Central Honshū’s climate varies with its landscape. In the Japan Alps, winters are cold and long with abundant snowfall from November to February, with the highest peaks covered until June. July and August tend to be most agreeable for hikers; the snows are generally melted and temperatures warmest. In the lowlands the best times to visit are April and May or late September to early November; temperatures are mild and clear sunny skies are the norm. Expect heavy rains in the early summer tsuyu (monsoon) season followed by sticky summers in the lowlands; typhoon season usually peaks in September.