Jun. 08, 2017 UPDATE

The first day of summer in Kyoto

After the cherry blossom season, just when the hot summer is beginning, many people may think of this period as just a time when Kyoto is sleeping and waiting for the jubilant events of Gion Matsuri and Gozan no Okuribi.

Kyoto is surrounded by mountains and because of this the summers are extremely hot and humid; so much so that you may be tempted to just stay in air-conditioned cafes and restaurants.

But after the cherry blossoms, it is time for spring greenery in Kyoto, and there are many fun events and places where you can enjoy the green leaves! The grand play of nature you get to see at Kifune Shrine and Kurama Temple; the maple leaves almost shining in vivid shades of green; the cute hydrangea flowers you get to see during Japan’s rainy season, “tsuyu;” the beer gardens sure to be make you refreshed…

In the four parts of this article, you can find out about the best ways to spend your summer in Kyoto. I hope this article can be of help to you when you come to Kyoto in summer!
Part 1Enjoy the grand play of nature in Kibune and Kurama!
Like most years, the summer in Kyoto this year looks like it is going to be a hot one. And because it is hot, I would like to recommend the areas of Kibune and Kurama! Kibune and Kurama are in the northern area of …
Part 2The spots in Kyoto with the best spring greenery
When you hear the word “maple,” many of you probably think of autumn leaves. But maple leaves are not only that, the yellow and red leaves of autumn, but they are also vivid, green leaves you can see in the beginning of …
Part 3How to get through the rainy season in Kyoto
The rainy season, tsuyu in Japanese, starts in Kyoto around June. Kyoto is surrounded by mountains, so in summer it is really hot, and during the rainy season, Kyoto is also not only that but also extremely humid …
Part 4Cheers to beer gardens!
Beer gardens and summer go hand in hand. There is nothing as good as a cold pint on a hot summer’s day you can drink outside. Beer gardens have become a much anticipated seasonal event in Japan too …
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