Visiting Japan in Spring? Here are some fun and amazing things to do in Japan in Spring.
Why is spring the best time to visit Japan? Is it only because of the heavenly beauty of cherry blossoms?
Well, obviously, we cannot take our eyes off the unworldly appearance of the country when it wears a festive look with cherry blossoms, but there are a lot of things to see and do apart from these flowers.
The climate remains delightfully cool at this time, and there is an entire string of fascinating festivals and activities to attend.
Here’s a quick summary of all the main events during Spring in Japan:
|Jindaiji Daruma Doll Fair||Chofu, Tokyo||March 3-4||A festival held every year to sell daruma dolls, which are traditional Japanese good luck charms.|
|Otaue Rice Planting Festival||Ina, Nagano||April 1-2||A festival held to celebrate the start of the rice planting season.|
|Beppu Hattou Onsen Matsuri||Beppu, Oita||April |
|A festival held to celebrate the opening of the hot springs in Beppu.|
|Ushibuka Haiya Festival||Ushibuka, Kumamoto||April |
|A festival held to celebrate the fishing industry.|
|Aoi Matsuri||Kyoto||May 15||One of Kyoto’s three major festivals, this festival features a procession of floats and dancers.|
|Nagahama Hikiyama Festival||Nagahama, Shiga||May |
|A festival held to celebrate the construction of the Nagahama Castle.|
|A three-day festival that features parades, street performers, and fireworks.|
|Kanda Matsuri||Tokyo||May 12-15||One of Tokyo’s three major festivals, this festival features a procession of floats and dancers.|
|Naha Hari Festival||Naha, Okinawa||May |
|A festival held to celebrate the arrival of spring.|
|Seihaku Festival||Akita||May |
|A festival held to celebrate the harvest.|
|Sanja Matsuri||Tokyo||May |
|One of Tokyo’s three major festivals, this festival features a procession of floats and dancers.|
|Nikko Toshogu Shrine Annual Grand Spring Festival||Nikko||May |
|A festival held to celebrate the founding of Nikko Toshogu Shrine.|
If you are fortunate enough to pay a visit to Japan during this wonderful and magical time of the year, then look no further than this write-up.
Here I am going to present some of the best things to do in Japan in spring to ensure an unforgettable trip.
Thing To Do In Japan In Spring
At first, let me inform you about the time and temperature of this season.
In Japan, spring lasts from March to May, and the temperature usually ranges from approximately 4 to 18 °C (40 to 65 °F).
Anyway, now let’s get to the point without any delay. Explore all the 20 activities you can do to experience a fantastic Japan spring trip.
When it comes to talking about springtime in Japan, nothing seems complete without mentioning cherry blossoms.
And that’s why I prefer to make a start with it.
Enjoy Hanami Under Cherry Blossom
It is no mystery that spring in Japan is stunningly beautiful, and undeniably all credit goes to the gorgeous sakura (cherry blossoms) flowers.
These delicate flowers cover the whole country with a sweet pink blanket, attracting people from far and wide to its gardens, parks, and lakes for hanami.
Hanami is the cherry blossom viewing festival in Japan.
After the cold winter season, cherry blossoms bring beauty and life to the country. Japanese people spend their busy time enjoying a number of cherry blossom festivals held across the country.
They gather with their family and friends under the cherry blossom trees with lots of food and delicious drinks.
Restaurants and convenience stores in Japan sell special sakura-themed foods.
So, you can join the hanami of the Japanese too to enjoy the spectacular beauty of cherry blossom along with some delicious food.
I can suggest some famous hanami spots for your convenience.
The notable ones are Shinjuku Gyoen (Tokyo), The Philosopher’s Walk (Kyoto), Kema Sakuranomiya Park (Osaka), Himeji Castle (Hyogo), Goryokaku Fort (Hokkaido), Odawara Castle (Kanagawa), Mount Yoshino (Nara), Kumamoto Castle (Kumamoto), Hirosaki Castle (Aomori), and Hanamiyama Park (Fukushima).
The tragic thing about these cherry blossoms is they are short-lived and only last for a week.
However, I think its fleeting lifespan is actually what makes the sakura season so precious.
