Snow falls and temperatures plummet.
Best time for skiing and visiting museums and galleries, while winter photographers will be in seventh heaven.
Late spring sees the country bathed first in blossoms – cherry trees, azaleas and more – then fresh, abundant greenery as the weather warms.
In autumn you can experience nature in all its russet shades, while the heat of summer has ebbed and things are cool, comfortable and crisp.
Be prepared for sweltering heat and a very heavy rainy season through July across the peninsula.