Rainy season wraps up while summer heat rises in Japan

Photos by Yoshihito Morita
Photos by Yoshihito Morita

Rainy season wraps up while summer heat rises in Japan

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

Rainy season is finally over for many sections of mainland Japan and with its departure comes the rising summer heat.

On Saturday, the Japan Meteorological agency declared the end of rain season for the Kanto and Tohoko regions as well as Yamanashi and Nagano Prefectures. It is three days later in Kanto but six days earlier in Misawa than the yearly average, according to the agency.

To escape from steamy city, people tend to flock the area beaches this time of year.

Yoshihito Morita of Misawa Commissary visited Misawa Veedol Beach, a short 30-minute from Misawa Air Base. The beach is a popular spot in Aomori Pref. and features a sandy shore named after a glorious piece of aviation history.

In 1931, an airplane called “Miss Veedol,” operated by Clyde Pangborn and his co-pilot Hugh Herndon, took off from the beach and completed a non-stop flight over the Pacific Ocean to Wenatchee, WA for the first time in history. The historical location is open to beachgoers replete with showers, restroom facilities and on-duty lifeguards from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Sept. 3.

Nearby, don’t forget to check out the Tanesashi Kaigan, Samekado Lighthouse, Kabushima Shrine, Ashigezaki Observation Tower and Japan’s largest morning market. Check out the Hachinohe City webpage and learn about the area before you hit the beach.

Now that Mother Nature is pumping up the heat, stay safe, hydrated and take some time to make the most of this steamy summer!

Misawa Veedol Beach
Location: Hamadori, Misawa City, Aomori Prefecture (a 30-minute drive from Misawa Air Base)
Open: July 7 – September 3
Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

(Lifeguards are assigned between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. and toilet and shower facilities are available between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. throughout the period). Free parking is also available.

*Barbecue, camping, dog walking and drinking alcoholic beverages on the beach is prohibited.

URL  (Japanese)

Tel: 0176-54-4870 (beach watchtower)

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