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Huis Ten Bosch is a theme park in Nagasaki, Japan, which recreates the Netherlands by displaying real size copies of old Dutch buildings. = Shutterstock

Huis Ten Bosch is a theme park in Nagasaki, Japan, which recreates the Netherlands by displaying real size copies of old Dutch buildings. = Shutterstock

December in Japan! How to enjoy the early winter

In December, Japan gets cold all at once. At this time of year, Japanese cities are beautifully colored by Christmas illuminations. There are few Christians in Japan, but Japanese people love events, so they enjoy the Christmas atmosphere. If you visit Japan in December, you can enjoy these beautiful illuminations and atmosphere. Of course, snow begins to fall in some areas, so you can enjoy snowy landscapes.

Information of Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido in December

If you plan on going to Tokyo, Osaka or Hokkaido in December, please click the image of the slider below to see more information.

Christmas illumination in Omotesando, Tokyo, Japan = Adobe Stock

December

2020/5/30

Tokyo Weather in December! Temperature, rain, clothes

In December, the weather in Tokyo is stable and it will continue to be sunny. In December, there is virtually no snow in Tokyo. However, please bring a coat or jumper as it is very cold. Winter clothes are required if you are outdoors for a long time. On this page, I will introduce Tokyo meteorological data of 2017. Please refer to this weather data and prepare for your trip. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Tokyo. Use the slider to select the month you wish to know more about. Below are articles on the weather in Osaka and Hokkaido in December. If you plan to go to Hokkaido as well as Tokyo, please note that the weather in Hokkaido is quite different from Tokyo. For winter clothes, please refer to the following article. Table of ContentsWeather in Tokyo in December (overview)Tokyo weather in early December (2017)Tokyo weather in the middle of December (2017)Tokyo weather in late December (2017) Weather in Tokyo in December (overview) Graph: Temperature change in Tokyo in December ※ Based on the data released by the Japan Meteorological Agency. Both high and low temperature data are averages over the past 30 years (1981-2010) In December, Tokyo will finally enter the full-fledged winter season. At this time many people come with coats and jumpers. It is still relatively hot compared to January and February, but if you are visiting Japan from a warm country, I think you'd better prepare enough winter clothes. The weather is good in December. The sky ...

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Universal Studios Japan (USJ). According to 2014 Theme Index Global Attraction Attendance Report, USJ is ranked fifth among the top 25 amusement parks worldwide = Shutterstock

December

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Osaka Weather in December! Temperature, rain, clothes

In December, full-fledged winter will come to Osaka. The leaves of the trees on the street fall and they become bare. Instead, Christmas illuminations are given to the trees and they start to shine beautifully at night. If you are staying in Osaka this time, please bring your coat because it is cold. On this page, I will explain the weather in Osaka in December. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Osaka. Use the slider to select the month you wish to know more about. Below are articles about the weather in Tokyo and Hokkaido in December. If you plan to go to Hokkaido and also Osaka, please note that the weather in Hokkaido is quite different from Osaka. Table of ContentsWeather in Osaka in December (overview)Osaka weather in early December (2017)Osaka weather in the middle of December (2017)Osaka weather in late December (2017) Weather in Osaka in December (overview) Graph: Temperature change in Osaka in December ※ Based on the data released by the Japan Meteorological Agency. Both high and low temperature data are averages over the past 30 years (1981-2010) The weather in Osaka in December is similar to that of Tokyo. The rainy days are very few. It is either a beautiful blue sky or a cold-looking cloudy sky. In December, the temperature is less than 15 degrees Celsius at the warmest time of day. In the morning and evening, it may fall to below freezing. It's a bit warmer than January or February, but if you are not good ...

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A man using shovel to removes snow and clear the road after snowfall, hakodate, Japan = Shutterstock

December

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Hokkaido Weather in December! Temperature, rain, clothes

If you plan to go to Hokkaido in December, you will be wondering how cold it is. So, on this page, I will discuss the weather in Hokkaido for the month of December. Hokkaido is much colder than Tokyo and Osaka. On the west side of Japan, snow falls often so please do not forget your coat and other warm accessories. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Hokkaido. Please select the month you wish to know about. Below are articles about the weather in Tokyo and Osaka in December. Tokyo and Osaka have different weather conditions from Hokkaido, so please be careful. Table of ContentsQ & A about Hokkaido in DecemberWeather in Hokkaido in December (overview)Hokkaido weather in early DecemberHokkaido weather in the middle of DecemberHokkaido weather in late December Q & A about Hokkaido in December Does snow fall in December in Hokkaido? It snows often in Hokkaido in December. Snow is piled up in ski areas such as Niseko. However, in cities such as Sapporo, it is from about the middle of December that snow begins to stick. How cold is Hokkaido in December? Hokkaido is very cold in December. The maximum daytime temperature is below 2 degrees Celsius, especially after mid-December. What kind of clothes should we wear in December in Hokkaido? In December, you need adequate winter protection. For more on the clothing to wear in Hokkaido in winter, please refer to the following article if you’d like. When is the best time to visit Hokkaido? If you want ...

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illumination

Huis Ten Bosch = Shutterstock

Huis Ten Bosch = Shutterstock

In major Japanese cities, Christmas illuminations are beautiful in December. Many street trees have a lonesome atmosphere as the leaves have all scattered. Illuminations change that lonely atmosphere and makes our hearts bright. Christmas songs can be heard around the city.

It may be strange to people from Christian countries but for Japanese people, Christmas is an important time. Japanese people give presents to each other, including their families, and have a good time. Lovers share a special time at a beautiful restaurant colored with Christmas decorations.

The above picture shows the illumination held in December every year at Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park in Kyushu. Every year, Tokyo Disney Resort and Universal Studios Japan in Osaka have similarly beautiful illuminations prepared. Please take a look at these Christmas illuminations by all means.

Ameyoko, Ueno, Tokyo

When Christmas is over, people in Japan will be busy preparing for the New Year. Japanese people eat special dishes called "osechi" and rice cake in the New Year. A lot of shoppers will go to the shopping areas to prepare these foods. When we see such a lively sight, we feel that the New Year is close. If you like, please visit the shopping district, such as "Ameyoko" in Tokyo for example, and enjoy the scenery at the end of the year.

 

Experience of snow scenery

Niseko, Hokkaido = AdobeStock

In Hokkaido and the Tohoku region (northern Main Honshu), snow begins to fall. The area on the Japan Sea side of Honshu (Niigata prefecture etc.) and the mountain area are also in the snow season.

Every year, the weather is slightly different, but in Hokkaido the ski resorts start operating from late November. Major ski resorts will start operation in Honshu from late December. If you travel in Japan in December, you can experience skiing, snowboarding, sledding etc. at these ski areas.

However, recently due to the effect of global warming, snowfall amount may be small at ski resorts in Honshu even in late December depending on the year.

Every year at Shirakawago, in the mountainous region of Main Honshu, snow begins to fall around late December. In the early part of December, you may not be able to see Shirakawago with snowy features. There are many hot springs in the regions where snow falls. During the winter months, you can warm your body with hot springs.

 

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About me

Bon KUROSAWA  I have long worked as a senior editor for Nihon Keizai Shimbun (NIKKEI) and currently work as an independent web writer. At NIKKEI, I was the editor-in-chief of the media on Japanese culture. Let me introduce a lot of fun and interesting things about Japan. Please refer to this article for more details.

2018-06-06

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