Best Times to Visit Tokyo
The best time to visit Tokyo is between September and November. Autumn ushers in colorful foliage and comfortable temperatures. Summer is peak tourist season, which you'll quickly see from long lines at museums and confused subways users. If you can, avoid this time of year; you'll face oppressive heat, humidity and high room rates. On the opposite extreme, winter weather is chilly but still manageable; however, you will not enjoy the beauty of the parks at this time of year. With comfortable daytime temps, spring is another sweet spot for visiting. The city springs to life with the gorgeous cherry blossoms that pervade Tokyo's green space. Seasons play a large role in Japanese culture, so visiting during different seasons will yield distinct cuisine and landscape.
Fall experiences the gradual decline of humidity, heat, and tourists. Daytime temperatures will usually range from the upper 70s to the low 60s. By November, you'll want to carry a light jacket with you at night.
Winter may be the low point for tourism, but don't expect room rates to plummet. Tokyo's hotel prices are fairly stable and expensive throughout the year. Temperatures usually hover in the 40s and 50s during the day but can easily dip below freezing at night. Be sure to steer clear of New Year's as hotel rates are exorbitant and most museums are closed for a few days before and after the holiday.
Daytime temperatures return to the comfortable 60s and 70s, while the city parks burst into vibrant colors. The famous Japanese cherry blossoms make their appearance for a few days in March and April. Tokyo residents flock to the urban parks in full force for this special event, so brace yourself for crowds. And during Golden Week—a succession of public holidays—Tokyo is particularly packed.
If you visit during the summer, you'll have to brave not only the crowds—but worse—the heat. With temps in the high 70s and 80s, Tokyo is hot, sticky and filled with sweaty tourists—yes, you'll be one of them. You'll also contend with numerous rainy days, so bring an umbrella.