Witness The Traditional Geisha Dance at Kamogawa Odori in Kyoto
Geisha is one of the fascinating aspects of Japanese tradition. The serene splendor of these geishas is the nation’s most enduring image.
They are women of art and trained in music, dance, traditional arts, and the exquisite art of communication.
Even the existence of these highly skilled women is quite unbelievable in modern Japan.
If you wish to catch a glimpse of the few remaining true Geishas and their apprentices called maikos, you should attend Kamogawa Odori, which is a popular annual Geisha dance event.
It takes place every year in Kyoto from 1st to 24th May.
Their performance was truly breathtaking. It was really captivating to have a closer look at those graceful women with fancy kimonos, lovely ornate hairstyles, and iconic makeup.
Have Fun Strawberry Picking
Strawberry is the queen of spring fruits in Japan. Early spring is the beginning of the strawberry season.
Picking strawberries is one of the popular spring activities not only among the tourists but also with the locals.
There are several accessible strawberry farms near Tokyo to aid this famous doing.
Among them, Yoshimura Strawberry Park and Ichigo no Sato Farm in Tochigi, Tokorozawa Kitada Farm Marche of Strawberry in Saitama, Dragon Farm in Chiba, Strawberry House in Kanagawa, and Kamakura Kanko Ichigo Farm in Kanagawa are the mentionable ones.
You may also go for a strawberry hunt at S-Berry Farm, located in Hari Cho, Nara Prefecture.
Some farms will charge according to the weight of fruits you picked, while some others will charge an entry fee for a limited time, such as 30 to 60 minutes.
Within that time, eat as many strawberries as you want and also pick some for your home.
Be noted that in most cases, you have to book in advance.
In tune with these seasonal fruits, many hotels in Japan hosts strawberry dessert buffets, usually from January to April.
You should visit at least one of the premium strawberry buffets in town if you love strawberries and sweets.
- Related: Things to Do in Japan in April
Attend the Sanja Matsuri in Tokyo
While you visit Japan in spring, you will see manifold festivals taking place across the country.
And one of the major spring festivals in Japan is Sanja Matsuri, which is held in Asakusa on the ground of the Senso-Ji temple.
It is a celebration for three deities, where each of them has its own giant floats called omikoshi.
You will also see dozens of smaller ones carried by different groups.
Enjoy this colorful procession of floats within a lot of noise and crowd.
This three day long festival also features a parade and different types of traditional dances. The parade especially is worth the hype!
Besides, there are plenty of food stalls at this festival, so don’t forget to enjoy the food and drinks as well.
Go for Spring Skiing
In case you are an alpine sports enthusiast, I would suggest considering a ski trip in March.
Though the weather gets mild in Japan in March, many ski resorts stay open well into late spring.
You can enjoy not only some world-class slopes but also experience the onsen (hot springs) culture of Japan.
Ski trips and relaxing in an onsen at the end of the day go hand in hand in Japan.
Some renowned ski resorts are Niseko Ski Resort and Asahidake Ski Resort in Hokkaido, Hakkoda Ski Resort in Aomori, Hakuba Ski Resort in Nagano, and Mt.Tanigawadake Tenjindaira Ski Resort in Gunma.
Go to the Fire Torch Festival in Nara Prefecture
You will find loads of sacred temples and shrines all around Japan- sometimes in the mountain crest, inside a forest, or sometimes between busy roadside office buildings.
A festival named Omizutori is held on the ground of the biggest temple in the country, Todai-Ji in Nara Prefecture.
This spectacular Omizutori Fire Festival is celebrated every year from 1st to 14th March, and its history dates back to 1250 years ago.
The ritual features the lighting-up of giant torches that are made from pine. They are then carried to the balcony of Nigatsudo, a building within the temple. And a large crowd of worshippers waits below the ashes for good luck.
It is believed that the sparks from the torches protect the onlookers from evil spirits.
And as a bonus, there are also more than one thousand deer around the temple in Nara Park.
The interesting thing is they will bow to you in exchange for food instead of running away.
Therefore, if you want to experience something unusual yet impressive, you should not miss this event.
Enjoy the Wisteria Showers
Apart from the splendid cherry blossoms, some other attractive flowers also bloom during spring.
