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Mt. Fuji and Shiba Sakura (moss phlox, moss pink, mountain phlox). A spectacular spring landscape representing Japan = Shutterstock

Mt. Fuji and Shiba Sakura (moss phlox, moss pink, mountain phlox). A spectacular spring landscape representing Japan = Shutterstock

May in Japan! The Best season. Mountains are also beautiful!

The fresh green scenery is beautiful everywhere in May throughout the Japanese archipelago. As I mentioned on the April page, flowers of moss slime and nemophila continue to bloom nicely. If you go to a mountainous area such as Shirakawago, the contrast of the fresh green and the snow remaining in the mountains will be wonderful. On this page, I will introduce sightseeing spots especially recommended for the month of May.

Information on Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido in May

If you plan on going to Tokyo, Osaka or Hokkaido in May, please click the image from the slider below for more information.

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

May

2020/6/14

Tokyo Weather in May! Temperature, rain, clothes

If you go to Tokyo in May the climate is likely to be very comfortable. It is a perfect climate for visiting sightseeing spots, so be sure to take advantage when possible. However, the weather will become a bit unstable in late May. On this page, I will discuss the weather of Tokyo in May based on the weather data released by the Japan Weather Association. 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 on the weather in Osaka and Hokkaido in May. 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 May (overview)Tokyo weather in early May (2018)Tokyo weather in the middle of May (2018)Tokyo weather in late May (2018) Weather in Tokyo in May (overview) Graph: Temperature change in Tokyo in May ※ 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) If you go to Tokyo in May, you will enjoy a quite comfortable trip. As the graph above shows, in early and mid-May, the days in Tokyo are not too hot or too cold. When exercising, you may break a sweat. However, it is not as hot as the summer yet. You may be fine wearing short-sleeved shirts during the ...

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

May

2020/6/14

Osaka Weather in May! Temperature, rain, clothes

If you travel Osaka in May, what kind of clothes should you wear? On this page, I will discuss the weather, the amount of precipitation and the best clothes for the month of May. Osaka is very comfortable in May as well as other major cities on Honshu such as Tokyo. You can surely expect to enjoy your trip. 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 about the weather in Tokyo and Hokkaido in May. 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 May (overview)Osaka weather in early May (2018)Osaka weather in the middle of May (2018)Osaka weather in late May (2018) Weather in Osaka in May (overview) Graph: Temperature change in Osaka in May ※ 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) 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 their beautiful lush green color. People often stroll through large parks such as Osaka Castle Park. Generally, you will not need warmer clothing such as cardigans on a sunny day. However, if you get cold easily it is a good idea to bring one just in case. In business, we wear ...

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

May

2020/6/17

Hokkaido Weather in May! Temperature, rain, clothes

On this page, I will introduce Hokkaido weather in May. At this time, full-scale spring comes to Hokkaido. The cherry blossoms bloom one month later than Tokyo and then the trees turn to a wonderful fresh green. You will be able to explore beautiful tourist areas with a pleasant climate. This article contains a lot of pictures to help you imagine the weather in May 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 May. Tokyo and Osaka have different weather conditions from Hokkaido, so please be careful. Table of ContentsQ & A about Hokkaido in MayWeather in Hokkaido in May (overview)Hokkaido weather in early MayHokkaido weather in the middle of MayHokkaido weather in late May Q & A about Hokkaido in May Does snow fall in May in Hokkaido? There is no snow in Hokkaido in May. However, in some large ski resorts such as Niseko, you can ski until about May 6th. How cold is Hokkaido in May? Hokkaido has a spring climate in May. You can travel comfortably. What kind of clothes should we wear in May in Hokkaido? Spring clothes are desirable in May. For spring clothes in Japan, please refer to the following article. When is the best time to visit Hokkaido? If you want to enjoy winter snowy landscapes then January and February are the best months. If ...

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Snow melting highlands such as Kamikochi are very beautiful

From April to May, you can travel very comfortably in Japan. The temperature is not too hot or cold but it is just right. Relatively nice weather can be enjoyed nationwide. Tourist destinations such as Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Hiroshima are crowded with travelers who are sightseeing. By all means, please visit various places in Japan.

If you traveling for a significant amount of time, I recommend going to the mountainous region of Honshu in addition to Tokyo and Kyoto etc.

Every year in May, snow melts from the mountains of Japan and water flows into streams from the mountains. The sounds of these streams are very pure. Even in the mountainous areas, the trees come to life all at once as the winter ends. The mountainous areas at this time are very beautiful, so consider adding these to your itinerary.

The places I would like to recommend specifically are the following.

Kamikochi (Nagano Prefecture)

Hotaka mountains and Kappa bridge in Kamikochi, Japan = shutterstock

Hotaka mountains and Kappa bridge in Kamikochi, Japan = shutterstock

Kamikochi is located in Nagano prefecture in central Honshu. It is a plateau surrounded by some of the best mountains in Japan. The snow remaining on the mountains is a beautiful sight in May. If you use trains and buses from Tokyo it will be about a six hour commute. As there are many good hotels, including Kamikochi Empire Hotel, which is very popular as a luxury resort hotel, you can spend the night comfortably. Kamikochi's official website is as follows.

Japan Alps Kamikochi Official Website | Chubu Sangaku National Park
Japan Alps Kamikochi Official Website | Chubu Sangaku National Park

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Oze (Gumma prefecture)

Oze is surrounded by beautiful mountains, and sidewalks are maintained in the vast wetlands = AdobeStock

Oze is surrounded by beautiful mountains, and sidewalks are maintained in the vast wetlands = AdobeStock

If you are interested in hiking in particular, I recommend you go to Oze. Oze is a highland with an altitude of approximately 1500 meters. This highland is surrounded by 2000 meters of mountains. People cannot visit during the heavy snowfall of winter.

Every year in May, the snow in the mountains begins to melt and beautiful flowers, "Mizu-basho", bloom in the vast wetlands. There is no hotel in Oze so people visiting use mountain huts. The mountain huts are relatively big and comfortable. Tourists cannot drive in Oze so people go by bus to the entrance called Hatomachi-Toge and walk from there. Oze's official website is as follows.

English – 尾瀬保護財団
English – 尾瀬保護財団

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The climate is generally good in May but as the month ends the rainfall will gradually increase. In June every year, Japan will have a rainy season. Therefore, if you plan to travel in Japan during May, I recommend that you travel before late May as much as possible.

 

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About me

Bon KUROSAWA  I have long worked as a senior editor for Nihon Keizai Shimbun (NIKKEI) and currently work as an independent web writer. At NIKKEI, I was the editor-in-chief of the media on Japanese culture. Let me introduce a lot of fun and interesting things about Japan. Please refer to this article for more details.

2018-06-07

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