Warm Weather, Fair Skies: How to Enjoy Clear Days During Rainy Season
In Japan, the summer months of June and July are overcast with “rainy season” or “tsuyu”. Rainy season is the perfect description of this period, yet barely describes the inconveniences involved: wet shoes, slippery floors, and messy hair. However, there are a few scarce days during this cloudy era that provide comfortable temperatures and make outdoor adventures possible.
While Japanese people, accustomed to rainy season, are unfazed and don’t let the circumstances affect their schedules, tourists, even if warned, are unlikely to be as content. Thus, planning for a treasured sunny day is essential. The following are some ideas to consider.
1. Visit a popular park such as Komazawa Olympic Park (Meguro) or Showa Kinen Park (Tachikawa). Most large parks offer activities for visitors including bicycle paths and rentals, playgrounds for children, food vendors, paddle boats, and recreational areas.
2. Dine at an outdoor cafe. The backstreets of Aoyama are filled with small cafes, many of which boast outdoor seating areas for the warmer months.
3. Adventure. Outside of major cities, there are endless possibilities of outdoor activities including rafting, rock climbing, horseback riding, long-distance bicycling, hiking, and more.
While many activities can be coordinated by individuals, group events like rafting can be arranged through local companies. Be sure to take a look at English language newsletters and online bulletins for seasonal details.
Once rainy season ends, fair skies will return but with them will come heat and humidity. Take advantage of beautiful summer days to explore the incredible nature that Japan has to offer.