The best month to go to Tokyo is in late March-early April.
“Why?” you say.
Because you’ll experience the cherry blossoms and they’re only around an extremely short time.
Now obviously this is a matter of opinion right? Maybe you don’t want to see the cherry blossoms. Really you can visit Tokyo any month of the year and find tons of things to see and do.
Here are several solid reasons why late March-early April is the best time to visit Tokyo.
The weather starts to improve in March
Late March the weather is starting to look up. It’s not yet rainy season. It’s warming up, yet it isn’t hot and humid yet.
It’s pretty much just right. Though it may be a bit cold some days. That’s easy to account for — a light jacket or heavy shirt and you’re good to go.
Bring clothes that can be layered easily… you will experience days with cool mornings, warm afternoons, and cool evenings again.
It’s outside of typhoon season
The typhoon season in Tokyo is between July and October. That’s not to say a typhoon cannot occur outside those times.
But they are more frequent between July and October. In fact, August and September typically see the most typhoons.
But March is much rarer.
The Anime Fair is in March
On the third weekend in March anime fans gather at the Tokyo Big Sight event hall in Odaiba for the annual Tokyo Anime Fair.
It’s one of the biggest gatherings of anime fans in the world and is packed with cosplay, artists, writers, and even actors/voice actors who play the characters in animated series.
St. Patrick’s Day is huge in Tokyo
This one may catch you off guard, but it’s true. Tokyo really parties hard on St. Patrick’s Day. Omotesando Street is blanketed with green, flags, floats, and crowds of people loving every minute of it.
They even have pretty girls from the pubs handing out free beer sometimes! Yea, it’s a blast!
Planning a honeymoon?
Late March/early April is one of the most romantic times to be in Tokyo with all the cherry blossoms blooming around you for some amazing photos (the other most romantic time is in the Fall when the red/yellow leaves show).
Just make sure you search for the cherry blossom schedule as the trees blossom at slightly different times each year.
Plan for at least three days in Tokyo in late March
If you plan a trip to Tokyo in late March, plan for at least 3 days.
Three days because you can spend nearly and entire day at the Tokyo Anime fair if that is your thing.
At least half of another day enjoying the cherry blossoms, natural scenery, and partaking in some glorious ohanami (under the cherry blossom picnic + drinking).
The extra day will give you breathing space to explore without a plan, just like we outline in our book “Make the Most of Tokyo: The best adventures are planned accidents.”
A common question we get is:
Do I need a VISA for Japan?
To answer this we’ll quote directly from the U.S. State department’s Japan International Travel Information page:
“You must have a valid passport and an onward/return ticket for tourist/business ‘visa-free’ stays of up to 90 days. Your passport must be valid for the entire time you are staying in Japan. You cannot work on a 90-day ‘visa-free’ entry.”