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Hakuba chain of mountains of snow and a pink one cherry tree = shutterstock

Life and Culture

2019/4/5

Shining Spring and Distant Snow Scene: From 10 beautiful pictures!

Japan is now in the spring season. Cherry blossoms bloom in many places in Tokyo, Kyoto, etc. I will introduce you this beautiful Japanese spring with 10 photos. Even though spring has come, the distant mountains are still full of white snow. Please enjoy the scenery where spring and winter coexist. White Mount Fuji and Shining Trees Mount Fuji and Cherry Blossom in full bloom as seen from Lake Tanuki, Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan = AdobeStock Mount Fuji and cherry blossoms.The shooting location is Lake Kawaguchiko, Yamanashi prefecture Japan = shutterstock Mount Fuji is still in the midst of winter. Meanwhile, spring came around Mount Fuji, so you can enjoy the wonderful contrast of winter and spring.   Pink moss field and Mt. Fuji with clear blue sky = shutterstock Around Mt. Fuji, after the cherry blossoms have fallen, the flowers of Moss Phlox will begin to bloom from the middle of April.   Fresh green tea fields with snow-capped Mount Fuji = shutterstock On the south side of Mt. Fuji, there are many tea plantations. In these fields, the fresh greens are very beautiful in spring.   Mountainous area of Honshu Hakuba chain of mountains of snow and a pink one cherry tree = shutterstock In the mountainous region of Honshu, you can now enjoy the wonderful contrast between winter and spring. The above photo was taken at Hakuba Village in Nagano Prefecture. In Hakuba, high mountains around 3000 meters above sea level are connected. In these mountains, many tourists enjoy skiing and ...

Spring is approaching. White plum blossoms blooming in Tokyo, Japan. Next is the cherry blossoms!

Cherry Blossom Interests

2019/2/18

2019 Japan Cherry Blossom Forecast: slightly earlier or same as usual

Today, I will introduce the cherry blossom forecast of 2019. It is now winter in Japan. However, in Tokyo, plum blossoms began to bloom first. I feel that spring is approaching gradually. Now, the Japanese are starting to feel excited, feeling spring is near. Cherry blossoms are expected to be a little earlier or the same as usual. Please also refer to the following articles for Japanese cherry blossoms.   Summary If you click on this image, the site of Japan Weather Association (in Japanese) will be displayed on a separate page According to the forecast released by the Japan Weather Association on February 7, the cherry blossoms will start flowering from Fukuoka and Kumamoto on March 19. It will flower in Nagasaki and Saga, Kochi on March 21, and Tokyo and Matsuyama on 22th. It will bloom in a wide range from west Japan to eastern Japan by the end of March. In Hokuriku, Nagano and Tohoku regions, there are many places to bloom from early April to mid-April. And on April 29th it will flower in Hakodate, Hokkaido. The forecast for each region announced by the Japan Weather Association is as follows. The cherry blossoms will be in full bloom in about a week after blooming. You can enjoy cherry blossoms for about 10 days after flowering.   Kyushu Region: Cherry Blossom Forecast 2019 Isshingyo Sakura Tree, Aso Kumamoto Japan = shutterstock Map of Kyushu = shutterstock Forecast flowering Average Year Fukuoka City March 19 March 23 Oita City March 24 March 24 Nagasaki ...

Annual Events in Japan

Fundamentals

2018/6/20

Annual Events in Japan! New Year, Setsubun, Hanami, Obon, Christmas etc.

There are still many traditional annual events in Japan. Many Japanese celebrate these annual events with their families. Recently, many foreign tourists enjoying such events. In such an event, you will be able to observe Japanese life culture deeply. Let me introduce representative annual events. New Year events Annual events of the New Year are the biggest in Japan. From the end of the year the following things are taking place. Joya no kane "Joya no kane" is an annual event held at Buddhist temples = Shutterstock "Joya no kane" is an annual event held at Buddhist temples. At midnight on 31 December, the priests ring the big bells of the temple 108 times. There seems to be 108 anxieties to humans. There is a meaning to drive away those feelings to the bells of the night. Toshi-Koshi soba "Toshi-Koshi soba" is noodles customarily eaten on December 31st. Japanese eat long noodles in the hope that they wii lead and fortunate life. Hatsumode Crowd of Hatsumode at Asakusa in Tokyo, Japan. Hatsumode is the first Shinto shrine or Buddhist temple visit of the Japanese New Year = Shutterstock "Hatsumode" is one's first visit of the year to a shrine or temple. In the New Year, every shrine and temple is crowded with so many people.   Setsubun "Setsubun" is a japanese traditional event = Shutterstock "Setsubun" is a traditional event to drive away evil. It will be held in early February. People throw beans at home while chatting "Oni-wa-soto, fuku-wa-uti," meaning "Out with demons! In with good luck!" ...

