Things to Do in Japan in September
September means the end of summer and the back to school period for the second semester of the Japanese school year. Japanese people enjoy the last warm days during annual school festivals or sport meetings. The tourist season becomes quieter while fall slowly settles in at the end of the month.
After the tourism peak of summer, September seems like an off-season. Western families are focused on back to school needs, but late travelers remain in Japan.
The decrease in tourist numbers can also be explained by the weather, which can be variable. Indeed, medium and high-altitude mountains hikers do not favor this period.
Climate and weather
Summer lingers at the beginning of the month with temperatures around 25 °C or more. The humidity rate remains high with the typhoon 🌀 season lasting 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) this only public holiday and the fall equinox that occurs on September 22 or 23.
Top things to do
Large 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. It can be wise to pack waterproof shoes, along with a lighter pair of shoes.
Mosquitoes are still present, and a lot of repelling products are available in Japan. Sensitive people can bring their own products in their 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.