Japan's geography has a significant effect on its weather. Because the islands of Japan stretch nearly 3,000 kilometers from north to south, there are significant differences in the weather. In most of the major cities, including Tokyo, the weather is considered temperate. Travel north to the island of Hokkaido, home of the renowned Sapporo Snow Festival, and the climate is colder with frequent snowstorms in the winter months. Travel to Okinawa, the southernmost prefecture, and you will find a subtropical climate with the mean temperature in January sitting at 16 degrees Celsius (66.2 degrees Fahrenheit). By using your Japan cellular phone rentals you can easily keep track of the weather in Japan.
Japan's four seasons occur at about the same time as in the United States.
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