Best Times to Visit Tokyo
The best time to visit Tokyo is between March and April and September and November. Autumn ushers in colorful foliage and comfortable temperatures. Spring brings in much of the same, but instead of vibrant fall hues, the foliage you'll see here are cherry blossom trees in full bloom. Summer, on the other hand, is peak tourist season, which you'll quickly see from long lines at museums and confused subways riders. 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 be able to experience the full potential of Tokyo's parks at this time of year.
Weather in Tokyo
Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center
Fall sees the gradual decline of summer's humidity, heat and tourists. For most of the season, daytime temperatures usually range from the upper 70s to the low 60s, but in September, travelers may see highs in the low 80s. September and October see the most precipitation of the year, so make sure to bring an umbrella with you if you're traveling during this time. And if you plan on visiting from October to November, you'll want to carry a light jacket with you at night as lows dip down to the high 50- and 40-degree range.
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 mid-50s and high 40s 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 with color. The famous Japanese cherry blossoms make their appearance for a week in late March and very early 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 – prepare for travel to be a nightmare, as residents come in and out of town in droves to celebrate. During this time of year, it's still best to pack a light jacket. Lows hang in the low 40s to high 50s, and in March, daytime highs reach the mid-50s at most.
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, as June and July are considered to be Japan's rainy season.
Popular Times to Visit Tokyo
Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.
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