What Kind of Climate Does Japan Have?

Japan has a varied climate, depending on location within the country, since northern Japan enjoys a cool temperate climate while southern Japan is classified as tropical. Japan enjoys four seasons, but winters are very mild, with temperatures only dropping below freezing in the winter in cities like Sapporo. Summer in June ushers in mild temperatures, with cities like Fukuoka and Naha seeing averages in the 80s.

Japan's northern region is known for hosting winter sports and sees decent precipitation levels, while southern Japan stays mild and sunny for most of the winter. The rainy season in Japan lasts about 3 to 4 weeks, staring in June.