One of such flowers is wisteria, and you shouldn’t miss seeing it.
For that, you can visit the Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi Prefecture, one of the most famous parks in the country.
You will get to see old and majestic wisteria trees in full bloom creating a scene of almost unimaginable beauty.
The best time to see these nice flowers is from mid-April to mid-May.
Besides the 150 years old trees that are supported by a grid system that makes the branches grow horizontally, you can also see the tunnels of wisteria flowers of different colors.
The Great Wisteria Festival is also held in this park in springtime. If you really go there, I will highly recommend exploring the city that has deep culture and history.
Another best place to see the wisteria tunnels is Kawachi Fuji Garden in Northern Kyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture.
The clusters of cascading wisterias create an amazing flower tunnel that looks like something out of a fairytale.
These two are the must see places in japan spring.
Enjoy Puppet Show at Takayama Spring festival
Now, I have come with another float (omikoshi) festival, which is something unique for its doll show and gorgeous mikoshi floats.
The town of Takayama is particularly known for its master carpenters.
So, these well-crafted magnificent mikoshi floats are considered as an Important Tangible Folk Cultural Property of Japan.
You can enjoy this spring festival on April 14 and 15.
The main attraction of this festival is karakuri doll shows that are performed by professional puppeteers on the floats!
Seeing their movement, I mistook these dolls as alive!
The shows last for around 50 minutes.
Visit The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is some of the ideal places to visit in Japan during spring.
This route is a bus, train, ropeway, and cable car trail that runs through the inside of the Tateyama Mountain Range.
A certain section of this mountain sightseeing route remains closed during winter.
But from April, it is open for tourists to enjoy the view of a snow wall that goes up to 20 meters.
If you desire to see the great snow wall, you have to go there from April to the end of May!
Take Part in A Cycling Tour in Japan in Spring
Is cycling is one of your favorite means of spending leisure time? Or do you just love cycling?
Then you shouldn’t leave Japan without attending any cycling tour, especially in spring.
The weather remains so pleasant and perfect that I think it is the best possible time to enjoy sightseeing or explore the country by cycling.
If you want fair-distance cycling in Japan, Shimanami Kaido should be your first choice.
It is a 70 km long scenic cycling road across the Seto Inland Sea that fascinates cyclists worldwide.
Don’t want to go far?
Nothing to worry about! It is possible to cycle within cities also, especially in Tokyo.
I recommend Tokyo Good Old Bike Tour by Magical Trip, one of the most popular day tours in Tokyo nowadays.
So, grab this opportunity, and explore the neighborhood of Tokyo.
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See Doll Displays of The Hinamatsuri
3rd March is the day when the Hinamatsuri is celebrated all around Japan. It is also known as dolls’ day or girls’ day.
This festival is a celebration for young girls for their happiness and welfare.
On this day, you will see attractive doll displays where traditional dolls called Hina Ningyo are used mainly.
Some prefectures in Japan even organize different types of events on this festive day.
You can enjoy varieties of food like colorful rice crackers and Chirashi Zushi, along with the dolls.
If you ask for any particular place, I would like to suggest visiting the Kyoto National Museum and the Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo.
These are two famous spots to see some of the most amazing ones in the country.
Don’t worry if you miss the festival! Catch a glimpse of these dolls by visiting Iwatsuki Ningyo Museum in Saitama city.
Try Clam Digging in Japan in Spring
You might see many people scouring muddy beaches during springtime in Japan.
Actually, they are searching for clam for a bit of fun before bringing a meal.
It is one of the popular Japanese spring activities, which is also known as Shiohigari.
The perfect time for clam digging is from March to July, when the weather is neither too hot nor cold.
The shore of Tokyo Bay is known to produce an abundance of Asari (short-neck clams).
So, it is a good place for digging.
If you are interested in this action too, head to the popular beaches as these places are more likely to offer the necessary equipment.
Be sure to wear rubber boots (for the rocky areas), suitable clothes for long stretches on the beach, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreens, and also take extra clothes and towels since you will be in lots of dirt and sweat while doing it.
Enjoy A Day Camping in Japan’s Spring Season
Love to keep in touch with nature and avoid crowds?
Then outdoor camping is a must-try for you in spring, which is the most favorable season for it.
