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Summer time in Japan might be sizzling and humid, mix that with the town crowds, lots of strolling, getting round on public transport, minimal use of air con and the wet season and also you would possibly moderately surprise if it’s a good suggestion to plan journey to Japan in summer time in any respect.

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For us it’s.  The promise of summer time festivals, fireworks,  lush greenery and seasonal flavors is an excessive amount of temptation to withstand so I assumed I’d share our prime suggestions for beating the warmth and having fun with summer time journey in Japan.

The seasons in Japan

Japan actually is gorgeous in all Four seasons, with a little bit of planning summer time is a good looking time to expertise the county.  In case you might be questioning the seasons in Japan are:

Spring – From March till Could is spring time.  By way of a lot of Japan together with Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima the cherry blossoms will bloom in a mean yr over the last week of March and the primary two weeks of April.

Summer time – June till August is summer time in Japan and it may possibly get very popular and humid.  Throughout the island of Honshu you’ll expertise the warmth but it surely feels essentially the most intense within the cities like Tokyo the place the moisture within the air could make the temperature really feel prefer it’s 40° when it actually within the low to mid 30’s.  August is normally the most popular month.

Autumn (or fall) – throughout the months of September till November you’ll be able to really feel the most important change in temperature.  Throughout early autumn it might nonetheless really feel summery with the daytime temperatures nonetheless within the excessive 20’s however by November the lows are again within the single digits.  On Honshu the leaves shade up round the principle cities in late November and should stay that approach into the primary week of December.

Winter – within the months from December to February you received’t expertise snow in all elements of Japan, in cities like Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto it’s very uncommon to have snow decide on the bottom for quite a lot of hours at a time.  I’ve nevertheless skilled snowfall in every of those cities and also you don’t must take a prepare trip very far north to expertise snow on the bottom for prolonged durations.

The climate varies a lot across the nation that it truly is not possible to incorporate temperature expectations however I discover this site very helpful to foretell the climate when I’m packing for my journey because it has a 2 week advance forecast.  The hyperlink is presently set to Tokyo however simply add the closest metropolis to your vacation spot within the search bar to get particulars from across the nation.

Suggestions for surviving Japan in summer time

1. Keep hydrated

Maintain a water bottle with you as you journey round.  In Japan it’s true that you simply very not often removed from a merchandising machine, we’ve even discovered them on the prime of a mountain whereas mountain climbing, by no means the much less good hydration requires repeatedly sipping and it’s greatest to maintain a bottle with you.  We discover the stainless steel vacuum bottles supreme, they’re gentle, preserve drinks sizzling or chilly for hours and don’t leak or get condensation on the skin so all the things else in your bag stays dry.

Within the warmth it’s very simple to turn out to be dehydrated and expertise warmth associated signs particularly in case you aren’t used to the humidity, it does sap your power. The cool liquids will assist you really feel higher within the warmth too.

For greatest impact keep away from sugary and caffeine loaded drinks, straight water is nice however there are additionally some drinks designed particularly to help your physique in conserving it’s fluids and salts balanced.  One of the vital extensively accessible known as Pokari Sweat, sure it’s an terrible identify, issues do go amiss within the translations typically however in case you’re having hassle with the identify simply fake it’s Japanese for Gatorade.  It’ll assist change fluids and stability ions.

2. Each day Sunscreen

You don’t need sunburn to wreck your journey and also you’ll possible spend an inexpensive period of time outside throughout your travels.  The perfect sunscreen is the one that you simply’ll fortunately put on and discovering that good one can take some trial and error so try our faves in our ultimate sun protection article.

Spoiler alert:  My fave face sunscreen was a discovery in Japan a few years in the past and I simply can’t discover something that comes shut however sadly it’s not stocked in shops in Australia.  It retains my very reasonable pores and skin burn free, it sits completely below make-up offering a clean base, reapplies effectively and doesn’t soften into my eyes.  I purchase it in bulk on journeys to Japan and may now additionally prime up my stash on-line with Amazon Australia.

