SUMMER IN JAPAN
The present summer in Japan begins in July and lasts through August. This article contains useful information about the weather and tourist activities for those who are planning a summer trip to Japan.
Summer in Japan is inseparably connected with certain images arising in the imagination: white clouds floating across the blue sky, chirping cicadas, people in a yukata fanning themselves, and fireworks.
In Japan, you will have more than enough opportunities to experience unforgettable moments that reflect the very essence of summer, such as the feeling of freshness that comes along with the melodious sound of the air bells. Also, summer in Japan can be hot and stuffy, and therefore, in order to fully enjoy it, it will be useful to prepare for your trip to Japan as it should be. We have gathered useful information for you, everything you need to know about your summer trip to Japan.
On average, the daily temperature in July is approximately 31.5 degrees Celsius above zero and 24 degrees early in the morning. In August, daytime temperatures are around 33 degrees Celsius above zero, and 26 in the morning. Whatever it was, in recent years, the average daily temperature reached 36 degrees above zero, and even higher, overcoming the temperature of the human body. In the news releases there were warnings about the high probability of receiving heat and sunstroke.
Due to the very high humidity, the heat can be exhausting even at night, which makes it difficult to fall asleep. Therefore, it is very important to carefully avoid dehydration, no matter where you are – on the street or indoors, in order to avoid heat stroke.
For Japan, torrential rains are typical in summer, they are also called “yu-dachi”, but torrential rains have become more frequent lately, incredibly intense and unpredictable, able to gush anytime and anywhere, so be prepared for this.
In the summertime, a variety of local festivals are celebrated throughout Japan and fireworks shows are organized; in the places of celebrations, stalls are set up, which offer holidaymakers to feast on special desserts made of ice chips – kakigori, takoyaki (balls of dough three to five centimeters in diameter, inside pieces of octopus and tempura, everything is fried and poured with a special sauce) and other national snacks; and everything around is filled with crowds of people in a yukata.
A yukata (summer kimono) is much easier to wear than a traditional Japanese outfit, so if you get a chance, take advantage of it, and try yourself to wear a yukata to go for a walk at any nearby festival.
Along the shores of the rivers carrying their clear waters, you can look at fireflies. Believe me, it is incredibly romantic – to watch the intermittent flickering of light from the fluttering fireflies on the riverbank drowning in the twilight, breathless with admiration. As a rule, it is best to watch fireflies from the end of June to the end of July, but from year to year the period and place may vary, and it is best to investigate everything thoroughly before you go on a journey.
What is worth trying out of food in the summer?
Typical summer season vegetables – such as cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplants, ginger and perilla – have the ability to freshen up, as well as wake up the appetite, which, as a rule, disappears in the heat. Summer is a season for food with high energy value, such as eel, unagi (Japanese eel), ayu, and abalone; It is also a great time for legumes and beer. It is also impossible to forget about fruits, such as peaches and cherries, watermelons and other summer crops, which appear on the shelves in abundance.
What is the best dress to wear in summer in Tokyo?
July and August are incredibly sultry and hot, so we recommend thin T-shirts and short sleeved shirts, light dresses and other clothes made from thin “breathable” fabrics. Make sure you don’t forget to get a hat or anything that will help you keep your head out of direct sunlight. In stores and trains, as a rule, there are air conditioners that keep the air temperature cool enough, so just in case you carry with you something that you can throw on yourself so as not to forgive.
Just be sure to take note of the fact that sleeveless jackets and other clothing, baring the backs, arms and shoulders, is considered a sign of bad taste and a violation of etiquette when visiting temples and palaces. If you plan to take part in the excursion and visit any of these places, it is best to grab some more closed clothes with you.
In surveys, about ninety percent of tourists said that Japan’s climate is much hotter than in their home countries. Such is the Japanese summer. But be that as it may, there are a lot of things from which you can get unforgettable impressions and pleasure in Japan even in the heat of summer.