Japan: When to go
Japan is a year-round destination with a long ski season in the winter months, and escape from the heat in the Japan Alps in the summer months. It will be hot and humid from the wettest month of June through to September and several typhoons hit Japan every year over these months. Spring and autumn are the most popular times to travel for cherry blossom and ‘koyo’ leaf viewing. Expect scattered showers in spring but it is generally warm, and the autumn is warmer than the UK.
Several airlines offer direct flights to Tokyo Narita airport which is 70km from the city. Haneda airport, which is nearer, has recently opened up slots for early morning international arrivals and departures. Various regional airports can be reached by flying indirect on European and Asian carriers.
UK, U.S. and most European passport holders do not require a visa for a short stay up to 90 days.
Unlike the rest of Asia, vaccinations are not required for Japan. Please contact your GP or travel health specialist for confirmation of this.
Flying times from UK
Tokyo is approx. 12 hours from London.