As dearly anticipated, the sakura season is slowly arriving upon us and so are Starbucks' seasonal sakura drinks. This year, both will arrive earlier than usual. Along with the sakura drinks, Starbucks also came up with some pleasant mugs and tumblers. Available from February 15th, 2019
From mid-February to mid-March, enjoy plum blossom season in Tokyo at these three impressive spots!
The festival celebrates Chinese New Year from the 5th to the 19th of February with over 15000 lanterns scattered across the city. Don't miss it!
In February, in the small town of Otaru in Hokkaido, is held the Snow Light Path Festival. Thousands upon thousands of candles are lit in the snow every evening across the town. It creates an amazingly peaceful atmosphere and makes for one of Japan's most beautiful winter scenery.
Tokamachi snow festival is a snow festival held in Niigata Prefecture from February 4th in 1950. The main idea of this festival is to befriend snow and to enjoy it. This year, 2019, Tokamachi snow festival will be held from February 15th to 17th.
The city of Yokote in Akita Prefecture holds one of Japan's coolest snow festivals. Throughout the town, snow shelters called kamakuras are built and lit from the inside. Here's more on this unique snow festival.
The most famous Hadaka Matsuri, or naked festival, is the one held in Okayama in February. Essentially, it's a game consisting of men wearing fundoshi (loincloths) competing in mass to get a hold of a pair of sacred sticks.
Thinking of heading up north in Japan in February? If so, don't stop at Sapporo, go a little further north to enjoy another great winter festival: the Asahikawa Winter Festival. Great food, the biggest snow sculpture in the world and world-class ice statues await you!