From nearby Mt. Fuji to the Japanese Alps, you will find campsites available everywhere in Japan.
I would suggest you try camping around Mount Fuji to experience the amazement of Diamond Fuji when the sun rises on top of the mountain.
Campgrounds that charge a fee range from spots where you can just pitch your tent to cabins for glamping.
Most of them even offer hot showers, bathrooms, and sometimes onsen (hot spring).
If you are near Tokyo and not interested in going so far, try urban camping in Hikarigaoka Park.
You may also consider one of Japan’s thirty-four national parks for camping.
Check their official website to know the details on campgrounds and bookings.
Explore Culture of Kamakura at Kamakura Matsuri
Kamakura, the ancient city in Kanagawa Prefecture, is one of the political giants of medieval Japan.
After approximately an hour’s of a journey from Tokyo, you can reach Kamakura, a city rich in history.
To celebrate its rich culture and history, a festival is held at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine every year on the second and third Sunday of April.
The entire town enjoys partying with a plethora of music, performances, and parades of mikoshi (portable shrines) during this festival.
Apart from this festival, this city is home to the famous Great Buddha (Daibutsu) statue and numerous impressive temples.
So, you can also consider visiting those sacred places while being in Kamakura.
Visit Green Tea Plantations in Spring in Japan
Do you always find photogenic spots for your Instagram uploads?
Then you may love to visit green tea farms in Japan.
I am recommending this place as spring is the best time to observe its beauty.
You will find several amazing green tea plantations near Mt Fuji that display fantastic scenic views.
These are undoubtedly one of the best places to capture photos in Japan!
Hence, go there, enjoy the splendor and take lots of snaps as your wish.
Miyako Odori: Witness A Geisha Dance Performance in Kyoto
Miyako Odori is another traditional spring dance festival that features the geisha of the Gion district of Kyoto.
It has been held from 1st April to 24th for more than 140 consecutive seasons.
Geishas and maikos are the performers of this renowned festival. Here you can enjoy the beautiful “mai” performance of them.
Miyako Odori consists of 8 scenes, and each of them describes the life of geishas or maikos and an aspect of Japanese life in Kyoto.
Taste Seasonal Sakura-themed Foods of Japan
People in Japan are pretty sensitive about the season changing, which is reflected in their food habits.
You will find some unique desserts that especially highlight the arrival of spring.
I will suggest you try some sakura mochi. These traditional rice cake desserts are made with real cherry blossoms.
Besides, some other spring desserts come out in March. Enjoy them while they last.
You can also taste some other dishes of spring such as tai, takenoko, ikanago, ichigo daifuku, spring cabbage, asari clams, sakura taiyaki.
Attend The Inuyama Matsuri to See Three-Story Floats
This festival is held annually in the historic town of Inuyama on the first weekend of April.
Inuyama Matsuri was founded in 1635, which features 13 antique floats that are superbly lit with traditional lanterns at night.
Two particular things that make it exceptional from the other float festivals are its three-story floats and the lanterns.
You can enjoy it during the daytime, but to me, the evening is the best time.
When it gets dark, the lantern-ornated floats create an illuminating beauty that you can never forget for a lifetime.
See The Carp Kites on Children’s Day
5th May is a national holiday in Japan, which is celebrated as Childen’s Day all around the country, hoping for the health and happiness of children.
Leading up to this holiday, homes and riverside areas all around Japan are decorated with colorful carp kites or carp streamers called koinobori.
And this is a familiar sight in spring.
There are a number of good spots to see them around the country. When you are in Tokyo, try going to the Tokyo Tower on any day starting from 5th April.
This symbolic tower measures 333 meters, so 333 carp kites are hoisted there.
It’s also a fun place to visit since there are many good restaurants around it and you will also find a lot of cool things to do in that area.
Celebrate Earth Day in Yoyogi Park
The Japanese capital Tokyo has its own Earth Day for celebration.
This event takes place in Yoyogi Park in Shibuya. This Earth Day has a festive vibe, and it is quite popular among the youth of Japan.
Different performances and booths are presented and organized by various environmental organizations.
Besides these, you will find a plethora of food stalls and shops selling environmentally friendly goods.
