Japan's hot and muggy summer can be very uncomfortable for some travelers, but it is one of the most popular seasons to travel. So do what the locals do! Head into the mountains or up to the northern areas of Japan to beat the heat in these off the beaten track gems. Get out of the concrete hot boxes of the big cities.
Hokkaido - Mt. Yotei and Sunflowers
Hokkaido is the second largest island in Japan and because it is so far north temperatures remain pleasantly mild even in the height of summer. Popular activities include camping and hiking in the many national parks, or visiting local farms for fresh produce & famous Hokkaido milk products like ice cream. Or for a more metropolitan side travlers can explore the young, fun city of Sapporo.
From Tokyo the train journey to Hokkaido is a bit long, so many people will hop on a cheap domestic flight. However, look for the rapidly expanding bullet train to reach into Hokkaido starting spring of 2016!
Tohoku - Sendai City's Tanabata Festival
Enjoy local fruits like crisp apples and mouth watering cherries while you explore the cool region of Tohoku. In the summer the region goes all out with vibrant festivals such as the Nebuta Festival or Tanabata Festival. Visitors are warmly welcomed to participate in the festivites. Or for a slower pace learn about the unique history of the region or enjoy a relaxing soak in a hot spring. The hot water makes the air feel much cooler!
The Tohoku region is easily reached by bullet or express train from Tokyo.
Karuizawa - Former Mitaka Hotel
A popular weekend getaway for residents of Tokyo is the town of Karuizawa in the Japan Alps Region. Visitors cool off while learning about the unique western connections in the city and wandering the moss lined cobblestone boulevards of the town. Activities such as tennis and golfing are popular with both visitors and residents.
Karuizawa is just a quick 1 hour bullet train ride from Tokyo.
Check out our other blogs below for more Japan summer travel tips.
5 Unique Soft Serve Flavors of Japan http://us.jnto.go.jp/blog/5-unique-soft-serve-flavors-of-japan/
5 Ways to Beat the Heat in Japan http://us.jnto.go.jp/blog/staying-cool-in-japan-5-favorite-ways-to-beat-the-heat/
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