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The Wakakusa Yamayaki is an annual Festival held in Nara City at the end of January every year. Wakakusa is a mountain near Nara Park. = Adobe Stock

The Wakakusa Yamayaki is an annual Festival held in Nara City at the end of January every year. Wakakusa is a mountain near Nara Park. = Adobe Stock

January in Japan! Let's enjoy Japan's winter best!

In early January, many Japanese people take a New Year holiday. Temple and shrines are crowded at this time, so please be careful. In January, snow begins falling down not only in Hokkaido but also on the Japan Sea side of Honshu and mountainous areas more frequently. If you go to such an area, you will be able to enjoy the snowy nature of Japan. After the latter half of January, some temples and shrines have the usual winter festival. It is also recommended to attend them for yourself.

Information of Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido in January

If you plan on going to Tokyo, Osaka or Hokkaido in January, please click an image on the slider below for more information.

Crowd of Hatsumode at Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo, Japan on January. Hatsumode is the first Shinto shrine or Buddhist temple visit of the Japanese New Year = Shutterstock

January

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Tokyo Weather in January! Temperature, rain, clothes

In January, Tokyo is very cold, so you need a coat or a jumper. The weather is consistent and you will experience a nice sunny day more often than not. There is almost no snow, but if it snows, train service may be suspended. On this page, I will discuss Tokyo weather data in January. Through this information, I hope you can get an idea of Tokyo weather in January. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Tokyo. Click on an article if you want to know more. Below are articles on the weather in Osaka and Hokkaido in January. If you plan to go to Hokkaido and also 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 January (overview)Tokyo weather in early January (2018)Tokyo weather in the middle of January (2018)Tokyo weather in late January (2018) Weather in Tokyo in January (overview) Graph: Temperature change in Tokyo in January ※ 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) Tokyo in January is pretty cold. There is not much snow like Hokkaido, but there are days when the lowest temperature is below freezing. Even during the day, most people cannot spend much time outside without a coat. It does not rain much in January. Instead you can expect very beautiful blue skies. Because it does not rain, the air ...

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The Glico Man billboard and other light displays at Dontonbori, Namba Osaka area, Osaka, Japan. Namba is well known as an entertainment area in Osaka = Shutterstock

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Osaka Weather in January! Temperature, rain, clothes

If you are going to stay in Osaka in January, you will be wondering what the weather is like at that time. On this page, I will give you some ideas about the weather. Osaka, like other Japanese cities, will have the coldest season of the year from late January to early February. For this reason, there are not many tourists except for the New Year season in early January. There is almost no snow in Osaka. Days are likely to be sunny so if you are strong in the cold, you will be able to travel very comfortably. Osaka has lots of hot and delicious food, so please enjoy those too! Below are articles about the monthly weather in Osaka. Follow the links below for weather in Osaka. Below are articles about the weather in Tokyo and Hokkaido in January. If you plan to go to Hokkaido as well as Osaka, please note that the weather in Hokkaido is quite different from Osaka. Table of ContentsWeather in Osaka in January (overview)Osaka weather in early January (2018)Osaka weather in the middle of January (2018)Osaka weather in late January (2018) Weather in Osaka in January (overview) Graph: Temperature change in Osaka in January ※ 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 climate of Osaka is coldest in January and February every year like other Japanese cities. Osaka has almost the same climate as Tokyo. However, in January, Osaka ...

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The red brick former Hokkaido Government office is popular tourist destination. Featured here day scene of the attraction during winter with snow = Shutterstock

January

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Hokkaido Weather in January! Temperature, rain, clothes

On this page, I will explain about the weather in Hokkaido in January. If you travel in Hokkaido in January, please do not forget enough winter protection such as a coat. In the west side of Hokkaido, the clouds coming from the Sea of Japan will snow and so much snow is piled up. On the east side of Hokkaido, snow does not fall as far as the west side. However, the temperature sometimes falls below freezing point 10 degrees. Please be careful. This article contains a lot of pictures to help you imagine the weather in January in Hokkaido, so please refer to them. Below are articles about the monthly weather in Hokkaido. Use the slider to select the month you wish to know more about. Below are some articles about the weather in Tokyo and Osaka in January. Tokyo and Osaka have different weather conditions from Hokkaido, so please be careful. Table of ContentsQ & A about Hokkaido in JanuaryWeather in Hokkaido in January (overview)Hokkaido weather in early JanuaryHokkaido weather in the middle of JanuaryHokkaido weather in late JanuaryRecommended Videos Q & A about Hokkaido in January Does snow fall in January in Hokkaido? It snows all over Hokkaido in January. Especially from mid-January, there is a lot of snow. Moist clouds coming from the Sea of Japan hit Hokkaido mountains and cause snow. It snows often in Niseko, Otaru and Sapporo near the Sea of Japan. On the other hand, in eastern Hokkaido on the Pacific side, it is very cold, but ...

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Temple and shrines are very crowded in early January

Temple and shrines are very crowded in early January = AdobeStock

In early January, New Year events are held every year in Japan. People often visit a temple or a shrine to pray that they can spend the year well.

If the temple or shrine you choose to go to during this time is big, you can expect millions of people to come visit during the New Year Period. You will often be surprised at the number of people visiting all at once.

If you don’t mind congestion, you can observe Japanese people walking very orderly to main shrines and temples.

 

Go for a real snow scene

During this period, you can appreciate the real snow scene. The photo shows Ginzan Onsen in Yamagata Prefecture = AdobeStock

In January, in Hokkaido, areas on the Japan Sea side of Honshu and mountainous areas, snow begins to fall more frequently. In some areas, snow may accumulate several meters in one day.

You can do plenty of skiing and snowboarding at the ski slopes. Besides that, you can enjoy hot springs in an open-air baths while watching the snow fall around you.

Below is an article featuring more information for sightseeing these snowy areas.

Snow wall, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Japan - Shutterstock
12 Best Snow Destinations in Japan: Shirakawago, Jigokudani, Niseko, Sapporo snow festival ...

On this page, I would like to introduce about the wonderful snow scene in Japan. There are many snow areas in Japan, so it is difficult to decide the best Snow Destinations. On this page, I summarized the best areas, mainly in places popular among foreign tourists. I will share it ...

 

Representative winter festivals to be held in January

Festivals are held in various places in winter as well. Major festivals are concentrated in February, but several festivals are held in January as well. The most famous festival among them is "Wakakusa Yakiyaki" introduced in the photo at the beginning of this page.

"Wakakusa Yamayaki" is a festival that is held at Wakakusa Mountain (altitude 342 meters) in Nara City since ancient times. Today, it is held in late January every year. This festival also features a display of fireworks.

Lake Shikotsu Blue Festival

Lake Shikotsu Blue Festival, Hokkaido

At the end of January, the "Lake Shikotsu Blue Festival" is held every year in Lake Shikotsu, Hokkaido. As a winter festival in Hokkaido, the Snow Festival in Sapporo is very famous, but this festival in Lake Shikotsu is an attractive festival as well. You can experience plenty of winter spirit in Hokkaido, so I recommend a visit.

 

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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.

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