When should you travel to Japan with kids
The short answer? Any time.
The long answer? Well, that depends... Japanese festivals, seasons and your own personal preferences will all play a big part in when you decide to travel to Japan as a family — but if you’re restricted by school holidays, we can give you some pointers.
Japan has four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. There are a gazillion blogs and web pages out there describing what each is like. In a nutshell: winter is cold, clear and snowy (especially in the north); summer is hazy, humid and very, very hot (especially in the south); spring and autumn are balmy and beautiful, but tend to be busy.
These characterisations vary greatly depending on where you are. Japan is very mountainous, and you’ll find cooler, crisper weather at higher altitudes, no matter where you are. Furthermore, northerly Hokkaido is very cold and very snowy in winter, but pleasantly warm and sunny in summer. Southerly Kyushu and the islands of Okinawa are sweltering in summer, and chilly but not freezing in winter. You get the idea.
If you’re wondering whether travelling during the school holidays is worth it, our answer is: yes, absolutely! It may be busier and a little more expensive (depending on which holiday you’re talking about), but Japan can be a delight to travel at any time of year.