Japan's Super Expensive Seasonal Watermelons
A pair Hokkaido's homegrown Raiden watermelons fetched ¥300,000—about US$2,700—at the first auction of the season!
New KitKats Combine Mint, Peach & Rum
These Japan-exclusive alcoholic chocolates seem designed to keep you feeling cool and refreshed even during the hottest time of the year!
Akagawa Festival Lights Up The Night
These stunningly skillful creations have some saying they look like they’re projection mapped, but it’s all master-level pyrotechnics.
Japanese Beach Basics: Rules, Tips & Etiquette
Looking to soak up a little sun on one of Japan's gorgeous beaches? Check out our helpful tips to make the most of your time by the seaside! Plus, get recommendations for beaches near Tokyo and Osaka.
How to Navigate a Japanese Air Conditioner
A handy guide to navigating all of the complicated settings on a Japanese air conditioner—trust us, when summer heats up you'll be glad you read this!
Chill Out in This Cool Tokyo Neighborhood
If you're sweltering in the summer heat, swing over to Tokyo's Nihonbashi neighborhood to cool down! Dress in yukata, listen to the faint whispers of chimes against the breeze, eat delicious sweets and visit the Art Aquarium.
Capturing Tohoku's Summer Passion
In 2017, All About Japan sent a team up to Tohoku to capture some this northern region's summer vibe. From its craggy coasts and crater lakes to plunging falls and samurai festivals, there was plenty of energy to go around!
15 Beautiful Beaches in Japan's National Parks
Japan offers countless stunning beaches along its nearly 30,000 kilometers of coastline. Some are directly accessible by train from Tokyo, while others are surrounded by 1,000 kilometers of open sea!
New Season, New Starbucks Merch!
As Japan swings into summer, Starbucks Japan once unleashes a torrent of awesome, exclusive merch! Will our wallets survive?
Japan's Most Amazing Summer Fireworks Festival
Fireworks festivals are a staple in Japanese summer. We'll take you to the biggest firework festival in Japan, Omagari Firework Festival, where you can bear witness to 20,000 fireworks by masters from all over Japan shot over the course of an evening.
5 Reasons to Visit Tohoku in Summer
Summer is the season where things really heat up in Japan's northern region of Tohoku. Here's why you definitely don't want to miss it!
Mother Nature Strikes Tokyo Skies
With a record-breaking warm weather trend, it was only a matter of time before Tokyo would get struck by a thunderstorm. But the number of thunderbolts reached up into the thousands!
14 Stunning Sunrise & Sunset Spots in Japan
It's a tradition to watch the sunrise on the first day of the year in Japan. And the nation's national parks offer countless breathtaking options for both sunrise and sunset at any time of year!
5 Things to Do for the First Timer in Okinawa
If you think that Japan is only the 'Land of the Rising Sun,' you may think twice once you get to see the glorious sunsets of Okinawa. Beyond sunrises, there's more to enjoy in this subtropical paradise only a short plane ride from Tokyo.
5 Iconic Japanese Ice Creams to Beat the Heat
Beat the heat with these six only-in-Japan ice cream treats, all for under ¥200! These creamy concoctions, fruity popsicles and even bean-flavored bars will help you cool down like a local.
Get Ready for the 2019 Pikachu Outbreak!
Yokohama's Pikachu Outbreak event dates have been officially announced, so start making your travel plans if you want to catch them as they run around the City by the Bay!
Keep Cool in Summer with Sailor Moon Yukata
What better way to stay (and look) cool than with a 'yukata' that represents your favorite characters from the hit series, Sailor Moon?
Best Beach Views Near Tokyo
Although Tokyo is a modern metropolis that conjures images of bright lights, towering skyscrapers and packed trains, there are still plenty of opportunities for a nature enthusiast or beach bum to catch some fun in the sun at beautiful nearby shores.
13 Budget-Friendly Tokyo Day Trips
When we say budget-friendly, we mean it! All of these trips will cost less than ¥5,000 round-trip on Japan's extensive railway network, and will show off another unique aspect of the country.
Stay Cool: 7 Best Shaved Ice Shops In Tokyo!
Shaved ice—known in Japan as 'kakigori'— is a traditional summer dessert that is a must-try for international visitors. These seven Tokyo-based shops are a great way to beat the summer heat!