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13 Incredible Things To Do In Winter in Japan On Your Holiday

Japan is a class apart. It has a unique culture and a unique way of celebrating each festival, that is different from all other countries in the world. Japan is a country with a predominantly mountainous terrain, which means that winters are harsh and cold while the summers are pleasant. There is a drastic difference between both the seasons in this country. If you happen spend a winter in Japan, we have compiled a whole guide enlisting the best things to do in Japan.

13 Best Things To Do In Winter In Japan

After research and analysis ranging on many parameters including that of age group, we have come up with a list which will apprise you about 13 exciting things to do in winter in Japan. We hope that this guide helps you have a great time in the country:

1. Japan: Indulge in skiing

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explore, travel, japan, 13 incredible things to do in winter in japan on your holiday

Majority of the landmass of Japan is covered with mountains and hence, receives an abundance of snowfall. The western regions of Japan Nagano and Niigata Prefectures are great places to enjoy some of the best alpine sports in all of Asia. With steep slopes and peaks reaching upto 2,000 meters, the area is good for skiing. Once you’re done skiing, you can relax in the hot springs and eat at the many cafés nearby.

2. Sapporo Snow Festival: Take a look at the snow sculptures

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explore, travel, japan, 13 incredible things to do in winter in japan on your holiday

The Sapporo Snow Festival is the biggest snow festival in Japan and is considered one of the biggest in the world. Dating back to 1950, this festival includes huge snow sculptures made by artists. The sculptures range from Pikachu and Hatsune Miku to the Historical Samurai Figures and huge sculptures of Buddha. Shooting up to fame only recently, even teams from western countries like USA, Germany and Canada come and participate in this festival.

3. Japan: View the first sunrise or Hatsuhinode

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explore, travel, japan, 13 incredible things to do in winter in japan on your holiday

The First Sunrise refers to the first sunrise of the New Year and it is so popular in Japan that there are designated spots for the same. People from all across the world come to see the first sunrise from atop Mt. Fuji which is the considered the premier spot for the activity. Even though the winter is harsh, enormous number of people come and see the event because it is considered auspicious to do and the views of the sunrise in winters is always breathtaking.

4.Hokkaido: Check out the picturesque Blue Pond

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explore, travel, japan, 13 incredible things to do in winter in japan on your holiday

The Blue Pond located in the small town of Biei is an artificial lake. It was made after the mudflow of River Biegowa was stopped due to the building of a dam in the area in the year 1988. The Blue Pond became famous since it reflects a blue colour due to the presence of Hydrogen Peroxide in Water. The lake was captured and turned into a wallpaper for the Mountain Lion processor of Apple MacBook.

5. Japan: Explore wildlife

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explore, travel, japan, 13 incredible things to do in winter in japan on your holiday

Take a stroll through the Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park in Nagano to experience the wild Japanese macaques enjoy themselves while they take bath in the Hot Springs inside the park. Winters in Japan can be very harsh, especially for animals like Macaques which aren’t accustomed to subzero winter temperatures in Japan. This is a great place for these animals to get some much-needed warmth and survive these winters while enjoying in the hot springs of Japan.

6. Japan: Eat the famous crab cuisine

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explore, travel, japan, 13 incredible things to do in winter in japan on your holiday

It is considered around the world that the months of December and January is the crab season, which is actually a grave misconception. It is just a mere coincidence that the most shipped item from Hokkaido to countries on the other side of Sea of Japan happens to be crab. The most famous outlets to eat crabs in Japan are the Kani Douraku outlets which originated in Osaka and are known for their innovation with crabs.