The summer season starts with rain in June, while most of July and a little of August are characterized by hot and humid days. Most visitors visiting Japan around this time head to the beaches, lakes, and rivers. There's a wide variety of summer activities to do, including surfing, sunbathing, snorkeling, and river rafting.
Other tourists head to the mountains for cooler temperatures. Cities located at higher elevations offer charming, rustic accommodations where you can stay for a few days. You will also find various local attractions to beat the summer heat.
If you visit Japan in the summer, the Japanese matsuri (festival) or hanabi taikai (fireworks display) are two not-to-be-missed summer experiences. There is often dancing, games, and music at a summer matsuri. On the other hand, the fireworks display is a Japanese tradition dating back hundreds of years.
Top three spots to visit in the summer:
1. Hokkaido - popular in the winter, but also a beautiful place to visit in the summer because of its flower fields, lakes, and other nature spots.
2. Kyoto City - a picturesque city near Osaka where you can go on bike tours to see teahouses, shrines, and zen gardens.
3. Okinawa Islands - Japan's beach destination. Once the waters start warming in May, you can swim, snorkel, kayak, and participate in other outdoor activities (it's best to avoid Golden Week, though, when locals flock to the beach for the holiday).