The 4 Seasons of Japan

G'Day Japan! / The 4 Seasons of Japan

Japan's everchanging beauty

Japan has 4 very distinct seasons. Each season is unique and brings about not only a change in weather but also in nature, food, festivities and atmosphere. Japan begins its year in the cold of winter, during which the northern areas of the country are covered by a thick blanket of snow, attracting winter sports enthusiasts from all over the world. As the weather warms and the snow melts away, spring arrives and with it so too does the blossoming of flowers. Whichever season you are travelling in, you are guaranteed memorable and life changing experiences that can be found only in Japan.

Spring (Mar-May)

Spring in Japan is all about flowers. Cherry Blossoms are synonymous with Japan’s spring and every year people from all over the world travel to Japan just to catch a glimpse of them. They last for a short one to two weeks and serve as a reminder of how beautiful but fleeting life is. The full bloom period varies depending on the area, with trees in the warmer south of Japan beginning to bloom first and trees in the colder north areas blooming later. If you are able to time it perfectly, you could spend a whole month travelling upwards through Japan and chasing the full bloom of the Cherry Blossom trees.

Summer (June-Aug)

As the temperature heats up, so too does the energy. Adrenaline pumped summer festivals are the main attraction in summer. During these festivals, people often get dressed in yukatas to watch awe-inspiring fireworks displays and eat delicious street food. Also popular are the rooftop beer gardens, where people can choose from a variety of beers and ales while enjoying a delicious meal and a delightful view.

Autumn (Sep-Nov)

Autumn in Japan brings about the relief from the heat and humidity of summer. With the changing of the weather comes the changing of the leaves. During autumn, Japan’s usually green forests are transformed into a patchwork of blazing reds, oranges and yellows. The beautiful colours of the changing leaves in autumn lends Japan to some of the most beautiful scenic walks and hikes you will ever experience. Japanese zen gardens, especially those in Kyoto, are rich in history and have been meticulously sculpted, resembling art more than nature. Additionally, these beautiful and tranquil gardens are transformed at night during light up events, giving you a chance to experience an even more magical atmosphere.

Winter (Dec-Feb)

Winter in Japan brings about heavy snowfall in the north, which blankets these areas and provides perfect conditions for winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. Japan’s ski resorts have become increasingly popular due to their first-class customer service and world-famous powder snow. In addition to this, winter brings about various snow festivals involving ice sculptures and natural icicles illuminated in bright colours in a showcase of artistic grandeur. Winter is also the best season for snow crabs, especially in Hokkaido, located in the north. If you’re a lover of seafood, this Japanese delicacy is a must-try in winter.