… is not now.
In fact, I think June is the worst month to visit Japan.
In early summer, Japan gets a period 梅雨 (tsuyu), the rainy season. Although it supposedly lasts from June to July, in my experience I feel June is the month that gets hit the worst.
When you look at the weather forecast, it’s clouds and umbrellas all around.
So when IS the best time to visit Japan?
The most hated answer of all… it depends.
But it’s true! What do you want to do/see/experience in Japan? That will determine when it’s best to come!
Let me roughly break it down by month:
Sumo tournament season
*Golden week holiday. Long break = lots of people traveling
List is extremely un-exhaustive, obviously. I mainly picked those that I would be interested in or if it has a “Japanese” experience to it.
The periods of the activities listed are also very generic. For example, cherry blossoms bloom in March in Okinawa, and May in Hokkaido.
So be sure to check and match the what-when-where to ensure you don’t miss whatever it is you want to do! I’ve included some links above for reference, and if that fails, remember, Google is your friend!
What would you want to do if you visited Japan?