August is the most festive and exciting month of the year in Japan.

August offers similar summer fare to July with beach trips, highland excursions and water sports all popular pastimes. The difference is the increased heat and the colorful backdrop of summer festivals and firework displays—not uncommon in July, just much more pronounced in August.

Some of the biggest and best festivals include Tokushima’s Awa Odori and Aomori’s week-long Nebuta Matsuri . Both feature dancing and night illumination in the form of bright floats, fireworks and lanterns—common motifs in August celebrations.

Whilst the month tends to be very humid and typhoon season the rainfall can be sporadic and there are warm fine days to be enjoyed.

The following are the Top 10 things to do in Japan during this month:-

  1. Fireworks
  2. Summer Festivals – Nebuta
  3. Wear Yukata
  4. Summer Sonic Music Festival
  5. Beach
  6. Beer Garden
  7. Summer Dishes
  8. Mt Fuji
  9. Flower Fields
  10. Camping BBQ