**  That 2014 on the label doesn’t imply it’s previous inventory, it’s the yr it received an award.  These items is widespread and shopping for it in retailer or on-line (Amazon is equipped direct from a stockist in Japan) it’s all the time had expiry date and I normally purchase 4-5 tubes at a time.

>> Check Australian price for Biore watery essence sunscreen <<

3. Put on your sun shades and hat

Don’t neglect to guard your eyes and the highest of you head from the extraordinary solar.  Caps for ladies aren’t generally worn by Japanese girls until they’re fairly younger, nevertheless as a international customer it not impolite or inappropriate, simply much less frequent.  Whereas I really like the comfort of a cap and the way effectively it stays on my head I’ve extra just lately began sporting a packable sunhat with a small brim to offer a bit extra UV safety.  These are extra extensively accessible now and since they stand up to being crushed you’ll be able to pack them into the suitcase.  Lots of them additionally supply 50+ UV safety to your head too.

4. Pack cute and comfortable sneakers

For those who’re new to travelling in Japan there are 2 issues to remember in relation to sneakers:

i) You’ll stroll quite a bit, there’s going to be no hassle ticking off your 10,000 every day steps, most likely 2-Three instances day by day.  It’s the native tradition right here, the best way locations are laid out and a aspect impact of predominantly utilizing public transport.

ii) You’re most likely going to take your sneakers on and off many instances a day, relying on the kind of journey you’re doing.  Peoples houses, some temples, sure eating places, conventional lodge rooms, to get to the toilet on the sake brewery, and a complete number of different surprising locations.

I ordered my first pair of Frankie Four sneakers as a result of they have been podiatrist designed and I’d been battling plantar fasciitis (heel ache) for a while.  I’ve added to my assortment and proceed so as to add new colors and designs to my want listing as a result of they’re so extremely snug.  You may organize them on-line too which is tremendous handy.  On my summer time journey I took the Nat’s in each white and cream, sure that was probably over packing but when I acquired soaked in the summertime rain I couldn’t bear to be with out them for a day – they’re that good as journey sneakers!

For Japan the Nat’s are particularly good as they’ve an elasticated gusset that means they nonetheless have the total foot help even when worn with out laces which makes them snug and speedy for taking over and off all through the day.

Tokyo Skytree Glass floor
The Frankie4’s strolling on the glass ground 450m above the town in Tokyo Skytree
Paving detail in Candy Lane
Me and the Frankie4’s trying out the rock sweet detailing in Sweet Lane in Kawagoe

5. Handle your pores and skin

The solar, air con and being in a special local weather or surroundings can all play havoc along with your pores and skin.  Once we journey in Japan my pores and skin will turn out to be dehydrated extra simply than standard, particularly on my fingers and physique.  The excellent news about summer time in Japan is that the humidity brings extra moisture to the air serving to the pores and skin retain it’s personal pure stability which may help preserve it trying youthful for longer but it surely’s price just a few further steps to assist it alongside.

Along with sunscreen we’ve already talked about above there are some prime Japanese skincare choices I do like to refill on whereas I’m right here.  For hydration I can’t go previous the If in case you have a while to spare have a look round their beauty shops, there are some iconic merchandise that effectively deserve their cult standing and are very inexpensive choices.

6. Put on pure flowing materials

In sizzling climate pure materials breathe higher than artificial and can assist scale back sweating and the related discomfort.  Carrying materials like linen and cotton are going to be good selections.  Though silk is pure it may possibly stick and present moist marks greater than different choices.

I additionally desire lighter materials that circulation over the physique akin to attire with out extreme tailoring.  In Japan it’s not regular to reveal lots of pores and skin even in actually sizzling climate.  Tops with spaghetti straps are normally worn with a fitted cotton t-shirt below them and shorts are not often worn.  There’s some acceptance of various norms with foreigners however sporting low minimize tops and far pores and skin displaying will make folks uncomfortable.

