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Japan Weather in July 2023: Best for Festivals, Travel Tips

Japan Weather in July 2023: Best for Festivals, Travel Tips

By RitaUpdated Aug. 23, 2023

July is in the middle of summer (June to August) in Japan. The average temperature throughout Japan is 26°C (78°F), with a moderate average rainfall of 171 mm (7 inches).

Rainfall eases somewhat after the first half of July, so you could visit Japan in late July for a drier experience.

July has a party atmosphere, with festive parades, holiday-atmosphere beer gardens, and colorful fireworks.

Find out about average temperatures, rainfall, and tips on where to go and what to wear in Japan in July below...

Japan Weather in July: Averages

Japan Weather in July
  • Temperature range: 23–29°C (73–84°F)
  • Rainfall: 171 mm (7 inches)
  • Rainy days: 11
  • Sunny days: 20

Weather in Japan's Major Cities in July

Japan City Ave. Min. Temp. Ave. Max. Temp. Average Rainfall
Sapporo 18°C (64°F) 25°C (76°F) 91 mm (4 in)
Tokyo 22°C (72°F) 30°C (86°F) 156 mm (6 in)
Kyoto 24°C (75°F) 32°C (90°F) 224 mm (9 in)
Osaka 25°C (76°F) 32°C (90°F) 174 mm (7 in)
Hakone 22°C (72°F) 28°C (83°F) 160 mm (7 in)
Nara 22°C (72°F) 31°C (88°F) 174 mm (7 in)
Hiroshima 24°C (75°F) 31°C (88°F) 280 mm (11 in)
Okinawa 27°C (81°F) 32°C (90°F) 188 mm (7 in)

Hokkaido and Northern Japan: Warm and Sunny for Outdoor Fun

Full-in-bloom Flower Field in Hokkaido Full-in-bloom Flower Field in Hokkaido

Compared with other cities, the cooler and drier weather makes northern Japan a perfect summer retreat in July. The daily high temperature reaches around 25°C (76°F), while the early mornings cool to around 18°C (64°F).

Summer hiking is one of the best ways to discover scenic mountains and national parks, as most of them are not accessible during the winter months.

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Tokyo and Central Japan: Hot and Humid, but Full of Festivals

Celebrating festivals with locals Celebrating festivals with locals

High rainfall hits central Japan in the first half of July. You might experience intense downpours on some days or occasional showers on other days.

The temperature gets up to 30°C (86°F) on average, which seems hotter with the humidity. So, you're suggested to do any outdoor activities in the early morning or late afternoon.

A private tour with us would make your Japan trip more comfortable: enjoy a private air-conditioned car, cold drinks always at hand, and flexible itineraries that make the best of the weather.

Despite the weather, festivals are the highlights in July: there are various grand firework festivals in Tokyo, the Gion Matsuri parade can be seen for the whole of July in Kyoto, and Tenjin Matsuri processions dance through Osaka on July 24–25 in 2023.

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Okinawa and Southern Japan: Better for Beach Activities

Stunning Views of Cape Manzamo in Okinawa Stunning Views of Cape Manzamo in Okinawa

The average daily temperature on Okinawa in July peaks at 32°C (90°F), and rainfall drops to 188 mm (7 in). In southern Japan, some cities experience heavy rain showers and thunderstorms.

But you'll have more sunny days to enjoy southern Japan's islands and beaches, since the rainy season fades away from late June.

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The 5 Best Places to Visit in Japan in July

The 5 Best Places to Visit in Japan in July

Tokyo's highlights include many indoor activities, which offer a dry getaway. For outdoor lovers, you can expect more favorable weather in Hokkaido. From early July, iconic Mt. Fuji is open for climbing as well.

The delicious food and, in July, atmospheric grand festivals, should enhance your experience in Osaka. As a symbol of Japan, don't miss the top sumo tournament in Nagoya.

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1. Tokyo: Enjoy an Eye-Feast of Fireworks

Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival in Tokyo Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival in Tokyo

The rainy season continues into July in Tokyo. If you're willing to risk its 40% chance of a rainy day in July, there's plenty to enjoy. In early July, you'd be rewarded with lower crowds before the Japanese school holidays (mid-July to August).

Rich in indoor activities, Tokyo is a perfect summer option to avoid both heat and rain, especially for families with children.

You could meet the robots in the science museum, learn about digital art works in TeamLab, and encounter lovely Pikachu (and other anime characters) in Tokyo's Pokemon centers.

In late July, the rainy season fades away and the festival season arrives. Wear kimonos, admire the eye-candy firework festival, and sample the yummy Japanese foods...

The lights, the glow, and the sounds will truly mesmerize and surprise you!

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2. Osaka: Witness the Atmospheric Tenjin Matsuri Parade

Celebrate Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka, Japan Celebrate Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka, Japan

Although Osaka can be hot and humid in July, abundant indoor activities (in well-air-conditioned buildings) offer a cool and dry escape. For example, you could discover one of the world's largest aquariums — Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan.

Being a foodie paradise, you're encouraged to discover Osaka's hidden alley bars, savor the fantastic food in acclaimed restaurants, and take a cooking class.

In late July, you could see one of the top three biggest festivals in Japan — Tenjin Matsuri (July 24 to 25). Alongside the locals, appreciate the parades, enjoy traditional performances, and watch fantastic fireworks displays.

3. Mt. Fuji: Hike for the Most Iconic Views

Climbing the Mt. Fuji on a sunny day Climbing the Mt. Fuji on a sunny day

The iconic mountain of Japan, Mt. Fuji, is only open to climb from early July to early September. You'd likely have the most favorable weather in late July.

Climbing Mt. Fuji might be challenging for beginners, but you'd be rewarded with stunning scenery, particularly if you climb for a sunrise/sunset.

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4. Hokkaido: A Perfect Summer Retreat

In July, Hokkaido is packed with outdoor activity options: hiking, kayaking, rafting... The fully-blooming summer flowers make July a romantic time there.

Home to Japan's popular beers, taking a rest in a beer garden is a perfect way to see Sapporo's bustling nightlife. For more of a cultural experience, go for Sapporo's summer beer festival in mid-July.

For a relaxing experience, you could head to Hakone and take a boat or cable car to appreciate Fuji's beauty from afar.

5. Nagoya: Watch a Sumo Tournament

Watch a Sumo Tournament in Nagoya Watch a Sumo Tournament in Nagoya

A summer trip to Japan would not be complete without a sumo tournament. Nagoya is the only place to host a top-flight competition in July.

Attending a sumo tournament, you'll see what you have only seen in the movies: traditional Japanese rituals and fierce competition.

Due to high demand, you're advised to book your tickets early. Or contact us and one of our Japan travel experts would customize a private Nagoya tour for you, including all the bookings you want!

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Costs and Crowding in July

Because of the rainfall, you can expect smaller crowds and costs in the first half of July.

When school holidays begin from mid-July, domestic travelers begin their summer trips. Attractions become much busier than before. Likewise, hotels and airlines are in high demand. Booking at least 3 months in advance is necessary to guarantee rooms, then. If you need family rooms, contact us to book at least half a year before.

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What to Pack in July

Rain gear and waterproof clothing are still advisable to carry in July, particularly in central and south Japan. Lightweight and breathable clothing is recommended for hot and humid days.

Travelling in July, pack plenty of sun cream, a sunhat, and good sunglasses due to the high UV levels.

Insect repellent is helpful to protect you during outdoor activities, especially in the mountains or national parks.

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