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How to enjoy Japanese Summer! Festivals, Fireworks, Beaches, Hokkaido etc.

Summer in Japan is very hot. However, there are still traditional summer festivals and large fireworks festivals in Japan. If you go further north to Hokkaido or to the mountains of Honshu, you will be greeted with wonderful meadows full of flowers. Surprisingly beautiful beaches are also attractive areas to visit in this season. On this page, I will explain how you can enjoy the summer in Japan.

Recommended for traveling in Japan in June, July, August

I gathered articles for each month of the Japanese summer. If you want to know more details, please use the slider below and click the month you are planning to visit. If you want to know what kind of clothes the people of Japan are wearing in summer, I also wrote articles on this topic for your enjoyment.

Many blue and purple hydrangea macrophylla flowers blooming on the approach to a Japanese Temple. Photoed in the Meigetsu-in Temple, Kumakara, Japan = Adobe Stock

Life and Culture

2020/5/13

Japanese weather in June! Rainy season except Hokkaido and Okinawa

In Japan, it rains a lot in June. June is the transition period from spring to summer. For that reason, I do not recommend June as a time for travelling. However, on rainy days, both temples and shrines are quiet and very calm. In June, hydrangeas will bloom at temples and shrines. If you go to such spots in June, you will surely calm your mind. Table of ContentsInformation of Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido in JuneI recommend visiting quiet temples and shrines.The mountains also unexpectedly have beautiful scenery Information of Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido in June If you plan on going to Tokyo, Osaka or Hokkaido in June, please click an image on the slider below for more information.   I recommend visiting quiet temples and shrines. JIzo with blue bib in Meigetsuin temple Kanagawa,Japan = shutterstock I recommend Kamakura temples as tourist attractions in June. Kamakura is about an hour away by train from the city center of Tokyo. Meigetsuin temple and Hasedera temple are especially recommended. A myriad of hydrangeas bloom in June every year at these temples. The top photo on this page was taken at Meigetsuin. If you want to see hydrangeas at temples in Kyoto, I recommend that you go to Mimurotoji temple. Mimurotoji is famous for its beautiful hydrangea garden. The garden opens every year from the beginning of June until around the beginning of July. Below is a video featuring the garden of Mimurotoji. Hydrangeas bloom in the main cities of Honshu from the middle of June to the beginning ...

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Panoramic colorful flower field and blue sky in Shikisai-no-oka, Biei, Hokkaido, Japan = Shutterstock

Life and Culture

2020/5/13

July in Japan! Summer begins in earnest! Beware of the heat!

The climate anywhere in Japan during the month of July is hot! After mid-July, the maximum emperature during the day often exceeds 35 degrees Celsius. If you are planning to travel in Japan during July, please be careful not overexert yourself while outdoors because you could be at risk for heat stroke. On this page, I will provide useful information for your trip to Japan in July. Table of ContentsInformation of Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido in JulyPlease be aware of the outdoor heat and indoor coldPlease beware of typhoon attackHokkaido and highlands of Honshu are recommended Information of Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido in July If you plan on going to Tokyo, Osaka or Hokkaido in July, please click an image on the slider below for more information.   Please be aware of the outdoor heat and indoor cold In Japan, the first half of July is relatively rainy. The rainy season from June often continues into the following month. But in late July the weather will improve and during the day it will be clear and sunny. The maximum temperature during the day is over 30 degrees every day and even at night it does not fall below 25. On the other hand, the air is very cold inside air- conditioned buildings. For this reason, some people may feel unwell due to drastic temperature changes. If you get cold easily, I recommend that you bring a cardigan or similar clothing items to wear indoors so this does not happen to you. During the day, please drink water ...

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"Gozan okuribi" and lantern floating festival in Kyoto, Japan = Adobe Stock

Life and Culture

2019/9/8

August in Japan! Attention to typhoons!

The climate of August in Japan, like July, is very hot. In addition to that, typhoons often attack. If you plan to travel in Japan in August, I recommend that you do not go on too much itinerary. On this page, I will introduce useful information when traveling Japan in August. Table of ContentsInformation of Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido in AugustLet's keep in mind that it may be hot and a typhoon may comeLet's book hotels and trains as soon as possible after deciding on a trip Information of Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido in August If you plan on going to Tokyo, Osaka or Hokkaido in August, please click the image of the slider below and go to see more information.   Let's keep in mind that it may be hot and a typhoon may come When traveling Japan in the summer it is necessary to be careful enough about the climate like the tropics. I summarized this point in an article about July. So, if you like, please also read the article. The points summarized in the July article are the following two. First of all, The maximum temperature during the day often exceeds 35 degrees, so to avoid heat stroke, it is important to drink water frequently. At the same time, since the air conditioner works well in the building's interior, I recommend that you bring a cardigan so that the body does not get cold. Secondly, typhoon often attacks Japan. So, before you go to Japan, please be careful about the weather forecast. If ...

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Life and Culture

2019/7/26

Summer Wear in Japan! What should you wear?