7. Eat cooling summer time meals

Typical meals that all of us affiliate with Japan akin to sushi and sushi are refreshing and never too heavy within the sizzling summer time months though they’re eaten all yr round.  Throughout summer time you’ll usually discover different seasonal dishes too.

For many who love noodles, each udon and ramen can be found chilly with a dipping sauce making a refreshing change.  For snacks you’ll discover contemporary fruit chopped and on skewers and naturally shaved ice with numerous toppings known as kakigōri  is a should.

Strawberry milk shaved ice in Nikko

A favorite of mine that’s thought-about a cooling meals is unagi, which is contemporary water eel that’s grilled and primarily based with a soy glaze.  Completely scrumptious and I’d eat it in summer time or any time.

8. Maintain an umbrella or gentle weight rain jacket useful

One thing you’ll discover about summer time in Japan is that the grass is inexperienced, the rice paddies are thriving and the rivers and waterfalls are flowing impressively.  It is because summer time can also be the moist season in Japan and you’ll possible see some rainfall or storms if you’re right here presently of yr.

It’s fairly simple to choose up an umbrella at a comfort retailer or many different locations within the metropolis or widespread vacationer areas however if you’re heading out a bit additional it may be price having a compact choice within the backside of your bag.  I feel all of my folding umbrellas have been picked up on numerous journeys to Japan, they do nice low value choices but additionally some very nice ones in instances that I haven’t seen at dwelling and make an excellent and sensible memento on the finish of your journey.

9. For those who’re melting within the warmth, get out of the town

Kinugawa river boats

I extremely advocate you think about this recommendation I obtained from Tokyo locals.  Not solely does the town really feel hotter with the shortage of airflow and so many different sticky sweaty our bodies round however the temperature really is hotter and the humidity share increased.  Make a journey an hour or two inland and also you’ll discover these open green spaces like Nikko actually are cooler and really feel much more refreshing particularly in case you head right down to the lake or out on the rivers.

10. Placed on that insect repellent

The mosquitos are out in power in summer time in Japan, I’m not taking about whenever you’re mountain climbing by way of the marshes, that is within the metropolis, in your condominium, in every single place.  Take, or purchase insect repellent, ideally one with deet and use it day by day, reapplying when you’ll be able to.  For those who can take it I’d even have some antihistamine with you simply in case you do get bitten.

My physique temperature runs excessive a little bit excessive attributable to a drugs I must take which attracts the mosquitos like loopy so I do all the things I can to keep away from being bitten and scratching myself to madness.

11. Pack your antipersperant

As soon as the humidity kicks in you will sweat, it’s simply actuality, and for some cause whereas you should buy deodorant in Japan, antiperspirant deodorant as we’re used to in Australia is sort of not possible to seek out so I undoubtedly counsel taking it with you.

I usually love selecting up skincare and toiletries objects as soon as in Japan to check out one thing new however that is one thing I don’t go away dwelling with out.

12. Attempt the native Japanese physique wipes

Biore stockup

There’s a variety of those wipes accessible however the ones I like greatest are the Biore clean powder wipes.  These aren’t simply child wipes or face wipes by one other identify.  Whereas they do freshen you up, wiping away odor, sweat and grime that has caught to the pores and skin they do greater than that.

They’ve a definite cooling impact lowering the pores and skin temperature by a number of levels and forsaking an excellent delicate really feel to the pores and skin.  Though I’ve delicate pores and skin they don’t trigger irritation.  I’ve to confess I used to be initially skeptical however introduced again a number of packs for our Queensland summer time and I want I’d purchased extra.

13. My chilly towel

That is one thing I picked up in Australia and take with me once I journey someplace sizzling or tropical.  For those who really feel the warmth these could make issues much more snug.  They have been designed for folks on chemotherapy when your physique finds it arduous to manage temperature however they work whether or not you might be overheating attributable to local weather, train or medical points.

