Japan’s Winter Activity Guide

by | Destinations, Honeymoons,


Bec Lawrence

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Japan is a magical place and is one of the few countries that doesn’t seem to go into hibernation over winter. There are winter festivals and beautiful natural beauties sprinkled with snow to make you fall even more in love. With that being said, Japan is the ideal location to get cosy with your loved one without missing out on the cultural experiences or the city sights. Here are our top tips to keep you busy on your honeymoon in Japan.


Japan is known for having some of the most amazing Onsen’s. Now if you haven’t heard of an Onsen before, you are certainly missing out, but a honeymoon in Japan is the perfect place to try one!

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An Onsen is a natural hot spring caused by volcanic activity and soaking in one is supposedly beneficial for your health. What could be more amazing than watching the snow fall around you while you enjoy the natural heat of the pools? When selecting which Onsen you choose to visit, keep in mind a few cultural factors such as etiquette (you might need to cover any tattoos), your surroundings, as well as the type of water. There are nine different types of water that can be used, such as salt spring or an aluminium spring – each with their own unique benefits.

Winter Illumination

One of the most popular events of Winter in Japan is the Winter Illumination. Winter Illumination showcases lighting displays, not only in Tokyo, but across cities all over Japan. Don’t be expecting a small scale light show either! One of last years exhibitions featured over six million LED lights! Illuminations can be viewed from October all the way through to February depending on the display. Admission costs vary so its best to check the event website in advance.

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Sapporo Snow Festival

Over seven days in February one of the largest Winter events takes place in Sapporo, Japan. The Sapporo Snow Festival attracts over two million people annually who visit from all over the world to see the ice and snow sculptures featured at the event. The festival began in 1950 and in its first year featured only six sculptures, which were created by students. Today you will find approximately 400 sculptures competing as part of the International Snow Sculpture Contest.

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So, pack your winter coat and a beanie and go explore all that Japan has to offer!

Ms Zebra Says: I’ve never been to Japan but it’s definitely on my bucket list! Soaking in those Onsen’s sounds so divine!! Thanks to our travel writer Bec Lawrence for sharing her insider tips for the best ways to spend Winter time in Japan.



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