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It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to Japan

Peak Season: April to May; September to November

Spring’s explosion of cherry blossoms and fall’s red foliage make these the perfect times to visit Japan. The weather is mild, and although prices are high, tourist numbers are evenly spread so you shouldn’t feel swamped by crowds. The priciest times to visit Japan are during the three-week-long national holidays each year: Golden Week falls in late April or early May, New Year in very late December, and Obon in mid August.

Off Season: December to January

Extremes in weather keep many tourists from traveling during these cold winter months and, as Christmas is not celebrated, prices don’t shoot up until the New Year.

Sweet Spot: July to August

During the sizzling summer many Japanese flee the cities in search of cooler temperatures, but hotel prices in Tokyo remain relatively high. Prepare to book ahead for mountainous regions and the countryside.

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