Do you know what they call the rainy season in Japan? Tsuyu and/or baiu – sounds kinda funny, right? It’s considered to be one of the worst periods in the country because the weather gets extremely rainy and humid, making your stay anything but comfortable.
Well, that’s the “official” version. Let’s see for ourselves whether all those claims are true or false and figure out once and for all: is it worth traveling to Japan when the “bad” season kicks in, or not?
So, it usually starts in May in Okinawa (that’s one of the major places); in other parts of the country, you’ll get to enjoy a relatively dry weather till June-mid July.
It’s safe to say that Hokkaido, the northwest region of Japan (the locals like to call it a prefecture rather than a region) is the driest of them all and generally does not have heavy rainfall, storms or anything like that. Yep, the rainy season in Japan doesn’t affect it, even though there might be some cold and cloudy days/weeks there. But, overall, Hokkaido is the best place to visit in terms of the weather.
As for the rest of the country, you won’t really be able to predict the rain patterns, which means you’ll have to be ready for it 24/7. Most of the times, when the wet season starts, it gets colder outside and rain becomes an ordinary thing during the day; but sometimes, it can be hot with little to no humidity and/or rain.
Humidity: Your #1 Enemy In Japan
Now, without a doubt, the frustrating humidity is the biggest “turn-off” during this season, and it’s safe to say that the locals hate it. For most people, high humidity levels are extremely uncomfortable, and sometimes a shower is the only thing that can fix that.
Besides, if you don’t pay attention to it, mold will “consume” your things. With that said, if you plan on staying in this country for longer than a couple of weeks, make sure to constantly air your house when the sun comes around.
And one more important thing: food poisoning is one of the biggest challenges during the rainy season in Japan, especially for the inexperienced tourists: don’t ever leave food out of the freezer and always double-check what you’re putting in your mouth. A bad case of food poisoning will, without a doubt, ruin your otherwise awesome trip.
Cute Umbrellas And Beautiful Flowers
On the other hand, the “irritating season” is famous for those adorable Japan-only umbrellas that you simply have to try out! They come in all shapes and sizes: tall, elegant, catchy, fancy, short, cheap, expensive – whatever your heart desires.
It’s a known fact that when it comes to peculiar fashion, the Japanese are miles ahead of the Western civilization. So, grab a cute umbrella you like and enjoy this awful period! You’ll need it more often than you can even imagine.
Love to take marvelous pictures? The hydrangeas will be perfect for that. They look especially gorgeous during the wet season and the tourists really like to make selfies around them. Gotta hurry, though, because they’ll fade when the season ends.
Breath-Taking Views During The Rainy Season In Japan
Now, in all fairness, it’s mighty hard to admire the view when the humidity levels and the constant rainfall are trying to drive you crazy, but, on the other hand, some landmarks (tourist spots, as they say) look simply magnificent during the rainy season in Japan. The numerous temples, hot springs, and beautiful gardens will take your breath away.
Arm yourself with the right attitude and go to Mt. Koya and/or Hakone: the spectacular vegetation, flowers, and the incredible view will make your day. The rain is bad for your mood, true, but it can also make certain places look like the Heavens. It’s all a matter of perspective and whether you want to have some fun or grumble all the time.
Fewer Tourists Equals More Space For You
At the end of the day, when it comes to the rainy season Japan is not a particularly welcoming country, even though it does have its benefits. First of all, the tourist flow is pretty low in June, which will give you an opportunity to enjoy the attractions and famous spots without having to wait in the line.
And second, everything usually costs a lot less during the low season, which is also quite a big motivator :). So, now after you educated yourself all about the rainy season in Japan and what it has to offer, you can put all that knowledge to good use and decide for yourself whether the pros “beat” the cons or not.
Spring/autumn is usually when folks travel to this country; yet, as we just learned today, Japan is still pretty awesome even when the nasty rainy season kicks in. Again, it begins in mid-June and ends roughly a month later (Okinawa, in turn, starts and ends a month earlier). As for the rest of the year, there will be more than enough awesomeness to make you fall in love with this Asian beauty.
Still, you’ll only get to buy an umbrella, fight the humidity, take long showers, admire the blood-chilling mountain views and enjoy cheap food during the rainy season in Japan. That kinda makes you think long and hard, doesn’t it?