Best Ways to Celebrate New Year in Japan

Best Ways to Celebrate New Year in Japan

As an East-Asian country, Japan is one of the very first places on the world where the New Year begins. If you have decided to celebrate New Year's Eve in Japan, but you have no idea where to go or what to do there, this article will be very helpful for you. First of all: if you spend your New Year's Eve in Japan, do not expect loud and crowded club parties. Of course, there are some, but on this day of the year Japanese people tend to celebrate in a more meek and traditional way, spendin... [ read more ]

Most Popular Snow Festivals in Japan - Part 2

Most Popular Snow Festivals in Japan – Part 2

As it was already mentioned in the previous article, the Land of the Rising Sun is very rich in Winter celebrations, especially in snow festivals. Even though Sapporo Snow Festival is the most popular one (also known all around the world), the other Japanese snow festivals are equally important and beautiful as well. The cold weather in Japan makes Winter perfect for any kind of snow and ice festivals: these festivals attract thousands of tourists every year, proving that anyone can have... [ read more ]

Most Popular Snow Festivals in Japan

Most Popular Snow Festivals in Japan

Many people say that summer is the best time to travel abroad and enjoy your holiday in the sunny weather. Even though summer holidays are more popular, winter trips have their beauty as well. Japan, The Land of the Rising Sun is gorgeous at any time of the year: starting from the cherry blossoming, the amazing summer celebrations, the autumn colors and the numerous winter and snow festivals are all equally splendid. By writing this article I want to prove you that even winter trips can g... [ read more ]

Top 3 Winter Activities on Honshu

Top 3 Winter Activities on Honshu

Honshu, the largest and most populated island of the Japanese Archipelago has thousands of significant tourist destinations which worth a visit not only during summer, but in winter as well. Even though the weather is more harsh here in December and in January, the snow covering the island gives a new perspective to the island of Honshu. In these cold days, the best activities to spend your time as a tourist are winter sports; for relaxing it is recommended to visit an onsen or a local wi... [ read more ]

Top 5 Most Beautiful Japanese Festivals in December

Top 5 Most Beautiful Japanese Festivals in December

While December is famous for the Christmas celebrations in the majority of the countries, the non-Christian countries, such  as Japan have their own holidays and festivals. Definitely the celebration of New Year is the most significant event of the month all around The Land of the Rising Sun. Shogatsu, the Japanese New Year is celebrated between the 31rd of December and January the 2nd; but on 31 December there are other festivals as well. The most interesting Japanese festivals in Decem... [ read more ]

Largest Christmas Markets in Japan

Largest Christmas Markets in Japan

Although Christmas is not as popular and celebrated as it is in the Western countries, nowadays the glamour of this wonderful holiday had arrived in The Land of the Rising Sun as well. Because of the sacral differences Christmas is not a national holiday in Japan, but they do celebrate New Years Eve, another special winter holiday. As you know, in these days Christmas is all about the wonderful decorations, the shopping and giving gifts to the beloved persons. This is why Christmas market... [ read more ]

Best Japanese Festivals in November

Best Japanese Festivals in November

November is one of the most beautiful months of the year: the fallen leaves covering everything can give stunning views of forests and cities as well. Although November is a very significant month from the point of view of turning from Fall to Winter, in Japan only a few festivals are celebrated in these weeks of the year. The most popular Japanese festivals in November are organized in the areas of Kanagawa and Saga, but Tokyo is a very important festival scene as well. If you happen to ... [ read more ]

Tips for Enjoying Autumn in Japan

Tips for Enjoying Autumn in Japan

As the summer season slowly ends, the temperature decreases and it rains almost every day. Not all of us prefer Autumn, but if we consider it, it's one of the most colorful seasons. In contrast with spring, autumn is rich in colors as well, though the palette consists of the colors of the fallen leaves. If you are about to spend your autumn in Japan, you may wonder how to spend the last pleasant days of the year outside. You surely know about Sakura, or cherry blossom viewing, but only a ... [ read more ]

Most Popular Japanese Festivals in August

Most Popular Japanese Festivals in August

One of the most popular Japanese traditions is the traditional celebration. These festivals are collectively called Matsuri and thousands of people participate on such events. All Japanese festivals are vivid, colorful and full of joy, even though some commemorations are also included and turned into festivals. August, the last month of the hot summer has its own festivals as well. This month has hundreds of festivals, not only traditional ones, but cultural and musical events, too. Visiting ... [ read more ]

Most Beautiful Japanese Festivals in May

Most Beautiful Japanese Festivals in May

Many Japanese festivals have their origin in Chinese culture, but during the centuries they have changed a lot. These festive occasions are very significant for local people and for tourists as well. Some festivals are celebrated all around Japan, but there are other festivals which characterize only a particular area of the country or a city. May is one of the most beautiful months of the year: the cherry blossoming is just finished and the nature is becoming more and more green. Many J... [ read more ]