These Summer Essentials Will Keep You Protected From the Sun

Because sunscreen isn't enough!

Summer in Japan can feel a lot hotter than neighboring Southeast Asian countries like Indonesia or the Philippines. We’re talking not just about the temperature, but the actual sun’s rays as well. 

As a tourist, you’re often directly affected by the sun’s ultraviolet rays whenever you’re outside. Staying outdoors for a long period of time can make your skin prone to getting sunburnt. However, there are many measures that you can take to prevent this from happening.

In this article, we share several ways on how you can protect your skin from the harmful rays. 


Just like any other country, Japan offers many ranges of sunscreen—
SPF, which ranges from 1 to 50 or more, and PA, which ranges from + (one plus) to ++++ (four pluses). 

SPF 30 and PA +++ is the recommended range for daily use during summer in Japan. If you’re planning on going swimming, camping, or hiking during summer, or even skiing or snowboarding in the winter, we suggest you use a sunscreen with SPF 50 and PA ++++. Keep in mind that the winter season doesn’t necessarily mean the absence of ultraviolet rays. Those who are sensitive to the sun’s rays still use SPF 15 and PA + during the cold season.

Sunscreens come in cream, spray, milk, gel, and essence types. Some of them are even waterproof. It’s up to you to choose the one that will suit you. 

UV Cut Wide-brimmed Hat or Cap

These kinds of hats can protect your face from UV rays and can prevent you from getting sunburn also. 

UV Cut Umbrella

Another option is using UV cut umbrellas when traveling outdoors. A UV cut umbrella that’s made in Japan is typically light, has a fashionable design, and is comfortable to use. The country offers many affordable options for you to choose from. 

UV Cut Clothing

Many Japanese apparel companies sell UV cut clothes in various types—cardigans, parkas, trousers, etc. We recommend you use these clothes next to the UV cut umbrella. 

Arm Cover

Arm covers are great for when you’re riding a bicycle, driving, or walking outdoors. This item was made for people who do not want to get tanned.

 (18 July 2019)

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