Summer in Japan

What to do in summer in Japan 

Planning a summer trip to Japan? You're in luck! Sure, you'll have some humidity to contend with, but there are a plethora of things to do, foods to indulge in, and festivals to go to - and that's just the start! Here are some of the best things to do in summer in the land of the rising sun:

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Fireworks and festivals

A great way to get a unique cultural experience is to attend a festival. One of the best known in Japan is Obon - a chance to honor loved ones that have passed, and celebrate life in the here and now. Love a good dance? This is the festival for you.

Tanabata is celebrated yearly on the 7th day of the 7th month, and is a festival all about love. Make a wish, write it on a piece of paper, and hang it on a tree at a Tanabata festival - it might just come true.

Cap off a fun day of sightseeing with some hanabi, or fireworks. Japan embraces fireworks in the summertime, and you'll find displays of them from big cities to smaller regional areas. Hanabi celebrations are a point of local pride and draw in plenty of spectators, so if you're heading to one, get there early to secure a spot! 

There's also the modern festival variety that screams summertime. Summersonic and Fuji Rock Festival are two of the biggest outdoor music events, not just in Japan but globally. Every year their lineups boast massive names. 
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Can't-miss summer treats

You could base an entire trip to Japan around food - and your summer vacation makes the perfect opportunity to indulge. Cold noodle dishes like somen, hiyashi chuka and tsukemen are all readily available, and might sound preferable to piping hot ramen at this time of year.

Festival food is also something to add to the must-do list. Something found at just about every summer festival is yakitori - Japan's take on a barbecue, you could say!

Prefer something icy, to cool you down? Convenience stores have you covered, with loads of budget friendly ice creams and popsicles. Across your travels you might also come across kakigori, which is a traditional Japanese sweet treat - shaved ice, flavored with syrup and condensed milk.

Another fun foodie option is sampling some seasonal summer goodies. Japan is amazing for this - head anywhere and you'll find a range of limited edition foods, drinks, chocolates, and more - if you blink you'll miss them.
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Incredible nature experiences

For many summer travelers to Japan, climbing Mt. Fuji is a bucket list goal. There are other great mountains to explore too - an added bonus is that Japan's mountainous areas have cooler temperatures if the humidity is proving a little much! More of a water lover than a mountaineer? There are great options for you too. Water parks, scenic lakes, and pristine beaches - you're spoiled for choice. 
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Stay cool

It's easy to forget how hot and humid it can get out there when you're having fun – here are some handy tips to stay nice and comfy while exploring Japan in summer.
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