It is Spring landscape, Maeda Forest Park of people who walks and walks around the canal of Sapporo City Hokkaido Park

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Hokkaido Weather in May! Temperature and precipitation

On this page, I will explain about the weather in Hokkaido in May. At this time, trees and grass grow as steady and beautiful fresh green starts to shine. The inhabitants of Hokkaido are relieved for this late spring's arrival just because the winter is severely long. Why do not you also enjoy the late spring of this northern country? Weather in Hokkaido in May (overview) In May, the days when daytime temperatures will rise to around 20 degrees Celsius will increase. It rains moderately. Every time it rains, trees and grass will grow. May is one of the best seasons to travel in Hokkaido. However, cool down in the morning and evening continues every year. Even in late May, the temperature may fall below 10 degrees in the morning and evening. When I go to Sapporo this time, I like to take a walk in the park in the city early in the morning. Of course it is cold. I walk on the jacket, wearing a thin jumper. Still I feel cold. But I like the cool morning atmosphere of this northern country. In some big ski resorts such as Niseko you can still enjoy skiing and snowboarding. As there are no more snow on the road, you should be able to go skiing at ease. Below is the meteorological data of Hokkaido released by the Japan Meteorological Agency in May. Please refer to it when preparing for the trip.   Hokkaido weather in early May (2018) Sapporo Hakodate Kushiro Maximum temperature (Celsius)  17.2 ...

Hankyu Department Store Osaka Umeda Main Store in Osaka city Japan = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Osaka Weather in May! Temperature and precipitation

If you were to stay in Osaka in May, what kind of clothes should you wear? On this page, I will explain the weather in Osaka in May. Osaka is very comfortable in May as well as other major cities in Honshu such as Tokyo. You surely can enjoy your journey. Weather in Osaka in May (overview) In May, the maximum temperature in Osaka continues to be warmer than 20 degrees Celsius. Every time it rains, trees and flowers grow and show us beautiful fresh green. Many tourists go to play in famous park such as Osaka Castle Park. I think that you basically do not need clothes such as cardigans on a sunny day. However, if you are not good at cold weather, please bring cardigan. On rainy days, the temperature may not exceed 20 degrees. In preparation for such a case, you should also prepare clothing other than short sleeves. Rain and cloudy days will increase in late May. Every year in Japan, there is a rainy season in June. The transition period from spring to summer is getting closer. Therefore, if you stay in Osaka late May, there may be many rainy days. Below is the meteorological data of Osaka in May 2018 released by the Japan Weather Association. please refer. Osaka weather in early May (2018) Maximum temperature (Celsius) 28.3 Minimum air temperature 10.3 Total precipitation 85.5 mm Fine weather ratio 46% Osaka weather in the middle of May (2018) Maximum temperature (Celsius) 28.8 Minimum air temperature 9.7 Total precipitation 102.5 ...

Young girl wearing Japanese kimono standing in front of Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Tokyo Weather in May! Temperature and precipitation

If you go to Tokyo in May, I think the climate is very comfortable. It is a perfect climate for visiting sightseeing spots, so please visit here and there. However, the weather will become unstable a bit in late May. On this page, I will explain the weather of Tokyo in May, quoting the weather data released by the Japan Weather Association. Weather in Tokyo in May (overview) I think that you can spend very comfortably in Tokyo in early May and mid-May. The temperature is warm as the following weather data shows. When exercising, sweat may come out. However, it is not as hot as the summer yet. You may be OK for short-sleeved shirts during the day. There are many sunny days, but it may rain. Sometimes it rains continuously for several days. Rainy days will gradually increase at the end of May. Temperatures will also rise and there will be days when you feel hot and humid. In this way Japan will have rainy season in June, then full-fledged summer will come.   Tokyo weather in early May (2018) Maximum temperature (Celsius) 28.1 Minimum air temperature 10.0 Total precipitation 93.0 mm Fine weather ratio 38 %   Tokyo weather in the middle of May (2018) Maximum temperature (Celsius) 29.0 Minimum air temperature 9.0 Total precipitation 49.0 mm Fine weather ratio 61 %   Tokyo weather in late May (2018) Maximum temperature (Celsius) 27.6 Minimum air temperature 13.7 Total precipitation 23.5 mm Fine weather ratio 39 %   I appreciate you reading to ...

In late April, tourists walking in Goryokaku Park, watching beautiful cherry blossoms, Hakodate, Hokkaido = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Hokkaido Weather in April! Temperature and precipitation

On this page, I will explain about the weather in Hokkaido in April. The weather of Hokkaido is quite different from Tokyo and Osaka. In Hokkaido, snow may still fall even in April. It gets much warmer during the day, but sometimes it is pretty cold, so beware. Weather in Hokkaido in April (overview) In April, cherry blossoms will bloom soon in Tokyo and Osaka, after that the fresh green of trees and grass will start to shine beautifully. However, in Hokkaido, cherry blossoms do not bloom soon. On the contrary, in early April, it is sometimes snowing rarely in the western part near the Sea of ​​Japan. Even if it does not snow, morning and evening is quite chilled. I think that you still need a coat or jumper. Of course, winter does not last for Hokkaido all the same. Even if snow falls, it does not pile up. And the days when the temperature exceeds 10 degrees Celsius increases in the daytime. In the second half of April, the temperature in the day rises steadily and may exceed 20 degrees. At this time, cherry blossoms finally bloom. However, it is not unusual to cool down to less than 10 degrees in the morning and evening, even if it exceeds 20 degrees in the daytime. This temperature difference is intense in Hokkaido. So, I recommend that you bring a warm coat. Below is the weather data of April of Hokkaido released by Japan Meteorological Agency. I think that you can read from these data ...

