Japan experiences four distinct seasons including spring, summer, autumn and winter. March through May and September through November are some of the best times to visit the country with little rainfall and mild temperatures. Some of the most amazing sights in Japan are the cherry blossom blooms and the autumn leaves which are both exciting times to see the country decorated with these vibrant trees.

The Japanese place a large emphasis on the different seasons with different dishes being more popular at certain times of the year and plates that change with the season. Eel is a popular dish that is served mostly in the summer months and fugu (blowfish) is a specialty in the winter months. Many festivals begin at the beginning of the spring when the `Sakura` cherry blossom season is in full bloom.

Japan covers a large area which stretches from the cold north island of Hokkaido all the way to the subtropical islands of Okinawa, meaning Hokkaido experience longer winters than the rest of the country and Okinawa features longer summers with warm subtropical temperatures year round. The rest of the country experiences variations in climate throughout the four seasons.