Japanese summer capital is the most beautiful time of the year here. This time is the low season for domestic tourists, as there are no summer holidays in Japan like in many countries around the world, making this an ideal time for tourists from neighboring countries. tropical like Vietnam. As a country with 4 springs, summers, autumns and winters, Japan always pleases tourists from all over the world with many destinations with its own beauty in each season. If you are planning to travel to Japan in the summer, this is the article for you!
Summer in Japan starts from June to August and is characterized by hot and humid weather. However, this is also a time worth experiencing with green tourist attractions, cooling dishes… Summer in the Land of Phu Tang is not only attracted by the golden sun on the clear blue sky, by the winds. The North brings with it a cool taste, but is also captivated by the purple color of the immense lavender fields. Japan is known to the world for its beautiful, graceful Kimono or bowing and its rich cuisine. Besides, the scenery and summer travel experiences here also make you equally fascinated.
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What is the summer weather like in Japan?
Like Vietnam, the mountainous terrain in Japan accounts for 70% of the total area. In summer, the climate in Japan is clearly differentiated from north to south, but it is not that hot. Summer in Japan usually starts from about April to the first half of October, in which it is most pronounced around June, July and August every year.
If in the northernmost part of Japan, Hokkaido has low summer temperatures, the southern provinces like Oita, Okinawa, etc. have higher temperatures than other areas. This is explained by the fact that the south of Japan is close to the equator, so it is influenced by a hot and humid sub-equatorial climate all year round. In the middle of Japan’s summer (from June to August), the temperature and humidity throughout Japan are both high, due to the influence of hot and humid air blowing in from the Pacific Ocean. Only Hokkaido – the coldest city in Japan, the temperature is still relatively cool like Sapa or Da Lat in Vietnam.
Green space in the heart of the city
Green spaces such as parks, gardens… are favorite destinations for both Japanese people and foreign tourists on hot summer days. You will be surprised because in Japan right in the heart of big cities, there are still green spaces with lots of trees and extremely rich vegetation. Three of the many destinations across Japan are Hamarikyu Garden in Tokyo, Osaka Castle in Osaka and Shirotori Garden in Aichi.
What to wear for Japanese summer?
When traveling to Japan in the summer, you may be wondering what to wear. It’s the same summer, but in Japan from north to south there are obvious differences in both weather and landscape. . According to where we are going, you should prepare appropriate clothes
Around the early months of Japanese summer, the temperature in the morning and evening is around 20 degrees, like the spring climate of Hanoi. Therefore, a short-sleeved shirt with a thin jacket and trousers or a long skirt is an appropriate choice for the first days of summer.
Although Tokyo’s midsummer temperatures reach about 30 degrees, the early mornings and evenings feel chilly. So you should bring a thin jacket, just to mix more for your outfit and convenient during the day to avoid the sun, at night to avoid the cold.
Of course on sunny days, your bag cannot lack items such as wide-brimmed hats, sunscreen or wet wipes, deodorant products… In Japan, we can find all kinds of things. These items are available at drug stores or convenience stores.
Flower viewing & Japanese summer festivals
If spring in Japan stands out with cherry blossoms, summer is brilliant with dozens of other flowers. Sparkling under the golden sunshine is the brilliant scent of lavender, sunflower, tulip, rose, etc. Thousands of colors bloom like a carpet of beautiful summer days.
You can visit the flower fields in large parks such as Hitachi Kaihin, Ashikaga Park, around the foot of Mount Fuji, along the river and even the country road. This will definitely be an impressive “set” for you to take pictures so deep.
If you have the opportunity to visit Japan in the summer, don’t forget to take the time to visit the Lavender flower garden. Every June and July, the Tomita flower farm in Furano, Hokkaido puts on a giant purple carpet emitting a sweet fragrance.
