Summers in Tokyo are known for the charisma they offer, from the events that cool you down to the food that is just suitable for the weather. Here are 5 recommended things in particular that you should try out over the summer if ever you come for a visit.
1. Enjoy the Cool Breeze at the Emotional Art Aquarium
Every year they hold an event in the Nihonbashi area called "Eco Edo Nihonbashi" in the summer. This event is a modernized version of a piece of wisdom to cool off from the summer heat, which originated in the Edo period (1603 to 1867). They hold a lot of events during the time period, but the most spectacular one would be the art aquarium, which features thousands of goldfish in an exhibition. This practice originated from how the people of Edo watched the goldfish to relieve themselves of the heat. There are also about 76 stores that sell goods and sweets with a goldfish theme. You may enjoy the cool summer breeze with all five of your senses during this event.
Opening Dates: Friday, July 7, 2017 to Sunday, September 24, 2017
Entrance Fee for Art Aquarium: Regular Ticket Bought on Day Itself (Middle Schoolers and above) 1,000 JPY (incl. tax), Children (4 Years Old and above, Elementary School Students and below) 600 JPY (incl. tax)/3 Years old and below, Free
※This image features one of the past events.
2. Drink Beer at a Beer Garden on Top of a Mountain
Mt. Takao Beer Mount is a beer garden situated on top of Mt. Takao with an altitude of 500m and is limited to the summer season only. This beer garden is particularly popular because of the huge panorama it offers that people from the city center go all the way to Yokohama for just to see, as well as the beautiful night sky one may witness because of the location. They offer not only a wide variety of beer and wine, but also about 30 types of dishes. They serve everything through an all-you-can-drink and all-you-can-eat type (limited to 2 hours).
Opening Dates: Thursday, June 15, 2017 to Sunday, October 15, 2017
Price Range: Males (High School Students and above) 3,500 JPY per person, Females (High School Students and above) 3,300 JPY, etc.
※This image is for illustrative purposes only.
3. Have Some Nourishing Eel
The Japanese people have had a tradition of eating eel in the summer since the olden times to recover from the heat. There are stores within the city that specialize in serving eel, but one particular store that you should try is Unagi Uomasa. This popular restaurant has been praised all over the media, including the Michelin Guide.
There are more stores that have begun to serve eel pre-made as they take long to prepare, but they still strive to preserve the tradition of slicing the eel only after receiving the customer's order to preserve its freshness. The eel served at Binchotan is grilled just right and is fragrant. It also has a tender texture.
Price Range: Unaju Jo (Grilled Eel with Rice) (4,315 JPY)
4. Enjoy Eating Refreshing Kakigori or Shaved Ice
Shaved ice is the representative of sweets during summer in Japan. The typical kakigori is created by shaving ice to resemble snow and then putting syrup on top of it, but each store has its own unique variations. You may find a number of popular stores in Tokyo, but one particular store that has brought a lot of attention within the city would be Himitsudo. The shaved ice here makes use of natural ice that has been frozen using natural means and is then finely shaved by hand just like the olden days. This shaved ice is very fine and is thus very soft in the mouth. Please try some of this shaved ice that comes with homemade syrup and fresh fruits grown in different parts of the country.
Price Range: 900 JPY (incl. tax) for 1 cup
5. Watch Fireworks in Meiji Jingu Gaien Area
You can't miss the ever-popular fireworks display. Every year, people come and gather at the Meiji Jingu Gaien area to watch over 12,000 fireworks color the summer night sky. Some popular Japanese musicians also come to perform at the venue.
Opening Date for 2017: Sunday, August 20th
Please use this guide as reference when you visit Tokyo in the summer.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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