Hello Smilers, Summer in Japan is ending in about a month’s time as Autumn will officially begin on September 23rd in Japan. Have you had any Summer-like activities yet? If you have not, there is still time to enjoy Summer! In this article, we will introduce 5 activities for you to feel the spirit of Summer in Japan.
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The Fireworks display in Japan is well known all around the world and it will make you feel the spirit of Summer. The fireworks display was stopped for 2 years because of the pandemic but it is finally back after 2 years.
For those of you who are enjoying your first Summer in Japan, we recommend that you go to the festivals with your friends using the Yukata (浴衣). Yukata (浴衣) is a formal Kimono that the Japanese people usually use to go to summer festivals such as the fireworks display.
There is no need to wear a Yukata if you don’t have one, just by seeing other people wearing them at the fireworks display, you will feel the spirit of summer in Japan.
Still on the topic of wearing a Yukata (浴衣) for summer in Japan, you can use them to visit the Summer festivals in Japan. Like the fireworks display, the summer festivals in Japan just resumed this year. One of the famous festivals that represent summer in Japan is the Aomori Nebuta Festival.
The Aomori Nebuta Festival is a big summer festival in Japan in the Aomori prefecture. If you are not from there, don’t worry as there are smaller scale festivals and they are probably nearer to you. In each area, there will be a festival on a smaller scale. There will be food stalls and also traditional games at the festival. Be sure to visit them as it is going to be a memorable summer.
The Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) in Japan lasted for 7 months from March 25 – October 30 but because there is the famous Summer Koshien, a Japanese high school baseball tournament in Osaka, most Japanese people in Japan tie baseball closely with summer. If Koshien is not in your area, not to worry you can watch the NPB baseball as there are 12 teams located all across Japan.
Even if you do not understand baseball, baseball is a highlight of summer in Japan. It is a culture on its own in Japan and we recommend that you try going to the stadium near you and enjoy the game while having a cold one and just feel the passion.
Going to the beach during the summertime is a no-brainer as you can enjoy the sea breeze and also go for a short dip on the beach when it gets too hot. If you are more adventurous, you can try out surfing! Most of the beach tourists often visit during summer have board and gear rental shops for surfing.
If this is your first time surfing, we recommend that you also book a trainer as they will be able to teach you the proper technique to surf and you will be able to surf in no time! Surfing or learning to surf will be a memorable experience for you.
Looking for a challenge and an unforgettable experience? Why not challenge yourself to climb the glorious Mt.Fuji? It is popular to climb Mt.Fuji during summer in Japan as you can only climb up during summertime. You can start climbing Mt.Fuji from July 1 to September 10 as it is prohibited to climb Mt.Fuji in other periods. For more official information about climbing Mt.Fuji, click here.
You will not regret climbing Mt.Fuji as your effort will not be wasted when you reach the top of Mt.Fuji. The beautiful view from the top of Mt.Fuji will take your breath away and you will even forget that you are feeling tired. You can start climbing to the top of Mt.Fuji at dawn so that you will make it in time to enjoy the sunrise when you are at the top. This is a definite must-try activity of summer in Japan.
This wraps up our list of activities that you still can do now. Which one caught your attention and/or which one have you done before? Have more activities to do when spending summer in Japan? Please do share it with us! We are looking forward to reading them!