Rainy Season Almost Over

By Kyle Yates

As rainy season ends, humidity rises and the really hot summer weather begins to set in. Most foreigners have left the area for cooler climates. The only foreigners still in the Kansai area are those who had no other choice but to stay either because they had to work or because they couldn’t afford the high summer airfare. Either way, they are going to have to tough it out in heat and humidity.

If you are planning to visit in the Kansai region, be prepared to take lots of showers. However, in all reality, it isn’t much to worry about because Japan is home to many onsens and public baths. Take a nice hot bath or onsen and then cool off in the lobby under the air conditioning with a beer or sake and some nice Japanese food. It doesn’t get much better than that, even if outside is almost unbearable.

Read more about the author of this post:  Kyle Yates is an American English teacher living and working in the Kansai area since 1996. Read more from this author

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