Japan has been seeing wet weather for the past week, particularly in the southwestern island of Kyushu, which has experienced record rainfall and flooding. Meanwhile, the Tokyo area has been seeing cooler temperatures and wet weather over the past several days.
Looking at the week ahead, overcast days with scattered showers is looking to continue in the greater Tokyo area. Read on as we cover this week's forecast and more!
What's the weather like in Tokyo? Forecast for July 8-14: Summer temperatures ahead
For the greater Tokyo area, the week ahead will seeing overcast skies with scattered showers Thursday and Friday.
Daytime temperatures will be fairly warm, reaching up to the mid to upper 20s°C (mid 80s°F). Evening lows will be in the upper teens/lower 20s°C (upper 60s°F).
What clothes to pack for Tokyo in July?
・Short-sleeved shirts and jeans, with breathable socks and comfortable sneakers or walking shoes are recommended.
・Sunblock and/or a hat is suggested, especially if you have sensitive skin.
・Foldable umbrella, rain covers for suitcases, waterproof shoes, poncho.
Special: Tokyo's Morning Glory Market
The Morning Glory Market is being held in Taito-ku’s Iriya neighborhood from July 6-8. During this time around 120 merchants and another 100 stalls crowd the area, attracting almost 400,000 visitors every year. The fair has been a traditional event ever since the Meiji era and is popular with locals and visitors alike.
Volcanic alert level still elevated for Mount Hakone
From May 19, 2019, Japan's Meteorological Agency decided to raise the volcanic alert level for Mt. Hakone, to a level of 2 on a scale of 5. This decision comes after the number of volcanic earthquakes increased. It is advising that people not approach the crater.
To place this in context: the last time the alert status had been raised was in 2015, when the alert level was raised to 3, warning people not to approach a larger area around the volcano due to small eruptions. Prior to this, geological evidence suggests the mountain last erupted some 800 years ago.
Hakone Ropeway services have been suspended between Sounzan and Togendai stations and a temporary bus service is running instead. At present, services outside this area are unaffected and are running on regular schedules. If you are visiting the Hakone area, however, you may experience some transportation delays due to congestion. Note that the warnings currently are only for the Mount Hakone area and there are no warnings related to the Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) area.
For updated information on the Hakone Ropeway, refer to the official website at: www.hakoneropeway.co.jp.
What's the weather like in Japan? Weather Forecast for July 8-14
Looking at the weather forecast for the rest of Japan, most areas will also be seeing warm, comfortable temperatures. Rainy weather is expected toward the middle of the week for Kyushu, Kansai and Kanto.
Hokkaido and the north country are expected to see partly cloudy skies for much of the week. Daytime highs will be very warm, in the mid to upper 20s°C. Evening temperatures will be cool, in the mid teens.
The greater Osaka and Kyoto area are also expected to see wet weather, with showers Thursday and Friday. Temperatures will be hot, with highs in the low 30s°C and lows in the lower 20s°C.
As for Okinawa, after rain Monday, sunny skies are expected for much of the week in Naha. Temperatures are expected to be hot, with highs in the low 30s℃ for much of the week.
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Source for forecast and images: Japan Meteorological Agency website / http://www.jma.go.jp/jma/indexe.html
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*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
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