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Tips to Beat the Japanese Summer Heat

Jul 21, 2020

Japan is a country where the weather distinctly changes with each season. Though there are temperate seasons, the summer is decidedly more humid than most other countries. In this hot and sticky climate, the constant flow of sweat makes it difficult to feel fresh all day. What’s more, there’s a risk of getting heatstroke with the high humidity.

Keep reading for tips on how to handle the Japanese summer and prepare for your travels.

Stay Hydrated with Water and Sodium

Tt’s a given that you need to bring some water with you when you know you’ll be outside for a long time in the summer. That way, you won’t be searching for hydration every time you get thirsty.

In Japan, another popular way to avoid heatstroke is to intake sodium, a nutrient that is lost when you sweat. There are a wide variety of sports drinks on the market that contain sodium and sugar to help keep you energized in the summer heat. Another item that helps prevent heat stroke is salt candy, a tablet candy that is generally available in plum and citrus flavors. You can find these candies at most 100 yen shops and convenience stores, so be sure to stock up when you have a summer excursion planned.

Be Prepared with These Items

There is a wide variety of not only candies and drinks, but also items that help you beat the heat. It’s common to see people wearing wide-brimmed hats and carrying parasols to avoid the sunlight and prevent heatstroke. You can also pick up a Japanese-style folding fan, or high-tech portable fan that can be charged via USB port.

A must for the Japanese summer is deodorant body wipes specifically for sweat (ase-fuki sheet in Japanese). These sheets will leave you feeling refreshed after you wipe away your sweat, as well as smelling good. Be sure to use one of these before meeting up with your friends!

Spend Time Indoors

Although you want to experience all that you can during your trip to Japan, the humid summer leaves you at risk for heatstroke. When planning your trip, try to include activities where you can avoid the sun. For example, when you’re in Shinjuku, why not visit Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in the morning, and head to Flags or the Mylord Department Store in the afternoon for some shopping. There are many museums in Shinjuku too, such as the Sompo Museum of Art, where you can go to beat the heat. Shinjuku has tons of spots where you can take a break with some air conditioning.

Although the Japanese summer is extremely humid, there are many events that you can only experience during this season. Bringing water or a sports drink with you is a must when traveling during the summer, so buy some water at a convenience store or bring your own refillable bottle with you. You can also wear a wide-brimmed hat, carry a parasol, and dress for the weather so you won’t be affected by heatstroke. If you’re prepared, you can enjoy all that the Japanese summer has to offer!

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