The climate year of Japan
Japan is one of the largest island nations in the world in terms of area and stretches from north to south across several climate zones. In the northernmost region of Hokkaido, a cold to temperate climate zone dominates around the 45th parallel. Towards the south, temperatures become warmer and subtropical climate prevails in the southernmost region of Okinawa around the 20th parallel. This makes the island state an attractive vacation destination throughout the year, since due to the great climatic diversity, everyone in the country can find their ideal vacation spot. Due to its large north-south extension, Japan lies on four tectonic plates, which also have an influence on the weather of the regions. Small and medium quakes are almost commonplace, for example in the capital of the island state Tokyo, while larger quakes are extremely rare.
General information about Japan
Japan is popular with both foreign and domestic tourists, as it offers a wide variety of activities. For city dwellers, Japan's nature offers many appealing aspects, as about 80% of the country is sparsely populated or not populated at all. Here, visitors still encounter unspoiled natural beauty, with which each region also advertises. Each region has its own rankings with the most beautiful natural jewels or the most attractive viewpoints. In the northern region, with a cold to temperate climate, there are numerous winter sports areas, of which Sapporo is probably one of the most famous, as it hosted the 1972 Olympic Games. Prosperity ensured that numerous amusement parks sprang up in Japan, though not all of them were able to sustain themselves. However, larger resorts such as Tokyo Disney Sea - Japan's Disneyland - enjoy greater popularity and are well worth a visit.
As varied as the climate zones of Japan are, so is the year. The north of the island state records little rain over the year, but significantly lower temperatures. Winters last longer and are extremely rich in snow. A little further south, there is still plenty of snow, but the summer lasts much longer and, with a little luck, if there is a foehn wind, it is also pleasantly warm. In the central highlands, there are sharp temperature differences in summer and winter, and there is significantly more precipitation. In the Pacific region there is rarely snowfall in winter but very hot and dry summers, which is ideal if you do not like tropical humid climate. The subtropical climate with heavy rainfall during the rainy season dominates the south of the island chain and provides warm mild winters and hot summers.