regions for winter sports because of the copious amounts of snowfall. Southern Japan is relatively pleasant and mild in winter.

Recommend clothing: overcoats, sweaters, etc.

Spring (March – May)

The plum blossom is the first sign that winter is coming to an end and spring is just around the corner. The cherry blossoms soon follow plum blossoms between the end of March and the beginning of April to bring this beautiful season to a climax. Cherry blossoms are at their best in the Tokyo area. Magnificent views of mountains, fields and gardens all blanketed in gentle pink abound in this season.

Clothing: light jackets, light sweaters and other similar kinds of tops.

Summer (June – August)

Summer in Japan begins in June with a three to four week rainy season. This is a critical time for farmers to plant rice. It becomes genuinely hot and humid from July onward and many Japanese enjoy a dip in the sea and relaxing at cool resorts in mountains. Summer is when many exciting festivals and other special events are held all over the country.

Clothing: light clothes (cardigans and other similar kinds are handy, since indoors are mostly air-conditioned.)

Autumn (September – November)

Autumn always brings renewed freshness with a light breeze and cool temperature after the hot and humid summer. All forests are tinted in glorious autumn colors. Chrysanthemums produce beautiful displays with their abundance of flowers to enchant visitors to parks and gardens. Autumn is also the season for countless exhibitions, music concerts and sports tournaments in Japan.

Clothing: light jackets, light sweaters and other similar kinds of tops.