Japan in July 2024

Welcome to Japan in July! As the summer season hits its peak, the Land of the Rising Sun offers a unique blend of cultural experiences, vibrant festivals, and stunning natural beauty. At Tourist Japan, we provide expertly curated tours across this incredible country, ensuring you experience the very best Japan has to offer. This guide will cover everything you need to know about traveling to Japan in July, including the weather, crowds and costs, key events and festivals, must-see attractions, and essential travel tips to make the most of your summer adventure.

Weather in Japan in July

Tokyo skyline at sunset with Tokyo tower standing above

July in Japan is characterized by hot and humid weather, as it falls in the middle of the rainy season (tsuyu) which typically ends by mid-July. Here are the average temperatures in Japan in July for some of the major cities:

  • Tokyo: Highs of 30°C (86°F) and lows of 23°C (73°F)
  • Kyoto: Highs of 32°C (90°F) and lows of 24°C (75°F)
  • Osaka: Highs of 32°C (90°F) and lows of 25°C (77°F)
  • Sapporo: Highs of 26°C (79°F) and lows of 19°C (66°F)
  • Fukuoka: Highs of 31°C (88°F) and lows of 24°C (75°F)

Expect frequent afternoon showers, especially in the first half of the month, and be prepared for high humidity levels.

Crowds and Costs

July is a popular month for both domestic and international tourists due to school holidays and numerous festivals. This can lead to crowded tourist spots and higher prices for accommodations and flights. Booking in advance is highly recommended to secure the best rates and availability.

Events and Festivals

Japan in July Tenjin Matsuri festival
  • July 1 – July 31: Gion Matsuri in Kyoto – One of Japan’s most famous festivals, running throughout the month. The main processions will be held on July 17 and 24th.
  • July 24-25: Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka – A spectacular festival featuring a river procession and fireworks.
  • July 27: Sumida River Fireworks Festival in Tokyo – One of Tokyo’s biggest fireworks displays.
  • July 13 – July 16: Mitama Matsuri in Tokyo – Held at Yasukuni Shrine, featuring over 30,000 lanterns.

Best Things to Do and See in Japan in July

Shinjuku Gyoen Park, Tokyo Japan in July
  • Attend Festivals: Experience the vibrant culture and traditions of Japan at various local festivals.
  • Explore Japan’s Gardens and Parks: Visit beautiful places like Shinjuku Gyoen in Tokyo or Kenrokuen in Kanazawa, which are lush and vibrant in July.
  • Visit Coastal Areas: Enjoy Japan’s beaches in Okinawa or the scenic coastline of the Shonan region near Tokyo. For the most relaxing experience, join a guided tour from Tokyo and have your transport taken care of. You’ll also be escorted by a knowledgeable guide who will show you the best spots in the area.
  • Hike in the Mountains: Escape the heat by hiking in cooler regions like the Japanese Alps or Mount Fuji. Our range of Japan Nature & Wildlife Tours will enable you to see parts of the region that regular travelers may not get the chance to experience.
  • Enjoy Summer Foods: Cool down with summer delicacies like kakigori (shaved ice) and sōmen (cold noodles). All our Japan food tours are led by local foodies who will ensure you get a taste of everything that’s on offer.

Tips for Traveling in July

  • Stay Hydrated: Carry a water bottle and drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated in the heat.
  • Dress Appropriately: Light, breathable clothing is a must. Don’t forget a hat and sunglasses. Nervous you’ve forgotten something else? Check out our full Japan packing guide for everything you need for the trip.
  • Plan for Rain: Bring an umbrella or a lightweight raincoat for sudden showers. If it does rain, check out our list of the best things to do on a rainy day in Tokyo.
  • Book in Advance: Secure your Japan hotels and transport early due to high demand.
  • Use Air-conditioned Spaces: Take advantage of Japan’s many air-conditioned museums, shops, and restaurants to cool down.

Take a “Tour-Tally” Awesome Trip With Tourist Japan This July

In July, Japan transforms into a vibrant tapestry of cultural festivities and natural beauty. Whether you’re exploring the bustling streets of Tokyo, participating in Kyoto’s iconic Gion Matsuri, or relaxing on Okinawa’s pristine beaches, Tourist Japan has you covered. Join one of our Japan guided tours to seamlessly navigate this captivating country, or opt for one of our multi-day packages that include hotels, tours, and transfers. We promise it will be an experience of a lifetime!

Until you set off on this incredible vacation, browse through our extensive range of Japan travel resources. As Japan travel experts, we’re equipped to help you plan the perfect trip, through sample Japan itineraries, food and drink recommendations and so much more. Whether you’re planning your next family vacation to Japan or looking how to visit Japan on a budget, we’ve something for every type of traveler. So, what you waiting for? The magic of Japan awaits!

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