Also, a free concert is arranged there for pure entertainment.
So you can enjoy the music and the fantastic atmosphere of Earth Day in Tokyo!
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Check Out The Yosakai Soran Festival
Japan celebrates the arrival of summer through the Yosakai Soran Festival. This festival witnesses dance competitions – yosakai, which is a modern dance form in Japan.
If you’ve seen the traditional Marsuri dances, you’ll notice that Yokai is a modernized version of that influenced by Awa Odori. Yosakoi dance teams are in the thousands all throughout the country.
At the Yosakoi Soran Festival, there are over 300 dance teams with 30,000 dancers in total. Typically, they are dance groups who have excelled in regional competitions. One of the biggest national contests is the Yosakoi Soran Festival with about 1 million spectators there.
The festival takes place in the Odori park in downtown Sapporo. The park is long and perfectly suited forhuge gatherings like festivals. Several stations, including Odori station, are nearby.
Attend The Aoi Matsuri Festival
Aoi Matsuri is a 2-week long festival that starts on May 3rd. The first event is the mounted Japanese archery or the demonstration of Yabusame where the person mounted on a horse running at full speed tries to shoot a wooden target-like plank at a distance. If shot with enough force the wooden board may even break in half.
A religious procession is held on May 12th, with about 100 people dressed in constumes from the Hein period. At the end of the procession at Tadasu no Mori, Kyoto’s sacred forest, there’s singing and dancing to welcome god Aramitama to the festival.
The Aoi Matsuri festival, in fact, was originally celebrated to please the Kamo gods since the 6th century. Kamo gods were believed to control the weather and thunder. This festival began after the people witnessed a series of severe storms that led to famine and diseases.
Another Hein Imperial procession is reenacted on May 15th – this is the main event of the festival. This parade starts at the Imperial palace and ends at the Shimogamo Shrine with about 500 people in 8th century Imperial court costumes.
Attend Sumo Summer Basho
The Sumo Summer Basho is one of six official sumo tournaments held each year in Japan. It is the second-most prestigious tournament after the January tournament, and it takes place in Tokyo at the Ryogoku Kokugikan.
The tournament lasts for 15 days, and it is a major event in the Japanese sporting calendar.
The Summer Basho is a great opportunity to see some of the best sumo wrestlers in the world compete.
The wrestlers are divided into two divisions, the Makuuchi division and the Juryo division. The Makuuchi division is the top division, and it is home to the most experienced and skilled wrestlers.
The Juryo division is the second division, and it is where wrestlers compete to earn promotion to the Makuuchi division.
The matches at the Summer Basho are held in a large, circular ring called a dohyo. The wrestlers are each given a mawashi, a thick, silk belt, to wear.
The object of the match is to force the opponent out of the ring or to make them touch the ground with any part of their body other than their feet.
The Summer Basho is a very popular event in Japan, and it attracts large crowds of spectators. The atmosphere at the tournament is electric, and the fans are very passionate about sumo.
If you are interested in Japanese culture and tradition, the Summer Basho is a great event to experience.
Here are some tips for attending the Summer Basho:
- Buy your tickets in advance. The tournament is very popular, and tickets can sell out quickly.
- Arrive early. The tournament starts at 9:00 AM, and it is best to arrive early to get a good seat.
- Dress appropriately. The tournament is a formal event, and it is best to dress in conservative clothing.
- Be respectful. The Summer Basho is a sacred event, and it is important to be respectful of the wrestlers and the fans.
What To See In Japan In April
In April, Japan is adorned with beautiful cherry blossoms. Don’t miss the iconic sights like Tokyo’s Ueno Park and Kyoto’s Philosopher’s Path, where you can witness the stunning sakura blooms.
Visit Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park and Itsukushima Shrine for historical significance.
Explore Nara’s Todaiji Temple and feed the friendly deer. Experience traditional culture at Kyoto’s geisha district, Gion. Venture to Hakone for breathtaking views of Mount Fuji.
Enjoy Hanami parties, street food, and cultural festivals. April is an ideal time to immerse yourself in Japan’s natural beauty and vibrant traditions.
