Winter in Japan it is the moment of the arrival of the cold. On these dates the temperatures drop considerably and in many parts of the country, forests and cities are covered with the characteristic white of snow.
Traveling to Japan in winter offers tourists many interesting things and places to visit. The landscape with the snowy mountains, a day of skiing, an Onsen (natural hot spring) to relax. hot pot food; and a host of festivals and cultural traditions that are specific to winter.
In Tokyo, December temperatures tend to be 12 ° C (54 ° F) in the afternoon and drop to around 5 ° C (41 ° F) in the morning and at night.
By January, afternoon temperatures drop to 10 ° C (50 ° F) and morning temperatures tend to range between 2 ° C and 3 ° C (35 ° F to 37 ° F). In February, afternoon temperatures are approximately 10ºC ~ 11ºC (42 ° F ~ 50 ° F), while morning and afternoon temperatures drop to approximately 3ºC (37 ° F).
Sapporo Snow Festival (Yuki Matsuri):
This is the biggest of all the snow festivals in Japan. It is visited by thousands of foreign and national tourists, who come to delight in its impressive ice sculptures.
It has three huge facilities where you can enjoy different activities. The illuminated snow and ice sculptures are the highlight of the festival, so you can be entertained well into the night.
One thing the Japanese do very well in regards to the Christmas season is to put up fabulous illuminations. In major urban centers such as Tokyo, there are many places worth visiting to enjoy these beautiful lights.
The illuminations around the Makunouchi, Otemachi and Yurakucho areas extend for 1.2 kilometers, illuminating the street with golden lights. Also the illuminations of the Ashikaga flower park are amazing to see.
The most popular in the country is in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, an hour from Tokyo by train. It takes place in and around the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse.
It has a large variety of small shops and restaurants, and a large number of stalls selling beautiful Christmas-related products and foods.
Japan is covered in mountains with a lot of snow. Nagano and Niigata prefectures are excellent places with some of the most amazing ski resorts.
Hokkaido, the North Island also has some incredible slopes. Many peaks are over 2,000 meters high, so this course has long and extraordinary slopes.
Otaru Candlelight Festival, Hokkaido
A charming snow-capped Japanese town on the slopes of a mountain, lit every night starting at 5 p.m. by the warm glow of 120,000 candles.
This is exactly what Otaru becomes for a few days in February during its unique snow light festival. The candle fire is protected from the wind by handmade snow walls.
At the end of winter and at the beginning of spring. The Setsubun is celebrated, the tradition is that the children throw soybeans (Mamemaki) at the spirits or demons (disguised people) and thus be able to scare them away.
Food in Winter
In Japan, Christmas cakes are traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve. They are a sponge cake, ice cream with whipped cream, often decorated with strawberries, and usually topped with Christmas chocolates or other seasonal fruits, and a Santa Claus decoration.
These are just some of the many features of this wonderful season. Winter in Japan is one of the most beautiful seasons, and there are endless activities to do during the trip.