Cold days and snowy mountains make this peak ski season, but affordable and uncrowded elsewhere.
Many businesses close over the New Year period (end December to early January).
(Jun & Jul, Sep–Dec)
June and July fall in rainy season (except Hokkaidō); typhoons roll through in September.
Prices and crowds increase in resort areas during autumn foliage season (November).
(Apr & May, Aug)
Weather in April and May is generally fantastic; August is hot and humid but the season for summer festivals.
Accommodation is pricey and hard to find during cherry-blossom season (late March to early April), Golden Week (early May) and O-Bon (mid-August).