In April, beautiful cherry blossoms bloom in various places in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and other cities. These places are crowded with people who go out to see them. After that, a fresh green will fill these cities with the new season. Soon, you will find much more moss as well as blooming nemophila. In April you will enjoy a very pleasant trip. On this page, I will introduce to you what kind of trip you can expect in April.
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Information of Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido in April
If you plan on going to Tokyo, Osaka or Hokkaido in April, please click an image from the slider below for more information.
If you go to Tokyo in April, you will likely enjoy a pleasant trip. Tokyo has a mild spring climate in April. The temperature is comfortable. In early April you can also enjoy cherry blossoms. Based on the weather data released by the Japan Weather Association, I will give a brief introduction on Tokyo weather in April. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Tokyo. Use the slider to select the month you wish to know more about. Below are articles about the weather in Osaka and Hokkaido in April. If you plan to go to Hokkaido as well as Tokyo, please note that the weather in Hokkaido is quite different from Tokyo. For spring clothes, please refer to the following article. Table of ContentsWeather in Tokyo in April (overview)Tokyo weather in early April (2018)Tokyo weather in the middle of April (2018)Tokyo weather in late April (2018) Weather in Tokyo in April (overview) Graph: Temperature change in Tokyo in April ※ Based on the data released by the Japan Meteorological Agency. Both high and low temperature data are averages over the past 30 years (1981-2010) After late March, the temperature in Tokyo will rise significantly. 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. As it may rain in ...
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 experiencing peak tourist season from April. If you plan on staying in Osaka in April, what kind of clothes should you prepare? On this page, I will discuss the weather of Osaka in April to give you an idea. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Osaka. Use the slider to select the month you wish to know more about. Below are articles on the weather in Tokyo and Hokkaido in April. If you plan to go to Hokkaido as well as Osaka, please note that the weather in Hokkaido is quite different from Osaka. Table of ContentsWeather in Osaka in April (overview)Osaka weather in early April (2018)Osaka weather in the middle of April (2018)Osaka weather in late April (2018) Weather in Osaka in April (overview) Graph: Temperature change in Osaka in April ※ Based on the data released by the Japan Meteorological Agency. Both high and low temperature data are averages over the past 30 years (1981-2010) The climate of Osaka is roughly the same as other major cities in Honshu such as Tokyo. In April, days that exceed 20 degree high temperatures are abundant. The weather is generally good so you can go around sightseeing spots comfortably. It is warm, so you probably won’t need jumpers and such during the day. However, in the evening the temperature will ...
On this page, I will discuss the weather in Hokkaido during the month of April. The weather of Hokkaido is quite different from Tokyo. In Hokkaido, snow may still fall even in April. It gets much warmer during the day but sometimes it is pretty cold, so take caution. This article contains many pictures that will help you imagine the weather in April in Hokkaido, so please refer to them. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Hokkaido. Use the slider to select the month you wish to know more about. Below are articles about the weather in Tokyo and Osaka in April. Tokyo and Osaka have different weather conditions from Hokkaido, so please be careful. Table of ContentsQ & A about Hokkaido in AprilWeather in Hokkaido in April (overview)Hokkaido weather in early AprilHokkaido weather in the middle of AprilHokkaido weather in late April Q & A about Hokkaido in April Does snow fall in April in Hokkaido? In the first half of April, snow may fall in some cities such as Asahikawa and Sapporo. However, in urban areas, you will generally find it difficult to find snow covered landscapes. On the other hand, snow still falls in the mountains. You can still enjoy winter sports at Niseko and other ski resorts. How cold is Hokkaido in April? The temperature of Hokkaido will gradually rise in April. By mid-April, the daytime maximum temperature will exceed 10 degrees Celsius. In urban areas such as Sapporo, cherry blossoms begin to bloom in late April as spring ...
You can enjoy spring skiing at some ski areas.
In general, the Japanese archipelago enters spring in April every year, but some ski resorts continue to operate in Hokkaido and Honshu’s mountainous areas. Here, you can enjoy spring skiing.
If you are traveling with children, you can try sledding or simply playing in the snow at the ski slopes. Spring skiing is somewhat different from winter skiing. In the winter you will likely ski in very cold weather. In contrast, the temperature is a bit warmer in the spring. Outside of the ski resort the snow melts quicker and there is sometimes only a little snow on the roads and areas around your hotel. You may ski while being able to enjoy greenery nearby.
