Though many travellers flock to Japan in April to enjoy the blooming cherry blossoms and booming festivities, Japan is a fantastic year-round destination. We think September is one of the best times to plan your trip. Why? Well, nestled firmly in the shoulder season, September often means fewer crowds than those peak Spring months, better value flights and decent temperatures too.
September marks the beginning of the tourist season with numbers picking up towards the end of the month. Days are crisp and clear with bright blue skies. It’s also the month of Tsechus (Bhutanese festivals) with one of the biggest in Thimphu, though this can also fall in October. For a smaller affair head out into the Bumthang valley for two consecutive Tsechus.
For the most pleasant and mildest weather in China, September is a good bet. The sweltering summer heat in northern China is starting to wane and in the south the dry season is fast approaching. The summer crowds have dissipated so head to gorgeous Yangshuo, grab an ice cold beer and spend the evening overlooking the karst mountain scenery.
It’s your last chance to discover those east coast islands as the weather starts to deteriorate towards the end of month. Heading here in early September is a dream as the sun is still shining but the crowds are far fewer. Make the most of it and island-hop your way from picture perfect Pulau Perhentian to deserted Pulau Lang Tengah.
September is all about wildlife in Brazil, so make your way to the Amazon jungle or the Pantanal for starry nights and dry days. Rio remains mild, but it’s worth a visit for the International Film Festival later in the month. The south of the country remains cool, with the heat, and crowds, kicking in around December.
You’ve missed the Autumn trekking madness which means cooler temperatures and quieter trekking to Machu Picchu. It’s also a great time for wildlife with the drier weather starting to set in around the Amazon basin and an influx of migratory birds elsewhere. Foodies should head to Lima for the Mistura food festival.