When the world opens up again, Selective Asia won't just be my first port of call, they will be my only and I would urge anyone to support this superb, small and ethical company, From the time I first contacted Selective Asia, when I had a very useful conversation with Aaron about the type of trip we had in mind, to the very end of our holiday and return home, they provided excellent service.
Aaron worked hard to create an itinerary that would suit us, we were very happy with the hotels and tours they booked for us, and on the whole were more than satisfied with the local guides. We booked a holiday of a lifetime to Borneo, which was extremely well planned, accommodation was great and very much enjoyed it until the Malaysian government closed the country due to COVID-19 and we had 24 hours to leave the country.
Selective Asia were responsible for all travel while in Malaysia but I’d booked the flights to and from the country through BA. While Nick and his team were working at 1am in the morning to get us out the country, BA wouldn’t answer the phone and refused to get us home.
Once this was all confirmed we had access to a great app that had all the information required to make a stress-free trip. Quarantine Support: There was nothing that Nick or the team could have done about this it was simply the Viennese government being ultra cautious.
HOWEVER, whist most tour operators abandoned their quests Selective ensured we had a rep onsite at the facility who would bring us food and drink and even a pack of cards. Nick was always available day and night to answers questions and update us on what they were doing to support our early release.
Post Quarantine Support: Once back in the UK unlike many of the big tour operators Selective managed to refund a significant portion of our trip which meant insurance paid out on the rest quickly. Horrible experience as we lost our dream holiday to Vietnam but this wasn't Selective fault, and they did they best to help us.
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They carefully listen to your requirements and needs, add a considerable amount of value with their experience and knowledge of the location, then craft you the perfect holiday. Frequent communication, listened to what we wanted to be offered advice when asked for.
The itinerary was perfect with plenty of time for thorough exploration of Angkor Was and other very interesting temples, great excursions to discover village and town life with local interaction in Said Reap and Phenom Pen. Lunch with a local village family following a ride on an oxen cart was particularly memorable.
The guides were knowledgeable and pleasant, the drivers courteous and careful, and the suggested itinerary suited us well. The partners in the countries are equally amazing making the whole adventure very special.
The logistics worked like clockwork, the guides and drivers were always there when they were supposed to be and were very helpful and informative. Japan has four distinct seasons: You’ve got the famed cherry blossoms in the spring, festivals in the summer, vibrant foliage in autumn, and powdery snow come wintertime.
We’re going to go over the pros and cons of visiting Japan during each season to help you decide which time of year is ideal for YOU. Thinking about your answers to these questions is going to help you start to determine when to visit Japan.
While not a large country exactly, Japan spreads more than 1,800 miles (2,900+ kilometers) north to south, from the island of Hokkaido in the northeast all the way down to the island of Okinawa in the southwest. A distance that large means the weather from north to south varies quite a lot.
Hokkaido can be freezing while the subtropical island of Okinawa can be experiencing a beach day. For the purpose of this article, we’ll mostly be discussing the weather on the island of Honshu.
Located in the middle of the country, Honshu is where Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto are all located, and is where most international travelers will start and end their trip, especially if it is your first time in Japan. Common sense tells us that when you venture to higher elevations, you’ll find colder temperatures.
Fun Example: We went up into the Japanese Alps in August and found a drastic temperature swing: 95 °F (35 °C) at sea level to 65 °F (18 °C) in the mountains. Let’s chat about the sun, the snow, the rain, and those dreaded typhoons.
We’ll go over what type of weather you should expect throughout the year and describe our experience with a typhoon. We’re also going over some important information if you are interested in viewing Mount Fuji.
In fact, it has more than double the amount of annual rainfall as London. Despite rain, you’ll find life goes on as usual in Japan, as locals are used to it.
We visited Japan during the month of August, which as you now know is the peak of typhoon season. This was our experience: The entire day leading up to the typhoon was sunny with blue skies, and we both had this feeling that it wouldn’t be that bad.
There was talk about trains shutting down, and we had a food tour cancel on us because restaurants were closing up shop. We put on rain jackets, grabbed our one umbrella and headed into town just as a drizzle began to start.
By the next morning, blue skies started peeking out from behind clouds and by the afternoon you would never know what had happened the previous night. You should expect some plans to change since Japanese people take typhoons very seriously.
Instead, this shy mountain will stay cloaked behind clouds and haze, only occasionally peeking through. Best chances of seeing Mount Fuji: Based on data from years past, you will have the highest chance of seeing Mount Fuji between the months of November and February.
We visited Japan for the first time during early February, when we should have had a good chance of seeing Fuji. Alone Day Pass to get close to the mountain, yet we only saw WHITE Friction’ CLOUDS.
And on the other hand, we’ve known people who have seen Fuji peek out during July and August, supposedly bad months for viewing the mountain. But if you’re looking to get that iconic shot of a clear sky day and the mountain towering in the background in her famous symmetrical grandeur, late autumn through early spring will be your best bet at capturing this sight.