Even ski resorts often have rain in April. You cannot easily enjoy very snowy landscapes found in the winter season. If you require skiwear, you should use a rental service. However, you may not need much thick clothing at this time.
Representative ski resorts that continue to operate every April are as follows. There are many ski resorts, but I personally recommend Niseko in Hokkaido and Hakuba Village (HAKUBA 47, Happo-One) in Nagano Prefecture. If you are an advanced skier and want to enjoy skiing after the typical ski season, I recommend the Gassan Ski Resort in Yamagata Prefecture.
Niseko Annupuri International Ski Resort
Sapporo International Ski Resort
Asahi-dake Ropeway Ski Resort
Kiroro Snow World
Zao Onsen Ski Resort
Appi-Kogen Ski Resort
Hoshino Resort Nekoma Ski Resort
Gassan Ski Resort (opens in early April and will be open until July. Please refer to the following video)
Kanto region, Chubu region
Marunuka Kogen Ski Resort
Tanbara Ski Park
Naeba Ski Resort
Gala Yuzawa Ski Resort
Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort
HAKUBA 47 Winter Sports Park
Hakuba Happo-One Ski Resort
Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort
Akakura Ski Resort
Shiga Kogen Ski Resort (Takaamagara, Ichinosu)
It is also recommended to see the snowy walls in Tateyama
From April 15th, as I mentioned on another page, you can also go to Tateyama in central Honshu to see huge snow walls. These snow walls can be seen until June. If you want to enjoy snowy scenery outside of ski resorts, I recommend this snowy wall. The official website of Tateyama is the following:
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route
You can see cherry blossoms, moss grasses, and nemophila
Cherry blossoms start to bloom in northern Honshu and Hokkaido from mid-April
In April, you can find various flowers in Japan. Cherry blossoms, the representative flower of Japan, will start their blooming cycle in Kyushu every year in late March. Sakura bloom in the main cities of Honshu such as Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka from the end of March to the beginning of April.
You cannot see the cherry blossoms in Tokyo etc., unless you can time your trip to match this particular blooming week or so. That’s okay because cherry blossoms will also begin to bloom in northern Honshu and Hokkaido afterwards. If you want to see cherry blossoms, I recommend you add northern Honshu and Hokkaido to your itinerary. Cherry blossoms bloom in northern Honshu and Hokkaido every year according to the table below.
Flowering date in average year
Sapporo around May 3rd
Hakodate around April 30
Aomori around April 24
Morioka around April 21
Akita around April 18
Yamagata around April 15
Sendai around April 11
Fukushima around April 9
Personally, I can particularly recommend the cherry blossoms at Hirosaki Castle in Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture. The cherry trees blooming at this traditional castle are very beautiful.
Let's go to see grass cherry blossoms and nemophila!
When the cherry blossom season ends in the main cities of Honshu, this time the shibazakura (grass cherry blossoms) and nemophila flowers are at their peak.
I especially recommend flowers in the following places. Beautiful flowers that can rival cherry blossoms are blooming all over and are also superb. If you are planning a trip to Japan during these times, please add it to your itinerary.
Hitachi Seaside Park (Ibaraki Prefecture)
Nemophila are beautiful here from late April to mid-May. Rape flowers and tulips also bloom here in April. Below is the official website of Hitachi Kaihin Park.
Fuji Motosu Lake Resort (Yamanashi Prefecture)
In the vicinity of Mt. Fuji, the grass cherry blossoms are beautiful every year from mid-April to late May. With Mt. Fuji in the background, a wonderful landscape is created. Below is the official website of Fuji Motosu Lake Resort.
Beware of traffic jams in popular tourist spots
Many places in the Japanese archipelago are very easy to enjoy in April weather. You can have a pleasant time not only in the places I introduced above but also in many other tourist spots.
However, there is one thing I want you to keep in mind: Traffic jams. Japanese people often travel for sightseeing in Japan in April. In addition, since the number of tourists visiting Japan increases year by year, famous sightseeing spots are very crowded.
For example, my friend experienced heavy traffic when going to see moss slope from Tokyo to Mt. Fuji. Because of the traffic, the trip took seven hours to get there. If you go to a famous sightseeing spot on a day trip from Tokyo, I recommend that you depart as soon as possible in the morning.
In Japan, elementary school and junior high school are on vacation from late March to early April. For this reason, there are many families going on sightseeing trips during this period. From the end of April to the beginning of May there is a long vacation period called "Golden Week". During this time, famous sightseeing spots are especially crowded so please beware.
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