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 on Japanese autumn. If you want to know such details, please refer to the following articles. If you want to know what kind of clothes the Japanese are wearing in autumn, I also wrote articles that introduced it, so visit the page if you do not mind.

 

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

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.

 

Thank you for reading to the end.

 

 

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