Climate and weather in Japan

Published: Friday, 23 August 2019 Print
Japanese shrine in winter forest.

Overview of climate in Japan

Japan is an island with the territory over 3 000 km. Japan consists of many islands different in size. The biggest islands are Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu and Hokkaido. Japan’s land is covered by mountains and forests.

Most famous landmarks and nature elements are Fudzi Mountain and cherry blossoms. The famous foods include sushi, miso soup and sashimi. Largest cities in Japan are Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Yokohama.

Japan is famous for continuous and very frequent earthquakes, tsunamis and occasional typhoons. The overall climate in Japan depends on region and location, and can vary from the humidity in in the north to humidity as subtropical or tropical rainforest in Japans south. Land is surrounded by many seas such as Sea of Okhotsk, Sea of Japan and many others.

Japans average temperatures in summer and winter depend on regions heavily. For example, in Hokkaido the average temperature in winter is -9 degrees Celsius and average temperature in summer is 20 degrees Celsius. In Kochi the winter temperatures are average 15 degrees Celsius and summer temperatures are average 25 degrees Celsius.

 

Climate and weather in different regions of Japan

Japan has different regions and areas that also have differences in climate and weather. There are many regions in Japan, for example Hokkaido, Tohoku region, Kanto region, Chubu region and other. Japan's varied geographical features divide it into six principal climatic zones. When Hokkaidō has large amounts of snow in January other are in Japan - Okinawa has cherry blossoms blooming.Four seasons of Japan.

Hokkaido is one of the regions with exceptionally humid continental climate. The winters in Hokkaido are long and cold, and also the summers tend to be cooler. Hokkaido’s weather is more bearable to tourists from Nordic countries.

Sea of Japan has a climate of snowfalls that melts at beginning of springs. Summers at the area of Sea of Japan have a bit less rain but can experience high temperatures.

Central Highland has a very basic inland climate that mostly gives drastic temperature variations from summer to winter as well as daytime and nighttime. This type of weather is more similar to Maltese and Caribbean Islands.

Seto Inland Sea area has mountains that block out nicely the seasonal winds and ensures mild climate with good weather most of the time. This weather is more pleasant for tourism and exploring the nature.

Pacific Ocean area has a climate has winters that are milder and with more sunny days. Summers are very hot as for the southeast seasonal wind. Climate on Ogasawara Island has humid subtropical climate weather and also experiences tropically opposite - savanna climate.

Ryukyu Islands and their climate vary from humid subtropical climate to rainforest weather. This weather would be perfect for tourists from warmer climates and areas in the world.

 

How weather in Japan impacts tourism

Tourism in general usually depends on many factors regarding the destination and origin country. The main factors that impact the traveler are money and economic situation, political situation in the country and climate and weather. The raining season in June is a bad time to visit Japan as it is pouring. Travel activity is lower during June that sometimes can mean lower prices for plane tickets and more.

Tourists choose Japan as the desired destination very often as in 2018 the number of tourists that traveled to the land were 30 million and is a record. Tourists love Japan not only for the different culture and practices, but also for the industrialized shopping malls, unusual restaurants and breathtaking mountains and nature.Shinto shrine on the beach.

Climate and weather in Japan has a difference on every region and area as the many seas and islands specifics impact the winds, nature anomalies and heat waves that for the regular tourist might be detrimental. Japan has many natural catastrophes that lead to deaths of tourists. For example, earthquakes that happen so often usually aren’t dangerous but there are some that kill many people, including tourists, like Tohoku earthquake in 2011.

As the weather and climate in Japan can vary from cold and snowy winters to hot and dry summers, the tourism industry has a challenge to prepare tourists that want to experience Japan at the fullest. The climate changes lead to many cancellations due to extreme weather conditions, earthquakes and tsunamis. Some tourists still enjoy the extreme weather as there are extremists who go to Japan to see the terrifying nature forces.

 

Dealing with Japanese weather

Japans residents know how to deal with the weather the best as Japan have been a trend setter and innovator of many interesting attributes to the weather-proof style. For example, wearable ice-pack coolers for the neck in hot summer days. Another popular trend is to grow greens outside the windows to have natural blinds so the sun doesn’t disturb the residents. For the cold nights and winter months Japanese people use aluminum sheet to put under carpets to keep the heat inside the house.

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Businessman standing in the airport, waiting for hif flight.

Backpacker looking at a sunrise from the mountain.

Sunny beach on a tropical island.