If you were going to visit Japan in the summer, what kind of clothes should you wear? Summer in Japan is as hot as tropical regions. Humidity is also high. So for summer you may want to prepare a cool short sleeve clothing that is easy to escape the heat. However, since the air conditioning is effective in the building, please do not forget a thin coat such as cardigan. On this page, I will also refer to the Japanese summer photos and introduce what kind of clothes you should prepare. Table of ContentsIn summer I recommend bringing a hat or a parasolExamples of clothes to wear in summerWould you like to wear a yukata? In summer I recommend bringing a hat or a parasol Summer in Japan is really hot and humid except Hokkaido and highlands in Honshu. Sometimes it is cold in June as you want a thin jacket. However, in July and August it is generally hot and temperatures during the day are often over 35 degrees Celsius. You should prepare cool clothes like tropical provinces. Even if you visit Japan on business, you probably do not have much opportunity to wear a jacket in July or August, except when going to a fine restaurant or party. Recently, Japanese people do not wear jackets too much in business. For men, most people can not wear a tie. Because the sun is strong, it is often sweaty, so handkerchiefs are indispensable. When you go outdoors for a long time, please also wear a ...

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From here on, I will introduce the tourist spots I can recommend when traveling Japan in summer. I added many photos and videos on this page to give you an idea of the summer atmosphere of Japan.

Enjoy the summer festivals in Japan

This video shows the fireworks festival held in Miyajima, Hiroshima Prefecture every August. There are many festivals in Japan during the summer. In these festivals, some people will wear traditional kimono. You can see performances or events that have been held over a long history. You will be able to see scenery unique to Japanese festivals.

In the summer, firework festivals are held in various places. At those events, many Japanese people will wear traditional kimono, especially young men and women. Why not attend a firework festival and enjoy this Japanese summer atmosphere for yourself?

representative Japanese summer festivals

The following festivals are representative summer festivals of Japan.

July

· Gion Festival (Kyoto City)

August

· Aomori Nebuta Festival (Aomori Prefecture Aomori City)
· Hirosaki Neputa Festival (Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture)
· Sendai Tanabata Festival (Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture)
· Akita Fall Light Festival (Akita City, Akita Prefecture)
· Awa Odori (Tokushima City, Tokushima Prefecture)

Representative Japanese fireworks festivals

Representative Japanese fireworks festivals are held in the following places. I will focus on the famous fireworks display to be held in the summer.

July

· Tokyo (along the Sumida River)

August

· Nagaoka city, Niigata Prefecture
· Ise city Mie prefecture
· Daisen city, Akita prefecture

 

Relaxing in Hokkaido or Honshu Plateau

Relaxing in Hokkaido and Honshu Plateau

Relaxing in Hokkaido and Honshu Plateau = Adobe Stock

The sightseeing spots I would like to recommend to you for the summer are Hokkaido and highland areas of Honshu such as Nagano prefecture. These areas are relatively cool in the summer and feature beautiful flowers for your enjoyment.

In Hokkaido, you can spend your time comfortably in summer almost anywhere. The highlands of Honshu that I want to recommend to you are the following.

· Hakuba village, Nagano prefecture
· Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture
· Kamikochi, Nagano Prefecture

Fresh green Happo Pond in the morning sun, If you use gondola and lift, you can hike up to this pond relatively easily = Shutterstock

Fresh green Happo Pond in the morning sun, If you use gondola and lift, you can hike up to this pond relatively easily = Shutterstock

Cobbled pathway often known as'Happy Valley', Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan

Cobbled pathway often known as 'Happy Valley', Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan = Shutterstock

 

Spend time at the beautiful beaches of Okinawa

Miyakojima in summer. People enjoying marine sports at a beautiful sea spreading along Shimoji Airport on Shimojima in the west side of Irabu-jima

Miyakojima in summer. People enjoying marine sports at a beautiful sea spreading along Shimoji Airport on Shimojima in the west side of Irabu-jima = Shutterstock

Finally, the last area I would like to recommend to you is Okinawa. Okinawa is located in southern Japan. However, because it is a small island compared to mainland Japan, the sea breeze blows cool air making it a comfortable place to spend your time. There are many beautiful beaches found in Okinawa known worldwide. In addition to the main island of Okinawa, there are also solitary islands such as Ishigakijima and Miyakojima. You will be able to fully enjoy beautiful nature in peace on such remote islands.

 

Things to watch out for when visiting Japan in the summer

If you visit Japan during the summer, there are two things you want to be aware of. Take caution from extreme weather conditions such as heatwaves and typhoons.

Japanese summers are as hot as tropical summers. When travelling, you must be careful to avoid heat stroke. When outdoors, please remember to stay hydrated.

In summer, you should be ready for quick changes in weather. It rains a lot in Japan during the summer and can sometimes rain very heavy. There are times when a typhoon will hit Japan. At these times, trains and airplanes will often experience delays or cancellations.

When traveling Japan in summer, please pay attention to the weather forecast. If a typhoon is coming, do not put yourself in danger by going outside. Spend your time indoors in places such as your hotel.

 

I appreciate you reading to the end.

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Bon KUROSAWA  I have long worked as a senior editor for Nihon Keizai Shimbun (NIKKEI) and currently work as an independent web writer. At NIKKEI, I was the editor-in-chief of the media on Japanese culture. Let me introduce a lot of fun and interesting things about Japan. Please refer to this article for more details.

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