Spring is almost here. In many parts of the US, warm temperatures are clashing with the final breaths of Old Man Winter. Sometimes, you can go outside in a T-shirt and shorts, and other days, you need to bundle up!
If you’re planning a trip to Japan, you may wonder how their springtime is. Springtime is a great time to go, as we’ll soon discuss, but how warm is it? What clothes should you pack? When traveling, there’s nothing as bad as packing clothes that don’t fit the weather, and either having to buy more clothes or suffering with what you have.
When is Spring in Japan?
The seasons stay mostly consistent in all countries in the Northern Hemisphere. Like the US, springtime starts on the 21st of March, and it ends on June 21st. With any season, you may feel spring come earlier or later.
What Should I Wear?
The weather during the spring months is quite similar to the US. It will depend on what month you go. For example, if you’re going to March, think about how the US is in March. March is still shaking off winter, and while there are some warm days, most days are cold. It would be best you pack warm clothing during that month.
April is where things start to warm up. You should pack a few warm clothes, since there may be a day or two where the temperatures dip down, or if it’s windy or rainy. It may get cool during night, so bring warm clothes for that too.
May is the peak of spring. Maybe bring one warmer outfit, but for the most part, you can bring your normal spring clothes then. Same with June.
Overall, you should pack a variety of light and heavy clothes, but the amount you will need to bring will depend on the month.
Everyone tolerates the temperature differently. Some people can go outside during cold weather wearing only a t-shirt, while some people bundle up during the summertime.
In the beginning of spring, the average temperature in Tokyo peaks at 55 degrees Fahrenheit, or 13 Celsius. This is your typical hoodie weather. It will go down to 41 degrees F, or 5 C, at night. Sometimes, it can get colder, and it’s not uncommon to see snow.
April, you can can expect average temperatures of 65 F, or 18.5 C. At night, it goes down to about 51 degrees F, or 10.5 C.
May, the temperature is 73 F, or 23 C. As you can see, it’s quite warm and comfortable this time of the year. It will go down to 59 F, or 15 C.
Even though it is spring, during the first half of the season there are mostly cold days with plenty of snow, while the second half has plenty of sunny days with clear weather.
Now that you know the temperatures, you probably have an even better idea of what clothes you should pack.
What’s the Appeal of Spring in Japan?
If you’re going to Japan in the springtime, you probably at least know about the cherry blossoms. Also known as sakura, the cherry blossoms are the budding leaves from the trees. As they bud, they turn into beautiful colors, signaling the end of a harsh winter season and the arrival of a new, warm season. You will see the trees all around Japan, from parks to streets to rivers. You name it, and there’s a cherry blossom tree alongside it. So when should you expect the sakura trees to bloom? This will all depend on the temperature. The bloom happens around March, and goes from the south to the north, as temperatures are warmer in the south.
April is also the start of the school year, as well as the business year. If you want to avoid the younger crowd, and see new business activities, this is also a good time to go.
The bloom process can start and reach full bloom during different times in different reasons. For example, if you’re in Tokyo, you can expect bloom around the end of March, and the full bloom will be in the early parts of April. Sapporo has a later bloom date. You may expect both the start and full bloom times of the cherry blossoms to take place in early May.
There will be predictions, so if you want to see the cherry blossoms bloom, you should plan ahead. Figure out the predictions in the area you’ll visit, and then plan to visit along that time frame. While it may not be 100 percent accurate, reading the predictions increases your chances of getting there in time.
The Art of Cherry Blossom Viewing
Cherry blossoms can be viewed in many different ways in Japan. There are so many petals that come off the trees that it looks like a snowfall at times. When you view the fall at nighttime, it’s known as yozakura.
Hanami is when you view the cherry blossoms with friends and family, usually having a picnic under the trees. The art of picnicking is indeed alive and well in Japan.
Odds are, you’ve probably seen a cherry blossom tree in America. You’ve witnessed it grow into a beautiful color, and then you saw its leaves fall to the ground. However, you’ve probably taken one for granted. Cherry blossom trees are popular in the States, but they aren’t immensely popular like they are in Japan, where there are viewings dedicated to them. Once you’ve had the fully cherry blossom experience, you won’t look at cherry blossom trees the same way. So plan to dust off those viewing glasses and get an experience you won’t ever forget.
You can expect to see other plants native to Japan grow while you’re there. You can see bamboo, butterbur, broccolini, and so much more. You can take a look at some of the plants that bloom to get a good idea. Some of these plants are edible. Soft seaweed is delicious. There are also other foods such as clams that arrive in Japan. Strawberries are another delicious example. There are plenty of varieties to choose from, and you’ll be glad you visited.
While you will have fun regardless of the season you visit, springtime in Japan is a spectacle to behold. Some people may prefer to travel during an off season, where it’s less crowded and cheaper, but if you want to see the cherry blossoms in action, you have no choice but to visit it in springtime.
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