Summer in Japan: Top 5 Destinations in Japan to Escape the Summer Heat

The cooling mountainous regions of Japan beckons locals and tourists alike for a cool respite from the summer heat.

Summer in Japan can be intense, especially in metropolitan areas where temperatures often exceed 30°C, and the high humidity makes even the simple act of breathing seem like a chore. 

While the summer heat can be cruel, this season offers great opportunities to explore some of Japan's coolest destinations for a short getaway. Here, we will be introducing the top five destinations in Japan to escape summer heat.

 

1. Hokkaido (北海道)

Rishiri, Hokkaido in SummerCycle around Rishiri Island, an island located southwest of Cape Soya, the northernmost tip of Japan, and take in the stunning scenery of Mount Rishiri. | Photo by photoAC

Situated in the northernmost reaches of Japan, the expansive lands of Hokkaido (北海道) offer refreshing summer temperatures ranging from 18°C to 25°C, sometimes even dropping to 10°C at night and in the early morning. This makes it one of the most sought-after destinations during Japan’s grueling summers.

With no rainy season, you can also expect to enjoy a memorable summer getaway in a climate characterised by low humidity.

Known for its majestic wilderness and breathtaking sceneries, Hokkaido presents endless opportunities for outdoor adventures. Some suggestions include:

  • Hiking up Mount Asahidake (旭岳) in Daisetsu National Park (大雪山国立公園);
  • Cycling around Rishiri Island (利尻島) located southwest of Cape Soya (宗谷岬);
  • Hopping on a leisurely boat ride at Lake Toya (洞爺湖);
  • Kayaking along the Sea of Okhotsk (オホーツク海) in Eastern Hokkaido

 

Purple Lavender fields of Furano in full bloomLavender fields of Furano in full bloom, painting the pastoral landscape a bright purple. | Photo by photoAC

In addition to visiting the delightful coastal towns of Otaru (小樽) and Hakodate (函館), summer is also the ideal time to enjoy the stunning blooms in Furano (富良野) and Biei (美瑛).

From mid-July to early August, visit the picturesque lavender fields at Farm Tomita (ファーム富田) and catch the flowers in full bloom against the Tokachi Mountain Range (十勝連峰). Hop on the Furano-Biei Norokko Train (美瑛・富良野ノロッコ号), connecting Asahikawa (旭川) and Furano, and be greeted with the floral spectacle along with the pleasant countryside breeze.

Wine enthusiasts shouldn’t miss the Furano Winery (ふらのワイン工場), which has been producing local wine since 1972. Open to the public with free wine tasting, it’s the perfect place to create summer memories while sipping delicious wine against a backdrop of vibrant purple lavender fields.

 

2. Aomori (青森)

Oirase StreamThe mystical Oirase Stream. | Photo by photoAC

Aomori (青森), which lies in the northern Tohoku Region (東北), is next on the list. With attractions like the pristine waters of Lake Towada (十和田湖), and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shirakami Sanchi (白神山地), Aomori is a place where you can experience more than just a cool respite from the summer heat.

Enjoy a refreshing hike through Shirakami Sanchi, which spans Aomori and Akita (秋田), and is home to one of the world’s largest primeval beech forests. As you hike, catch a glimpse of the Aoike Pond (青池), famous for its striking cobalt blue waters.

Immerse yourself in the tranquil, untouched nature of Oirase Gorge (奥入瀬渓流) as you hop on the trail bringing you through the captivating nature unique to Aomori, featuring vibrant foliage and majestic waterfalls.

 

Sannai Maruyama Historical Site in AomoriGet to learn more about the origins of Japan by visiting the Sannai Maruyama Historical Site. | Photo by photoAC

In addition to Aomori's stunning natural landscapes, the city of Hirosaki (弘前) in Aomori offers a charming summer retreat rich in cultural heritage.

Be sure to check out the Hirosaki Neputa Festival (弘前ねぷた祭り) in early August, featuring giant illuminated floats being paraded through the streets, often accompanied by traditional music and dance, providing an immersive experience of Japan’s vibrant cultural traditions.

