🎐 If you’re thinking about rescheduling your Japan trip, how about July? It’s hot, but there are so many great things you can enjoy in the summertime that you can’t do any other time of year
Five secret reasons why JULY is the very best time to come to Japan:
Goldfish! Summer is the season when Japanese traditionally ward off the heat by gazing at goldfish in their cool, blue bowls, and there are lots of festivals and exhibits that celebrate this most humble of pets
The Edogawa Goldfish Festival is one of the biggest…
July is also the season to buy Japanese traditional wind chimes (furin), the small glass or metal baubles that sport long paper tails to catch a passing breeze and remind you to feel cooler because of it
July is the start of the Toro Nagashi festivals, where candle-lit lanterns are floated out on ponds and rivers on warm summer evenings, along with prayers for peace
It’s fireworks time! All over Tokyo, you can see amazing fireworks displays on most July and August weekends. There’s nothing more Japanese than eating a few skewers of yakitori, drinking a beer, while wearing a summer yukata and watching the fire flowers bloom with your friends
It’s also when the Yasukuni Shrine sponsors the blow-out, three-day midsummer Mitama Matsuri, a grand affair showcasing music, dance, food, drink, and festival spirit, all day and long into the night
Divine lotus flowers also come into bloom in July, prompting many gorgeous gardens to open their gates at dawn, so visitors can enjoy them unfurling in all their pink glory.
Find other cool and serene Tokyo gardens to stroll in the summertime here:
And of course, July is a great time to enjoy all my other favorite Tokyo attractions:
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