In December, temperatures in Japan drop and become very cold.
Some of the areas have snow in them.
In this blog, AKI will share with you 5 things to do in Japan in the winter!
1.When I say Japan, I mean Onsen!
When I enter Onsen(hot spring), I feel relaxed in body and soul.
Especially in the cold winter, I want to bathe in a onsen that warms my body from the core and has beneficial effects.
Here are three onsen resorts that AKI recommends or would like to visit.
It’s a very nostalgic town!
Ginzan Onsen is one of the onsen resorts I would like to visit.
It is very atmospheric, with a row of wooden inns built around 1926.
At night, the snow is illuminated by lights, and the hot spring resort itself is said to become a nostalgic town.
The spring is said to be a chloride spring, which has a high heat-retaining effect.
And the view with the snow is lovely! But it looks very cold.
I went to Arima Onsen in the summer and enjoyed walking around the town, which is very compact.
It is famous for its golden water called “Kinsen”.Containing 1.5 times the salt content of seawater, it is said to be the best hot spring in Japan for its heat-retaining and moisture-retaining effects, as well as for its effectiveness in improving muscle and joint pain.
Arima Onsen seemed easy to reach by train or bus.
Kodawari Times2022.08.03Onigawara found in Arima Onsenhttps://kodawari-times.net/blog/onigawara-arima-onsenArima Onsen is one of the most popular Onsen(hot springs) for foreign visitors.It is famous for its two types of Onsen, known as "kinsen" and "ginsensen." The area surrounding the hotel district is also popular for walking around the town, with its many stores offering local food and souvenirs.Some of the alleys retain an old-fashioned Japanese flavor and are fun just to walk through! The "Onigawara(tiles with the face of a demon)" are definitely worth ...
2.Enjoy winter sports!
“Niseko” in Hokkaido, one of Japan’s most popular destinations, is also known as the world’s best powder snow.
In the winter, people from the southern hemisphere often come to Japan to ski!
Hokkaido offers a full range of activities other than skiing.
The following articles summarize them.
Kodawari Times2022.02.17Snow activity | Sapporo japan in Winterhttps://kodawari-times.net/seasons/sapporo-in-winterIn winter in Japan, you can experience playing in the snow in many places.Hokkaido is one of the most popular winter leisure destinations in Japan! When it comes to playing in the snow, the first thing that comes to mind is "skiing" or "snowboarding," but in Sapporo, Hokkaido, you can actually enjoy a variety of other snow rides. The long course is full of power! "Tube Sledding."Tube sledding is a popular activity for children at Takino Snow World in Ta...
3.View Snow Tourist Attractions
There are many sights in Japan that can only be seen during the snowy season.
Here are three of my recommendations!
Juhyō, the art of ice and snow, can only be seen under special weather conditions.
Juhyo are microscopic particles of water in the atmosphere that stick to trees and other objects, freeze, and grow larger.
They say mid-February is the best time to see them!
Yukizuri – Snow Hanging in Kenrokuen Garden(Ishikawa)
“Yukizuri” is to hold tree branches with ropes to prevent snow from reaching the trees and breaking the branches.
The Kenroku-en Garden in Ishikawa Prefecture has long been known for its advanced landscaping techniques, which led to the development of this technique known as “Yukizuri.
Shirakawa-go in Winter(Gifu)
Shirakawa-go is recognized as a World Heritage site for its distinctive architecture.
The area where Shirakawa-go is located is an area of heavy snowfall.
Although it is a bit difficult to get there, many people dare to visit in winter because of its beautiful silver-world scenery.
4.Let’s eat foods unique to winter!
Since winters in Japan are cold, warm food is recommended.
Standard, but good ramen!
It is recommended to visit several ramen shops.
How about NABE as well?
Sukiyaki and Shabu Shabu are especially popular nabe.
Kodawari Times2022.12.07NABE - A classic Japanese winter hot pothttps://kodawari-times.net/fooddrink/nabeA dish called "NABE" often appears on Japanese winter tables.Also, when I go to restaurants, "NABE" is often on the menu in the winter. In this blog, I will teach you about the Japanese dish "NABE!" What does NABE mean in Japanese?NABE translates directly to "pot" in Japanese.A dish cooked in a pot with broth and ingredients is called "NABEMONO (鍋もの)" or "NABE RYOURI (鍋料理)" in Japanese, but is most often abbreviated t...
Kodawari Times2022.12.105 local NABEs in Japanhttps://kodawari-times.net/blog/5-local-nabes-in-japanIn our last blog post, I introduced the Japanese winter dish NABE. In this blog, I will introduce Local NABE, which can be found in various regions of Japan. Ishikari NABE (Hokkaido)Ishikari nabe is a local dish representative of Hokkaido.This NABE was named after the town of Ishikari, where it was born.Salmon fishing has been active in Ishikari Town for about 200 years. When fishermen harvested a large amount of salmon, they would eat NABE with salmon as a reward.The ingredien...
Foods in season in winter are also recommended.
I love oysters, I eat them every year!
Kodawari Times2022.01.21Eating Oysters in Japan!https://kodawari-times.net/fooddrink/japanese-oystersAfter exploring the hot springs and the nostalgic train station, we'll eat some of the specialties of Nanao City, Ishikawa! *Click here for the previous article. Nanao City in Ishikawa is near the sea, and oyster farming is popular during the winter season.When you drive along the coast... you can see oyster farmers everywhere! In addition, there is a restaurant on the beach called "牡蠣小屋 (Kaki-goya)" where you can eat freshly picked oysters right away.*...
5.Let’s see the illumination.
The winter nights in Japan are so clear in the air that the lights look very beautiful.
This is the “Ice Fall Festival” in Hokkaido.
A variety of ice sculptures and seven colors of lights create a fantastic sight.
They will open on January 28, 2023. Looking forward to it!
This is Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi Prefecture.
It was also selected as the No. 1 illumination in Japan in 2022, and is considered one of the three most popular illuminations in Japan.
The collaboration of the flowers and the flower park is fantastic!
Winter in Japan is a lot of fun!
The disadvantage is that it is a little bit cold, but the good thing about winter sightseeing is that the air is clear and the scenery looks fantastic.
Have you ever been to Japan in winter? If you do, please let us know what you liked about it!
Aki’s Kodawari Point
I like shrines in winter because they have a somewhat sacred atmosphere.