What month is best for you to travel to Japan by motorcycle?

Kaoru Sugiura

What month is best for you to travel to Japan by motorcycle?

You probably want to know what month is best for your motorcycle trip to Japan.

The best time to travel by motorcycle in Japan is between April and early June, and between September and October.

The northern part of Japan, or the Sea of Japan, has the most snowfall in the world.

See the map below.

This is a simplified diagram I created.

The blue areas are where there is a lot of snow after December, and the green areas are where it can freeze.

However, even in areas that remain white on this map, there is a risk of icing on road surfaces at higher elevations or in shaded areas, making it very dangerous to ride a motorcycle, especially in the morning or at night.

If you plan to ride around Japan on a motorcycle, the best time to do so is in April, when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.


(The cherry blossom period is very short and very difficult to predict in advance.)

In Japan, the rainy season, which starts in mid-June and lasts until late July, is known as the rainy season.

It is not recommended to ride a motorcycle during this period because of intermittent light rain during this time.

spring camp in Hokkaido

For general sightseeing, Kyoto in the rain can be very beautiful.

In addition, July through August is the hottest season, and riding a motorcycle during the daytime is a life-threatening activity.

Japanese riders also take the route of going to high-altitude areas in the early morning and coming back to the foot of the mountain after the sun goes down.

On the other hand, the best time to travel by motorcycle is from September to mid-November, when the weather turns colder.

Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, known for Tokyo Story

At this time, you will be able to enjoy the wonderful natural beauty of Japan’s mountains with their autumn foliage.

Now, Westerners should be aware that precipitation in Japan is several times higher than in the West.

Tokyo receives about three times as much precipitation as Berlin and twice as much as New York.

Therefore, it would take a miracle for you not to get rained on during your touring.

Kaoru Sugiura
A man who was president of a motorcycle circle when he was a student
・Motorcycle history 10 years
・Mileage over 100,000 km
・Achieved around Japan
Hobbies include long-distance camping touring and playing with motorcycles
Currently riding TRX850, W650, PCX, Mark X

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