The heat and humidity continues into August, and the crowds swell as well because it’s the school holidays. One of the best places to make use of the weather and the outdoors is Hokkaido, one of Japan’s islands.
August also brings O-Bon, a three-day event honouring those who have passed on. Japanese traditional beliefs state that this is the time where spirits return to roam the earth. Offerings are made to graves, and lanterns float away down rivers. It is not a time of mourning; on the contrary, it is one of celebration.
To further add to the celebrations, August typically brings fireworks to Japan! If the opportunity presents itself, head to Lake Biwa Fireworks Festival, which is near Kyoto.