Always a great time to visit
Japan is land of seasonal distinctions, with each month offering unique opportunities to enjoy special food, events, celebrations, and weather. Cherry blossoms and autumn leaves draw the largest crowds, but winter and summer bring their own joys that many travelers often overlook. At The Art of Travel, we encourage guests to explore Japan during lesser-traveled seasons to make their own surprising and delightful discoveries away from the crowds.
From the slopes of the Japanese Alps to the rejuvenating waters of natural hot spring resorts, winter in Japan is all about beauty and pleasure. This year’s best fish and seafood along with incomparable snow sports make winter an ideal time to visit.
Cherry blossoms. The archetypal symbol of Japan, celebrated for their ephemeral beauty and joyous recognition of spring. Freshly harvested bamboo shoots, river fish, and crisp mountain vegetables also bring delicious smiles.
Nothing beats the heat like fresh handmade soba noodles served up with crisp tempura and locally grown vegetables - especially if it’s followed by a local festival involving a cast of thousands, dressed as feudal lords, samurai, and court ladies.
Autumn holds a special place in many hearts for the beauty of changing leaves, the return of favorite culinary treats, and some of the year’s most vibrant festivals.With falling leaves come mushrooms, chestnuts, shellfish and the first waves of fatty fish.