February is the coldest time in Japan. Except for a few areas such as Okinawa, you need a coat or jumper when walking in the city. At this time, ski resorts are at their best conditions. In snowy areas, you can see the beautiful snowy scenery that you might see on a guide book. In addition to these things, there is another fun thing when you travel in February. Winter festivals are held in various parts of Japan. On this page, I will mainly introduce these winter festivals.
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Information of Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido in February
If you plan on going to Tokyo, Osaka or Hokkaido in February, please follow a link below for more details.
Tokyo has many sunny days in February but it is generally very cold. It's especially cold in the first half of February, so be careful not to forget your coat. On this page I will provide some useful information on what kind of clothes you should pack based on the weather data of February 2018, released by the Japan Weather Association. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Tokyo. Use the slider to select the month you want to know about. Below are articles on the weather in Osaka and Hokkaido in February. 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 February (overview)Tokyo weather in early February (2018)Tokyo weather in the middle of Fabruary (2018)Tokyo weather in late Fabruary (2018) Weather in Tokyo in February (overview) Graph: Temperature change in Tokyo in February ※ 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) Together with January, February is the coldest period in Japan. Early February and mid February, it is not uncommon for the lowest temperature to fall below freezing. There are many sunny days, but it is very cold when the wind is strong. It rarely snows, however, once it does it disturbs transportation and trains can be delayed. At the end of February, it will begin to ...
If you are traveling in Osaka during February it will be pretty cold. There is almost no snow, but walking outdoors will make your body very cold. Please do not forget to put winter clothes in your suitcase, such as coats. On this page, I will explain Osaka weather in February. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Osaka. Select the month you’d like to know more about. Below are articles on the weather in Tokyo and Hokkaido in February. If you plan to go to Hokkaido as well as Tokyo, please note that the weather in Hokkaido is quite different from Tokyo. Table of ContentsWeather in Osaka in February (overview)Osaka weather in early February (2018)Osaka weather in the middle of February (2018)Osaka weather in late February (2018) Weather in Osaka in February (overview) Graph: Temperature change in Osaka in February ※ 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) When it is cold, disposable body warmers are very useful = Adobe Stock In Osaka, it is the coldest time of the year from late January to early February. Sometimes it snows, however there is almost no snow accumulation. There are many sunny days in February but the wind is very cold. If you are not good at being in cold weather, it would be nice to have mufflers and gloves. If you go around temples and shrines then you will stay outdoors for a long period of ...
In February, a lot of winter festivals are held in Hokkaido, including the Sapporo Snow Festival. For this reason, there are many people going to Hokkaido at this time. However, in February, Hokkaido is very cold. If you plan to travel in February, please do not forget enough protection from the cold. On this page I will provide details about the weather of Hokkaido in February. This article contains a lot of pictures to help you imagine the weather in February in Hokkaido, so please refer to them. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Hokkaido. Slide through and select the month you want to know more about. Below are articles about the weather in Tokyo and Osaka in February. Tokyo and Osaka have different weather conditions from Hokkaido, so please be careful. Table of ContentsQ & A about Hokkaido in FebruaryWeather in Hokkaido in February (overview)Hokkaido weather in early FebruaryHokkaido weather in the middle of FebruaryHokkaido weather in late February Q & A about Hokkaido in February Does snow fall in February in Hokkaido? It snows very well in Hokkaido in February. There may be a lot of snow piled up. How cold is Hokkaido in February? February is a very cold time along with January. Especially in the first half of February, the daytime maximum temperature is almost below freezing. What kind of clothes should we wear in February in Hokkaido? In February, in Hokkaido you need full-fledged winter clothing. For winter clothes in Hokkaido, please refer to the following article. When ...
Winter festivals held every February
Here are the winter festivals I would like to recommend to you.
Yokote Kamakura Snow Festival
First of all, let me start with the famous festival held every year in Yokote, Akita Prefecture in northern Honshu. In mid-February every year, locals hold the "Yokote Kanakurasa Festival" as seen in the top photo.
A "Kamakura" is a small dome made of snow. Since there is a lot of snow every year in Yokote City, people harden the snow and cut through it to make "Kamakura".
During this festival period, in Yokote City, 100 "Kamakura" with a height of about 3 meters are made. As can be seen in the picture below, there are also many small "Kamakura”.
In a Kamakura local people may welcome you and give you warm drinks with rice cakes. On cold nights, the lights lit in the Kamakura look very fantastic and beautiful. It is an attractive part of this festival that you can interact with locals.
Sapporo Snow Festival
The most famous of the Japanese winter festivals held in February is the "Sapporo Snow Festival". Sapporo is the representative city of Hokkaido. This festival is held in Sapporo every year in the first half of February. There are millions of tourists from both Japan and abroad.
There are three main venues of this festival. At Odori Park, in the center of Sapporo, lots of huge snow statues are lined up. In Susukino 's entertainment district, Susukino, you can find ice statues. In addition, amusement facilities such as a huge snow slide are installed on the outskirts of Sapporro.This is very popular with children.
Many shops selling warm drinks and food are opened at the festival venues. The average temperature in Sapporo during this period is around negative 3 degrees Celsius. Although it is very cold, visitors drink warm drinks while viewing the wonderful snow statues. Why don’t you join this festival too?
Asahikawa Winter Festival
Every year in Hokkaido, "Asahikawa Winter Festival" is held in Asahikawa city at the same time as The Sapporo Snow Festival. This festival is also very popular and around 1 million tourists come every year to attend.
This Asahikawa festival has two charms different from Sapporo. First of all, at The Asahikawa festival, the world's largest snow sculpture is displayed. Asahikawa has fewer snow statues than Sapporo, but there are huge snow statues that you cannot see in Sapporo.
The second charm is that tourists visiting Asahikawa can see the famous Asahiyama Zoo in addition to this festival. At Asahiyama Zoo, you can see many unique winter shows, including penguins marching at this time of year. When you visit Asahikawa, the combination of both the winter festival and Asahiyama zoo will be fun and satisfying.
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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.