Tokyo in summer: Top Things to Do and See

Tokyo is one of the most beautiful and popular cities in Asia boasting of fascinating history, diverse culture, incredible skyscrapers, delicious food, breathtaking seasonal highlights, wonderful museums, dance festivals, and more. The City’s hot and humid summers often leaves both the locals and guests grumbling, but there’s so much you can explore and see in Tokyo at this time. As a matter of fact, this legendary city has got a really good mix of things to explore for everyone. Seasonal festivals in summer ill bring you lots of exciting moments even as you enjoy the city. This is the best time to step back from the usual sightseeing and explore the city in a different way. Here are some of the best things you can do in this Japanese City during summer. 

Try Delicious Summer Foods

If there’s anything you shouldn’t forget doing is getting some food recommendations from locals or trying out the culinary options in Tokyo during your trip. Like everyone else, you may be tempted to go for the traditional Japanese dishes that are usually available throughout the year. Why not try out special dishes that are available mostly during summertime? Such include Morioka reimen, Grilled Unagi, somen, Kakigori, Ayu, Hiyashi Chuka, Rei Shabu, Yakitori, and more. 

Catch a Jaw-dropping Fireworks Show

There’s no better way to have fun in Tokyo during summer than getting inspired by some of the city’s top hanabi events. Put on a summer yukata then head out for a fireworks show. Fireworks shows in summer take place from late July to mid-August and include the Adachi fireworks Festival, Tamagawa Fireworks Festival, Sumida-gawa Fireworks Show in Asakusa, and the Katsushika Fireworks Show. The best way to enjoy these festivals is by getting to the respective locations early so you can find a perfect sitting spot. 

Take a Walk in the Garden

Your Summer Tokyo vacation doesn’t have to focus on exploring the city’s skyscrapers alone. It can even be boring to limit yourself to the busy city life. Apart from going out to enjoy some of the mentioned summer foods, you can visit some of Tokyo’s most beautiful and tranquil Japanese gardens. Some of the gardens here include the Kyu Shiba Rikyu, the Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Hama Rikyu, and the Imperial Palace East Garden. These picture-perfect traditional Japanese Gardens in Tokyo provide visitors with a unique atmosphere to stroll and relax while beating the heat. 

Temples and Beaches in Kamakura

There’s nothing more fulfilling for a global traveler in Tokyo during summer than exploring the historic temples and glorious beaches in Japan’s ancient capital city, Kamakura. Kamakura is about an hour away from the legendary city of Tokyo by train. Popular beaches here include Zaimokuza beach and Yuigahama beach. Come and enjoy swimming, surfing, and sunbathing as you beat the summer heat in the city. 

Hit an Outdoor Music Festival

There’s no better time for raging music festivals and traditional street fests than in summer. Note that you may have to travel a little from the city to catch some of the best festivals. Held in late July in Naeba, the Fuji Rock Festival is the country’s biggest music fest and attracts visitors from across Japan. The City feels noticeably quieter for the three days the festival takes place. Other music festivals you don’t want to miss include the Summer Sonic in August and the Rock in Japan Festival (Ibaraki). 

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