Summer in Japan offers Traditional Festivals or fireworks almost every weekend.
It is true that Japan summer is not the most inviting climate. The first half is rainy, and the second half reaches very high temperatures, with high levels of humidity.
Yes, air conditions are running full blast, but if you are sensitive to heat, it can be rather daunting.
Is it worth it?
If you decide to come during Japan summer, you will be richly rewarded.
There are many festivals, carnivals, musical dance performances and water fights. And, it could be that the cool refreshing traditional Japanese treats such as slushy beer and shaved ice flavored with exotic syrups such as matcha and other Japanese favorites, will compensate for the heat.
Other a tourist favorites include Hiyashi chukka noodle, zaru soba and rmune drink, to name a few. Thus equipped, you will be able to enjoy the fireworks, people watching, and a general high level of celebrating.
Best Festivals during Summer in Japan
• Every viewing spot for fireworks will be crowded. Get there early!
• The crowds can be overwhelming; buy a return ticket in advance
• Plan extra time for traveling to and from due to the huge turnouts
• Don’t forget sunscreen, sunglasses and a protective hat and/or umbrella!
• Pr-moistened towelettes will come in handy as well
- Asakusa Samba Carnival
This big carnival actually takes place in a quiet unassuming neighborhood. A tourist attraction all year round, due to its many Geisha houses and temples, a major transformation takes place during Tokyo summer. A definite must see – at least that is what half a million people generally think! Among them will be many visiting from Brazil, as the two countries are closely related.
- Sumida Fireworks Festival
The Sumida Fireworks Festival is beautiful and truly Japanese no matter where you look. Held on the last Saturday in July, over one million people attend it, many wearing traditional Japanese yukata (summer Kimono).
Going strong for nearly three centuries – the festival was first celebrated in 1732, it is the oldest fireworks show. It features, like many Japanese hanabi (fireworks) festivals — a professional firework producers competition, which brings out the best in them!
- Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi
Anyone who has visited during summer in Tokyo has heard about this one! The Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi is a two-day festival which takes place near the end of the summer season. Among the festival’s attractions are a plethora of dance performances. 5,000 dancers from all over Japan, arrive to Harajuku and Yoyogi Park, in about 100 participating teams. No need to travel far to enjoy all traditional Japanese dance in one place.
- Tokyo Bay Fireworks
Tokyo Bay Fireworks (2nd Saturday of August) held north of the Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo Bay, can be viewed from Odaiba or on the other side of the Bay at Harumi Park. You need to arrive early to find a place. Tokyo Bay and the Tokyo skyline are an excellent canvas for a fireworks show.
- Summer Sonic (Chiba)
Summer Sonic is a huge open-air rock concert that is actually held in two areas simultaneously – in Osaka and Chiba. International performers can be found both in Osaka and Chiba. A two or three day event, you can enjoy in whichever location is more convenient.
- Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri
The Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri (3rd weekend in August) is a giant summer water fight festival. Teams carrying mikoshi (small shrines) are sprayed with water by the crowd. Even the local fire department co-operate by spraying crowds with full pressure firehouses. This one is surely one of the most Fun events during Summer in Japan.
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Weather in Tokyo during Summer Season
Summer (June-August) – Japan Summer climate begins in June with the rainy season, which lasts between 3 weeks to 1 month. When the rainy season ends, the Weather in Tokyo becomes hot and humid. You may decide to schedule your visit during the other eight to nine months of the year, it will certainly be more comfortable.
If, however, you do decide to come during Japan summer, you will be richly rewarded. More about Tokyo Weather by season.