Whether it’s winter or monsoon in Japan, there is always something to do here. Even though the monsoon season isn’t the most ideal time to visit Japan, there are still many ways you can spend your time. So, don’t let the rain stop you from making the most of your trip to Japan. We vouch that with our list of activities, you can take full advantage of the monsoon in Japan.
Monsoon Season In Japan
Monsoon season in Japan starts at different months in the different regions of Japan, which is also dependant on the location. Okinawa’s monsoon season starts early in the month of May, while the other regions of Japan experience rainfall from early June, lasting until mid-July.
10 Ways To Enjoy The Monsoon In Japan
Here are the top things that one can indulge in to have the best time during monsoon in Japan. So, scroll down to find out the best ways to spend your time during the rainy season in Japan:
1. Explore the museums In Tokyo
If you are a history buff or like attending exclusive exhibitions by artists, then you should definitely visit the museums in Tokyo. You can spend hours admiring the beautiful works of the many talented Japanese artists such as Yayoi Kusama. The Art Aquarium which is located in Tokyo is a fusion of modern technology with traditional Japanese culture. It has a display of over 8,000 goldfish, art installations, video mapping, and trick lights to say the least, and at night, the Art Aquarium doubles as a club. Starting from 7 PM, you can sip on some exotic cocktails, enjoy live performances by bands, DJs, and also watch a geisha show.
Some of the most famous museums that you can visit in Japan during your stay are, Yebisu Beer Museum, Nezu Museum, Meguro Parasitological Museum, Samurai Museum, Yayoi Kusama Museum, Mori Art Museum, Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, which are a few places definitely worthy of a visit during your stay.
2. Indulge in traditional Japanese activities
Calligraphy and learning to write the beautiful Japanese script are some of the oldest traditional activities offered in Japan. You can also try your hand at Ikebana, the Japanese art of arranging flowers, which is quite renowned internationally. If this isn’t up your alley, then you can also sample over 100 types of sake at Kurand or learn how to make matcha at Urasando Garden, located in Tokyo. And, the best part is that you don’t need to check the weather forecast before you plan any of these indoor activities.
3. Spend time at a Pet Cafe
If you are a pet lover, visiting a pet cafe in Japan must top your list of things to do in Japan. You can spend time here playing or simply admiring the different types of cat breeds, dogs, snakes, owls, rabbits, and even tiny hedgehogs. Tokyo is filled with the most popular and happening pet cafes in Japan, and to make things more interesting, many of the cafes are based on unique themes, so you can definitely expect to taste exclusive food items and beverages. If you want to take a couple of souvenirs back home, then you can also pick up a few goodies while you’re at it.
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4. Sing your heart out at Karaoke
Singing karaoke is one of the most popular activities which is perfect for any age group to indulge on. You can start by hitting some of the most popular karaoke spots in Japan. Make your trip even more memorable by doing things the locals do here by singing a few Japanese hits. Your trip is literally incomplete without visiting the hottest karaoke hangouts in Japan. This is a great place and way to meet new people as well.
And, if you are a bit shy, there are also a few Karaoke places with private rooms, which are the perfect places to sing your heart out with your friends and family. Karaoke-kan, Utahiroba, and Big Echo are a few karaoke places which you should definitely visit and experience the famous karaoke culture in Japan.
5. Head to beaches of Okinawa
When the mainland is experiencing rainy season, the Southern region of Japan starts to enjoy the joy of summer. This is the perfect way to beat the rainy blues and head down to the beaches of Okinawa. The baby powder sandy beaches, with beautiful blue waters all around, are most definitely the perfect getaway for you and your family to escape the rain. You can also work on your tan, meet new people and make the most out of the pocket-friendly hotel rates during June.
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