8 Things To Do In Tokyo During Summer


Syahirah Mazlan •  Jul 13, 2023

Tokyo, the vibrant and lively capital of Japan, awaits you with open arms this summer. While the mercury might rise, fear not, for this article is here to guide you through the sizzling streets and show you just how incredible Tokyo can be, even during the hottest season. So grab your fans, put on your yukatas, and let's dive into the 10 best things you can do to make your summer trip to Tokyo an unforgettable adventure!

1. Embrace Nature at the Imperial Palace Gardens

Escape the concrete jungle and discover a lush oasis at the Imperial Palace Gardens. Stroll through beautifully manicured landscapes, breathe in the fresh air, and take shade under ancient trees. Find a peaceful spot to relax, maybe even bring a picnic, and let the tranquil surroundings whisk away any thoughts of the blazing sun.

The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-8111, Japan

Opening hours: Mon & Fri; Closed | Tues - Thu, Sat, Sun; 9am - 4:30pm


2. Chill Out at Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea

Who said theme parks were only for kids? Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea are the ultimate summer playgrounds for both young and young-at-heart. Dive into thrilling water rides, cool off with Mickey-shaped ice creams, and experience the magic that only Disney can create. Don't forget your mouse ears, and prepare to have a splashing good time! The parks are even more livelier in summer which means that the ambiance and vibes will be perfect for your summer vacation.

Book a ticket to Disneyland here!

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P.S. Can't decide which to visit (we'd tell you to go to both!)? If you really must choose one, check out our guide - Tokyo Disneyland vs DisneySea!

3. Unleash Your Inner Ninja with a Samurai Workshop

Feel the samurai spirit ignite within you as you participate in a traditional samurai workshop. Learn the art of wielding a katana, dress in traditional armor, and immerse yourself in the rich heritage of Japan's ancient warriors. It's a unique way to beat the heat and leave with stories that'll make you the coolest adventurer among your friends and family.

Tokyo Samurai Kembu (Temporarily closed)

Address: Japan, 〒104-0041 Tokyo, Chuo City, Shintomi, 1 Chome−19−7 Akuta Awazu 5F
Contact: +81 80-6115-3681


4. Hop On A Mini Gondola At Myoken no Mori

Discover the enchanting Myoken no Mori, a scenic forest just an hour's drive from Kyoto. Nestled in the heart of Kyoto city, this picturesque haven takes its name from the revered Myoken Shrine. Dedicated to the deity Myoken, known for safeguarding against calamities and bestowing blessings, the forest offers tranquility and a deep connection with nature.

One of the highlights of Myoken no Mori is the Myoken Shrine, which is located at the heart of the forest. The shrine is a popular destination for visitors, who come to offer prayers and seek blessings from the deity Myoken.

Myoken no Mori

Address: Japan, 〒666-0101 Hyogo, Kawanishi, Kurokawa, 奥瀧谷

Opening hours: Mon, Tue, Fri; 10am - 4:30pm | Sat - Sun; 9:20am - 5pm | Wed - Thu; Closed


5. Visit Tokyo's Sunshine Aquarium To Appreciate The Wildlife

When the sun's rays are at their strongest, head to one of Tokyo's extraordinary aquariums. Explore the depths of the ocean, marvel at majestic creatures like whale sharks, and witness mesmerising dolphin shows. The underwater world offers a cool respite, and you'll leave with newfound appreciation for the incredible marine life that inhabits our planet!

P.S. Wear comfortable shoes! You'll be doing a lot of walking, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes.

Sunshine Aquarium

Address: World Import Mart Building/Rooftop, 3-1 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 170-8630

Book your ticket here!

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6. Take Part In Summer Festivals

Summer in Japan means colorful festivals and dazzling fireworks displays. Don your yukata and join the locals as they celebrate age-old traditions. Dance along with traditional music, find trinkets to bring home, and be awestruck by the vibrant fireworks illuminating the night sky. These unforgettable experiences will make you fall head over heels for Tokyo's summer charm!

Check out some of these Summer festivals:

  • Sumida River Fireworks Festival
  • Mitama Matsuri
  • Ueno Summer Festival
  • Kiyose Sunflower Festival

7. Escape to the Cool Heights of Mount Takao

In just an hour from the bustling heart of Tokyo, you can find respite in the lush forests and refreshing breezes of Mount Takao! Embark on a picturesque hike, marvel at the panoramic views, and reach the summit for a well-deserved sense of accomplishment. The cool mountain air and the enchanting nature will make you forget all about the summer heat.

Mount Takao

Admission: 490 yen (one way), 950 yen (round trip)

8. Cool Off with Traditional Matcha Treats

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Are you looking for a halal-friendly dessert option in Japan? Look no further than Masudaen, a traditional Japanese tea shop in Asakusa that has been serving up sweet treats for over 155 years. And the best part? Their ice cream is certified halal by the Japan Halal Foundation!

Drown out the feeling of the heat with their delicious matcha flavoured ice cream and don't forget to check out their tea selection too.

Address: 1 Chome-1-17 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032, Japan

Opening hours: Daily; 8:30am - 7pm

Don't let the summer heat stop you from exploring Tokyo's wonders. With these ten fantastic things to do, you can beat the scorching temperatures and make the most of your summer trip. Tokyo is waiting to welcome you with its unique blend of tradition, excitement, and refreshing experiences!