Japan in August

Summer in Japan lasts from June to August, even into September depending on location. The season is hot and humid, with temperatures ranging from 20 to 30 °C (70 to 90 °F) depending on location. July and August are usually the hottest months. For those averse to heat the mountains Chugoku, and Shikoku provide shelter from seasonal winds, bringing mild weather. Another cooler area is in the Japanese Alps, Tohoku (northeast Honshu), and Hokkaido island. Some of Japan’s most colorful matusri (festivals) occur over the summer such as Kyoto’s Gion Matsuri, Osaka’s Tenjin Matsuri, and the Awa Odori festival in Tokushima, on the island of Shikoku. It is also a season of Hanabi  (fireworks), the nation taking its hanabi taikai displays seriously indeed. The season is also an ideal one for hikers; those looking for a chance to climb the iconic Mount Fuji can start planning hikes from July 1, when the mountainside opens up for climbers, though July through late August has the best climbing conditions.

Suggested Itineraries

A Japanese Journey - Tokyo to the Noto Peninsula

This 13-day itinerary is a treat for anyone, a confirmed fan of Japan or not. Experience the buzz and bustle of Tokyo from the traditional wards to the ultra-modern architecture. You’ll travel across the country on the high-speed bullet trains, or by private transfer, visiting rural Yamanaka, historic Kanazawa on the west coast of Honshu, and Kyoto.

Interest Romance
13 days / 12 nights
Price Per Person
From $17,900

A Tohoku Summer: Hiking and Festivals

Tohoku is home to both a unique culture and fantastic natural surroundings; this 12-day trip shows off the best of these two facets of modern day Tohoku. Ideally done in the first week of August, you’ll enjoy some of the best seasonal festivals the region has to offer while also giving you the opportunity to hike beautiful mountains.

Interests Amazing Landscapes, Heritage, Trekking
12 days / 11 nights
Price Per Person
From $24,300

Authentic Japanese Culture on the Islands of Kyushu and Shikoku

Experience a side of Japan that very few visitors get to see on this exciting two-week adventure through Kyushu and Shikoku. Enjoy breathtaking hikes in some truly beautiful places, marvel at spectacular scenery and soak up the local culture in these two unique, remote areas of Japan.

Interests Amazing Landscapes, Heritage
17 days / 16 nights
Price Per Person
From $38,300

Peace, Art & History: Chugoku & Hiroshima

This 6-day itinerary takes you to Chugoku, Japan's region of mountains. Hiroshima, the capital, offers history and heritage and a visit to the Peace Memorial Park cannot be missed. Admire the floating red gate in the waters off of Miyajima island and hike to the temple at the top. Enjoy the contemporary art, Japanese gardens, classic Japanese and European-inspired architecture found in Okayama, Matsue, Kurashiki and Naoshima.

Interests Art, Heritage
6 days / 5 nights
Price Per Person
From $13,500

Piste-Carving and Storm-Chasing in Japan

Take to Japan’s gorgeous snowy peaks on this 13-day journey of skiing and adventure. From culture-rich cities to alpine resorts, you will explore this fascinating and beautiful country as you travel by bullet train to carve up the runs in Hakuba and Niseko and explore the slopes around Asahikawa.

Interest Skiing
13 days / 12 nights
Price Per Person
From $24,400

Pursue Your Passion: Celebrate the Arts in Five of Asia's Most Captivating Capitals

In just 12 days, experience Asia’s most influential art capitals in resplendent style – stunning galleries, world-class collections and irresistible exhibits awash in history. Join us for a one-of-a-kind adventure to five beautiful, classic Asian capitals, where ambitious travel meets celebrated art culture, and inspiration abounds.

Interest Art
12 days / 11 nights
Price Per Person
From $63,000

Relax & Rejuvenate: Babymoon in Japan

Offering a balanced mix of relaxation and cultural immersion, this 9-day itinerary is designed for an expectant couple seeking a romantic getaway together.

Interests Romance, Post-covid Wellness
9 days / 8 nights
Price Per Person
From $16,300

Spiritual Japan:The Path of Pilgrims

This five-day itinerary promises to expand your mind as much as it stretches your limbs as you follow the ancient Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage. Travel through the sacred shrines and temples of the Wakayama prefecture, into a diverse and awe-inspiring landscape that will capture your soul.

Interests Spirituality, Unesco
5 days / 4 nights
Price Per Person
From $8,800

Tokyo Getaways: Poetic Bays and Gorges of Miyagi

Just a quick bullet train ride north of Tokyo will take you off the beaten path to the region of Tohoku, a rugged landscape of poetic scenic beauty. This four-day journey takes you on an adventure through Miyagi prefecture where you will taste oysters straight from the sea, cruise across the acclaimed Matsushima Bay, unwind at a hot spring village, and stroll along a dramatic gorge. 

Interests Cuisine, Amazing Landscapes, Wellbeing
4 days / 3 nights
Per Person Per Day
Extension: Optional add-on to your itinerary.

Active Japan - Hiking and Biking Extraordinary Japan

Hit the trails and paths of Kyoto’s enthralling mountains and bamboo forests to uncover the mysteries of esoteric Japan, which can be found within the 88 Buddhist temples of the Shikoku Pilgrimage. From city nights to mountain treks, you’ll experience the cultural charm and natural beauty of the countryside of Japan without compromising on luxury.

Interests Trekking, Bicycling
11 days / 10 nights
Price Per Person
From $23,400


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