Tokyo sizzles with summer energy as July hits its peak. The city transforms into a hub of vibrant fireworks, lively bon odori festivities, and unique seasonal celebrations.
Don’t miss the mesmerizing firework spectacles, elaborate wind bell exhibitions, and inviting beer gardens that are making a triumphant return this year.
Visiting Tokyo In July 2023
Tokyo sheds its rainy days and welcomes the scorching heat of July. The conclusion of the rainy season brings a festive atmosphere to the city. Expect average temperatures ranging from 23°C (73.4°F) to 30°C (86°F), with occasional surges beyond 35°C as the month progresses. Remember to pack breathable outfits for your comfort while visiting this time.
Exciting July Activities in Tokyo
As summer begins and July rolls around, Tokyo comes alive with thrilling events in 2023, many back from a pandemic induced hibernation. This July enjoy dazzling fireworks displays, vibrant music festivals and beach adventures. Beat the heat with a light cotton Yukata, cool off with icy Japanese treats or quench your thirst in a roof top beer garden.
Here’s 31 thing to do this July In Tokyo in 2023!
A Quick Note On The Japan Rail Pass Price Hike
The price of the wonderful Japan Rail Pass is going up a massive 62% in October but there’s still time to lock in the old rates if you’re quick. Klook still offers the old prices so if you buy before September 30th you can travel with the old prices until December 28th, 2023.
Watch The Mesmerizing Asakusa Awa Odori.
Get ready for an incredible show. The long-awaited return of Asakusa Awa Odori is happening on July 1st. Watch in awe as ten local dance groups parade through Asakusa, from 4 pm to 6:30 pm.
This event honors the ancient tradition of Awa Odori that dates back to Japan’s illustrious sixteenth century. Legend has it that a generous daimyo celebrated his city by organizing dancing celebrations after completing a magnificent castle. Now you can experience this infectious atmosphere right here in vibrant Asakusa – don’t miss out.
Mt Fuji Opening Fireworks Festival
On July 1st, 2023, one of the earliest fireworks displays lights up the night sky over scenic Lake Kawaguchi. The jaw-dropping display is to celebrate the opening of Mount Fuji for the climbing season.
With a backdrop of Mount Fuji and the accompanying Herb Festival, the Mt. Fuji Opening Fireworks Festival is an event that promises unsurpassed views with a bang!
In July and August, Japan comes alive with Natsu Matsuri – a traditional summer festival. Tokyo is home to some extraordinary events, including the Mitama Matsuri at Yasukuni Shrine.
For four days every year from July 13th to 16th, this festival takes over the city. Prepare to be amazed by an incredible display of 30,000 luminous paper lanterns that guide you toward the shrine’s main hall.
There are also Mikoshi ceremonies where portable shrines are paraded through cheering crowds or you can even join in on energetic Bon odori dances. And don’t forget about all the mouthwatering food vendors just waiting for your arrival.
Tanabata: Celebrating Love and Stars
On July 7th, Tokyo joins together to honor Tanabata – the Star Festival. It celebrates a legendary meeting between Orihime and Hikoboshi, represented by Vega and Altair stars. Zojoji Temple hosts an exciting tanabata with its famous candle display on the front steps.
Set against the backdrop of the enchanting city of Hiratsuka, in the Kanagawa Prefecture, the 71st Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Festival also offers engaging activities for locals. These grand decorations incorporate the trends of the year, featuring popular sports athletes, beloved animals, and characters.
Iriya Asagao Festival: Japan’s Biggest Morning Glory Market
With a long history dating back to the Edo period, this remarkable floral extravaganza boasts around 60 curated vendors who are experts in cultivating these delicate blossoms. The festival features over 90 stalls offering various goods and delicacies and attracts visitors from early morning until late evening when it finally comes to a close.
The Hozuki Ichi: Chinese Lantern Plant Market
The Hozuki Ichi (ほおずき市), also known as the Chinese Lantern Plant Market, happens annually at Sensoji Temple in Asakusa during the Shiman Rokusen Nichi on 9th and 10th July.
Praying on these days brings blessings equal to praying for an incredible period of 46,000 days. This lovely market has around 120 vendors showcasing various sizes of potted Chinese lantern plants.
Grab A Frothy At Tokyo’s Best Beer Gardens
Discover the joy of a cold beer on sweltering summer tokyo day. Experiencing Tokyo’s bustling beer gardens, nestled atop buildings across the city is a must.
Indulge in delicious food and refreshing drinks at these beloved hotspots for business folk, Students, and Travelers alike. Join us as we explore the best beer gardens that Tokyo has to offer.
