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BEST TIME TO VISIT Tokyo

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is a great starting point to explore the country. From opulent architectural wonders to amazing natural beauties, Tokyo has something or the other interesting to offer to everyone! The best time to visit Tokyo is from March to May, and September to November, when the weather is mostly pleasant - neither too hot nor too cold! The average temperature here, during these two periods remains around 16 °C, and sightseeing plans can be easily made and enjoyed.

Spring Season: This is the best time to visit Tokyo. The spring season in Tokyo lasts from March to May, and brings with a very pleasant weather. In addition, the cherry blossoms that bloom all over the city during spring, make it an absolute delight to even simply stroll through the streets! However, do expect some amount of rainfall and a few cloudy days. The spring season is truly a visually stunning time to visit Tokyo.

Tips: This is the busiest tourist season for Tokyo, especially from the last week of April to the first week of May, when majority of the festivals in Japan take place. If you do not appreciate crowds and long queues, it is best to avoid planning a visit to Tokyo during this time of the year.

Summer Season: The summer season in Tokyo lasts from June to August, and can get very hot. The average temperature during this time reaches nearly 40 °C. Also, the humidity during this time gets pretty unbearable. This is also the rainy season, so expect a lot of thundershowers. The combination of the heat, humidity, and rainfall make summers not exactly a good season to visit Tokyo.

Tips: The festival celebrating Sanno Matsuri, the city’s guardian deity, is a massive affair and is held in June. The celebrations are huge, and the entire city decks up to be a part of it. The Hoozuki Festival, celebrated by selling the beautiful Chinese Lantern plant, is yet another amazing festival worth attending. The Mitama Matsuri or the Soul Festival is held in July, and is characterized by the lighting of thousands of paper lanterns all over the city. In August, the Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri Festival is held, and is a good event to enjoy a water fight!

Autumn Season: The autumn season in Tokyo lasts from September till November, and is also a good time to visit Tokyo, since the weather is pleasant, and the humidity is low. 

Tips: Accommodation prices are low during this time, so take advantage of the special deals on accommodation and sightseeing. The Akasaka Hikawa Matsuri festival held during September, is a small festival that celebrates the local deities of the city. The Tori No Ichi festival is held during November, to kick-start the New Year celebrations in Japan. Expect local markets and street food stalls in abundance!

Winter Season: The winter season in Tokyo lasts from December to February, and the weather gets chilly. There are even rare chances of snow, albeit very little. The average temperature in Tokyo during this time remains around 5 °C to 10 °C, with clear skies and a crisp breeze. 

Tips: Take along down jackets and heavy woolens, if planning to spend a lot of time outdoors. If you do find yourself in Tokyo during the winters, make sure that you pay a visit to the Asakusa Hagoita Ichi festival - an open-air market, and the Kanda Daikoku Matsuri, a festival celebrated to honor the deity of fortune. The Setsubun Matsuri or the Bean-Throwing Festival is held in February to symbolize the arrival of spring and the departure of the cold winter weather and is quite an enjoyable way to spend a few hours.

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is a great starting point to explore the country. From opulent architectural wonders to amazing natural beauties, Tokyo has something or the other in...

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