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Four Seasons, Climate & Dress

Osaka can be different every time you come

Osaka takes on a different mood, displays a different form of expression during each season of the year. Because every season is beautiful in its own way, there is no best time to visit. So why not come several different times? And experience just how diverse and wonderful the city can be throughout the year!

Spring

Okawa River in SpringAfter the plum blossoms have fallen, sumo comes to Osaka; the annual Osaka Tournament takes place at the Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium in mid-March. The colorful banners that belong to each wrestler are displayed in front of the venue and the huge wrestlers can be seen walking the streets of the city.

At the end of March, and on through the beginning of April, the cherry blossoms burst into bloom, heralding the arrival of spring. You can see them everywhere, especially in places like the Nishinomaru Japanese Garden in Osaka Castle Park, in Nagai Park, and at Yodogawa Riverside Park. The Osaka Mint also has a tunnel of cherry trees that bloom in late April along the banks of the Okawa River near Nakanoshima. Cherry blossoms are the absolute highlight of spring. Endless crowds delight in strolling among the riotous trees, and in sitting under them with family and friends, drinking and celebrating the arrival of spring. Hideyoshi Toyotomi, Osaka's most famous historical figure, loved viewing the beautiful blossoms. He was, in that sense, typically Japanese; everyone in Japan loves the time of cherry blossoms.

Summer

Tenjin MatsuriDuring the rainy season in June, irises bloom in Shirokita Park and exotic flowers bloom at the Sakuya Konohana Kan, the Great Conservatory . And many people flock to see the hydrangea at Osaka Castle. These flowers are not quite as dramatic as the cherry blossoms, but they are wonderful sights.

The arrival of summer means Osaka's foremost festival, the Tenjin Matsuri, which is always held on July 24 and 25. One of Japan's three largest festivals, the Tenjin consists of colorful processions of barges on Osaka's rivers, lively performances and bright fireworks displays. The entire city comes alive for this festival, which attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators from the surrounding regions.

For those who prefer quieter celebrations, there are festivals in June that pray for a plentiful rice harvest and in August that welcome the deceased back for a short visit from the netherworld, and in July there are after-dark Noh performances done to the light of burning torches.

All throughout the summer fireworks displays of one kind or another are lighting up the skies over the city, adding to the season's festive atmosphere. And meanwhile neighborhood shrines are holding summer festivals and processions at which Osaka residents joyfully celebrate life as only they can.

Summer in Osaka is hot and humid, similar to the rest of Japan. However, the bay side area offers cool breezes off Osaka Bay, and clean beaches in southern Osaka offer excellent swimming conditions. Cotton clothes and short sleeve shirts are suggested for summer visitors.

Autumn

Mido-suji AvenueAutumn is another colorful time of year, when the tall noble gingko trees that line Mido-Suji Avenue, Osaka's main thoroughfare, turn bright yellow, and maple trees in Osaka Castle Park take on vivid shades of orange and red. This is when the famous Mido-Suji Parade takes place, a vibrant procession of floats and marching bands down the great boulevard. Osaka's seaside location provides spectacular views of the setting sun. Among them a climb to the top of the WTC building in Cosmo Square, Western Japan's tallest building, offers a view of the sun setting behind the Akashi Straits Bridge in the distance.

Other autumn events are moon viewing ceremonies for the Harvest Moon, the Osaka spring and summer collection fashion shows, and exotic chrysanthemum shows in Osaka Castle Park and Tennoji Park.

Winter

Toka Ebisu FestivalChristmas illumination brightens up the crisply cold winter evenings in many popular locations. Buildings are adorned with elegant lights and stores decorate their show windows with beautiful decorations.

During the New Year, Japanese people dress in their "Sunday best" as they visit shrines or temples to pray for good luck. Local merchants and businessmen pray for prosperity at the Toka Ebisu Festival in January. And runners from all over the world compete in the Osaka International Women's Marathon, which takes place on city streets at the end of January.

It rarely snows in Osaka, but the temperature at night is known to dip below freezing on occasion. Visitors between December and February are advised to bring a winter coat, scarf and gloves. As winter gives way to warmer temperatures, pink plum blossoms in Osaka Castle Park are a harbinger of spring.

Climate and Dress
A moderate climate with strong seasonal variation

Average Temperature in Osaka
Located at a latitude of 34 degrees, Osaka has a relatively mild climate with four distinct seasons. The average daily temperature, which varies from 6 degrees Celsius (42 F) in the winter to 28 degrees Celsius (86 F) in the summer, is 61.3 F. Average precipitation (1,318 mm) peaks during the rainy season, which is usually between late June and late July, and in September during typhoon season.

Dress

Spring (March - May) :
light jackets, light sweaters and other similar kinds of tops.
Summer (June - August) :
light clothes (cardigans and other similar kinds are handy, since indoors are mostly air-conditioned.)
Autumn (September - November) :
light jackets, light sweaters and other similar kinds of tops.
Winter (December - February) :
overcoats, sweaters, etc.