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Shitamachi Tanabata Matsuri
While various Tanabata Festivals take place across Tokyo, the most renowned celebration occurs at Shitamachi Tanabata Matsuri. Set along a straight road that connects Ueno and Asakusa, this vibrant extravaganza reaches its climax every Saturday after July 7th (in 2018).
The Shitamachi Tanabata Matsuri is a unique festival derived from an ancient Chinese tale of destined lovers who could only meet on one specific day each year. This special occasion falls on July 7th, known as the seventh day of the seventh month.
Yoyogi Park: Tokyo’s Eventful Oasis
July in Tokyo is a great time to head over to Yoyogi Park, in the heart of Tokyo. The lush park hosts a variety of captivating events throughout the summer months. One event that stands out is Ocean Peoples Tokyo – Japan’s largest beach-inspired gathering held annually at Yoyogi Park during July. Over two action-packed days, this free extravaganza showcases marine-themed activities and thrilling live performances by both local and international artists.
Beyond the entertainment, attendees can explore a bustling market with over 80 stalls offering delicious food options, refreshing drinks, and beautifully crafted handmade items among other delights. With its vibrant atmosphere and diverse offerings, Ocean Peoples brings an oceanic experience to landlocked Tokyo.
Rent A Yukata
Immerse yourself in the essence of Japanese culture by trying on a Yukata, the traditional summer dress. It’s perfect for those exploring Japan during warmer months and looking to embrace their individuality with countless pattern options. These lightweight alternatives to Kimono robes are not only easy to wear but also exude charm.
With prices that cater to every budget, you’ll find a variety of materials and designs available for selection among these vibrant garments. When traversing Tokyo during summer, many rental shops offer day-long rentals specifically for Yukatas or Kimonos and you can even book a photo shoot.
Renting them has become popular due to their suitability when attending events like summer festivals or fireworks displays. For detailed information regarding renting a stunning Yukata or Kimono in Tokyo check the link below.
Chill Out With Tempting Summer Treats
Escape the blazing Tokyo heat and discover a delightful range of icy desserts that will leave you wanting more. From the famous Japanese shaved ice sensation, Kakigori, to creamy and delicious ice creams, not forgetting the captivating bubble tea creations.
Kiyose Sunflower Festival:
The Kiyose Sunflower Festival, is a must-visit floral event near Tokyo. This year, it’s happening in late July instead of August. With over 100,000 stunning sunflowers blooming across a vast field spanning 24 hectares, this festival promises to amaze visitors with its beauty and charm.
Coastal Escapes: Tokyo’s Beach Adventure
Discover the beauty of sandy shores and pristine beaches just a short distance from Tokyo. Explore Shonan, Izu Peninsula, or Boso Peninsula for a beach getaway filled with pop-up beach houses, charming cafes, and vibrant bars.
There are some great coastal rental places, tantalizing dishes, and refreshing beverages while lifeguards ensure the safety of your seaside escapade. Or for something more accessible head down to Odaiba Beach just minutes from central Tokyo.
Summer Dessert Buffets in Tokyo
Tokyo’s summer dessert buffets offer a variety of unique and creative themes at different locations. Indulge in delightful ingredients like matcha, tropical fruits, melon, and delectable ice cream varieties.
As it heats up in June now’s the time to enjoy your unlimited servings of these exquisite desserts crafted for your utmost indulgence. Go ahead and satisfy your sweet tooth this summer season in Tokyo with these diverse dessert offerings.
Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival
Discover the mesmerizing beauty of Japan’s summer festivities at the Sumida River Fireworks Festival. With an astounding 22,000 fireworks lighting up the sky, this event is unparalleled in its grandeur.
What sets this festival apart is not just its size but also its enchanting location along the picturesque banks of Sumida river. The shimmering lights from these magnificent fireworks create a romantic and delightful atmosphere.
Fuji Rock Festival: Japan’s Coachella
Fuji Rock Festival is a bit like the Japanese version of Coachella and offers a unique experience for all you rockers. Easily accessible via shuttle buses from Tokyo’s major stations like Ikebukuro and Shibuya, this renowned event features captivating performances by international artists and local talents. Since its start in 1997, it consistently draws around 150,000 attendees each year.
Ebisu Bon-Odori Festival
The Ebisu Bon-Odori Festival in Tokyo offers a chance to enjoy an authentic festival experience without the crowds seen in other places. Put on a yukata and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of this summer event.
Fussa Tanabata Festival: A Vibrant Celebration
Unlike other Tanabata festivities that tend to be more subdued affairs, the Fussa Tanabata has been going strong for an impressive 70 years and never fails to deliver extraordinary experiences. Join activities such as participating in the captivating ‘Princess Orihime contest’ or being hear the performance from none other than the US Air Force band on Saturday.
