Spring in Japan: Traveling, Clothing and Weather in March-May
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Spring in Japan: Traveling, Clothing and Weather in March-May

2016.03.01

Japan has four seasons, with spring spanning from March to May. This article contains information on weather and travel activities for those planning to visit Japan is spring. Enjoy your trip to the fullest by taking part in spring festivals and events!

Translated by GonzalezLaura

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Written by MATCHA

Spring is an exciting season in Japan, with sakura (cherry blossoms), new budding leaves and plenty of beautiful things to see, as well as delicious types of food to eat. Also, in Japan both the school year and business year start in April, so spring is a season full of new meetings, activities and liveliness. We gathered some information that will come in handy to anybody visiting Japan in spring.

What are Some of Spring's Highlights and Delicious Foods?

Spring in Japan is generally a three month period, from March to May.

Spring Weather in Japan

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From: SAKURA Sightseeing Spots Around “Sumidagawa” River!

In March, Tokyo's spring weather is an average of 13 degrees during the afternoon, and 5 degrees Celsius during the morning and evening. In April, the afternoon temperatures reach an average of 18.5 degrees, while temperatures in the morning and night are around 10.5 degrees Celsius. In May, during the afternoons we can experience around 23 degrees Celsius, while in the evenings and mornings temperature decreases to around 15 degrees.

Even though it's 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.

The Best Parts of Spring

From: Experience the World of Sakura at Chidorigafuchi

One of the best parts of spring is definitely the cherry blossoms. They bloom in parks, on street roads, on the mountains or along the river sides. Sakura trees planted in various places all burst into a light pink at the same time. The time that the sakura bloom depends on the climate each year, but usually around March the cherry blossoms slowly start blossoming from the Southern regions of Japan, working their way up to the Northern areas.

From: Gion's Best Sakura Spots (Kyoto)

The average time for the sakura to bloom is May 3rd in the Hokkaidō, Sapporo area, and they should be in full bloom by May 8th. In the Tokyo area they will start blooming around March 25th, and should be in full bloom by around April 6th. In Ōsaka the cherry blossoms will start blooming around March 28th, and should be in full bloom by April 6th. In Kyoto the dates for blooming are March 27th, and the flowers are expected to be in full bloom by April 9th. As the time the cherry blossoms are actually in bloom is not very long, you should plan your trip while taking a look at this year's sakura bloom predictions.

Picture from: The Weeping Cherry Trees in Okazaki, Kyoto

Sakura are of course beautiful when they are in full bloom, but they are just as beautiful when the petals begin falling from trees, and it looks like snow falling. The cherry blossoms are great to be observed not only in the afternoon, but also in the evening. This is called yozakura (night time sakura viewing), and presents a different view of these flowers' beauty.

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Picture from: Enjoy the Fukagawa Odori Japanese Dance School’s Hanami Event!

In Japan, hanami(cherry blossom viewing) is the long established custom of friends, family and even coworkers to go out to eat and drink together underneath the sakura trees during this time.

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