Japanese summer can be described as exceptionally hot. The heat surpasses one’s imagination by far. While there are cooler regions like Hokkaido, Tokyo and Kyoto can be unbearably scorching. It’s safe to say that almost the entire country of Japan is hot. The humidity is unbelievably high, and just walking around will leave your shirt drenched in sweat. If you’re planning a trip to Japan between July and September, be cautious. Some people may love summer, but it’s best to be prepared for the hellish heat. Honestly speaking, it’s advisable for the elderly to avoid it. I recommend planning a trip during the more comfortable seasons of spring or autumn.
Japanese summer isn’t just challenging, it also has its charms. In tourist areas, you’ll come across numerous shaved ice stands. The flag in the photo below indicates a shaved ice stand, and you’ll see them scattered throughout the streets during summer. It tastes absolutely delicious with matcha syrup. While the intolerable heat can be frustrating, Japan hosts enticing events like festivals and fireworks during the summer. They take place at shrines and foreigners are welcome to visit without hesitation. Of course, being Christian is not a problem at all.
In conclusion, those lacking confidence in their physical stamina should avoid traveling to Japan during the summer. It can be quite a trial for individuals with larger builds, especially Americans. Personally, I’ve traveled throughout Japan for work, and I find autumn to be the most captivating season.