Why should you travel to Japan in the winter?
Discovering the mystical beauty of Japan in winter is a wonderful experience for visitors.
Watching the beauty of snowflakes
Except for the subtropical regions of Okinawa, most parts of Japan have snow in winter. The north-east wind blows from the Asian continent blocked by a mountainous system running along Japan, causing heavy snowfall from Hokkaido to central Honshu. In the vicinity of the Niigata and Fukushima provinces or the mountains of the Hokuriku area, 3 meters of snow is normal. Niigata Prefecture is one of the snowiest areas in the world with a snow record of 8 meters.
In general, the winter in Japan is relatively light and dry. In the subtropical Ryukyu Islands, the winter is cool and sunny. In central Japan, around Tokyo, the short winter with cold, sunny and snowy days.
North Japan (north of Honshu and Hokkaido) cold winter with low temperatures causing snow to freeze 4 months a year. Winter is the season of skiing, ice skating and the annual Sapporo Snow Festival with world-famous ice sculptures.
Soaking in hot springs
Japan is considered one of the most abundant hot springs in the world: across Japan, there are about 150 hot springs and 1400 small springs. Soaking in hot springs at temperatures between 25 ° C and 60 ° C or somewhere close to 100 ° C, such as Ogama Onsen in Nagano have long been a favorite habit of Japanese people. So far, dipping in the hot springs in the natural setting has been scientifically proven to be one of the most effective therapies for relaxing, reducing stress fatigue, as well as curing other illnesses.
Nice tourist spots in winter
Kenrokuen Park in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, is a major Japanese park from the Edo period. Visitors can experience four seasons such as spring with cherry blossom, summer with green trees, autumn with red leaves, and winter with clear white snow.
Every year in early February, visitors, and teams from all over the world come to Sapporo's Odori Park to participate in the snow festival. The weather in Hokkaido is rather cold due to the cold wind blowing in from Siberia. In Sapporo, the city of Hokkaido, the temperature is usually about -5 degrees Celsius and farther to the east, the temperature is about -30 degrees Celsius due to the influence of the ocean.
The ice village of Shikaribetsu Lake
The ice village of Shikaribetsu Lake, in northern Japan, will be the ideal paradise for you to challenge the cold in Japan.
Visitors will live in the ice world, ice houses, use of ice furniture. In addition, the village has an ice church, ice theater, and huge ice skating area. This village, located on the Alpha Resort in Tomamu, Hokkaido, is open to visitors from late December until the end of April each year.
Joining the festivities
Japanese winter is also the occasion of lively festivals taking place everywhere, including the spectacular, glittering light festival in Tokyo Midtown Illumination. At night, people and visitors from all over the world come to admire the fun in this festive atmosphere when millions of led lights are decorated different themes.
In addition, by the end of the year, shops and shopping malls have consistently been offering up to 80% extra winter deals, such as the Shinjuku boutiques, Gotemba Premium Outlets, and Aeon Mall. Winter Japan will be a great opportunity for shoppers at a reasonable price.
Discovering Japanese Cuisine
Culinary culture is part of Japan. Coming to Japan, which overlooks the taste of food here will be a shortcoming for a delicate beauty. A characteristic feature of Japanese cuisine is that the food is oriented towards the natural flavor of the ingredients. But especially in the winter, the taste buds become more sensitive, you will be able to enjoy all the dishes in a delicious way.
By: Jonath Martin