Weather In Japan In July - Essential Information
Japan in July is the beginning of the very hot and humid summer for most places. The first part of the month also tends to be quite wet because it corresponds to the end of the rainy season. Here's all the info you need about the weather in Japan in July.
Weather In Japan In July
Of course, since Japan is a country that extends thousands of kilometres from north to south, there are some significant climatic differences from region to region.
The northern main island of Hokkaido, for instance, has no rainy season at all, and the weather in July is usually warm and nice.
For most of Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku, however, the hot summer is as described above, the exception being the regions that are in the mountains. As a rule of thumb, the temperature decreases by 7 C for every 1,000 meters of altitude. So if you are planning to do mountain hiking or visit a picturesque village in the Japanese Alps, the temperature might be just perfect even though the cities in the valleys and plains are almost unbearably too hot and humid.
One last thing to mention is that there as many places with microclimates in Japan, a famous example being the city of Kyoto located near Osaka. Kyoto is known in Japanese as a "bonchi" which means a basin between mountains. The topography of the area traps the heat in this low lying area and makes in particularly hot in the summer.
So the best way to know how the weather is going to be like in June is to consult the climate trends specifically for an area or city.
As a reference, here is the average high temperature in July for some major cities in Japan from north to south.
Sapporo, Hokkaido: 24.9 C (76.8 F)
Sendai, northern Honshu: 25.7 C (78.3 F)
Tokyo, central Honshu: 29.2 C (84.6 F)
Osaka, southern Honshu: 31.6 C (88.9 F)
Fukuoka, Kyushu: 30.9 C (87.6 F)
Naha, Okinawa: 31.8 C (89.2 F)
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency
Special mention... the July lavender fields of Hokkaido!
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