5. Hike up Mt. Fuji
Mt. Fuji, known as Fuji-san to the locals, is Japan’s tallest mountain and also an active volcano. Don’t worry about that though, there’s no chance of it erupting in the next 100 years … maybe. In any case, due to the warm nights of Summer, hiking up Mt. Fuji to see the sunrise is a common activity in Japan, and one that only needs a train ticket if you’re staying in Tokyo, and the grit to literally walk up a mountain.
4. Visit Yoyogi Park on a Sunday
Sunday’s at Yoyogi Park is when the park comes alive with people. Whether it’s people playing baseball in the main area, drinking with friends on a park mat or families riding their bikes on the track, the atmosphere is electric! If you’re lucky, you might even find a band or singer playing for free in the park.
3. Bar tour of Ginza
Ginza is usually the hot bed of salary-men on the way home from work, drinking their worries away into the night, which during winter starts at 4pm! In summer though, the daylight is longer and you can be out later and enjoy yourself. There’s always cheap places to drink and eat in Ginza, you just have to know where to look! We recommend 300BAR and their 300-yen mojitos to cool you down!
2. Hanabi Season
Hanabi is Japanese for fireworks, and nobody does fireworks as well as the Japanese. Between July and August, the Hanabi season is in full swing and everywhere in Tokyo lights up in a colorful array of fireworks. You’ll have to check where though because it’s impossible to list all the places that are going off!
1. Summer Matsuri
You wouldn’t have a Winter Matsuri in Summer right? That wouldn’t make sense! That’s why Japan has the different seasons to have different types of Matsuri, or festivals. Summer Matsuri’s are especially nice because when the sun goes down, it stays warm enough to stay outside. The Tanabata Festival on July 7th, celebrating Altair and Vega’s love, is especially fun!
Staying in Tokyo doesn’t mean paying through the nose for a hotel room, staying in one of our dormitories means you can do the stuff that matters when travelling, having fun and meeting new people!