If you’re suffering from excessive sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose, or a scratchy throat you might be experiencing an allergy from Japanese cedar pollen, or sugi tree – known as kafunsho (花粉症)/hay fever.  Here are our recommended Top 10 Ways to Survive Hay Fever (kafunsho) Season in Japan.  Kafunsho is hard on adults but even tougher on kids in Japan. To help deal with the pollen this season we listed a few ideas from to help you and your loved ones survive hay fever season in Japan. The season runs from February to April and peaks in March. Take care!

Sneezing and watery eyes in Japan? You might have Hay Fever! Learn how to survive Kafunsho season in Japan.

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1. Wear a mask particularly the Unicharm face mask (798 yen) to help prevent the inhalation of pollen. Their masks are popular as they fit closer to the face, with fewer gaps, yet provide a space between the mask and the mouth that makes it easier to breathe. Here are smaller masks for kids (498 yen).

2. If a mask isn`t for you or your little ones, try a face spray (1040 yen). Close your eyes then spray your entire face. The Cationic Polymer (positive ions) will help prevent fine particles from entering your nose and eyes (do not spray into your eyes).

5. Take antihistamines. It`s possible to get Allegra (アレグラ), Claritin (クラリチン), Alesion (アレジオン), and Zyrtec (ジルテック) in your local pharmacy. Consult your ENT for the best method of treatment for you.

To reduce the overall amount of contact you have with pollen indoors try the following:

6. Invest in a good air filter. We use the Sharp Plasmacluster Humidifier and Air Cleaner – about 22,800 JPY – If you have a larger room (up to 23 tatamis) this is a great humidifier and air cleaner. Great for adding moisture, but also removing dust, pollen, and smells. Comes with a HEPA filter. The size is quite compact at 66 x 44 x 26.8 cm, and only 8.1kg. Can work up to rooms in size of 23 tatamis.

8. Boost your immune system by taking probiotics – they can make an impact on your recovery. Probiotics in Japan can be found in Yogurt, Yakult drinks, Natto, and Miso.

9. Wipe your floors with a damp mop — a vacuum cleaner will spread the pollen. Scotch Bright (about 1600 JPY) makes a light and easy to clean and store Swiffer type mop.

Tokyo Pollen Forecast

Click here for the Weather Channel’s Allergy Tracker.

Pollen Range:1) 開始前:kaishimae: Pollen hasn`t been released yet.2) 少ない: sukunai: A little3) やや多い: yaya ooi: A good amount4) 多い: ooi: A lot5) 非常に多い:hijyouni ooi: Extreme6) ほぼ終了:hobo shuryo: Pollen season is almost over.

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