In addition, Hirosaki City is also packed with historical sites such as Hirosaki Castle (弘前城), Hirosaki Samurai District (仲町武家屋敷) home to the samurai serving the Tsugaru Clan, as well as the Sannai Maruyama Historical Site (三内丸山遺跡), one of Japan’s largest and most complete sites housing artifacts from the Jomon Period.

A blend of culture and nature, Aomori is a soothing destination to escape the merciless heat, enticing you to slow down and reconnect with yourself.

 

3. Toyama (富山)

MikurigaikeBring along a thin jacket when visiting the Tateyama Mountain Range. | Photo by photoAC

Home to the majestic Tateyama Mountain Range (立山連峰), ​​Toyama (富山) offers an extraordinary alpine experience that takes you away from the summer heat and introduces a refreshing breath of mountain air during this season.

A stunning route that spans over 90km, the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (立山黒部アルペンルート) is an experience not to be missed. Running from April through November, the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route traverses Japan’s Northern Alps via a variety of transport, typically starting in Nagano (長野) and ending in Toyama, taking you through some of the most captivating mountainscapes Japan has to offer.

Summer in Toyama makes for the perfect hiking season, bringing you through the Kurobe Dam (黒部ダム) and Japan’s tallest waterfall, Shomyo Falls (称名滝). In Murodo (室堂), you can experience a moment of tranquility as surrounded by vast nature, enjoying the crisp mountain air as you hike around Mikurigaike (みくりが池).

 

Ainokura Village in Gokayama, near ShirakawagoThe village of Ainokura in Gokayama, another UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Toyama. | Photo by photoAC

Instead of visiting the often overhyped Shirakawago (白川郷), consider a trip to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gokayama (五箇山), to experience the historical charm that Toyama has to offer.

Gokayama is one of the few places in Japan where you can see gassho-zukuri (合掌造り), literally translating to ‘hands in prayer’. Many of the centuries-old farmhouses found here date back to the Edo Period.

Explore Ainokura (相倉), the largest village in Gokayama, boasting nearly 20 gassho-zukuri farmhouses. You can also get a panoramic view of the village by taking a walk up to the viewpoint above the village. If you have time to spare, spend a night in one of these farmhouses, refashioned into minshuku (民宿), for an unforgettable experience.

 

4. Nagano (長野)

Shiraito Falls in Karuizawa, NaganoLiterally translates to ‘the waterfall of white threads’, Shiraito boasts 70m wide in length, offering the most gorgeous vistas in summer when it is surrounded by lush greenery. | Photo by photoAC

Located right next to Toyama, Nagano (長野) has long been recognised as a popular summer retreat thanks to its cooling temperatures. Among its many destinations, Karuizawa (軽井沢) stands out as a favorite spot to escape Japan's merciless summers.

For years, locals have flocked to Karuizawa for a touch of elegance. Karuizawa is a resort town featuring art galleries, classy restaurants, outlet malls, and beautiful waterfalls, such as the Shiraito Falls (白糸の滝). Visitors can also unwind by renting a bicycle to explore the streets of Kyu-Karuizawa (旧軽井沢), a former post town along the Nakasendo (中山道) Route that once connected the old capital of Kyoto to Edo, or present-day Tokyo.

 

KamikochiNestled in the Japan Alps lies Kamikochi, a spectacular work of nature beloved by both locals and tourists. | Photo by photoAC

Another destination not to be missed is Kamikochi (上高地), the breathtaking oasis nestled in the majestic Japan Alps (日本アルプス). Experience the fleeting beauty of summer while hiking through Kamikochi as you immerse yourself in the clear, transparent Azusa River (梓川) set against the backdrop of the towering Japan Alps and the bright blue sky.

With such a treasure, it is no wonder Nagano remains as one of the most beloved getaway destinations amongst locals and tourists alike.

 

5. Izu Peninsula (伊豆半島)

Jogasaki CoastJogasaki Coast, located on the eastern coast of Izu Peninsula, is a stunning stretch of coastline boasting impressive rock formations and rugged cliffs. | Photo by photoAC

Just a couple of hours away from Tokyo lies Izu Peninsula (伊豆半島), the ideal destination for a brief escape from the overbearing summer heat of the city.

