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Things To Do in Japan During Winter

Still on a winter high! I didn’t expect to be able to see snow this year although I’ve secretly written it on my planner. A simple sentence, “I want to see snow.” I didn’t even write when or how but it happened. Thank you, Universe! Thus, I want to share with you some of the things I wanted to do / I’ve done during winter.

Winter sports like skiing and snowboarding in Yukawa, Niigata

Yuzawa is one of the leading ski resort town in Japan. I’ve never been to that prefecture but I listed it as one of my Travel Destinations this 2017. It is about 2 hours away from Tokyo via shinkansen / bullet train. Ski Resorts are open for winter sports from December to April only. *Hopefully I get to visit it this March or April!*

(Photos taken by my sister Coleen)

Snow hiking in Toyooka

I’ve lived in a tropical country most of my life so there are only few times that I’ve experienced snow and the cold always hurt my nose. Snow hiking for two hours in Toyota is definitely one for the books.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Japan (USJ)

I think winter is also the most perfect time to visit since the attraction is filled with snow decors. You’ll feel the vibe more. My recent trip to Japan wouldn’t happen if not for USJ’s collaboration with Cebu Pacific. I’m really grateful for the opportunity. I tried the usual butter beer this time around and it is just as good. I have a sweet tooth.

Visit Amanohashidate

It is one of the most scenic spots in Japan along with Matsushima and Miyajima. I’ve been wanting to go back to Amanohashidate but it’s a long trip from Osaka if you would take the local trains and save money from express trains.

See Ume (Plum Blossoms) also called as Japanese Apricot

Plum Blossoms are usually associated with the nearing of Spring but they bloom in the middle of winter. Something to give you hope, that the weather will be better soon I think. Haha!

My Updated Top Things To Do in Japan During Winter: 

  1. Visit Shirakawa-go. My sister and I braved the winter cold and went here after New Year’s. We didn’t have any prior booking, it was just a “let’s go” moment. We missed their winter light-up but it’s highly suggested.
  2. Winter Illuminations. My top 2 so far are Kobe Luminarie and the one in Roppongi Midtown.
  3. Try the hot version of butter beer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Japan (USJ). I think it is also the most perfect time to visit since the attraction is filled with snow decors. You’ll feel the vibe more.
  4. Try to catch the evasive snow in Kyoto. Yes, it does snow in Kyoto.
  5. Best time to see Mt. Fuji with it’s snow caps.
  6. As suggested by my friend Allie, enjoy outdoor onsen (rotenburo). Just imagine if it’s snows, the view  will be amazing for sure.
  7. There are also winter fireworks in Odaiba (suggested by my friend, Satchiko).
  8. Eat nabe (hot pot). It’s perfect!!!
  9. German Christmas market in Roppongi and Osaka (Westin Hotel Plaza). Kaila and I tried this before, the food is expensive! But we had an awesome time since we’re together. Aww.
  10. Ice skating in Yokohama (Red Bricks). The rink is tiny but it’s fun especially if you’re with your friends.
  11. Try winter sports in Niigata.
  12. Snow hiking in Toyooka.
  13. Visit Amanohashidate (one of the most scenic spots in Japan).
  14. See Ume / Plum Blossoms

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Janice
    February 9, 2017 at 7:27 am

    gee. Snow time is really amazing yet tranquil. Everything seems so quiet, minimalist and in peace. Thanks for letting us see it too. HOpe you have another unexpected winter experiences!

    • Reply
      Ashley Dy
      February 20, 2017 at 2:48 pm

      Thanks, Janice! Hopefully this March! 🙂

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