Summer in Japan: Where to Go, What to Do and What to Buy

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What to Do in Japan During the Summer

(Tokyo) Summer in Japan- Japan is an impressive country for keeping their traditions and culture alive while being one of the most advanced countries in terms of fashion, technology, and military tactics. Japan is a beautiful country famous for its Cherry Blossoms during spring but during the summer, magical things happen like numerous festivity celebrations all throughout the country.

Summer in Japan - Okinawa Beach
Summer in Japan – Okinawa Beach

The summer months in Japan are from June to August.

Trying Weird Ice Cream Flavors

Namco Namja Town Ice Cream by Carolynn Kitamura Calantoc via FB
Namco Namja Town Ice Cream by Carolynn Kitamura Calantoc via FB
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Tourists in Japan shouldn’t miss all the weird creamy concoctions the country has to offer. Only in Japan will you find flavors like miso ramen, fried chicken wings, squid ink, octopus and tomato orange. You’ll find that there are many convenience stores selling weird ice cream flavors in Japan. You can also visit Namja Town. It’s a massive complex with a shopping mall, museum, planetarium, aquarium and their ice cream stall.

Namja Town Location:  Japan, Tokyo, Toshima, Higashiikebukuro
Business Hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Website: http://www.namja.jp

Admission Fee: Php143++
Ice Cream Price starts at Php173++

Fireworks Show

Japan Summer Fireworks
Japan Summer Fireworks

Many fireworks festivals in Japan happen during the summer. One of the most notable fireworks show is Sumida River Fireworks. Sumida River Fireworks can be seen from the park along the river, through a river cruise or from Tokyo Skytree which doubles as a broadcasting and observation tower.

Tokyo Skytree
Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree Option

Location: 1 Chome-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo 131-0045, Japan
Business hours during the event: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, last admission time 3:00 pm; 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm, last admission time 9:30 pm

Travel 350-meters above ground to Tokyo Skytree’s Tembo deck. [Book your ticket here]

Admission Fee: Same Day Ticket starts at Php149++
Fast Skytree Ticket starts at Php718++

Hike Mt. Fuji

Hike Mt Fuji in Japan
Hike Mt Fuji in Japan

Going to the second highest mountain in Japan is advised during the summer when the climate is friendly and huts and facilities are open. At 12,389 feet, the summit can be reached on the second day of the hike. The official climbing season starts from July 1 to August 31. There hiking tours that visitors can avail.

Tokyo Spectacular Mt. Fuji Day Bus Tour

  • Get the full Mt Fuji experience with this day trip to its most scenic areas!
  • Gain a deeper look at traditional Japanese culture with the rural scenery, plus a visit to a ninja village.
  • Fuji Airways will let you take part in a 4D experience made by the Japan latest technology.
  • Enjoy a pickup service in a designated Shinjuku area, plus comfortable coach transportation with WiFi service.
  • Book your Mt Fuji Day Bus Tour Here

Water Parks

Summer in Japan won’t be complete without trying their outrageous water parks. Tokyo Summerland and Tobu Zoo offer great adventures for families and friends. Both have large pools and different attractions. Tokyo Summerland has an indoor pool called Adventure Dome, outside pool called Adventure Lagoon and waterslide. They also have giant waterfalls and long lazy river adventures. Tobu has a zoo, adventure rides, wave pool, pool with sliders and flowing water and kids’ pool.

Tokyo Summerland
Tokyo Summerland

Tokyo Summerland

Location: 197-0832 Tokyo, Akiruno, Japan
Contact No. 042(558)6511
Website: Tokyo Summerland

Admission fee starts at Php862++

Tobu Super Pool
Tobu Super Pool

Tobu Super Pool

Location: 110 Suka, Miyashiro-machi, Minamisaitama-gun, Saitama 345-0831
Business Hours: Closed on Mondays in June
Contact No. +81 480-93-1200
Website: Tobu Zoo

Beach Bumming

Miyako Island
Miyako Island

Japan is surrounded by waters so it’s easy to find a beach that everyone will like. Yonaha Maehama Beach in Miyako Island, Japan is the perfect picture of a beautiful and serene beach. Its signature clear water and white sand make it a good spot for soul-searching. Its magnificent sunsets can truly captivate the hearts of many.

Location: Miyako Island

How to get there

Miyako Island can be accessed via a plane ride from Mainland Japan. Yonaha Maehama Beach can be reached by car or taxi. You must arrange a return journey from the beach to your hotel with the taxi company before going to the beach to ensure you have a ride back to your hotel.

What to do

  • Snorkeling
  • Scuba diving
  • Jet skiing
  • Banana boat rentals
  • Scooter (you must have a valid international driving license) and bicycle rental
  • Going to the nearby islands via taxi or car which passes through the bridge

Where to stay

Miyakojima Tokyu Hotel & Resorts

Location: 914 Shimojiaza-yonaha, Miyakojima-city, Okinawa Prefecture
Contact No. 0980-76-2109

Accommodation starts at Php3355++ (USD63++) via Agoda

Outdoor Concerts

Take the summer trip to Japan further by attending outdoor concerts. During the summer, numerous concerts are held to take advantage of the bright atmosphere. One of the famous concerts is the granddaddy of all Japan’s summer rock festivals, Fuji Rock Festival. It attracts more than 100,000 fans each year and previous line-ups include The Chemical Brothers, Courtney Love and Morrissey.  Sukiyaki Meets World is also a world-class event in Nanto, Toyoma prefecture which started in 1991. It features Sukiyaki Steel Orchestra and talents from different cultures.

Fuji Rock Festival

Fuji Rock Festival
Fuji Rock Festival

Location: Naeba Ski Resort, Niigata Prefecture, 202 Mikuni, Yuzawa-machi
Website: www.fujirockfestival.com

Admission starts at Php9500++

Sukiyaki Meets World photo via FB
Sukiyaki Meets World photo via FB

Sukiyaki Meets World

Location: Helios Bunka Kozo Center, 100 Yakata, Nanto, Toyama
Website: http://sukiyakifes.jp/english/

Admission starts at Php1193++

Shopping

The last on the list and probably the most important is to take home some of the memorable souvenirs from all the places you’ve visited as a remembrance of good times you had during your trip. Japan is well-known for their paper hand fans which come free from some shops during the summer months. They also make decorative wind chimes, goldfish motifs merchandises, paper origami, local makeup and local artists’ paintings. There are several shopping places in every city that you visit in Japan. To maximize your time, you may consider to rent a car in Japan to maximize your time.

Must visit places for shopping

You can check out their 100 Yen Stores which house an assortment of products. More expensive shopping requires going to Ginza. Other shopping areas you should check out are Asakusa, Akihabara, Harajuku and Aoyama and Shinjuku.

Shinjuku at Night
Shinjuku at Night

Going to Japan is a wonderful experience for all ages in the family, group of friends and couples. It’s a place where there’s something for everyone to see and do. This summer season, choose Japan!

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