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3 Things to Consider When Planning Your Trip

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    Plan ahead and book early for the on-seasons.

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    During spring (cherry blossoms), autumn (changing leaves), and long holiday seasons, popular destinations and sightseeing spots often sell out quickly, and the room rates can be considerably higher. Avoid both of these problems by planning ahead and booking early with bookings up to 7 months in advance possible on JAPANiCAN.com!

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    Flexible? Aim for the off-seasons (and save).

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    On the other hand, during the off-season, even the most popular hot spots are much less crowded and room rates typically become much cheaper, so aim for the off-season and be on the lookout for sales and promotions you can take advantage of to save even more on bookings during these periods.

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    Book weekdays for cheaper room rates.

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    Rates go up for bookings over the weekend, especially at popular destinations like hot springs and resorts. Being flexible with your travel days and staying on weekday nights can deliver big savings, even at lodgings that are typically on the expensive side!

Japan Travel Seasons

  • SakuraSpring

    Cherry blossom season (late March - mid April) and "Golden Week" holidays (late April - early May) are two of the busiest travel seasons. Booking well in advance for spring is a MUST.

    • March
    • April
    • May
    Huis Ten Bosch, Nagasaki - "The Kingdom of Light" winter light-up event from November to April Cherry Blossoms - The flowers typically reach their peak throughout Japan in early April Hokkaido and Tohoku - These northern regions are late bloomers with cherry blossoms in early May Shibazakura - The vibrant "moss pink" carpet fields at the foot of Mt. Fuji from early May
    Sakura Season
    Golden Week
  • FireworksSummer

    Summer vacation is from the end of July, and the mid August holiday Obon is known as the most expensive time to travel. Don't miss local festivals and fireworks displays!

    • June
    • July
    • August
    Hakone Tozan Railway - Colorful hydrangea line the tracks of this scenic railway in late June Furano, Hokkaido - Hokkaido's vast fields of lavender and other flowers burst with color from mid July Festivals - Summer in Japan means loads of local festivals and incredible fireworks displays Lake Yamanaka - Breathtaking views of sunflowers with Mt. Fuji in August at Hananomiyako Park
    Obon & Summer Holiday
  • LeavesAutumn

    Scenic places throughout Japan are crowded with people there to see the changing autumn leaves in November. Hotels in the popular Kyoto/Osaka area fill up particularly quickly.

    • September
    • October
    • November
    Okinawa - Diving and snorkeling at Okinawa's coral reefs can enjoyed as late as October Sumo Tournament - Witness a clash of titans at Sumo in Tokyo from mid to late September Tateyama Kurobe - The famous "Alpine Route" explodes with fall colors in late October Kyoto in Autumn - November is known as the most beautiful time to visit Kyoto
    Silver Week
    Autumn Leaves Season
  • SnowWinter

    The New Year's holidays are another peak season, and events like the Sapporo Snow Festival and Shirakawago winter light-up need to be booked early.

    • December
    • January
    • February
    Winter Light-ups - Japan twinkles in the colder month with numerous illumination events Snow Monkeys - Nagano's wild residents escape the cold by jumping in a hot spring Shirakawago - The snow-covered farmhouses are beautifully illuminated at night from mid January Sapporo Snow Festival - One of Japan's premier winter events Hokkaido Ice Floes - Ice floes are a popular Eastern Hokkaido attraction in February and March
    X’mas & New Year

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Popular Areas

  • Hokkaido

    On-season

    The mild summers and snowy winters are popular, especially Furano's lavendar fields from late July and the Sapporo Snow Festival in eary February.

    Tips

    Cherry blossoms come later (early May) and autumn leaves earlier (early September - October) in Hokkaido compared to other parts of Japan. December skiing is also recommended!

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					Kyoto / Osaka

    On-season

    Though popular year-round, cherry blossoms (late March - early April) and autumn leaves (mid November - early December) are especially crowded and should be booked as much in advance as possible. Kyoto is also crowded in July during the Gion Festival, and Universal Studios Japan in Osaka is popular with families during school vacation from late July to August. Staying in surrounding localities like Nara, Wakayama, and Kobe is an alternative to consider.

    Tips

    Kyoto is known to be hot and humid in summer, but the traditional summer activity of having dinner on a "kawadoko" river terrace in the comparably cooler evening breeze is highly recommended! Winter in Kyoto offers exclusive exhibitions, snowy scenes in nearby Miyama, tasty crab, and the hot springs of Kinosaki.

  • Tokyo / Mt. Fuji

    On-season

    Mt. Fuji is open for climbing in summer from July to September, and the flower fields and parks at the Fuji Five Lakes are popular around the same time.

    Tips

    During the winter (December - March), the peak of Mt. Fuji features a charismatic snowy cap, and the clear winter air and higher rate of sunny days allow for some of the best views of the year.

  • Okinawa

    On-season

    Expect crowds during Golden Week (early May) and summer (July to September), especially in August. Typhoons can disrupt travel in the summer, so you may want to leave some wiggle room in your itinerary.

    Tips

    To avoid the peak seasons while still being able to enjoy the ocean, mid June - mid July and October are good times to visit. Whale watching is a popular winter activity.

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