Japan has 4 distinct seasons: The winter is cold and the summer is hot. Spring is famously known for stunning displays of cherry blossoms around the country.
Japan gets very busy this time of year with domestic and international travelers, so if crowds bother you, this is another easy elimination. Fall comes with spectacular autumn foliage, and while not as crowded as cherry blossom season, it’s not an unpopular time to travel.
During the winter months, major cities like Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto tend to enjoy mild temperatures, but you can find snow and colder temps in the mountains and on Hokkaido (the northernmost island in Japan). Crowds tend to be fewer during winter, except for at the ski resorts where outdoor enthusiasts will be spoiled with some of the best powder in the world.
Some outdoor activities, like hiking and biking may be more difficult in the winter January: Coldest month of the year, clear and sunny skies, snowy in the northern part of the country, the best month for skiing and winter activities.
Layers, including a versatile jacket, gloves and a hat With stunning Laura (cherry blossoms) popping up all around the country and temperatures warming, it should come as no surprise that spring is a popular time to visit Japan.
If you travel to Japan in the spring, you’ll be rewarded with comfortable temperatures, beautiful blossoms, and crowds. Typical weather in Japan during the spring: Nice during the day, but chilly at night.
May 5, Children’s Day (Kokomo no hi) : often referred to as “the Boy’s Festival” this day celebrates young men by hanging carp streamers outside homes with boy children to wish them success in life. If your trip falls during these dates (or even a bit before and after), you’ll have the unique opportunity to see some celebrations and mingle with lots of Japanese travelers.
But be warned, you should start booking your accommodation well in advance because rooms sell out in popular places, like Kyoto, for example. I’m going to be honest, I don’t think we would travel to Japan during Golden Week because of the insane crowds.
If you want to see Cherry Blossom but aren’t excited about the prospect of crowds, we’d urge you to avoid Golden Week, and instead travel to Japan during early March. Cherry blossoms are only in bloom for roughly one week per location.
March: Temperatures are still cool, but it noticeably warms throughout the month. April: This is the prime month for cherry blossom viewing, though many Japanese people have a whole week off from work (Golden Week), so most major cherry blossom sites will be incredibly crowded.
…you don’t mind paying a bit more for hotels and tours during peak season Be prepare on ways to beat the humidity because it can get pretty sticky.
Typical weather in Japan during the summer: Hot, humid, sticky, and rainy. June: The beginning of the month is quite nice, comparable to the weather in May.
However, Isuzu (rainy season) starts around mid-June and last for about a month. It’s not rainy all day but there is a June gloom feeling that hangs around.
Temperatures get warmer and the humidity increases as the month progresses. Temperatures and humidity continue to rise as this is typically the second hottest month of the year.
August is a good time to venture into the mountains to escape the heat. Many Japanese have August 13th-15th off because of Oboe holiday, so try to avoid this time because it can get busy.
If you are visiting Japan in the summer, you’ll have the best conditions for diving all over the country. Over the last few years, I’ve realized I don’t handle extreme heat very well.
All of our accommodation (even in tiny villages) had strong AC, so we never had an issue with being comfortable at night. With typhoon season peaking at the beginning of September, the start of autumn in Japan is typically rainy depending on where you are.
September can be a pretty humid and rainy month, but it starts to get better in October The colorful leaves peak a bit later than other places in the Northern Hemisphere, like North America and Europe.
The best display of autumn colors can typically be seen toward the end of November and even through the beginning of December. September: peak of typhoon season in the southern prefectures, there can be airport and train delays.
It’s a good idea to check the calendar before booking your flight to Japan, as there are many national holidays and festivals that can affect your travels. Some of these festivals will be fun to observe, but they can also mean trains book up quickly and hotels mark up their rates for peak times.
Spotting Mount Fuji: Late Fall, Winter, early Spring We’ve traveled to Japan in both the summer and the wintertime, and each had its own pros and cons.
But we’ve been in hot and humid climates before, so honestly, it wasn’t anything we hadn’t dealt with before. And in the big cities, we actually got many sunny, blue sky days which was a surprise.
The cold temperatures made it fun to pop into cozy noodle shops or soak in hot onsets, whereas those activities were not quite so pleasant in the August heat. We preferred winter to summer, because the crowds were fewer, and we’re accustomed to cold weather, so we found it to be quite mild actually.
However, if we were able to choose, we would without a doubt, travel to Japan in the fall: early November, specifically. November has a smaller chance of rain than October, and more comfortable temperatures than December.
The temperatures will have cooled off from the crazy summer humidity, yet it wouldn’t be too cold for hiking. It wouldn’t have quite the same crazy crowds as cherry blossom season brings.
Alternatively, early March would offer the beginnings of cherry blossom season, comfortable weather, and fewer crowds than those you’ll find late April and early May during Golden Week.