You can actually benefit from a lot of advantages during the rainy season. Do not get tied up in limiting yourself just because it is going to rain. Since especially Japanese avoid going out or spending time outside during rainy days, you can, after you prepared yourself well, adjust to the weather and enjoy for example touristic activities, that are usually extremely crowded, like theme parks (Disney Land, Disney Sea, FujiQ Highland) or the average sightseeing spot.
How should you get prepared? Well, that one is easy. You need of course an umbrella, rain boots and a raincoat would be advised too. That comes in handy especially when it is only a light shower and you do not really need an umbrella but want avoid to get your clothes wet. Thinking about that, a foldable umbrella would be best, because then you could put it away and both your hands are free.
Japan has a huge variety of practical, innovative or just cute products to help you survive a rainy day. Beside often thought of things like the umbrella and wellies , there are bag-covers, especially developed to protect your handbag when going out. Talking about covers, there are also special zoris (Japanese sandals, made of lacquered wood), with a cover on the front for traditional Japanese, who need to wear them wear them on a rainy day.
Regardless of the rainy season, shops and department stores always prepare long, slim non-reusable umbrella vinyl plastic cover-bags on rainy days. These one are for customers, who enter the shop with a wet and dripping umbrella, to avoid the shop’s floor turning into an adventurous slippery catwalk.
During the rainy season, Japanese tend to exchange their fancy handkerchieves to a terrycloth towel like handkerchief, or at least bring one additionally to be able to wipe something dry, if needed, especially when entering indoors, to avoid getting rain water dripped on the floor.
Want some advise on what to do during a rainy day in Japan? Check our part 3 of “Rainy Season in Japan”.