Most of Japan lies in a temperate zone with weather conditions similar to the east coast of the United States. Spring can be very unpredictable and temperatures often fluctuate, and the plum and cherry blossoms touch the entire landscape with splashes of whites and pinks. June and July bring the summer rains. Weather during September can be briefly turbulent, with some fast-moving thunderstorms inland and occasional typhoons over the ocean. Autumn is spectacular, with slightly cool days, clear blue skies, and stunning foliage. Winter days are chilly but temperatures don’t often drop below freezing.