When to visit
Tokyo has four distinct seasons. Tokyo in the spring is mild followed by hot and humid summers punctuated with typhoons. Autumn in Tokyo is cool and fresh, followed by cold winters. Snow is rare but has been known to fall in the first few months of the year.
- Spring (March to May): See the city take on a gentler appearance as the plum blossoms and cherry blossoms flower. Stretch out on a mat, drink sake and eat Japanese dumplings under the blooms at Shinjuku Gyoen, Yoyogi, Ueno or Inokashira parks
- Summer (June to August): Enjoy one of Japan's largest fireworks displays at the Sumida River. Head for Mt. Takao for its seasonal beer garden and to see some fireflies.
- Autumn (September to November): Visit gardens such as Koishikawa Korakuen, or hike the Okutama mountains for fantastic fall foliage. Temperatures cool but the event calendar heats up with the Tokyo Game Show and Tokyo International Film Festival.
- Winter (December to February): Winter illuminations appear throughout the city, ice-skating rinks open and revelers crowd Sensoji Temple and Meiji-jingu Shrine for New Year pilgrimages and festivities.