The Best Seasons for Cruising in Japan

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Japan is a bucket-list destination for so many people. Its exotic blend of ancient and contemporary culture is on display at every turn and discovering the history and diverse landscape of the Far East is one of the most exciting and memorable holidays you can imagine. But when is the best time to go?

Discover Seasonal Beauty on a Japan Cruise Package

Depending on when you visit, the country presents a very different (but always beautiful) face to greet her visitors. With the turning of the seasons comes a distinct change in the landscape and ambience, with each offering its own magical appeal.

The peak tourist times are associated with the much-heralded arrival of the cherry blossoms in the spring months, but autumn and winter are actually just as spectacular. Because there is less publicity around them, not everybody knows about the appeal of travelling in these alternative seasons. But at Jetline, we’ve got you covered with some fantastic Japan cruise itineraries that we guarantee you’ll never forget - no matter when you choose to go…

Spectacular Spring

Spring is definitely the most popular time to visit, to bathe in the delicate, awe-inspiring beauty of sakura, when the cherry blossoms are in full and brilliant bloom all over the country. The exact time differs from year to year (between late March through to May) but because of the diversity of weather from the south to the north of the country you can enjoy quite an extended season, depending on where and how far you travel.

Cities like Tokyo and Kyoto come alive with the proliferation of pastel pink blooms, while the vision of Mount Fuji framed by the magnificent blossoms and sporting a cap of snow on her peak is absolutely breathtaking. Spring is seen as a time of renewal and vitality, and there are many cultural events dedicated to the season.

Amazing Autumn

During the months of September, October and November you’ll be able to see the full splendour of the autumnal foliage (koyo). The rich russets, burnt oranges and delicate yellows that define the turning of the leaves make for spectacular viewing.

With a huge proportion of the landscape covered with dense forests, no matter where you turn, you’re greeted with a magnificent natural spectacle. For the local people, autumn is also a time of deep cultural significance. The experience of viewing the transformative beauty of places like Tokyo, Kyoto, Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi under the cloak of their vivid autumn colours is both memorable and inspirational.