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Spring in Japan, famous for its breath-taking cherry blossoms, is by far the most popular time of the year for tourists. But, fall in Japan has incredible beauty, delicious foods, and pleasant weather that definitely rivals the spring! Here’s why you should visit Japan in autumn!

1. Perfect Fall Weather

Autumn in Japan is blessed with crisp air, and incredibly clear, blue skies. With generally pleasant weather and cooler temperatures, autumn is an excellent season for walking around and exploring cities and towns without the problem of spring showers or summer heat. However, it can get a bit chilly at times just before winter sets in, so be sure to bring layers if you visit in the months of October or November.

October is one of the most pleasant months of the entire year in terms of weather. Morning temperatures average around 14ºC to 18ºC (57- 64°F), while afternoon temperatures range from 19-23ºC (66-73°F). Not only is the temperature quite comfortable, but the rainfall is especially low. That makes autumn the perfect time of year to head outdoors, walk around, and see as many sights as possible. The sky is also so clear at night that from early to mid-fall, there are various events related to tsukimi 月見 (moon-viewing) to look up at the full, autumn moons.

* Here, the above temperature range is applicable to Kanto, Kansai, Chugoku, Shikoku and Kyushu areas. (Hokkaido, Tohoku and Chubu areas are bit cooler early, and Okinawa is warm throughout the year)

In November, most of Japan is already preparing for the transition into winter. In the mornings and evenings, temperatures average to be from 7-12ºC (45-54°F), while the afternoon temperatures are about 14-18ºC (57°F-64°F). And at night, the temperatures will drop to around the 10°C (50°F) range, which is certainly a bit colder than in …continue reading