Stay dry! Kanto Plains officially enters Japan rainy season!

Photo by 123RF
Photo by 123RF

Stay dry! Kanto Plains officially enters Japan rainy season!

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

Are you ready to fend off 40 days of crying skies with an umbrella and raincoat? Well, you better be!

The Japan Metrological Agency announced June 8 that the Kanto region, along with Yamanashi, Nagano and Niigata Prefectures have officially entered the rainy season. These regions entered rainy season a day later than the yearly average.

Okinawa and western half of mainland of Japan have been in the rainy season for days, while Misawa and Tohoku region is expected to enter the season around middle of June, according to the agency. Most of Japan is now looking a 40-days of hot, humid and mold. 

Keep in mind for future trip planning that the northern most mainland of Hokkaido is not affected by the rainy season and is a good option to avoid the droplets and stifling humidity.

The rainy season is considered the worst season in Japan, but it is cheerfully referred to as “tsuyu,” or plum rain, as it coincides with the seasonal ripening of the luscious fruit. With temperatures in southern to central Japan in the mid to high 70s (the high 60s farther north), you can check out beautiful blossoms of Hydrangea and Iris in full bloom here and there across the country. And you may be able to spot a cute white “teruterubozu” (sunshine monks) hanging on the eaves of houses in town.  

So, be positive and enjoy the rainy season to the best of your ability.

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