Midtown Garden
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These Tokyo venues have installed cooling water mist features to beat the summer heat

Tokyo's parks, plazas and shopping streets are now rigged up with misting systems to help you cool down

Tabea Greuner
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Tabea Greuner

While temperatures are inching towards the 40 degrees Celsius mark around Japan, summer in Tokyo can become especially hot as our concrete jungle is extremely densely populated. If you’re looking for a place to cool down when you’re out and about in the capital, drop by these water mist features in public parks, gardens and plazas.

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Miharabashi Machikado Plaza

Shopping haven Ginza has a variety of permanent water displays and water mist features to enjoy. For the new setup pictured above, visit the Miharabashi Machikado Plaza along Harumi-dori street, easily accessible from Higashi-Ginza Station’s exit A1.

Part of the plaza has been revamped into a rest area, complete with water mist features and benches. Originally established as the ‘omotenashi (hospitality) road’ for Tokyo 2020, the pedestrian zone along Harumi-dori even offers free wifi. You'll find another water mist feature in the nearby Tsukijikawa Ginza Park. 

Midtown Garden
Photo: Tokyo Midtown

Midtown Garden

Part of Roppongi’s shopping and entertainment hub Tokyo Midtown, the Midtown Garden is popular for its frequent seasonal events. For summer, 160 metres of the promenade have been transformed into a refreshing misty forest running from 11am to 10pm daily until September 13. Come evening, the space even lights up in a stunning, soothing blue colour.

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Marunouchi Naka-dori

Famous for its restaurants and luxury boutiques, the main street at the Marunouchi business district boasts plenty of cooling water mist features and natural grass during the area’s Marunouchi Street Park festival. Until September 6, the space even doubles as an open-air office, complete with wifi and electrical outlets.

Moominvalley Park
Photo: Moominvalley Park

Moominvalley Park

If you plan on escaping Tokyo’s summer heat, make a trip to the Moominvalley Park in Saitama. Until September 6, the path leading to the main area of the theme park turns misty, and it's shaded by plenty of colourful parasols. A perfect Instagram photo spot right here.

Remember to check our guide on going out safely in Tokyo.

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