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Happy New Year from Japan!

  • Watch-Night Bells: Buddhist temples toll bells 108 times at 0:00 on 1 January to blow away bad desires to for a fresh start. See Sensoji-Temple in Asakusa.
  • New Year Decorations: Hotels, stations, museums and any public places have Japanese New Year decorations.
  • Shrines: It is a custom for Japanese people to visit a shrine to pray on 1 January. Meiji-Jingu Shrine in Harajuku is one of the biggest shrines in Tokyo and many people visit there.
  • Happy Bags: Most big shopping centers sell "Happy Bags," which are sets of items at discount prices, on the first business day. It is often 1, 2 or 3 January.

In Japan, many public places such as museums, shops, etc, are closed from the last days of December to early January to celebrate New Year. It depends on the place, so check out the opening days in advance if you have some particular shopping centers, museums, etc, to visit.



Winter Peony Garden is open at Toshogu Shrine in Ueno!


1 January - 25 February, 2018
Opening Hours: 9:30 -16:30
Admission Fee: 700 yen for adult, free for children under 13.


If traveling in Tokyo in this season, I recommend the beautiful Japanese garden which is full of peony flowers with straw snow fences.
See photos and details on
Winter Peony Garden in Ueno (2014)
Winter Peony Garden in Ueno - photo selection (2015)



Yearly Daikoku Festival at Kanda Myojin Shrine is on 21 - 22 January!


See photos & practical visitor information: Daikoku Festival at Kanda Myojin Shrine - Things to See & Get



Winter Lighting starts in November lasts until February!

Top Places to View Winter Lighting in Tokyo



The big Christmas tree & Rainbow Bridge in Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan.

In Chrismas season, the beautiful Christmas tree becomes a great addition to the views of Tokyo Bay, Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower.
From November, 2017 (depending on the shopping center, building, hotel, etc.)



Blue Fantasy at Caretta Shiodome, Tokyo, Japan

Shiodome is a very popular place in Tokyo for winter lights. It is a walking distance from Shimbashi and Hamamatsucho.
In 2017 - 2018, they feature Beauty and the Beast along with the famous blue lighting.
17:00 - 23:00, 16 November, 2017 - 14 February, 2018 in Caretta Shiodome
Blue Fantasy at Caretta Shiodome & Trip Planning Tips


Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower in winter.

Tokyo Tower's Orange Illumination came back this year. Warm lights and the living Chrismas tree welcome people.
16:00 - 23:00, 2 November, 2017 - 28 February, 2018
See Report of Tokyo Tower Winter Fantasy 2016!


Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station with Christmas lighting.

The Christmas lights at the very central station of Tokyo.
From November, 2017 (Depending on the street, building, etc.)
Tokyo Michi-Terrace 2014: 24 - 28 December, 2017



The most fashionable street in Japan is lighted up in Christmas season.
Go to Harajuku Guide




Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Forecast & Report 2017
The season of cherry blossoms is late March to early April in Tokyo.


Cherry Blossom Forecast for 2018 will come in late January, 2018.
Trip Planning Advice for Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Festival Visitors to Japan by a Local



Autumn Colors' peak is late November to early December in Tokyo.
Links to Blog: Autumn Colors in Tokyo City #01 - Red Maple Leaves & Genuine Matcha in Rikugien Garden and more!


4 Seasons in Tokyo

Explore 1 year in Tokyo on Event Calendar!


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