June and July mark Japan’s rainy season, a period of four to six weeks of wet weather before the summer humidity sets on. While some people shun Tokyo’s sites due to the less-than-favorable conditions, there’s no reasons why a few raindrops should keep visitors from having an enjoyable day in Ota Ward.
This old wooden house a short walk from Shimomaruko Station hides a host of delights for history buffs. Relive the Showa Era as you stroll through the carefully preserved property, still maintained by the daughter of the original home’s owner. A background of mid-20th century tunes and radio broadcasts is the soundtrack to accompany your visit. Don’t be afraid to handle some of the exhibits; staff encourage hands-on exploration and are on hand to bring the house “to life”.
Sometimes it’s worth braving the weather to glimpse some of rainy season’s beautiful blooms. Tamagawa-dai Park is particularly known for the numerous hydrangea bushes that carpet the hillside. Around 3,500 blooms in hues of blue and purple line the hillside walking paths. Several covered pavilions allow you to sit and enjoy the flowery scene without getting soaked. The park is just steps from Tamagawa Station.
When the weather conspires to keep you indoors, you can wile away your hours at the onsen spa resort of Natural Hot Springs Heiwajima. The water, sourced from the nearby Tokyo Bay and rich with organic matter, is reputedly great for improving skin. The spa also offers other services, from massages to chiropractic sessions.