January
The best things to do in Japan in January! Our guide to the special events, Japanese festivals (matsuri), and seasonal foods offered at popular restaurants all over Japan. Main Events are the New Year's celebrations, hatsumode (first shrine visit of the year) and comming of age ceremonies
Past January Events

Sapporo Snow Festival: The Mother Of All Winter Festivals In Japan!

The Sapporo Snow Festival is the hugest winter event in Japan! If you are seeking to experience some winter magic, it's the place to go in Japan in February. Here's more on this famous festival.

Sapporo

Watch Sumo Wrestlers At "Ichigatsubasho", 2019 New Year Sumo Tournament!

Japan's national sport, sumo. If you are now looking forward to watching sumo, "Ichigatsubasho", the new year sumo will the perfect. "Ichigatsubasho" is held from January 13th to 27th. We will also introduce an east guide to enjoy sumo and some sumo gourmets you must have.

Asakusa

Wakakusa Yamayaki 2019: Nara's Ancient Mountain-Burning Festival

Wakakusa Yamayaki is an old tradition of burning the hillslope of a mountain located near Nara city. It's one of the most famous festivals during the winter season in the former capital of Japan.

Nara City

Don't Miss Keio Department Store's Ekiben Festival This January!

In Shinjuku, Tokyo, from January 9th to 22nd, Keio Department Store is holding its popular Ekiben Festival. You'll be amazed by the 300 and over bento boxes made to be eaten on the train that come from all over Japan. A must-go for foodies and bento enthusiasts!

Shinjuku

Toka Ebisu Festival 2019: Osaka's Business Prosperity Festival

Toka Ebisu Festival is an event held every year in Osaka from the 9th to the 11th of January. It is part of the new year's celebration of visiting a shrine. For this occasion, the purpose is to pray for commercial success. This is a major event in Osaka that is interesting to take part in if you happen to be there!

Osaka City

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