My first visit to Tokyo Disney Resort was on a Saturday in the middle of June in 2010. The crowds were heavy, the humidity was less than ideal, and we didn’t get to ride much. My friends and I still had a memorable time, but if I had known the best time to visit Tokyo Disneyland, I’d have made a better decision.
Deciding when to visit Tokyo Disneyland is the most critical part of your trip planning, so you don’t want to make any mistakes. Here you’ll learn how to make the right decision that fits your travel preferences!
Since then, I have visited the parks many times — even wrote a 200-page book to help you plan — and have noted the best and worst times to visit Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. All are based on my experience.
I’m excited for you to visit, so let’s help you decide when to travel!
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The Golden Rules
To make things easier and not stress you out too much, I’ve devised a set of “Golden Rules” for deciding when to visit. Whenever you find yourself questioning your decision, come back to these rules.
I want to stress that there is no absolute best time to visit Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. You’ll have to decide if you want perfect weather or low crowds (you won’t always get both).
The best advice is to choose what works with your budget, time, and travel style.
Here are the Golden Rules
- Avoid weekends and national holidays
- The best days to visit are usually Tuesday through Friday (lower crowds)
- Mondays are generally the busier weekday
- Crowds are always heavier in the morning, so it’s best to get there early
- Check attraction closures
Major public holidays are usually the busiest times of the year, and off-peak or shoulder seasons tend to save your sanity. But because the Japanese calendar of public holidays differs significantly from North America (and even Europe). A slow season at other parks could be hectic at the Tokyo Disney Resort.
Buy your Park tickets for Tokyo Disneyland in advance.
What is the best time to go to Tokyo Disneyland?
My favourite time to visit Tokyo Disneyland is mid-January, right after the New Year’s crowd has left. The weather is chilly yet fresh, and the crowds are light. It’s a perfect time to enjoy the attractions with minimal wait.
Sitting outside on the S.S. Columbia with a glass of hot wine and watching the sunset is what gives me life.
While somewhat controversial, I adore the summertime at the Parks. I’d visit in July before the summer vacation crowds descend and soak in the parks’ water shows. I’d rather be outside e and have water dumped on me than sitting at home in an air-conditioned building. That sounds odd, but I adore it.
Mid-October into November is another fantastic time to visit. If you time it right, you’ll experience Halloween and Christmas on the same trip. Both those seasonal events are some of the best at the Parks, and it’s the best use of your vacation time.
Best Time to Visit Tokyo Disneyland in 2023
Tourists can travel to Japan for the first time in almost three years, beginning October 11, 2022. At the same time, it’s tough to predict what’ll happen since all the changes since 2020. I’ve come up with a list of times I think are best to visit in 2023.
- After April 15, 2023, once the Tokyo Dinsey Resort 40th Anniversary event begins.
- After May 6 (Golden Week), for lower crowds and favourable weather.
- End of October into November to see both Halloween and Christmas events.
The most significant deciding factor for 2023 is the opening of Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea. There’s still no official opening date other than sometime in 2023. My prediction is sometime in the fall, but we’ll update you once there’s an official announcement.
If you plan to visit in 2022, please read my article on why I think Tokyo Disneyland isn’t at its best right now. But, if you decide to visit this year, you can refer to the section above to help with your decision!
Keep an eye on the ride closures for Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. You don’t want to miss out on attractions if they’re closed when you’re visiting.
These dates also work with Universal Studios Japan in Osaka so you can visit Super Nintendo World!
Every month of the year has a seasonal event that brings merchandise, food, entertainment, and decorations. The first days of any seasonal event bring moderate to heavy crowds. Merchandise and food typically come out a week before the event’s start, increasing the crowds a bit.
See our Tokyo Disney Resort events calendar for exact dates for seasonal events as they become available.
Pro Tip: The day before an event begins, the entertainment typically runs with a soft open. Check the official Tokyo Disney Resort app for times.
When is Tokyo Disneyland Busy?
The biggest question is, “when is it busy?” Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea are in the world’s top 5 most visited theme parks. The crowds at Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea work differently than in other Disney Parks. That leads to frustration and confusion for many Explorers.
You’ll see lines for everything from restaurants, popcorn stands, and even toilets on busy days.
Here’s when Tokyo Disney Resort is typically busy:
- New Year’s sees huge crowds right after December 25 (when the Christmas event ends) through the first week of January.
- Spring Break is typically from the end of February and the month of it March (it differs depending on the schools in Japan).
- Golden Week is the busiest time at the Parks, a string of holidays from the end of April through the first week of May.
- Summer Holidays see huge crowds through July and August with hot and humid weather.
Other times Tokyo Disneyland can be busy.
- Most weekends and public holidays are busy no matter the time of year.
- Mondays are sometimes as busy as weekends because school children have the day off due to Sports Days.
- The first and last days of seasonal events are typically busier
When is Tokyo Disneyland Least Crowded?
There are times when both Parks at Tokyo Disney Resort are not as crowded. The least crowded times can be considered one of the best times to visit Tokyo Disneyland.
Like most things in life, low crowds are not a guarantee. But I do my best to provide the best advice possible.
- January is least crowded right after the New Years’ break
- After the Golden Week holiday with ideal weather **
- Typhoon days (July through October) and rainy days (June is the rainy season) make the parks empty
** This has changed since many Explorers have found this not-so-secret. It’s now become a popular time for non-locals to visit.
Month to Month Breakdown of Crowds & Weather
I break down each month of the year at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. I factor in weather, events, and crowds to help you decide. You can watch my video version of the chart below on YouTube too!
|Month||Avg. Temperature||Crowd Levels & Weather|
|✅ January||5°C (41°F)||Crowds are high until January 5 (afterward is the start of the low season).|
|⚠️ February||6°C (43°F)||The cold temperatures and unpredictable crowds due to student discounts.|
|❌ March||9°C (48°F)||Spring break for students and the added student discounts make for large crowds.|
|✅ April||14°C (57°F)||Warmer weather and chances to see Cherry Blossoms (Sakura). Visit before April 29 to avoid the start of Golden Week.|
|✅ May||18°C (64°F)||The best month for lower crowds and comfortable weather. Visit after May 5 (Golden Week)|
|⚠️ June||21°C (70°F)||Rainy Season. Hit or miss because some years it doesn’t rain much.|
|⚠️ July||25°C (77°F)||Heat and humidity are unbearable. Crowds are lower at the beginning of the month and pick up at the end due to summer vacation.|
|❌ August||26°C (79°F)||Heat and humidity are unbearable. Summer holidays and Obon Week bring park capacity crowds.|
|✅ September||23°C (73°F)||Summer vacation is over, and the crowds are lower.|
|⚠️ October||18°C (64°F)||Typhoons bring high winds and tons of rain which lowers the crowds. Parks are still open during most Typhoons (indoor attractions still run).|
|✅ November||12°C (54°F)||Cooler weather and the beginning of Christmas|
|⚠️ December||8°C (46°F)||Cold weather. Avoid between December 25 and the beginning of January due to the New Years holidays.|
❌ Avoid: not ideal due to larger crowds and hot or cold weather
⚠️ Hit or Miss: Depends mainly on the weather
There you have it, the best time to visit Tokyo Disneyland. In the section below, I have more guides to help plan your trip to Japan, so check them out!
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