How To Survive Rainy Season In JapanAre you ready for rainy season?! Rainy season in Japan, or tsuyu, last for a few weeks from around the beginning of June until mid July. This doesn’t mean that it rains non-stop every day, but there are more rainy days during this period than there are the rest of the year. This is also when you start to really notice how humid it is in Japan. If you have not experienced rainy season in Japan before, it can be an uncomfortable few weeks. Here are a few tips to help make rainy season slightly less uncomfortable.

Five tips to survive rainy season in Japan

Buy an umbrella

Yeah, yeah. I know. It’s too obvious, but I wanted to mention it anyway. For some reason I didn’t use an umbrella so often in Canada. Maybe because I would drive and didn’t need to walk outside a lot. Or maybe we had a lot of light mists rather than heavy rain, so an umbrella wasn’t necessary. In Japan, you need to walk outside a lot, so you will want to shield yourself from the fatty raindrops. Genius.

Wear rain boots

I grew up on a farm, so to me rubber rain boots were simply farm boots. They were meant to get covered in mud and animal poop. Not something fashionable that you wear around town. It was a bit strange for me to come to Japan and see city-folk wearing what I always considered were farm work boots. I do have some now, but I don’t wear them that often. They are dark blue with white polkadots. How cute.

Use the “dry” setting on your air conditioner

When it is raining outside, it can be hard to find time to hang your laundry (not many people have driers). Buy an indoor drying rack and set your air conditioner to the dry setting, or joushitsu. This will help them dry inside and not get mildewy. Though if you do get a sunny day, it’s best to let laundry dry outside. Also, take your clothes out of the washer right away – don’t let them sit or they will get gross and stinky. Then you have to wash them again, and that’s annoying.

Keep the air moving

Along those same lines, you should leave a window open when you can. If it’s a breezy day, let the wind blow through your house. This also prevents the air from stagnating and getting gross. I think. You might want to buy a fan around this time of year, or else pull yours out of the closet. Trust me, you’ll need it. Either now, in the next two months.

>> Summer in Japan is unbearable, 10 Tips To Help You Survive Japanese Summers

Don’t leave food out

After you’ve made some yummy food, put the leftovers in the fridge. Maybe this only applies to me… I tend to leave things out overnight in the winter because it’s already cold like a refrigerator. But in the summer things will go bad really quickly, obviously. Mold grows quickly in Japan.

Go sightseeing

Since a lot of people will likely be hiding from the rain either at home or in a public place, tourist attraction will be less busy. You can visit a temple or garden, avoid the crowds, and practice your rain photography. Plus, visiting a temple or garden during the rain gives it a pretty, shiny, and unique look. I took my own advice and went to Nagoya Castle to practice my rain photography, and it was great. There were hardly any people, and I got some great shots. Score.

Final thoughts on rainy season in Japan

There are a lot of other ways to survive rainy season in Japan. A lot of them overlap with Japanese summers, since they are about dealing with the heat and humidity. But with a bit of mental preparation and know-how, you should be able to be slightly less uncomfortable during rainy season in Japan.

How do you deal with rainy season in Japan or your own country? Do you have any other advice that I missed? Let me know in the comment section below!

>> You might like, Earthquake and tsunami safety in Japan

5 Tips to Survive Rainy Season in Japan



  1. This was fun. And I’m a big fan of fans. I might even be their biggest fan. I’m from North Carolina also and it gets really hot and humid. Hats when I close up with the air conditioner and the ceiling fans in every room.

  2. I like the idea of going out and practicing rain photography. (although, like you, I find it hard to make myself go out when it’s raining) – things get so pretty then, with muted colours and puddle reflections.

    • It does sound like a good idea, doesn’t it. I don’t have much practice with rain photography, so it might take some time. We should give it a try sometime.

  3. I live in central NC where there is no rainy season as such, but the summers are very hot and humid. I have central air conditioning, am not familiar woth a “dry”setting. WRT moving the air, rather than opening a window and letting the humidity in, why not fans? I have a ceiling fan in the living room and in my bedroom, and a desk fan in the study.

    • You’re right. In between A/C and opening a window, I completely missed fans. It’s in my next post about Japanese summers, though somehow I left it out of this one. Thanks for the astute observation. Please look for it, coming soon 😉 By the way, what is WRT?

      • WRT = with respect to. Fans can make a big difference, not sure why they don’t seem to have caught on in Europe, at least not the north which is getting hotter every year.

  4. Good tips I say. The Monsoon season in Las Vegas starts in June. Dangerous flash flooding and really nasty lightning are always possible. Stay dry Jennifer!

    • Flash flooding sounds scary. I remember driving through the desert in Arizona a few years ago. It was starting to get stormy, and I was afraid of being washed away in a flash flood. Even the desert needs a bit of rain.

      • Oh yeah, we need it really bad. Lake Mead is around 80 foot below the full line. A matter of time until rationing goes into effect. Walk to on Hoover Dam, look down at the intake Towers, wow. So much air where water should be. Lake hasn’t been full since the 1980’s.

          • So you were there obviously, yes that ugly bathtub ring is getting ever taller. The dam is about 35 minutes from me so I drive these occasionally. It’s still very impressive to see regardless of having been there before. Have you visited our Vegas Strip? That’s about 15 minutes from me…

          • Eww, bathtub ring. Yes, it was still very impressive. It was hot too. We did spend a few nights in Las Vegas. Neither my husband nor I gamble/drink/party though, so we checked out all the bathrooms in the fancy hotels.

          • Fancy we gots!! Actually, I very rarely go down there – too many nutters. Locals see the Strip while driving around, that’s enough!

  5. I love it when I am inside and watching the rain drops come down fat and by the hundreds. There is such pleasure in sipping on tea and sitting with a good book inside home when it is raining, isn’t it? It is humid and rainy here in NJ/NY too. Only yesterday we were caught in Central Park in a downpour that would take your breath away. But it was funny too. To scooch under a small umbrella and run down the streets giggling.

    • It is nice to watch the rain from inside, nice and dry, with comforting things. I’ve heard that side of the continent is humid. Good thing you had an umbrella yesterday. Central Park in the rain sounds like it might be pretty.

  6. Okinawa has rainy season earlier than mainland (ours finished a week and a half ago). But yeah, the dry setting on the air-con is a lifesaver. We also have a “dry” setting for our Japanese shower room, so we set up our laundry to dry in there. Now it is so humid here and all the insects are out in full force.

    • I’ve heard about people drying their laundry in their shower room. Ours is not sent up for it, but we have lots of other space to do it. I’ve been to Okinawa in the summer, and yeah it is hot and humid. My husband, who is from Okinawa, says that Nagoya is more humid. It’s all the same to me though 😉

Leave a reply!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.