Japan’s summer can be hot and humid, but up in the Japanese Alps and Hokkaido’s wild national parks, the air is cooler, making for ideal hiking conditions. July is also one of the best times to climb Mount Fuji, which is inaccessible in colder months, and for wandering the country’s many immaculate gardens.
While rain is possible, particularly towards the beginning of the month, visiting at this time gives you a chance to experience a few Japanese festivals, if you don’t mind a busier atmosphere. In Kyoto, the Kyoto Matsuri sees huge floats being marched through the streets. Dating to the 9th century, it began as a religious ceremony to appease the gods.