Costs and Crowds During Spring In Japan
uring spring, particularly during the cherry blossom season, Japan tends to experience a significant increase in both costs and crowds. Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect:
Accommodation prices can be higher, especially in popular tourist destinations during peak cherry blossom season. Flight tickets may also see an increase in prices, so it’s advisable to book in advance.
Additionally, some attractions, such as gardens or parks with cherry blossoms, may have entrance fees during this time.
Spring, especially during cherry blossom season, attracts a large number of tourists both domestically and internationally. Popular cherry blossom viewing spots, parks, and tourist areas can become quite crowded, particularly on weekends and during the peak blooming period.
It’s important to plan ahead, arrive early, and be prepared for larger crowds at popular attractions.
To mitigate costs and crowds, consider visiting lesser-known or off-the-beaten-path destinations in Japan during spring. Additionally, planning your itinerary strategically, including weekdays and less crowded times, can help enhance your experience and avoid excessive crowds.
Spring Weather In Japan in 2023
Here is a summary of Japan’s weather conditions during spring 2023:
March: The weather in Japan in March is still quite variable, with temperatures ranging from 5°C (41°F) to 15°C (59°F). The north of Japan is colder than the south, and the mountains are colder than the lowlands. There is still a chance of snow in the north, but it is usually not a problem for travelers.
April: April is the most popular time to visit Japan, as the weather is generally mild and sunny. Temperatures range from 10°C (50°F) to 20°C (68°F). This is the time of year for cherry blossom viewing, which is a popular activity in Japan.
May: May is the warmest month of spring in Japan, with temperatures ranging from 15°C (59°F) to 25°C (77°F). The weather is generally sunny and dry, but there is a chance of rain in the south. This is a good time to visit Japan for outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, and swimming.
What To Wear In Japan In Spring
When visiting Japan in the spring, it’s important to consider the weather and the activities you have planned. Here are some general guidelines on what to wear in Japan during the spring season:
- Layered Clothing
Spring in Japan can have fluctuating temperatures, so it’s a good idea to wear layered clothing that can be adjusted throughout the day. This allows you to add or remove layers based on the changing weather conditions.
- Light Jackets or Sweaters
Mornings and evenings in spring can still be cool, so having a light jacket or sweater is recommended. Opt for a jacket or cardigan that can be easily carried or tied around your waist when not in use.
- Long-sleeved Shirts and Tops
During the daytime, the weather may become warmer, but it’s still advisable to wear long-sleeved shirts or tops to protect yourself from cool breezes or sudden temperature drops.
- Pants and Jeans
Comfortable pants or jeans are suitable for spring in Japan. They offer protection against the occasional chilly weather and are versatile enough for various activities.
- Comfortable Footwear
Make sure to wear comfortable shoes as you’ll likely be walking a lot while exploring Japan. Choose shoes that are suitable for both urban areas and natural attractions, such as sneakers or walking shoes.
- Light Fabrics and Breathable Clothing
Spring in Japan can have mild and pleasant weather, so opt for light and breathable fabrics like cotton or linen. This will help you stay comfortable throughout the day.
Consider bringing a hat or a cap to protect yourself from the sun and sunglasses to shield your eyes. Don’t forget an umbrella or a raincoat, as spring in Japan can also bring occasional rain showers.
Spring In Japan: FAQs
What To Pack For Japan In Spring
While Spring in Japan isn’t hot, it’s not too cold either. So pack some casual, comfort wear that you can put on when you’re sightseeing – like cotton tops, shorts, jeans and cardigan or sweaters.
Make sure you pack comfortable shoes as well so you can walk for long hours. If you plan on going to nice restaurants for date nights with your partner then pack some date night clothes like cocktail dresses and heels.
Also make sure to pack your moisturizer, lip balm, body lotion, and sunscreen. Your skin can feel pretty dry because of the cold winds in Spring.
What to do in Tokyo In Spring
You can check out the Cherry Blossom spots in Tokyo to view the cherry blossoms in full bloom. There are also a number of Spring festivals in Tokyo that you can attend and understand the culture of Japan and Tokyo. You can also enjoy watching horse racing in Tokyo during Spring. In the months of April and May, some of the best international race meets take place.
Why Visit Japan In Spring
Visiting Japan in spring offers a multitude of reasons to be enthralled. Witnessing the cherry blossoms, known as sakura, is a captivating experience that blankets the country in delicate pink hues.