Tourists under cherry blossom tree at osaka castle in spring season osaka japan = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Osaka Weather in April! Temperature and precipitation

In Japan it is the spring tourist season from April to May. Because there are many warm and comfortable days, the tourist spots are crowded with people from home and abroad. Osaka is also in a full-fledged tourist season from April. If you stay in Osaka in April, what kind of clothes should you prepare? On this page, I will tell you the weather of Osaka in April. Weather in Osaka in April (overview) The climate of Osaka is roughly the same as other major cities in Honshu such as Tokyo. In April, the day when the maximum temperature exceeds 20 degrees continues. The weather is roughly good. So, you can turn around sightseeing spots comfortably. It is warm, so you probably do not need jumpers etc during the day. However, in the evening the temperature will be lower by 10 degrees more than noon. If you are outdoors at night for the purpose of sight seeing the cherry blossoms, I think that it is better to bring a jumper. At the end of April, the sunlight becomes much stronger. On sunny days, you may not need cardigans etc during the day. However, let's keep in mind that it will be cooler at night.   Osaka weather in early April (2018) Maximum temperature (Celsius) 24.9 Minimum air temperature 6.1 Total precipitation 15.0 mm Fine weather ratio 59%   Osaka weather in the middle of April (2018) Maximum temperature (Celsius) 25.9 Minimum air temperature 9.6 Total precipitation 69.0 mm Fine weather ratio 49%   Osaka weather in ...

The woman who reads a book under the cherry tree = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Tokyo Weather in April! Temperature and precipitation

If you go to Tokyo in April, I think that it will be a pleasant trip. It is the best season of sightseeing that is lined with October and November. Based on the weather data released by the Japan Weather Association, I will introduce what kind of weather is Tokyo in this period. Weather in Tokyo in April (overview) After late March, the temperature in Tokyo will rise at a stretch. In April, there are days when the maximum temperature exceeds 25 degrees. It's warm, so you will no longer see people wearing a coat in the city. However, there are days when it gets cold at night. Therefore, if you go to see cherry blossoms at night, take a spring coat or a jumper. It is not about March in April, but it sometimes rains. You may as well as put an umbrella in your suitcase. Sometimes it feels hot in late April. In the town, people with a quick heart will wear short sleeve clothes. Every time it rains, the leaves of the trees grow up and the beautiful fresh green season comes.   Tokyo weather in early April (2018) Maximum temperature (Celsius) 26.2 Minimum air temperature   5.5 Total precipitation 1.0 mm Fine weather ratio 59 %   Tokyo weather in the middle of April (2018) Maximum temperature (Celsius) 26.4 Minimum air temperature 10.2 Total precipitation 49.5 mm Fine weather ratio 42 %   Tokyo weather in late April (2018) Maximum temperature (Celsius) 28.3 Minimum air temperature 12.8 Total precipitation 58.5 mm ...

General view of people snowboarding on a tree-lined piste in the Niseko Grand Hirafu ski resort, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2018/6/12

Hokkaido Weather in March! Temperature and precipitation

The Japanese archipelago enter the transition period from winter to spring every March. The weather is unstable and wind is strong at this time. Even in Hokkaido, the temperature will gradually rise at this time and you will be informed that spring is approaching. But in Hokkaido you must neglect cold weather countermeasures. It is not amusing when snow falls yet in Hokkaido. On this page, I will explain about the weather in Hokkaido in March. Weather in Hokkaido in March (overview) In March, warm days with high maximum daytime temperatures exceeding 10 degrees Celsius will gradually increase in Hokkaido. In Hokkaido where the maximum temperature was around 5 degrees until February, people begin to feel that spring is coming at this time. Because winter was long and hard, people excited about spring approaching. However, the cold weather still continues. It is not uncommon as the days when the lowest temperature in the middle of the night or the dawn becomes minus 5 degrees or less. It will come back in winter and heavy snow will fall. Thus, the weather in March is unstable. So, if you are traveling in Hokkaido this time, please do not forget your winter clothes. If you want to enjoy winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding, you can enjoy it with ski resorts in Hokkaido. It is still in the midst of winter to the ski resorts such as Niseko. In March, people in Tokyo, Osaka etc. are excited about the topic of when cherry blossoms will bloom. However, ...

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