Tsuyu & Minazuki: A Guide to Japan's Rainy Season in The "Month of Water"

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With a higher amount of rainfall as compared to other months of the year, it is no wonder that June is called the “month of water”, or minazuki (水無月) in Japan. June is also commonly known as tsuyu (梅雨—the kanji can also be read as baiu).

 

What is Tsuyu?

Tsuyu literally means “plum rain” due to it coinciding with the season in which plum ripens, and this period denotes the rainy season in Japan, usually lasting from late May to early or mid-July, with the season peaking in June. 

This phenomenon occurs due to the collision between cold northernly winds blowing from the Sea of Okhotsk and the warm, humid southerly winds blowing from the Pacific Ocean, creating an updraft and resulting in increased rainfall across the Japanese archipelago.

 

It hardly rains in HokkaidoAs the monsoon season travels from the south to the north of Japan, Hokkaido remains largely untouched by the rain, making it the best place to travel in June. | Photo by PhotoAC

As the rain clouds responsible for the seasonal rain front travel from south to north across Japan, the rainy season occurs in the same direction. Therefore, the islands of Okinawa (沖縄) in the southernmost region of Japan are usually the first to experience the rainy season, typically about a month earlier than the main island, usually beginning around early May. 

Interestingly, Hokkaido (北海道), Japan’s northernmost prefecture, remains largely untouched by the rainy season since the rain clouds and seasonal rain fronts would have dissipated by the time they reach Hokkaido, making it an ideal destination during this time.

 

A gloomy day in Shinjuku, TokyoA typical gloomy day in Tokyo during the tsuyu season, with the sun rarely showing its face, covering the city in a dreary atmosphere. | Photo by PhotoAC

The beginning of the rainy season is known as tsuyuiri (梅雨入り), and the end of the rainy season is called tsuyuake (梅雨明け). The exact dates and duration of tsuyuiri and tsuyuake vary annually and regionally, but the rainy season typically lasts about one to one and a half months. Although it doesn't rain every day during this period, the likelihood of rain is higher due to the persistent cloud cover, and bright sunny days are also less common. 

In Tokyo (東京), an average day during the rainy season in June might see temperatures reaching 26℃ in the day and 18℃ at night, meaning that while it can feel quite warm on sunny days, it can also feel rather chilly on rainy days due to temperature fluctuations.

So, be mindful of sudden temperature changes to prevent falling ill during your trip. During the day, a short-sleeved shirt may suffice in warm and possibly humid weather, but be prepared for sudden rain or temperature drops by bringing a light jacket or cardigan and, of course, a handy umbrella.

 

How Do You Spend The Rainy Season in Japan?

Given this, you might be pondering whether visiting Japan during this time is advisable. Good news! There are still plenty of attractions and activities to enjoy in Japan during the rainy season. In fact, here are four of my personal recommendations.

 

1. Visit the Mysterious Koyasan

Koyasan during the rainy seasonOkunoin Cemetery in Koyasan exudes a mystical atmosphere as it is enshrouded in the dense fog during the rainy season. | Photo by PhotoAC

Nestled within a secluded, forested region of Wakayama Prefecture (和歌山県), Koyasan (高野山) is a tranquil mountaintop Buddhist community boasting over 100 temples and monasteries. It stands as one of Japan's most enchanting and mystical destinations. Serving as the epicenter of the Shingon school of Buddhism (真言宗), founded in 819 by the renowned monk Kukai (空海), Koyasan retains its status as one of Japan's most sacred sites. 

In the rainy season, Koyasan is enveloped in dense fog, enhancing the atmospheric allure of one of Japan's historical marvels. This is particularly true for Okunoin Cemetery (奥の院), one of Japan's holiest sites, where Kukai is entombed. Set amidst majestic cedar trees and encircled by moss-covered graves, the fog conjures a hauntingly picturesque ambiance, transporting visitors to an ethereal realm, making it one of the best places in Japan to visit this rainy season!

 

2. Delve into The Ancient Forest of Yakushima

Yakushima in the rainThe green hues of the Yakushima forest are made even more vivid in the rain. | Photo by PhotoAC

Yakushima (屋久島), an island located in Kagoshima Prefecture (鹿児島県) off the southern coast of Kyushu (九州), is renowned for its primeval rainforest, home to a vast cedar forest housing some of Japan's oldest living trees. 

Referred to as yakusugi (屋久杉), these trees are over 1,000 years old, deriving their name from a combination of "Yakushima" and "sugi" (杉), the Japanese term for cedar, with the oldest estimated to be between 2,000 to 7,200 years old. Once subjected to logging, the forest is now transformed into a national park, with one-fifth of the island having been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. 

A must-see destination is Shiratani Unsuikyo (白谷雲水峡), the breathtaking locale that inspired the iconic Princess Mononoke (もののけ姫). Witness the rain cast a transient radiance on the moss-clad rocks, bringing the ancient forest alive before your very eyes.

