All You Need To Know About The Seasons Of Tokyo
Tokyo is located in a sub-tropical climate zone characterized by long hot summers and mild winters. The Japanese often say that Tokyo has four distinct seasons, but they can be broken down into a couple of other sub-seasons too. Here is all about the climate of Tokyo.
Spring (March - May)
Spring is an excellent season to be in Tokyo, not just because of the comfortable temperatures, but also because it is comparatively drier than the summer that starts with a month-long rainy season.
To many, the cherry blossoms in full bloom is the quintessential image of the Japanese spring. Tokyo, in spite of being a large metropolis with not much vegetation still has a place of choice for this emblematic tree. You see them everywhere in small and large parks and planted along busy urban boulevards.
Sakura (late March to early April)
The best way to know exactly when the peak sakura season will fall is to follow closely the weather forecast. In Japan, nationwide sakura blooming forecast is provided so that people know exactly when the sakura trees will be in full bloom in their region. The dates that were stated above are just valid for Tokyo. Naturally, the more northern and mountainous regions have a sakura season that is comparatively later than Tokyo and the southern regions have a season that is earlier.
Summer (June to September)
Tsuyu (mid-June to mid-July)
Much like it is the case for the sakura season, weather agencies closely monitor and forecast the Tsuyu. You can consult the weather forecast to know when it starts and when it ends on a particular year.
Hot And Humid Summer (mid July to August)
One thing you should know about the Japanese summer is that although the outside temperature might be almost too hot to survive, stores and restaurants tend to keep the temperature quite cold so many people carry around an extra layer of clothes for when they go inside.
If you happen to be in Tokyo during that period, make sure to attend one of the city's gigantic fireworks festival called "hanabitaikai" (花火大会). This is one of the most summery Japanese experience you can do. There are food vendors everywhere and many people attend them wearing summer kimonos called yukata.
One thing to be aware of September in Japan is that it is considered somewhat of a second rainy season because of frequent typhoons and tropical storms that can bring a lot of rain.
Fall (October - Mid-December)
If your image of fall is the leaves turning into different shades of red and yellow, then that occurs from mid-November to mid-December. The gingko trees and the Japanese maple are particularly beautiful.
From November the temperature becomes a bit cool so you might need a light jacket or sweater to be comfortable outside. On the other, November becomes significantly drier, which makes it a pretty comfortable month to do sightseeing.
Winter (Mid-December to February)
The winter in Tokyo is mild, ranging from about 10 to 12 C during the day. At night, it can get chilly with temperatures going down to about the freezing mark, but nothing really colder than that. It still a good idea to bring a winter coat, but winter hats, gloves and boots are optional.
Also, there are some interesting winter specific events such as seeing the Christmas illuminations and the people in beautiful winter kimonos celebrating their Coming of Age Day (pictured above).
Another thing you should know about the Japanese winter is that it abounds with delicious foods! You must try a Japanese hot pot dish called nabe on a cold day. It's definitely a season for foodies.
- Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.