With its rich history as a renowned beach and hot spring resort, the quaint retro town of Atami (熱海) offers a mild climate and serene beaches suitable for a family summer getaway. While soaking in hot springs might seem counterintuitive during the scorching summer, Atami’s beloved mineral-rich hot springs will be sure to rejuvenate you after a day of fun-filled activities!

Don’t miss the chance to explore Jogasaki Coast (城ヶ崎海岸), a picturesque stretch of coastline south of Ito (伊東) boasting rugged cliffs and impressive rock formations. Crossing the Kadowaki Suspension Bridge (門脇吊橋) takes you through a breathtaking series of views of the coastline and, on clear days, Oshima Island (大島).

 

Mount OmuroHop on Mount Omuro's chairlift to enjoy a full panoramic view of Izu Peninsula from the summit of the mountain. | Photo by photoAC

Moving away from the stunning beaches of the eastern coast and venturing deeper into the inland region, you'll encounter Mount Omuro (大室山), an extinct volcano adorned in lush greenery.

Take a chairlift to the volcano's summit and relish in the refreshing breeze while soaking in the panoramic vistas of the Izu Peninsula, and if luck is on your side, you might even be able to catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji (富士山)!

 

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Get Ready For A Cool Summer Getaway!

A cliff in JapanEmbrace the summer breeze! Enjoy cooling summer and pick your next summer getaway from the plethora of options that Japan has to offer! | Photo by photoAC

From the cool climates of Hokkaido to the serene beaches of the Izu Peninsula, there's something for every traveler seeking respite from Japan’s sweltering summer temperatures. Whether you're exploring the lush landscapes of Aomori, immersing yourself in the cultural richness of Karuizawa, or marveling at the natural wonders of Kamikochi, Japan's diverse regions promise unforgettable summer adventures.

So, pack your bags, embrace the beauty of the season, and embark on a journey to discover the cool havens that Japan has to offer.

 

Meet the author

Dawn Sim

An avid lover of nature, photography, and Japanese literature, you will find Dawn (@oyakodawn) either lost in the midst of a historical pilgrimage route or in any local book cafes from the north all the way to the south of Japan. Dawn has lived in Kyoto for a year and still can’t get enough of its cultural and historical richness - not to mention the hipster cafes that serve to satisfy their coffee addiction!

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Sue Lynn

So Much Matcha: Exploring Matcha and The Top Ma...

Matcha, Japan’s most iconic green tea that has attained global popularity. | ©PhotoAC When you think of Japan, matcha (抹茶) or maccha inevitably comes to mind as one of the...

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So Much Matcha: Exploring Matcha and The Top Ma...

Matcha, Japan’s most iconic green tea that has attained global popularity. | ©PhotoAC When you...

抹茶饗宴:日本綠茶探索指南
Sue Lynn

抹茶饗宴:日本綠茶探索指南

你知道嗎?日本是世界第二大綠茶生產國,僅次於中國,而靜岡縣的茶就占全國生產量約40%。 一般來說,茶葉會經過蒸、揉和乾燥等過程來製作成飲用茶。採摘後的茶葉會被蒸熟以停止氧化,以保持茶葉的鮮綠色、營養和清新的香氣。

Carissa Loh

抹茶饗宴:日本綠茶探索指南

你知道嗎?日本是世界第二大綠茶生產國,僅次於中國,而靜岡縣的茶就占全國生產量約40%。 一般來說,茶葉會經過蒸、揉和乾燥等過程來製作成飲用茶。採摘後的茶葉會被蒸熟以停止氧化,以保持茶葉的鮮綠色、營養和清新的香氣。

So Much Matcha: An Essential Guide to Green Tea in Japan
Sue Lynn

So Much Matcha: An Essential Guide to Green Tea...

High in anti-oxidants and packed with anti-inflammatory properties, green tea (緑茶) is one of Japan’s most popular beverages and an important part of its culture, and can be found all...

