Japan in the summer: what to see the tourist and what to do?
The real traveler chooses the extraordinary. Imagine: an extraordinary culture where high-tech successfully combines with centuries-old traditions, and “mass” images easily spread throughout the globe. And still one of the most famous and recognizable throughout the world gastronomy. And even the language for which it was required to “invent” a separate language group. It is easy to guess that we are talking about Japan. However, as a summer destination, not every tourist is ready to consider this country. And absolutely nothing! We will try to tell you what awaits those who decide to go on a summer trip to Japan …
So, what to do in Japan in the summer, and in general, what is summer Japan? First of all, including for the inhabitants of the country of the Rising Sun, summer is a period of numerous fireworks and festivals. They are carried out by each prefecture of the country and almost every city. We name only the most famous of them.
So, if we talk about fireworks, on the fourth Saturday of July the Fireworks Festival on the Sumidagawa River takes place, almost within Tokyo. The history of the festival dates back 270 years and continues the traditions of ancient Japan of the Edo era. The sky during this holiday is colored by about 20 thousand colored volleys, because Japanese fireworks are not a ten to fifteen minute salute, this is a fiery extravaganza that can last for hours.
Another famous festival of fireworks will take place on August 14 in Hiroshima Prefecture, on the island of Miyajima – or rather, the festival itself takes place in the “water” treasure site of UNESCO – Itsukushima temple. Its red torii gates stand in the middle of the sea, and you can only reach them at low tide. Itsukushima temple is only a little less known symbol of Japan than Mount Fuji, Sakura or Geisha …
By the way, speaking of geishas, it is impossible not to recall the ancient capital of Japan – Kyoto. And speaking of Kyoto, one cannot but remember the longest Japanese holiday Gion Matsuri, which takes place in this ancient city almost the whole of July. But its culmination is the Yamaboko Junko parade, a colorful procession of special carriages, which takes place on July 17th.
In yet another “link” of the golden ring of Japan and its second largest city, Osaka, the central festival is considered to be Tenjin, which falls on June 24-25. The holiday also involves a procession of many thousands. By the way, a deity, or rather an idolized statesman, whose memory is remembered on this day, is considered the patron saint of science and study – it is not surprising that his holiday represents the very “soul of Japan”.
And we add that each such holiday – we called only the very best ones, but in reality there are dozens of them – a kind of quintessence of that “Japanese exoticism”, which is really worth seeing. These are unusual rituals for the Europeans, spectators and participants in traditional kimono – by the way, its summer version, the yukata, is the easiest to put on and use, so the tourist can try it. And, of course, food – local gastronomy, from the point of view of the Japanese, is one of the first places in tourism.
And at almost every holiday there is an opportunity to try local specialties in gastronomy. And not only on the holiday – you can buy an edible souvenir in almost every hotel – especially in ryokan, Japanese-style hotels, as well as in stores near any sights of Japan. Probably, the Russian tourist will not refuse to bring home cookies with Matsumoto Castle, or, for example, with Fuji-san itself – Mount Fuji.
By the way, about the famous Japanese symbol. Summer is the traditional season of climbing Mount Fuji, and the most popular time for this is from July 1 to August 26. It is during the summer period that the highest post office in Japan works at the top of the mountain – from there you can send “physical evidence” of your stay at Fuji to relatives and colleagues anywhere in the world. By the way, the fun fact is that there is also the highest place in Japan where you can make a purchase with a credit card – this is the FujisanHotel mountain hut at 3’400 meters. And we add – the season of climbing Fuji ends with a grandiose fiery festival that takes place in the city of Fuji Yoshida on August 26 and 27.
As for another traditional symbol of Japan – sakura – yes, in the summer you will not see it. However, the flower seasons continue. In June, the hydrangea and irises take the “baton”, in July – the lilies, in August – the water lilies and bindweed … In any case, you can grasp the aesthetics of “admiring nature” in Japan almost everywhere. The idea of the country of the Rising Sun as a “country of skyscrapers”, where there is no free space.