From street festivals to celebrations in Japan span the length of the Japanese summer. You can go to Yosakoi Soran Bushi in Sapporo, Awa Odori Matsuri in Tokushima or Asakusa Samba Carnival in Tokyo to enjoy traditional dances. If you want to see the parades, go to the Gion or Jidai festival in Kyoto, the Aomori Nebuta Matsuri, or the Kanto Matsuri in Akita…
Enjoy a wonderful Japanese summer vacation at the beaches
It can be said that Japan is the paradise of beaches, so when the summer comes, the temperature is higher than many people will go to the beaches to cool off. When you join a Japan summer tour, you will see a bustling, crowded scene. Young people gather to surf as much as they want, while families swim, eat, and play together.
In some clear and deserted islands like Ogasawara, visitors often prefer to scuba dive and see extremely unique wildlife. Also on this island, from the coast you can also admire the eye-catching and impromptu performances of whales. All of this makes for an enjoyable Japanese summer.
If you plan to “change the wind” to swim, the summer tourist destinations in Japan that you can visit during this trip are Emerald Sea (Okinawa), Ozuna Kaisuiyokujo Beach, Shirahama (Izu Peninsula), Kikugahama (Prefecture). Yamaguchi)… And if you like to watch the sun go down, you should definitely not miss the Nishikinohama beach when traveling to Osaka in the summer.
Enjoy delicious food in Japanese summer
As you probably already know, Japan has many seasonal dishes. Cold somen noodles and unagi eel are always indispensable in Japanese summer days. Don’t forget to try summer desserts that are “not delicious because they’re too delicious” like kakigori shaved ice and warabi mochi fried bean paste!
In addition, there are a number of summer-only drinks that you can buy at convenience stores across the country. Some of the most prominent varieties are Pepsi with salty watermelon flavor, Espressoda and Lazy Afternoon Rooter. So, if you have the opportunity, try it out and choose the drink that will help you cool off the summer most effectively!
One of the things that makes Japan’s global reputation is the series of “delicious sun” confectionery, in the summer, the shining star here is ice cream. In addition to being delicious, convenient and affordable, Japanese ice cream gives you all sorts of unique flavors. Especially on summer days, ice cream is countless. Ice cream is always a bright spot for sweltering hot days and a useful way to beat the Japanese summer heat.
Kakigori is the representative of desserts not to be missed in the Japanese summer. This is shaved ice covered in syrup with popular flavors such as strawberry, cantaloupe, cherry, lemon, green tea, grape, etc. Convenience stores also sell kakigori in different flavors. You can buy them from the ice cream cabinet for about 100 yen. You can go to Asakusa Naniwaya in Tokyo located near the famous Sensoji temple to enjoy authentic kakigori with seasonal syrup flavors or Baikado in Kyoto to sample traditional matcha green tea, red bean flavored kakigori…
In Japan, eating eel (unagi) in the summer is considered a custom. In the summer of Japan, the hot weather easily makes the body tired, draining energy. Eel with welding properties and high nutritional value (containing many healthy proteins, vitamins and minerals) is a food that helps to increase physical strength to fight the heat of summer.
Eel in Japan is large, grilled over charcoal, coated with traditional sauce and placed on top of rice. Along with rice, diners will be served with pickles – tsukemono and very Japanese miso soup. You can enjoy eel rice at traditional restaurants in Tokyo such as Unagi Mejiro Zorome, Unagiya Shibafukuya in Nagoya or Kyogoku Kaneyo in Kyoto, Honke Shibato in Osaka…
Kawadoko is a traditional beauty in Japanese summer cuisine. It has a very long history, starting from the Edo period about 400 years ago. It is said that in order to avoid the heat of summer days, the Japanese choose to enjoy meals at restaurants along the river or where the current passes. The low temperature and the sound of running water, the closeness to nature are what you can truly feel when experiencing the Kawadoko culture.
To enjoy this experience, visit the ancient capital of Kyoto at the Kibune River area. The restaurants are very special because diners will sit on mats with a simple and classic bamboo table. The food served here is mainly Kaiseki or regional specialties.
