2019 June Best Events in Japan

With the instability of the rainy season arriving in Japan, June is a relatively quiet month for events in the country. But there are still a handful of festivals and events taking place throughout the archipelago. In this guide, we’ll introduce the rainy season and some of the best activities to coincide with your Japan visit.

  • 01

    Rainy season (梅雨)

    Rainy season

    Rainy season

    June marks the start of the rainy season in Japan, which usually extends until mid-July and is known locally as tsuyu (translating as “plum rain”). It results from the collision of cold northerly and warm southerly air masses, leading to unfavorable conditions across much of the archipelago. It impacts the islands of Okinawa around a month earlier but hardly affects the northernmost main island of Hokkaido.

    However, the rainy season doesn’t mean it will rain heavily every day, with some days only experiencing light showers or even clear, sunny skies. The precipitation and humidity are also the perfect conditions for hydrangeas that bloom spectacularly across the country, with the hydrangeas of Kamakura the most famous.

    Read more
    Kamakura’s best hydrangea spots for 2019
    14 Indoor Activities and Spots for Rainy Days in Tokyo
    10 Best Indoor Places for Rainy Days in Yokohama

  • 02

    Suigo Sawara Iris Festival (水郷佐原あやめフェスティバル) in Chiba - May 26 to June 24

    Suigo Sawara Iris Festival

    Suigo Sawara Iris Festival

    Suigo Sawara Iris Festival

    Suigo Sawara Iris Festival

    With more than 1.5 million irises coming into bloom, the Suigo Sawara Ayame Park provides the setting for the annual Suigo Sawara Iris Festival. More than 400 varieties of irises will be on show, transforming the picturesque parklands into a sea of purple, white and yellow. Traditional boats are one of the most popular ways to experience the park and numerous wedding ceremonies are also held during the festival, as are tea ceremonies and live performances of Sawara music.

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    จังหวัดชิบะเมืองคาโทริโอกิชิม่า1837-2
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    0478560411
  • 03

    Kifune Festival (貴船祭) in Kyoto - June 1

    Kifune Festival

    Kifune Festival

    Enshrining two local water gods, the Kifune Shrine was founded more than 1,000 years ago in Kyoto and has become a symbol of rainfall ever since. The annual Kifune Festival is held at the changing of the seasons to celebrate the coming of the rain, with rituals and events taking place at the shrine from early morning until the evening. The outfits of the gods are changed to suit the new season and a sacred court dance is held before devotees carry the portable mikoshi shrine through the neighborhood.

    URL:Kifune Festival Facebook Page

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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Kuramakibunechou 180
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    0757412016
  • 04

    Yosakoi Soran Festival (YOSAKOIソーラン祭り) in Hokkaido - June 5 to 9

    Photo by Yosakoi Soran Festival Organizing Committee

    Photo by Yosakoi Soran Festival Organizing Committee

    Photo by Yosakoi Soran Festival Organizing Committee

    Photo by Yosakoi Soran Festival Organizing Committee

    If you’re wanting to escape the rainy season, head north to Hokkaido and the Yosakoi Soran Festival in Sapporo. This energetic festival attracts around 30,000 colorfully costumed dancers from across Japan to perform in Odori Park and along Menuki Street. It incorporates the traditional Yosakoi percussion instrument known as naruko with Hokkai’s Soran-bushi folk songs, with dancers of all ages divided into more than 270 teams to showcase their energetic choreography.

    URL:https://www.yosakoi-soran.jp/about.html#english

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    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Odorinishi 1 from 12-chome
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    0112510438
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    Asahikawa Design Week in Hokkaido - June 19 to 23

    Asahikawa Design Week

    Asahikawa Design Week

    Open Factory

    Open Factory

    ACDA Exhibition

    ACDA Exhibition

    Also taking place on Hokkaido Island during June is Asahikawa Design Week, which provides a platform to spread innovative ideas about lifestyle and design. It showcases the craftsmanship for which the city of Asahikawa is renowned, with unique furniture manufactured here utilizing a range of natural materials. Asahikawa Design week includes factory tours, installation artworks and seminars related to design, with a different theme selected every year. It’s a special opportunity for people interested in design and lifestyle trends to meet some of the city’s most renowned furniture designers and learn from their craft.


    URL:
    ASAHIKAWA DESIGN WEEK 2019
    ASAHIKAWA DESIGN CENTER

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    0166484135
  • 06

    Oedo Waen Soba and Sake Festival (大江戸和宴(おおえどわえん)2019 そばと日本酒の博覧会) in Tokyo - June 12 to 16

    Oedo Waen Soba and Sake Festival

    Oedo Waen Soba and Sake Festival

    Oedo Waen Soba and Sake Festival

    Oedo Waen Soba and Sake Festival

    At Yoyogi Park

    At Yoyogi Park

    If you’re a foodie, then don’t miss this gastronomic festival that celebrates two of Japan’s most famous creations - soba noodles and sake. It’s held in Shibuya’s Yoyogi Park, with more than 100 different kinds of sake available to try, alongside a variety of soba noodle dishes from across the country. Discover the regional variations in both hot and cold soba dishes, as well as unusual toppings and delicious dipping sauces. The sake available includes rare brands that you won’t easily find elsewhere, making it a “must-visit” festival for true fans of Japanese rice wine.

    URL:https://www.oedo-waen.com/

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    Tokyo Shibuya-ku Yoyogikamizonochou , Jinnan 2
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    0334696081
  • 07

    Special Exhibition “The Mammoth” at Miraikan in Tokyo - June 7 to November 4

    Special Exhibition “The Mammoth”

    Special Exhibition “The Mammoth”

    Special Exhibition “The Mammoth”

    Special Exhibition “The Mammoth”

    Mammoth found Frozen

    Mammoth found Frozen

    This summer, Miraikan (The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation) is unveiling its newest exhibition “The Mammoth”, which will be showcased until early November. It will explore the ecology of the mammoth and the natural world as it was when the mammoth roamed the Earth. Drawing on leading scientific research and precious specimens of ancient animals, this exhibit is sure to engage both young and old alike. After visiting the special exhibition, you can browse the rest of Miraikan, including real-time displays of Japan’s seismometers and a rock core illustrating a major meteorite impact that is thought to have led to the extinction of the dinosaurs.

    URL:https://www.mammothten.jp/

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