Spring, from March to May, and fall from September to October are the most popular months for traveling to Japan because of the mild climate and moderate humidity. Some places can be overcrowded, especially during the cherry blossom season (April), or during the Golden Week (May), during which a large part of the Japanese are on leave and take the opportunity to make visits and shopping. That said, the Japanese carry their baby on them, just copy them. The use of the Kyoto reisgids comes perfect.
It was during this period that we visited the country. And contrary to what one can read everywhere, the crowd in the streets or the parks is not dramatic, and it is very easy to move. Subway stations and trains are not crowded, and we have always had room on the train. The only problem we have encountered in this period is to find affordable housing.
During our trip, we experienced hot days around 21 ° C but also a few days of rain, and a temperature below 10 ° C. Even in Tokyo. In mountainous regions, as everywhere else, the climate is, of course, colder and humid and the rains abundant. Plan what to cover and protect you from the rain.
How long to travel to Japan?
Japan is a big country and there is really a lot to see and do whether you are more like nature or city, culture or food. Everyone will find his happiness.
Two weeks is a bare minimum. We would suggest three weeks to a month to visit the country at a slower pace. In two weeks, we managed to see the best of Japan, but we admit that it is difficult to make an ideal route as the country is varied. It is better to spend at least three days at each step to avoid hurrying too much.
The Intercity Train and JR Pass
Japan is well known for its high-speed trains, called shinkansen. They are very fast and efficient. Personally, we think that taking a Shinkansen is a must experience in Japan.
In fact, this means of transport is so effective that it is faster to travel to Japan by train than by car. For example, it takes four hours to travel from Tokyo to Kyoto by train, but more than seven hours by car.
If you are traveling to Japan for more than a week, we suggest you get a JR Pass (JR for “Japan Rail”) to travel without limit on all JR transports that include high-speed trains, some local trains (including Tokyo), some buses, monorails, and even ferries. Its cost may seem high: a 7-day JR Pass costs € 218, a 14-day € 348 pass and a 21-day € 446 pass. But the JR Pass will save you a lot of money because a single train ticket is very expensive in Japan. It is quickly profitable if you make at least 3 big steps.
Fuji-Q Highland (Mount Fuji)
For lovers of theme parks and thrills, spend a day at Fuji-Q. Many attractions had their hour of glory and were entered in the Guinness Book of records highest Russian mountain, fastest attraction. Located at the foot of Fuji-san, the scenery is fantastic. If you like to scare you, the attraction I recommend is the Horror Hospital.