 

3. Admire the Seasonal Blooms like Hydrangeas and Japanese Irises

Blue hydrangeas in Unshoji, AkitaAt Unshoji Temple in Akita, one is greeted with a sea of blue hydrangeas. | Photo by PhotoAC

Just as cherry blossoms symbolise spring, hydrangeas, or ajisai (アジサイ) in Japanese, mark the arrival of the rainy season. Blossoming in early summer, their vibrant blue, pink, or snow-white hues, made even more vivid by the rain, brighten the damp and dreary days of the season. 

Across the nation, there are numerous renowned spots for admiring these beautiful flowers beloved by locals of all ages, with one of the most notable being Unshoji Temple (雲昌寺) in Akita Prefecture (秋田県).

Here, the temple's head priest has meticulously nurtured hydrangeas for 15 years, transforming the entire temple into a sea of blue as 1,500 hydrangeas bloom during their peak season, creating a truly picturesque scene against the backdrop of the azure blue ocean surrounding Akita.

 

Colourful hydrangeas in Hakusan ShrineHakusan Shrine boasts a stunning array of hydrangeas during the annual hydrangea festival. | Photo by PhotoAC

Another must-visit destination is Hakusan Shrine (白山神社) in Bunkyo Ward (文京区), Tokyo. Every year during June, the shrine hosts a remarkable hydrangea festival, boasting over 3,000 blooms in a stunning array of purple, blue and pink hues adorning both the shrine grounds and Hakusan Park (白山公園).

Here, amidst this breathtaking floral display, you can savor a tranquil respite from the bustling metropolitan pace, immersing yourself in the serene beauty of nature.

 

Japanese irises in Horikiri ShobuenOver 6,000 stalks of Japanese irises bloom brilliantly, covering the entire garden of Horikiri Shobuen from late May to mid-June. | Photo by PhotoAC

Besides the hydrangea, another flower that blooms during the rainy season is the Japanese iris. This umbrella term encompasses three species: hanashobu (花菖蒲), kakitsubata (杜若), and ayame (菖蒲). 

Japanese irises, renowned for their elegance, have adorned Japanese ukiyo-e (浮世絵 Japanese woodblock prints) and poetry for centuries. Commonly grown for complementing traditional garden landscapes and adorning shrines and temples, these graceful flowers hold significant cultural importance in Japan, celebrated for their symbolic beauty. 

Like hydrangeas, they are often associated with the onset of summer. One of the spots for viewing the Japanese iris is the Horikiri Shobuen (堀切菖蒲園) in Katsushika Ward (葛飾区), Tokyo. 

From late May to mid-June, the entire garden bursts with brightly colored irises reminiscent of those depicted in the ukiyo-e paintings of Utagawa Hiroshige (歌川広重). Historically known for the meticulous cultivation of irises in its marshlands since the Edo Period, the garden boasts up to 6,000 stalks and over 200 varieties of irises, presenting a breathtaking spectacle during this season, with the petals glistening in the raindrops.

 

Yokosuka Iris GardenThe Yokosuka Iris Garden features over a stunning 140,000 irises. | Photo by PhotoAC

Just next to Tokyo lies the Yokosuka Iris Garden (横須賀しょうぶ園) in Kanagawa Prefecture (神奈川県). This expansive garden is one of Japan's largest, featuring over 140,000 irises spanning 412 varieties. It is a highly sought-after destination for photographers and floral enthusiasts alike during the summer season, as visitors flock to capture the stunning blooms, complemented by koto concerts held every Sunday from late May to late June.

 

4. Have a Taste of Minazuki, The Alternative to Shaved Ice

Minazuki wagashiA traditional wagashi eaten on 30 June, the minazuki is believed to help ward off evil spirits. | Photo by PhotoAC

While you might now know that June is referred to as "minazuki", did you know that there's a wagashi (和菓子 Japanese confectionery) that goes by the same name? 

Originating from Kyoto (京都), the minazuki wagashi features a distinctive double-layered triangular shape, with a base made of uiro (外郎 white rice cake) and a top layer of sweet red bean paste. Traditionally, minazuki was consumed on 30 June to ward off evil spirits and mark the onset of summer.

Centuries ago, it was said that aristocrats in Kyoto would consume shaved ice in early summer as a prayer for good health during the scorching summer months, believing that by doing so will ensure a safe passage through the unbearable heat. As a result, ice blocks were transported all the way from the snowy region of Hokuriku (北陸) to Kyoto, rendering them a rare and costly commodity. 

Unable to afford such a luxury, commoners ingeniously devised a triangular-shaped sweet to mimic ice blocks, giving rise to the wagashi now known to us as minazuki, which is still enjoyed in Kyoto today. If you find yourself in Kyoto, be sure not to miss the chance to savor this unique delicacy!

 

Embrace the Rainy Season’s Charms!

Have an umbrella ready in Japan during the rainy season in JuneStay prepared with your rain gear and enjoy everything the rainy season in Japan has to offer! | Photo by PhotoAC

Whether you're exploring the enchanting landscapes or losing yourself in Japan's rain-kissed gardens during the tsuyu season, a wealth of unique experiences awaits. So, don't allow a drizzle to dampen your spirits—embrace the season's allure and delve into the captivating charm of Japan's tsuyu, discovering yet another facet of the Land of the Rising Sun.

 

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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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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...

Dawn Sim Culture

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...