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JAPAN

Japan is situated in northeastern Asia between the North Pacific and the Sea of Japan. The area of Japan is 377,873 square kilometers, nearly equivalent to Germany and Switzerland combined or slightly smaller than California. Japan consists of four major islands, surrounded by more than 4,000 smaller islands.

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JNTO TRAVEL PLANNER

Use the "JNTO TRAVEL PLANNER" for train and map information helpful in traveling around Japan.

  • By simply entering the departing and arrival station, get an overview of train transfer method, fares, and travel time.
  • By simply selecting the arrival airport and major train stations around Japan, find routes to stations nearest your destination.
  • Display a map of the arrival train station and areas surrounding sightseeing spots.

Read the "Usage Guide" and use this service for a safe and enjoyable trip in Japan.

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Winter (December - February)

The temperature rarely drops below 0°C in the plains along the Pacific coast during wintertime. It is also quite dry and very often sunny. Central Japan and Northern Japan are highly reputed regions for winter sports. Southern Japan is comparatively mild and pleasant in winter.
Clothing: overcoats, sweaters, etc.

Spring (March - May)

The plum blossom is a good sign that the cold winter will soon end and spring is just around the corner, followed by the cherry blossom at its best in the Tokyo area between the end of March and the beginning of April to bring this beautiful season to a climax. Splendid views of mountains, fields and gardens all blanketed in gentle pink abound in this season.
Clothing: light jackets, light sweaters and other similar kinds of tops.

Summer (June - August)

The Japanese summer begins in June with a three to four week rainy season. This is an important time for farmers to plant rice. It becomes seriously hot and humid from July onward and many Japanese enjoy bathing in the sea and relaxing at cool resorts in mountainous areas. Summer is when many interesting festivals and other events are held all over the country.
Clothing: light clothes (cardigans and other similar kinds are handy, since indoors are mostly air-conditioned.)

Autumn (September - November)

Autumn always brings such freshness with a light breeze and cool temperature after the hot and humid summer. All forests are dyed in glorious autumn colors. Chrysanthemums create beautiful displays with their abundance of flowers to enchant visitors to parks and gardens. Autumn is also the season for many exhibitions, music concerts and sports tournaments in Japan.
Clothing: light jackets, light sweaters and other similar kinds of tops.

Average Temperature & Precipitation in Major Cities:

 
Winter (Jan)
T(F)
T(C)
P(mm)
Spring (Apr)
T(F)
T(C)
P(mm)
Sapporo
26.4
-4.1
110.7
44.1
6.7
60.9
Sendai
34.7
1.5
33.1
50.2
10.1
98.1
Tokyo
42.4
5.8
48.6
57.9
14.4
130.3
Nagoya
39.7
4.3
43.2
57.4
14.1
143.3
Osaka
42.4
5.8
43.7
58.6
14.8
121.1
Fukuoka
43.5
6.4
72.1
58.6
14.8
125.2
Naha
61.9
16.6
114.5
70.3
21.3
180.7
 
Summer (Jul)
T(F)
T(C)
P(mm)
Autumn (Oct)
T(F)
T(C)
P(mm)
Sapporo
68.9
20.5
67.2
52.3
11.3
124.1
Sendai
71.8
22.1
159.7
58.6
14.8
99.2
Tokyo
77.7
25.4
161.5
64.8
18.2
163.1
Nagoya
78.8
26.0
218.0
63.7
17.6
116.9
Osaka
81.0
27.2
155.4
65.7
18.7
109.3
Fukuoka
80.4
26.9
266.4
65.7
18.7
80.9
Naha
83.3
28.5
176.1
76.8
24.9
162.9

 

Key: "T" stands for temperature in (F) Fahrenheit and (C) Celsius.