Things to Do in Japan in September
September means the end of summer and the back to school period for the second trimester of the Japanese school year. Japanese inhabitants enjoy the last warm days during annual school festivals or during sport meetings. The tourist season becomes quieter while the fall season slowly appears at the end of the month.
After the peak tourism of summer, September sounds like an off-season. Western families are focused on back to school needs, but late travelers remain in Japan.
The decrease in tourists can also be explained by the weather, which can be varied. Indeed, hiking lovers in the middle and high mountains do not favor this period.
Climate and weather
Summer is still here at the beginning of the month with temperatures around 25 °C or more. The humidity rate remains high because the typhoon 🌀 season occurs until mid-September, which is why sunny days can be rare in this season. However, after a typhoon, the days are clear and offer nice sunlight.
National public holidays
As a general rule, one unique public holiday is not worked in September:
- Third Monday in September -- 敬老の日 Keirô no Hi, Respect for the Aged Day
Recently, the "Silver Week" notion appeared and resulted in declaring a short "Golden Week" of 2–3 days, combining (when the year’s calendar allows it) the only public holiday day and the fall equinox that occurs September 22 or 23 of each year.
Top things to do
Big cities still offer numerous events each weekend day, whether they are traditional or based on sports. There is also a resurgence of annual conventions, especially in Tokyo. As for nature, it is still possible to enjoy beautiful days in the mountains or parks when the weather is dry.
Below is a list of Japanese seasonal attractions and events in September:
Travel packing tips
A vast range of summer and mid-season clothes are essential to plan for all kinds of weather in September. Waterproof shoes, along with a lighter pair of shoes, are wise to take.
Mosquitoes are still present, and Japan has a lot of repelling products. Sensitive people can take their own products in a suitcase or use green clay, which is an anti-inflammatory.
In case of typhoon, travelers are advised to stay inside: reading a good book or manga, playing video games or watching movies are good ideas.