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Ways to Cool Down During The Hot Summer in Japan:
9 Tips and Ideas

Summer in Japan can be intense, with high temperatures and humidity making it challenging to stay cool and comfortable. In this article, we’ll explore 9 effective ways to cool down during the hot Japanese summer so you can enjoy your visit to the fullest. Some of these are basic ideas, but some are uniquely Japanese so make sure to try them when you plan to visit Japan in the summer! 

I’m sure these tips will help you stay cool, comfortable, and keep you energized throughout your summer adventures!

Japanese summer wind chimes

1. Hydrate 💦

One of the most crucial ways to beat Japan’s summer heat is to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day helps regulate body temperature, prevents dehydration, and refreshes you. Carry a reusable water bottle and make it a habit to drink water regularly, or purchase a frozen drink at your nearby convenience store for extra refreshment. Additionally, consuming hydrating foods like watermelon and cucumber can provide an extra boost.

2. Cool off with a "Kakigori" or Japanese Shaved Ice Dessert 🍧

Indulging in a delicious Kakigori is a quintessential summer experience in Japan. This traditional dessert consists of finely shaved ice topped with various flavored syrups such as matcha, strawberry, or condensed milk. Kakigori offers a delightful respite from the heat, cooling you down while satisfying your sweet tooth.

3. Wear a Neck Cooler 🌬

A neck cooler is a small accessory that can provide immense comfort on a hot summer day. These cooling devices are typically made from moisture-absorbing and evaporative materials. Soak the neck cooler in water and wear it around your neck. As the water evaporates, it creates a cooling effect that can help you stay comfortable even if it is hot.

Neck cooler is a great way to cool down during summer in Japan

4. Use Cooling Body Wipes ❄️🙋🏻‍♀️

When the heat becomes overwhelming, cooling body wipes can be your best friend. These wipes are infused with menthol or other cooling ingredients that offer instant refreshment. You can easily find these at drugstores and convenience stores. Simply wipe your face, neck, and arms to cool down and rejuvenate your senses. They are compact and portable, making them ideal for carrying in your bag during summer outings. (If you enjoy the feel of these body wipes, you may also want to try cooling shampoo as well!)

5. Use a Cooling Body Spray 💙

Similar to cooling wipes, a cooling body spray provides instant relief by misting a fine layer of refreshing mist onto your skin. Look for sprays that contain natural ingredients like aloe vera or cucumber, which have cooling properties. Spraying your body helps reduce body temperature and leaves you feeling cool and revitalized.

6. Use a Portable Fan ❊

Carrying a small, handheld fan can be a lifesaver in hot and humid weather. Portable fans are lightweight, compact, and can fit easily into your bag or pocket. Whether you’re exploring bustling city streets or enjoying nature’s beauty, a gentle breeze from the fan will make you feel significantly cooler and more comfortable!

A cooling portable fan is one of the ways to cool down during the summer in japan

7. Protect Yourself from the heat with a UV Umbrella ⛱

In addition to high temperatures, the summer sun in Japan can be intense. Protecting yourself from harmful UV rays is essential. A UV umbrella is a practical and stylish solution. These umbrellas are designed to block out UV radiation and provide shade, keeping you protected from the sun’s harmful effects while enjoying an outdoor stroll.

8. Wear Breathable Clothing (Uniqlo Airism) 🌬👕

Choosing the suitable clothing can make a significant difference in combating the summer heat. Uniqlo Airism is a famous line of clothing known for its breathable and moisture-wicking fabric. These lightweight and quick-drying clothes keep you comfortable by allowing air to circulate and wicking away sweat, making them ideal for staying cool during Japan’s hot summers.

9. Visit Places with Cooler Environments 🏞

Escape the scorching heat by visiting places with cooler environments. Japan is blessed with beautiful natural landscapes, including mountains and lakes. The higher the altitude the lower the temperature and more water activities. Consider exploring places like Central Nikko, Nasu, and Daigo to for a cooler summer.

Final Thoughts

Beating the summer heat in Japan is all about staying cool, hydrated, and finding ways to refresh yourself. By following these 9 tips, you can make the most of your summer adventures while keeping comfortable and energized. From savoring Japanese shaved ice to wearing breathable clothing and exploring cooler destinations, you’ll be well-equipped to enjoy all that Japan has to offer, even during the hottest months. Stay cool and have a fantastic summer in Japan!

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Contributor:  Venice Aka

Venice’s lives locally and has a passion to make travel videos so she can provide reliable information to travelers visiting Japan. After starting her youtube channel, she’s been continuously sharing about travel, local events, and everyday life in Japan.

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