Japan in August 2024

Dreaming of a vibrant summer adventure? Look no further than Japan in August! This sizzling season offers a unique blend of scorching days, electrifying festivals, and breathtaking escapes. The cicadas chirp incessantly, the sun beats down relentlessly, and yukata-clad figures flit through the streets – August in Japan is a full-on summer experience. Whether you’re seeking cultural immersion, a dip in crystal-clear waters, or a taste of pure Japanese summer joy, this article is your ultimate guide to navigating the Land of the Rising Sun in August. We’ll explore the weather, crowds, and price fluctuations, highlight the must-see festivals and events, and uncover the best places to visit and things to do. Plus, we’ll equip you with essential travel tips to ensure a smooth and unforgettable experience.

Weather in Japan in August

weather in japan in august

Gear Up for Summer Sunshine (and Humidity): August in Japan is the epitome of summer. While the days are long and filled with sunshine, be prepared for hot and humid weather, especially in major cities. Rainfall is generally lower than other summer months. Let’s break down the temperature ranges you can expect across the country:

  • Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Fukuoka: 32°C – 35°C (90°F – 95°F)
  • Hokkaido (northern island): 26°C – 29°C (79°F – 84°F)
  • Okinawa (southern islands): Same as major cities, with a chance of typhoons.

Crowds and Costs

If you’re planning to visit Japan in August, prepare for peak tourist season. With many Japanese on holiday and international travelers drawn by festivals, popular destinations will be bustling. Flights and accommodation will be at their most expensive in August. We strongly recommend booking all your flights, hotels, activities and tours as in advance as possible. When you book one of our Japan tour packages, all your hotels, tours, and activities will be booked in one go. Following an expertly crafted itinerary, you can feel confident that you are making the most of every minute you’re there. Also, due to our industry connections, we can offer you cheaper rates, even at these peak times. If you’re looking to really keep costs low and ditch some of the luxuries, check out our Budget Japan Tour Packages which are carefully created to save your Yen and maximize your experiences.

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Events and Festivals

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  • August 1: Gion’s Hassaku in Kyoto – A ceremony where geisha and maiko visit tea houses to express gratitude in their stunning black kimonos.
  • Aug 2 – Aug 7: Aomori Nebuta Matsuri in Aomori – Witness dazzling illuminated floats depicting mythical warriors in a week-long parade.
  • August 3: Yodogawa Fireworks Festival in Osaka – A summer tradition and a chance for the community to come together and enjoy a dazzling fireworks display.
  • Aug 12 – Aug 15: Tokushima Awa Odori in Tokushima – Immerse yourself in the electrifying energy of this all-night dance festival with thousands of participants.
  • Throughout August: Sumo Tournaments – Catch the excitement of a Grand Sumo Tournament held in various cities.

Best Places To Visit in Japan in August

  • Hokkaido: Escape the heat and explore the natural beauty of northern Japan, with cooler temperatures and stunning mountain scenery.
  • Japanese Alps: Hike through breathtaking mountain ranges and serene lakes, offering a refreshing alternative to the city heat.
  • Okinawa: Embrace the tropical paradise with pristine beaches, coral reefs, and a unique Ryukyu culture.
  • Beach Resorts in Japan: From Kyushu’s Miyazaki to hidden coves all over Japan, find your perfect spot to soak up the sun and cool off in the sea.

Best Things To Do in Japan in August

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  • Festival hop: Immerse yourself in the joyful chaos of summer festivals, experiencing traditional music, dance, and local delicacies.
  • Cool off with Japanese summer treats: Indulge in refreshing kakigori (shaved ice) and watermelon to beat the heat. Whichever city you’re in, join one of our Japan food tours to hit all of the best food spots loved by the locals.
  • Explore hidden mountain villages: Discover the serene beauty of Japan’s remote mountain towns, offering a peaceful escape. Our Japan nature and wildlife tours are the best way to access these scenic and remote locations and maximize the experience there.
  • Enjoy summer illuminations: Many gardens and shrines come alive at night with beautiful light displays.

Tips for Traveling to Japan in August

  • Book early: Secure flights and accommodation well in advance, as popular destinations fill up quickly.
  • Embrace the air conditioning: Take advantage of the excellent air conditioning in most buildings to escape the heat.
  • Hydrate and pack light, breathable clothing.
  • Learn some basic Japanese phrases: A little Japanese goes a long way, especially during crowded festivals.

Don’t Be a Summer Scrooge: Book Your Japan Adventure Now!

Despite the heat, August offers a unique and unforgettable Japan experience. The crowds can be overwhelming though, so advance preparation and strategic planning are key. For this, our extensive range of Japan travel resources is at your disposal, full of city guides, route planners, sample itineraries, and Japanese food and drink recommendations.

The ultimate solution, however, to traveling at this time is booking one of our Japan tour packages. With our expertly crafted itineraries, comfortable accommodations included, and tours designed to maximize your enjoyment, all you have to do is pack your bags and embrace the summer magic. Don’t miss out – book your Japan adventure today!

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