The weather is mild and pleasant, making it ideal for outdoor exploration. Spring also hosts various cultural festivals and events, such as Hanami parties and traditional ceremonies.
From stunning landscapes adorned with blossoms to a vibrant display of Japanese traditions, visiting Japan in spring promises a memorable and enchanting journey.
What Do Japanese Do During Spring?
During spring, the Japanese engage in various activities to celebrate the season. Hanami, or cherry blossom viewing, is a popular tradition where people gather under blooming cherry trees for picnics and socializing.
Many visit parks, temples, and shrines to enjoy the beauty of sakura. Springtime also marks the start of the school and fiscal year, leading to entrance ceremonies and new beginnings.
Japanese people may participate in traditional events like Golden Week, Children’s Day, and various local festivals. Additionally, spring is a time for gardening, spring cleaning, and enjoying outdoor activities.
Is Spring A Good Time To Visit Japan?
Yes, spring is considered an excellent time to visit Japan. The cherry blossoms, or sakura, bloom during this season, creating breathtaking landscapes throughout the country.
The weather is generally mild and pleasant, making it ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing. Spring also hosts several cultural festivals and events, providing visitors with opportunities to experience traditional Japanese customs.
From the beauty of cherry blossoms to the vibrant celebrations, visiting Japan in spring offers a memorable and enchanting experience for travelers.
Is It Still Cold In Spring In Japan?
Spring in Japan can vary in terms of temperature, but overall, it is a transition period from the colder winter to the warmer summer. At the beginning of spring, particularly in March, it can still be quite chilly, especially in northern regions. However, as the season progresses, temperatures gradually become milder.
By late spring, generally in May, temperatures are typically comfortable, with pleasant daytime temperatures and cool evenings. It’s always a good idea to check the specific weather forecast for the region you plan to visit in Japan during the spring months.
Why Spring Is The Best Season In Japan?
Spring is widely regarded as the best season in Japan due to the enchanting beauty of cherry blossoms, or sakura. The country is transformed into a picturesque landscape with delicate pink blooms, creating a magical atmosphere. The weather during spring is generally mild and pleasant, ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing.
Additionally, spring hosts various cultural festivals and events, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in traditional Japanese customs. From the stunning cherry blossoms to the vibrant celebrations, spring in Japan offers a unique and unforgettable experience for travelers.
What Should I Wear In Tokyo In Spring?
When visiting Tokyo in spring, it’s recommended to wear layered clothing as the weather can vary. Opt for long-sleeved shirts, lightweight sweaters, and jackets for cooler mornings and evenings.
During the daytime, the weather is usually mild, so you can wear comfortable t-shirts, blouses, or dresses.
Pair them with pants, jeans, or skirts. Choose breathable fabrics like cotton or linen. Comfortable walking shoes are a must, as you’ll likely be exploring the city on foot.
Don’t forget to bring a light jacket or sweater for added warmth and an umbrella for occasional rain showers.
How Do You Enjoy Spring In Japan?
Spring in Japan offers a multitude of enchanting experiences. Engage in the revered tradition of hanami, marveling at the blooming cherry blossoms. Immerse yourself in lively festivals like Golden Week and Children’s Day. Explore picturesque parks and gardens, witnessing nature’s vibrant transformation.
Delight in seasonal cuisine, savoring sakura-flavored treats and fresh delicacies. Participate in Japanese culture by participating in tea ceremonies, trying on traditional kimonos, or learning calligraphy.
Embrace the beauty and festivities of spring, creating cherished memories in the captivating land of Japan.
What is Tokyo spring like?
Spring in Tokyo is neither too hot nor cold. The temperature ranges from approximately 4 to 18 °C (40 to 65 °F). Cherry blossoms are everywhere, and some other seasonal flowers also appear in full bloom. Manifold festivals, events, and foodstuffs are enjoyed in Tokyo during springtime.
By this time, you have had a broad idea about the things to do in Japan in spring.
I have gathered the top 20 things of different categories to make your Japan spring trip a remarkable one.
I know it’s not possible to add all these to your bucket list.
However, you can try a few that seem more interesting to you.