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Why Visit Japan in Summer

Why Visit Japan in Summer?

Japan is a true "year-round" destination, but if you like the heat - and lively festivals - then summer is the perfect time for you to visit!

Summer in Japan lasts from about June to mid-September. Summers are hot and humid, with temperatures ranging from approximately 70° to 90° Fahrenheit.

However, summer is also one of the most exciting times to visit Japan!

Festivals & Fireworks

* Matsuri (Festivals) - Japan is one of the world's best festival destinations, with a huge variety of lively and colorful festivals throughout the year.

Summer is one of the best times for Japanese festivals, and some of our favorites include: Kyoto’s Gion Matsuri, Osaka’s Tenjin Matsuri, Aomori’s Nebuta Matsuri, and the Awa Odori Matsuri in Tokushima, Shikoku.

* Hanabi Taikai (Fireworks Shows) - Japanese people LOVE fireworks, and fireworks shows (hanabi taikai) in Japan are so much fun!

The Sumida River Fireworks in Tokyo, are especially famous, but amazing fireworks displays take place all over Japan throughout the summer!

Outdoor Activities

* Rafting & Hiking - One of our favorite places to enjoy both of these activities is in the pristine Iya Valley, located on the island of Shikoku.

Other great things to see and do in summer while in the Iya Valley are, stay at a ryokan with onsen (hot springs) and visit the famous "vine bridges" - walk across if you're brave enough!

* Sea kayaking - There are many places in Japan where you can enjoy sea kayaking, like Miyajima Island, where you can get an up close look at the impressive Itsukushima Shrine (floating torii gate).

You may also want to consider kayaking in the beautiful, clear blue waters of Okinawa in the south, or head all the way north to Hokkaido and kayak in the blue caves near Otaru.

There are so many fun things to do in Japan in summer that are great for the whole family. I hope this helps give you some great ideas!

by Andres Zuleta, Boutique Japan

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