There will be opportunities to enjoy humor-filled comedy shows along with vibrant samba dances taking place on Sunday. The whole town comes alive during this remarkable celebration. And don’t forget to try the tasty food offerings available at food stalls conveniently set up around Fussa Station.
Shibuya Zunchaka: Exciting Open-Air Music Festival in Shibuya
Shibuya Zunchaka, a lively district in Tokyo, will be buzzing with excitement on July 9th as an extraordinary open-air music festival takes place. This highly anticipated annual event will showcase local artists from various genres across 15 different stages scattered throughout the neighborhood.
Dance to top rock and pop bands at Hachiko Square or indulge in melodic acoustic guitar melodies echoing through Shibuya Station’s underground plaza near its eastern exit.
Jazz enthusiasts shouldn’t miss the captivating performances at Jinnan Elementary School gymnasium. And as you make your way toward Shibuya Modi, prepare to be enchanted by acapella choruses filling the air and sparking inspiration.
The Adachi Fireworks Extravaganza (July 22nd)
The highly anticipated Adachi Fireworks extravaganza is also back after a four-year hiatus caused by Covid-19. Witness an awe-inspiring display of pyrotechnics that dates back to 1924.
This year, be prepared to be mesmerized as 15,000 fireworks light up the sky for a full hour on Saturday, July 22nd.
Find your perfect viewing spot along either Nishi-Arai or Senju stretch of the Arakawa River between iconic bridges: Nishi-Arai and Senjushin.
View the Enchantment of Fireflies
As June unveils its charm, immerse yourself in nature’s spectacle and be entranced by hotaru (the Japanese term for firefly) season. While fields have become rare within Tokyo’s urban landscape you can still witness these indigenous luminous wonders flourish.
Discover our exclusive selection of events dedicated to hotaru-watching, from central districts within Tokyo to its western suburbs and neighboring Chiba prefecture.
Arabian Festival at Yoyogi Park
Get immersed in a captivating Arabian Festival this July, presented by Shibuya’s Cafe Bohemia. Indulge in authentic Arabic and halal delicacies that will tantalize your taste buds. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere with talented musicians and DJs creating an enchanting ambiance for you to enjoy. Don’t miss the electrifying belly dance competition where teams compete for a prestigious cash prize.
Unveiling Taiwan’s Culinary Wonders: Taiwan Festa
Also at Yoyogi Park is the Taiwan Festa. There’ll be diverse booths offering delectable treats like breakfast egg crepes, succulent braised pork over rice, refreshing shaved ice adorned with fruits, and satisfying dumplings galore.
Experience popular performances from Taiwan atop the stage while savoring every bite. You can also visit educational workshops about the Taiwanese language, tea culture, and more fascinating aspects of Taiwan at various booths available during this spectacular festival celebration.
Yayoi Kusama’s Wonderland
Step into the captivating world of renowned artist, Yayoi Kusama, at her latest exhibition at her amazing Shinjuku Gallary. Explore her unique ‘self-obliteration’ style and journey through mesmerizing installations that pay homage to the psychedelic 1960s counterculture movement. Don’t miss the stunning hexagonal Mirror Room inspired by one of her iconic New York exhibitions from the late 1960s.
Tips for Tokyo Summers
Discovering Tokyo in June and the rest of summer comes with risks. Locals combat heatstroke by displaying warnings and emergency contacts on the streets.
Here are a few tips for enjoying Tokyo in June:
1. Stay hydrated: Make hydration a priority during your visit.
2. Dress comfortably: Choose lightweight and easy-to-move attire, but dress respectfully when visiting shrines or religious sites.
3. Seek shade: Take shelter from the scorching sun under shaded areas or use UV umbrellas for extra protection against harmful rays.
We’re sure you’ll enjoy an unforgettable experience while staying safe in Tokyo’s hot summers.
Best Time to Visit Tokyo
If you love Japanese festivals, July is the perfect time to visit Tokyo. Start your month with the lively Tanabata Matsuri celebration and end it with a breathtaking spectacle at Sumida River Fireworks Festival. With nonstop excitement throughout all 31 days, there’s no shortage of unforgettable experiences in store for you.
The Sum Up
Fireworks are the essence of summer in Japan, with highly anticipated events happening from July to August. Tokyo is known for its abundance of fireworks festivals almost every weekend throughout the summer months. There are also Tanabata and bon festivals in June plus more beer gardens that you can shake a chopstick at.
So as you have seen, while visiting Tokyo in July can get hot, you’ll be more than compensated by all the amazing festivals and summer activities they we know you’ll love.