Stay dry – rainy season has arrived in Japan’s Kanto Plain!

Stay dry – rainy season has arrived in Japan’s Kanto Plain!

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

Do you have your umbrellas, raincoats and rainboots ready?

The Japan Metrological Agency announced the return of many people’s least-favorite season: Tsuyu, or rainy season!

Rainy season has arrived in the Kanto, Yamanashi and Nagano prefectures as of June 14, the agency said.

For the next 40 days, you can look forward to hot, wet and humid weather.

Okinawa and other western regions of Japan are already in mid-season, while Misawa and other Northern sections of Honshu will soon be feeling the steam. The season has arrived three days later than last year, the agency added.

Keep in mind for future trip planning that Hokkaido is not affected by the rainy season and is a good option if you’re looking to skip the drip.

The rainy season is considered as the worst season in the year, but it is cheerily referred to as “tsuyu,” or plum rain in Japan, as it coincides with the seasonal ripening of this luscious fruit. With southern to central temperatures in the mid-to-high 70s (the high 60s farther north), you can check out beautiful hydrangea and iris in full bloom during this time of year. And you may be able to spot cute “teruterubozu” (sunshine monks) hanging on the eaves of homes around town.  

So, be positive and enjoy the rainy season!

Stay safe and dry!


Check out our rainy season coverage and Speakin’ Japanese.

(Rainy Season story) Soaking in Japan’s rainy season traditions

(Teruteru Bozu) Teruteru bozu – a Japanese rainy season tradition

(Speakin Japanese) VIDEO| Speakin’ Japanese lesson: Rainy season

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