Due to the over 2000km long extending Japanese islands from Northeast to the Southwest, there are large climatic differences within Japan. This ranges from Hokkaido’s coniferous-forest-climate in the North to Okinawa’s subtropical district in the South.
The four seasons in Japan are very distinctive.
The spring is characterized by warm and stable weather conditions, which invites many people to picnics and to take a walk during the “cherry- blossom-time” in April.
The summer is (with the exception of Hokkaido) hot and humid. The average temperature in July is over 25℃. The East Asian monsoon rain starts in the early summer period and reaches the northern districts by midsummer and then moves back to the south again. Therefore, most parts of Japan have two high rainfall periods in the early summer and early autumn.
The Japanese autumn is pleasant and sunny. The intensive autumn colors are everywhere in Japan which is an impressive Nature-Spectacle worth seeing.
In the winter there are large differences between the snowy Sea of Japan side and the sunny Pacific Ocean side. On the Sea of Japan side there are heavy snowfalls but very rarely temperatures fall below -5℃ which makes this region popular for its skiing grounds. At the same time windy-cold but cloudless, dry and very stable winter-weather conditions are expected on the Pacific Ocean side.