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
Events Starting in 2019

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

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
Past January Events

Conrad Osaka Has Just Renewed Its Dessert Buffet And It Looks So Tempting!

Conrad Osaka has a new strawberry-themed all-you-can-eat sweets buffet! Only until May 6th, 2018.

Osaka City

Starbucks New American Scone Caramel Toffee (Yeah it's sweet!)

There's a new American Scone at Starbucks Japan that will definitely fulfill your caramel cravings. Here's all you need to know about this new dessert.

More Meat, More Cheese! McDonald's Japan New Limited-Time Burgers!

McDonald's Japan's cheeseburgers just got bigger! Double and TRIPLE versions of the cheeseburger classic are now out for a limited time! A spicy version of the double cheeseburger was also released!

A New Chocolate Pie On The Value Menu at McDonald's Japan! From January 22, 2018

For a limited time, McDonald's Japan is offering a crispy hazelnut and chocolate pie on its value menu.

Starbucks Japan's Super Sweet "Valentine Chocoholic" Frappuccino

Starbucks is releasing its Valentine Frappuccino on January 24. This year, they're going all out with the sugar. The theme, as they put it, is "sweet rewards" and the drink contains loads of chocolate.

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