As the shortest month of the year, February often tends to get overlooked by travelers scheduling their next getaway – after all, the weather is still a bit drab and most of us are waiting for that warm springtime breeze before we pack up our suitcases again.
When it comes to experiencing certain destinations, though, this line of thinking can cost us time, money, and overall enjoyment.
One stunning Asian capital, for example (widely viewed as one of the safest destinations on Earth) is currently offering visitors all-time low airfare rates, lineless attractions, and the type of cool, pleasant weather that’s just perfect for long sightseeing tours.
So, take this article along with the fact that you get a precious extra day this February as a sign to finally book that long-awaited trip to Tokyo.
You Won’t Find Cheaper Flight Prices Any Other Time Of The Year
Most travelers think of the Japanese capital as the perfect spring destination, and for good reason.
The gorgeous cherry blossoms, which cover the entire city from late March to early April are arguably the most iconic facet of Japanese nature, and, naturally, millions of people rush to take in the famous views every year.
However, this also translates to surging airfare costs, and those willing to forgo the sights of the pastel pink flowers will get to enjoy much better deals, all while still being able to see Tokyo’s many, many other natural and cultural wonders.
Right now, round-trip tickets between most U.S. cities and Tokyo range between $927 – $1157, which, compared to next month’s prices ($1098 – $1623), marks a notable 30.54% decrease.
Just imagine the Michelin-starred meals or guided city tours you can enjoy with the 300-something dollars you’re guaranteed to save in travel costs alone.
What’s more, since peak season has yet to start, accommodations are underbooked and offering lower prices, too, so if you’re trying to keep your Tokyo trip as budget-friendly as possible, taking it now gives you the best chance to actually stick to your plans.
You Can Visit The City’s World Famous Attractions Crowd-Free
As I said, there’s much more to explore in Tokyo than just the famous cherry blossoms, and now, you get to see everything you want and more without spending hours standing in lines among other impatient tourists.
There’s no doubt that March and April are the busiest months in the city, making February the perfect time to go to iconic attractions like the Senso-ji Temple, Shibuya Crossing, Meiji Shrine, Tsukiji Outer Market, and jaw-dropping Tokyo Skytree without having to worry about dozens (if not hundreds) of people photobombing your every picture.
There Are So Many New Things To See And Do
While a trip to Tokyo wouldn’t be complete without seeing the iconic attractions we just talked about, I’d highly recommend that those visiting the city this February leave a bit of time to indulge in some seasonal events, too.
Whether that’s the long-awaited Winter Wonder Festival, Romantic Flea Market, Chinatown Celebration Parade, or breathtaking Lantern Festival, I assure you you won’t be disappointed.
For more inspiration on exciting things to do this February, you can check out the events calendar released by Tokyo Cheapo, which is just one of the many Tokyo February guides that can help you create the itinerary of your dreams.
This month, you can also witness the grand openings of TeamLab Borderless and Toyosu Senkyaku Banrai, so culture-seekers – get your comfortable shoes ready for some heavy use.
The Weather Is Cool But Perfect For Sightseeing Excursions
Tokyo’s summers are not only scorching hot, with temperatures regularly reaching 35°C (95°F) all throughout July and August, but they’re also unbearably humid, and since the city isn’t your typical beachy hotspot, a summer trip wouldn’t be the best idea.
Right now, though, we’re seeing temperatures that hover more between 5 and 12°C (41 and 54°F), which, while chilly, allow you to roam around the city wearing just a reasonably insulating layer all while feeling comfortable and refreshed.
As those lucky enough to have experienced Tokyo already know, exploring the city takes a lot of walking around, and the cool but mild temperatures the Japanese capital is experiencing right now are just perfect for that.
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