Weather & Climate

The climate of Japan varies from tropical in south to cool temperate in north. Although summers are temperate everywhere, the climate in winter varies sharply from cold in the north to mild in south. Sapporo on the northern island has warm summers and long cold winter with heavy rainfall. Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe on the western part of the largest island of Honshu, experiences relatively mild winters with little or no snowfall and hot humid summers. Fukuoka on the island of Kyushu has a climate with mild winters and short summers. Okinawa is subtropical.

There are four distinct seasons, summer, winter, autumn and spring. Spring is well-known cherry blossom time in Japan. Japanese welcome spring and celebrate the blooming of these trees with the celebration of Hanami parties, enjoying fun and food. It is fairly warm and stable weather. Summers begin with the rainy season, climate continues with high humidity, warm to hot temperature and occasional showers throughout the season. Autumn begins with occasional showers, is fairly stable season with blue skies and relatively warm temperature. Changing of leaves on the trees in various gardens and wilderness area of Japan is highly scenic season. Winter starts with cold westerly winds of Siberia, marks the start of it. In the internal part of the Japan snowfall is heavy, making the area, a paradise for snow lovers. On the pacific coast of Japan, temperatures are mild and rarely fall below freezing point. Summers and winters are long compared to the two months average for spring and autumn. Overall Japan experiences less extreme temperature in both winter and summer and receive considerably more precipitation as rain and snow. The amount of rain receives, alters with the latitude range and elevation. Hokkaido receives average annual rainfall of 1015mm. where as mountain of Honshu gets 3810mm.

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