Carissa Loh Culture

So Much Matcha: An Essential Guide to Green Tea...

High in anti-oxidants and packed with anti-inflammatory properties, green tea (緑茶) is one of Japan’s...

製茶故事:京都舞妓之茶本舖
Sue Lynn

製茶故事:京都舞妓之茶本舖

當提到日本的綠茶,大家都知道日本京都是茶文化的中心。 綠茶一開始是在西元9世紀,由幾個佛教僧侶從中國引進到日本的。在日本人的生活中,綠茶已經成為一種有著許多用途而且對人體健康的飲品。 作為日本文化的一部分,抹茶、煎茶和玉露等的綠茶品種也提供了多樣的口味選擇和體驗。例如傳統的日本茶道,不僅喝茶能帶來健康,茶道更成為了日本獨一無二的文化。

Sue Lynn Maker's Story

製茶故事:京都舞妓之茶本舖

當提到日本的綠茶,大家都知道日本京都是茶文化的中心。 綠茶一開始是在西元9世紀,由幾個佛教僧侶從中國引進到日本的。在日本人的生活中,綠茶已經成為一種有著許多用途而且對人體健康的飲品。 作為日本文化的一部分,抹茶、煎茶和玉露等的綠茶品種也提供了多樣的口味選擇和體驗。例如傳統的日本茶道,不僅喝茶能帶來健康,茶道更成為了日本獨一無二的文化。

Maker's Story: Gyokuro Tea from Kyoto by Maikonocha Honpo
Sue Lynn

Maker's Story: Gyokuro Tea from Kyoto by Maikon...

When it comes to green tea from Japan, Kyoto stands as the hub of tea culture. Originally introduced by returning Buddhist monks from their travels in China in the 9th...

Sue Lynn Food

Maker's Story: Gyokuro Tea from Kyoto by Maikon...

When it comes to green tea from Japan, Kyoto stands as the hub of tea...

Maker’s Story: Premium Matcha Products from Uji, Kyoto by Kyoeiseicha
Sue Lynn

Maker’s Story: Premium Matcha Products from Uji...

This May, JAPAN RAIL CLUB celebrates the joy that matcha brings to our lives with the special “So Much Matcha” Omiyage Snack Box. May marks the start of the traditional...

Sue Lynn Maker's Story

Maker’s Story: Premium Matcha Products from Uji...

This May, JAPAN RAIL CLUB celebrates the joy that matcha brings to our lives with...

綠之日快樂!一起來探索日本新綠季節中五個不能錯過的景點
Sue Lynn

綠之日快樂!一起來探索日本新綠季節中五個不能錯過的景點

在日本眾多節慶與珍貴傳統之中,有一個特別關於自然崇敬的慶典——綠之日。這個國定假日訂於每年五月四日,見證了日本與自然的深厚連結,也提醒人們欣賞這個70%都是山區的島國上,那些美麗的綠色景觀。

Carissa Loh Culture

綠之日快樂!一起來探索日本新綠季節中五個不能錯過的景點

在日本眾多節慶與珍貴傳統之中,有一個特別關於自然崇敬的慶典——綠之日。這個國定假日訂於每年五月四日,見證了日本與自然的深厚連結,也提醒人們欣賞這個70%都是山區的島國上,那些美麗的綠色景觀。

Happy Greenery Day: 5 Must-Visit Places to Explore During Japan's Shinryoku Season
Sue Lynn

Happy Greenery Day: 5 Must-Visit Places to Expl...

Nestled amongst Japan’s vibrant festivities and cherished traditions lies a celebration rooted in reverence for nature―Midori-no-Hi (みどりの日 Greenery Day). Observed annually on 4 May, this national holiday is a testament...

Carissa Loh Culture

Happy Greenery Day: 5 Must-Visit Places to Expl...

Nestled amongst Japan’s vibrant festivities and cherished traditions lies a celebration rooted in reverence for...

Fresh From Hokkaido: A Guide to Sapporo Central Wholesale Market
Sue Lynn

Fresh From Hokkaido: A Guide to Sapporo Central...

