Japan is one of many countries that experiences a rainy season, and this typically begins in the Tokyo area in early to mid June. It certainly doesn't mean it rains every day, but it does mean that you may need to prepare for the skies opening up! This guide covers some ways to usher in the rainy season if you plan to visit during this period in the future.
Visit Tokyo's weather shrine
Sometimes you're really going to want the weather on your side, particularly if you've got an outdoor activity planned. That's when you may want to elicit the help of a higher power, and that's where Tokyo's weather shrine may come in handy! Kisho Shrine is on the grounds of Koenji Hikawa Shrine, and it's a place where people often come to pray for sunny skies for important events. It's a short walk from Koenji Station, so be sure to stop by if you're in the area!
Make a teru teru bozu
Another way to wish yourself good luck when it comes to weather is by making a teru teru bozu. These traditional dolls can easily be made using cloth or even tissues – you simply scrunch one piece into a ball and wrap the other one around it, twisting it to secure the head and create a flowy body. Keep it all together with a rubber band or piece of string, draw on a face, and hang it up. They're meant to keep rain at bay, and while they may not be successful all the time, they're a fun indoor craft nonetheless!
Enjoy the rainy season's flowers
Showers bring flowers, and that's certainly true during rainy season! One of the highlights are hydrangeas, which grow in abundance at this time of year. You'll find them in many places across the country, from dedicated hydrangea gardens to the grounds of temples and shrines...and often, just growing freely by roadsides! If you're looking for some suggestions, a quick search right here on Japan Travel will yield you with plenty of results.
Plan out some indoor activities
The rainy season is a great time to have a few indoor activities planned for when the weather is too inclement to make outdoor activities much fun. Japan has some brilliant museums covering a wide range of interests, including art, science, cars, and even some quirky ones! Art exhibitions by the TeamLab group continue to be popular, and the floating flower garden display at Odaiba's TeamLab Planets manages to bring that feeling of the outdoors inside.
Go shotengai shopping
A shotengai is a traditional Japanese shopping street, and many of them conveniently come with covered awnings that mean patrons can shop 'til they drop whether it's rain, hail, or shine outside. Some good Tokyo-based covered options include the Koenji Junjo Shotengai and the Asagaya Pearl Center, but you'll find similar destinations in just about every urban area across the country.