It’s a technical cloth and whenever you moist it, squeeze it out and shake it, it’s about 30% under the typical physique temperature and is dry to the contact so it doesn’t make garments and furnishings moist.  It’s a sensible discovery and small enterprise enterprise by an area Queensland most cancers survivor.  I imagine just a few retailers do inventory them however I got mine online.

14.  There’s no disgrace in reserving a lodge with airconditioning

For those who’re not used to a sizzling humid local weather, or in case you identical to an air-conditioned room to sleep in there are many motels that do supply the choice however not like many international locations the place it’s a given, do examine that it’s accessible whenever you make your reserving.  Whereas air-conditioning isn’t that frequent in Japanese houses and even in lots of companies it’s turning into much more frequent and if having a snug place to chill out and sleep will imply you get pleasure from your journey extra then why not.

In Tokyo some choices we’ve chosen to remain at and would revisit are:

  • Tokyo Park Hotel was our most up-to-date decide and is conveniently positioned as a cease for the airport limousine bus with each JR and a pair of subway stations in very shut proximity.  There are a heap of eating places close by each trendy and conventional together with the upmarket Shiodome procuring centre.  Ginza is lower than a 2 km stroll away and it’s lower than 1 km to Tsukiji Market.
  • Hotel New Otani is centrally positioned in Chiyoda.  The close by Akasaka-Mitsuke subway station offers you entry to essentially the most helpful traces and places you lower than a 10 minutes trip away from Ginza, Shibuya or Shinjuku.  The lodge is surrounded by a 400 yr previous Japanese backyard that you’re free to walk by way of and we discover the rooms listed below are larger than common within the metropolis making it cease in case you’re going to be on the town for greater than an evening or two and wish to settle in.
  • Tobu Levant Hotel Tokyo in Kinshicho.  It’s handy to Asakusa and the Skytree, there’s an excellent choice of eating places and retailers close by and you may get a direct prepare or the airport limousine bus to right here from both airport.  It has each a JR and a subway station just some minutes stroll away making it handy to get round.

15.  Take a light-weight jacket or wrap

I discussed above that you simply received’t discover air-conditioning in every single place however conversely in locations the place they do have it akin to some trains, retailers and eating places it may be turned right down to a temperature that’s downright chilly.  On this case you would possibly simply need one thing over your arms to be snug throughout dinner or when sitting for some time.

Whiles it’s immediately refreshing coming into that icy blast the wave of humidity can hit you actually arduous whenever you step again out on the road, so carry a light-weight layer.

Prime Japanese summer time locations

I wouldn’t say wherever is a ‘don’t go’ throughout the summer time.  If that’s when you will have your trip time or it fits you to journey, then go.  We cowl some fabulous places all throughout Japan in our travel guide so please examine that out in case you’re in search of inspiration to get you began however there are just a few locations which are particularly beneficial for summer time:

  • For those who’ve all the time wished to climb the long-lasting Mount Fuji the season runs from early-July till mid-September
  • The Gion Matsuri, maybe Japans most well-known summer time competition, takes place in Kyoto from the 17th – 24th July
  • The gorgeous floating shrine of Miyajima in Hiroshima has a fireworks competition in mid-August.  Sundown is gorgeous however fireworks could be subsequent stage wonderful.
  • The Nebuta Matsuri festival takes place in Aomori and runs for five days in early August with unimaginable handcrafted floats
  • Hokkaido, Japans northern most important island is roofed in snow for a lot of the yr however throughout summer time it’s rural and pure spots could be completely gorgeous to go to.  As a lover of wildlife and enthusiastic birder I feel this may be an exquisite time to discover the northern elements.
  • I just lately found the inexperienced beauty of Nikko in summer time and had so as to add that to this listing too.  The vivid inexperienced of the forest by way of to the rice crops mixed with the waterfalls and rivers flowing with the summer time rains make it a surprising time to go to

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Enjoy summer in Japan
Enjoy summer in Japan

Have you ever visited Japan throughout the top of summer time?  Did you come throughout some other suggestions you’ll be able to share to make a go to presently of yr even higher?  As standard if in case you have any questions for us please ask.

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