Hokkaido is Japan’s food paradise as the northernmost part of the country is the top producer of agricultural products and seafood: the vast lands covering Japan’s second largest island and...

Wendy Ng

Fresh From Hokkaido: A Guide to Sapporo Central...

Hokkaido is Japan’s food paradise as the northernmost part of the country is the top...

Nihon Sankei (日本三景): The Three Scenic Views of Japan
Sue Lynn

Nihon Sankei (日本三景): The Three Scenic Views of ...

Japan is an island nation that has always been known for its stunningly beautiful landscapes but even amongst these, there are three locations that rise above the others and are...

Dawn Sim Nature

Nihon Sankei (日本三景): The Three Scenic Views of ...

Japan is an island nation that has always been known for its stunningly beautiful landscapes...

Japan celebrates Golden Week between April 29 to May 5
Sue Lynn

Golden Week: Exploring Japan's Week-Long Festiv...

What is Golden Week? Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク or 黄金週間 Ogon Shukan), recognised as one of Japan's most prominent and bustling holiday periods, usually spans from late April to early May...

Dawn Sim Culture

Golden Week: Exploring Japan's Week-Long Festiv...

What is Golden Week? Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク or 黄金週間 Ogon Shukan), recognised as one of...

春暖花開:櫻花之外的六種當季花卉
Sue Lynn

春暖花開:櫻花之外的六種當季花卉

賞花的樂趣之一,就是它們轉瞬即逝的特性:花期每季只有幾天,但那短暫幾天卻難忘極了。來看看六種春天當季花卉,以及賞花最佳時機!

Carissa Loh Nature

春暖花開:櫻花之外的六種當季花卉

賞花的樂趣之一,就是它們轉瞬即逝的特性:花期每季只有幾天,但那短暫幾天卻難忘極了。來看看六種春天當季花卉,以及賞花最佳時機!

Spring Beginnings: 6 Seasonal Flowers Other Than Sakura
Sue Lynn

Spring Beginnings: 6 Seasonal Flowers Other Tha...

Flowers herald the beginning of spring, and in Japan, no flower is more synonymous with spring than the beloved cherry blossom (桜 sakura). However, other than these pretty, pink blossoms,...

Carissa Loh Nature

Spring Beginnings: 6 Seasonal Flowers Other Tha...

Flowers herald the beginning of spring, and in Japan, no flower is more synonymous with...

Spring Beginnings: 7 Things to Do in Japan in April and May
Sue Lynn

Spring Beginnings: 7 Things to Do in Japan in A...

Cherry blossoms, or sakura, are flowers symbolic of spring, often alluded to the promise of a new beginning in many Japanese literature. | Photo by Dawn Sim   A symbol...

Dawn Sim Spring

Spring Beginnings: 7 Things to Do in Japan in A...

Cherry blossoms, or sakura, are flowers symbolic of spring, often alluded to the promise of...

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Try Spring Foods in Japan
Sue Lynn

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Try Spring Foods in J...

Spring in Japan is a time for celebration as the season marks new beginnings. Other than the mesmerising cherry blossoms painting the landscape, spring is the best season to experience...

Wendy Ng Food

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Try Spring Foods in J...

Spring in Japan is a time for celebration as the season marks new beginnings. Other...

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Visit Spring Festivals in Japan
Sue Lynn

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Visit Spring Festival...

Photo by cyesuta (CC BY-SA 2.0)   Spring is a season of new beginnings, bringing with it beautiful flowers, comfortable temperatures, and a time of celebration. While most travellers head...

Carissa Loh Festival

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Visit Spring Festival...

Photo by cyesuta (CC BY-SA 2.0)   Spring is a season of new beginnings, bringing...

Castle Day (6 April): 10 Must-Visit Castles in Japan
Sue Lynn

Castle Day (6 April): 10 Must-Visit Castles in ...

Matsue Castle in spring. | Photo by 島根県観光連盟 Japan, a nation celebrated for its rich history and enduring cultural heritage, is particularly famous for its magnificent Japanese castles (お城 oshiro)....