Cool off in Japanese summer at famous beer gardens
There will be nothing more wonderful when in the sweltering Japanese summer you can stop at Japanese beer gardens to enjoy cool cups of beer. This place is famous for several dozen beer gardens arranged in airy and impressive open spaces. You can enjoy beer with your family and friends in large numbers. Some places that you can visit to enjoy such as: Shibuya beer garden, Harajuku beer garden, Roppongi beer garden, Highball Garden & Rooftop Jingisukan beer garden, etc. These are extremely famous beer gardens and attract many tourists. guests on hot summer days.
Discover the unique and impressive Japanese summer festival
During the period from June to September, summer festivals are held with colorful fireworks and lanterns… This time is known as “festival season” in Japan. Many large-scale festivals are held in Japan’s summer, such as the Tanabata Matsuri in August, the Fireworks Festival (Hanabi) in July or August, and the Tenjin Festival. The famous Matsuri in Osaka, the Kanda Matsuri festival in Tokyo, the Gion Matsuri festival in Kyoto, the Bon Odori traditional dance festival… These are all traditional festivals associated with the spiritual life of the people of “the country.” Sunrise”.
JAPANESE SUMMER TRAVEL TO EXPERIENCE MUNCHING PHU SU, BATH HOT MINERALS
The next activity that everyone must try once when coming to Japan in the summer is to soak in the therapeutic waters at Hokkaido’s top hot spring resort – Noboribetsu. Noboribetsu’s hot springs are famous not only for their abundance of water, but also for their diversity of water. The mineral-rich water here boils from the ground, rich in salts and minerals, mixed with sulfur to form milky white water, which softens and regenerates the skin.
Mount Fuji boasts the highest elevation in Japan. Every year, hundreds of thousands of climbers both at home and abroad come here to climb to the top of the mountain. The beautiful scenery spreading on both sides of the attractive mountainside will immerse you in the midst of this beautiful natural landscape.
Nagoya City Shirotori Garden
If you stop in the beautiful city of Nagoya – the heart of Aichi Prefecture, we would like to introduce you to Shirotori Garden, a little-known destination but extremely worth a visit. Shirotori Garden is a Japanese-style garden with a total area of up to 3.7 hectares. At the center of the garden is Seiu-tei, a complex of tea rooms and a large lake surrounded by lush greenery.
This is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, leisurely admire the peaceful landscape created by trees, teahouses, bamboo forests and semi-circular bridges over the clear blue water. . At the tea room, you can enjoy matcha green tea and sweets while looking at the garden designed to mimic tidal currents – one of the traditional features of Japanese gardens.
Osaka Castle Park
The next choice is Osaka Castle – one of the most famous destinations in Osaka. Besides the castle with unique cultural and historical value, the large campus of nearly 106 hectares also makes Osaka Castle a favorite destination in the Japanese summer. With a lot of trees, gardens, and well-groomed lawns, this green space makes anyone feel fresh and cool in the midst of Japan’s most vibrant city. You can choose to walk, bike or sit on the grass on the grounds after exploring Osaka Castle.
Tips to prepare for a trip to Japan in the summer
Like any season, surely Visa is almost mandatory if you want to travel to Japan. Applying for a visa is also quite expensive and time consuming, you will have to prove your finances, prove your profession, or have an invitation letter from an acquaintance in Japan sent back. If you don’t have time, you can hire a visa support service at a reasonable cost.
One more thing that you definitely can’t forget is to change money from home, in order to prepare for your journey, if you don’t want to change your balance, you should bring a backup USD and calculate the details of your expenses when you come to Japan. . Then, during your trip to Japan in the summer, you can change money from USD to Yen at banks when needed, if on 2 weekends the bank is off, you can still change money at big stores but the price is very low. should not be high.
Japan is not only famous for its diverse natural scenery, colorful flower fields, beautiful romantic beaches, or majestic mountains… but also known for its traditional festivals. special system. If you have the opportunity to come to the “land of the rising sun”, do not miss the opportunity to experience the Japanese summer!