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Best Things to Do in Japan in June (2023)

Japan is wonderful year-round. While there are many things that stay the same — this country has some incredibly old shrines and temples! — there’s always something new to experience. It’s amazing! While this month is the beginning of the rainy season, there are plenty of amazing things to do in Japan in June. Let’s take a look! 

Attend the Sanno Matsuri

Held in Tokyo, this grand festival takes place at the Hie Shrine in mid-June. The event features parades, traditional music and dance performances, and portable shrines. In 2023, Sanno Matsuri will be held from June 7-17.

Visit Hokkaido

June is a great time to explore the northern island of Hokkaido. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes, visit national parks like Shiretoko and Daisetsuzan, and participate in outdoor activities such as hiking and wildlife watching. Head to the capital city of Sapporo for the Yosakoi Soran Matsuri and the Hokkaido Shrine Festival (also called Sapporo Festival).

Enjoy the Hydrangea Blooms

June is the month when hydrangeas (ajisai) are in full bloom across the country. Popular spots for viewing these vibrant flowers include Hakone, Kamakura, Hasedera Temple, and Meigetsuin Temple.

Unwind in Okinawa

The rainy season begins earlier in Okinawa than in Tokyo, so it’s typically over by mid-June. Avoid the massive July crowds and check out this gorgeous, tropical area at the end of June. 

Take a Dip in the Water

June marks the beginning of summer in Japan, and it’s an ideal time to enjoy water activities. Head to Okinawa or other coastal areas to swim, snorkel, dive, or simply relax on the beautiful beaches.

Visit Kamakura

Explore the historical city of Kamakura, located near Tokyo. Visit iconic landmarks like the Great Buddha at Kotokuin Temple, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and the beautiful Hase-dera Temple.

Hike in the Japanese Alps

June offers pleasant weather for hiking in the Japanese Alps. Explore picturesque trails in areas like Kamikochi, Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route, and the Northern Japan Alps.

Experience the Rainy Season

June is the rainy season (tsuyu) in Japan, but don’t let that discourage you. You can experience the beauty of rain by visiting gardens or by strolling through Tokyo’s Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

Explore Hiroshima and Miyajima

Take a trip to Hiroshima to learn about its poignant history and visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum. Then, visit the nearby island of Miyajima, famous for its iconic floating torii gate and beautiful scenery.

Head to Nikko

Located just a few hours north of Tokyo, Nikko is known for its stunning shrines and natural beauty. Explore the Toshogu Shrine, take a walk around Lake Chuzenji, and visit the cascading Kegon Falls.

Take a Cruise on Lake Ashi

Located in Hakone, Lake Ashi offers beautiful views of Mount Fuji. You can take a sightseeing cruise across the lake and enjoy the picturesque surroundings.

Stay in the Historic City of Kanazawa

Known for its well-preserved samurai and geisha districts, Kanazawa is a charming city with a rich cultural heritage. Visit the Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa Castle, and the Higashi Chaya District.

Find Local Festivals and Events

One of the best things you can do is search for festivals (matsuri) and events in your area. Look for flyers on street corners and on the local train line. Our family lives in the Tokyo/Yokohama area, so this is what’s on our calendar for June 2023.

Remember to check the latest travel advisories and confirm event dates and details before making any plans, as circumstances can change. Enjoy your time in Japan!

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