Carissa Loh Culture

Castle Day (6 April): 10 Must-Visit Castles in ...

Matsue Castle in spring. | Photo by 島根県観光連盟 Japan, a nation celebrated for its rich...

Sakura Karinto and Marui Suzuki
Sue Lynn

Maker’s Story: Seasonal Karinto Snacks from Tok...

April marks the official arrival of spring in Japan, and one of the cherished traditions of celebrating this season is to enjoy “ohanami” (お花見)! Ohanami means “flower-viewing”, and this is...

Sue Lynn Maker's Story

Maker’s Story: Seasonal Karinto Snacks from Tok...

April marks the official arrival of spring in Japan, and one of the cherished traditions...

A Guide to Sakura in Tohoku: Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Northeast Japan
Sue Lynn

A Guide to Sakura in Tohoku: Best Cherry Blosso...

Hirosaki Castle Park | Photo by Aomori Prefecture Cherry blossoms or sakura (桜) herald the start of springtime in Japan. Spring is the prettiest and most enjoyable season with radiant...

Wendy Ng Spring

A Guide to Sakura in Tohoku: Best Cherry Blosso...

Hirosaki Castle Park | Photo by Aomori Prefecture Cherry blossoms or sakura (桜) herald the...

A Guide to Japanese Shochu: A Tasting Tour of Shochu Distilleries in Miyazaki
Sue Lynn

A Guide to Japanese Shochu: A Tasting Tour of S...

Shochu (焼酎) is one of the most consumed alcoholic beverages in Japan and the Japanese drink more shochu than sake. Considered to be Japan's national spirit, Shochu is gaining great...

Wendy Ng

A Guide to Japanese Shochu: A Tasting Tour of S...

Shochu (焼酎) is one of the most consumed alcoholic beverages in Japan and the Japanese...

Tohoku: A Tale of Tradition through its Cultural Icons
Sue Lynn

Tohoku: A Tale of Tradition through its Cultura...

Statues of the Namahage located in Oga Peninsula. | Photo by PhotoAC Steeped in tradition, Tohoku (東北), the northeastern part of Japan comprising of six prefectures – Aomori (青森), Akita...

Dawn Sim Culture

Tohoku: A Tale of Tradition through its Cultura...

Statues of the Namahage located in Oga Peninsula. | Photo by PhotoAC Steeped in tradition,...

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Try Food from Northeast Japan
Sue Lynn

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Try Food from North...

Japan is a food paradise and beyond the major cities and well-trodden travel routes, you can unearth more culinary treasures spread throughout the country if you venture into the less...

Wendy Ng Food

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Try Food from North...

Japan is a food paradise and beyond the major cities and well-trodden travel routes, you...

Sakura 2024: 5 Must-Visit Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo for Ohanami
Sue Lynn

Sakura 2024: 5 Must-Visit Cherry Blossom Spots ...

If you have visited Tokyo between late March and early April, then chances are you have witnessed the enchanting sight of cherry blossoms (桜 sakura) in full bloom. A cherry...

Carissa Loh Culture

Sakura 2024: 5 Must-Visit Cherry Blossom Spots ...

If you have visited Tokyo between late March and early April, then chances are you...

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Buy Souvenirs from Tohoku
Sue Lynn

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Buy Souvenirs from ...

Located on the north-eastern part of mainland Japan, Tohoku (東北) is made up of six prefectures, and is a treasure trove of beautiful nature and fascinating history. It’s a wonderful...

Carissa Loh Food

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Buy Souvenirs from ...

Located on the north-eastern part of mainland Japan, Tohoku (東北) is made up of six...

Omiyage Day (8 March): Exploring Japan's Souvenir & Gift-Giving Culture
Sue Lynn

Omiyage Day (8 March): Exploring Japan's Souven...

Have you heard of omiyage (お土産)? If you’ve been to Japan, then you have probably seen the colourful and beautifully packaged boxes of local confectionery filling the gift shops along...

Carissa Loh Culture

Omiyage Day (8 March): Exploring Japan's Souven...

Have you heard of omiyage (お土産)? If you’ve been to Japan, then you have probably...