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Japan on a Budget

Japan isn't necessarily a budget-friendly destination for the Western traveler. But since the earthquake of 2011, tourism to Japan has dropped; this means, of course, that travel deals to the country have become quite popular. (Experts say it's now safe to visit most parts of the country.) To save big on your trip to Japan, snag a travel deal (you can find lots of local discounts on the Japan National Tourism Organization Web site), and avoid traveling to the country during the busiest times of the year, including cherry blossom season and when big festivals are taking place.

Best Time to Go to Japan

Japan has four seasons, which generally correspond with those in North America. Summer, from June through August, is the most popular time for travelers to head to the Asian island. While summer can be quite rainy in some parts of the country, it's the best season during which to enjoy balmy temperatures in Japan. In autumn, trees across the country display spectacular colors. During winter, Japan sees colder days, shorter temperatures and fewer tourists. Spring is the best time to visit Japan if you want to see those iconic Japanese cherry blossom trees in full bloom.

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