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Japan Winter Special 2016

Whether you’re wanting to snap photogenic scenery, ski in feather-light powder snow, munch on steamy oden and ramen, or just relax with the locals in an outdoor hot spring overlooking the snowy mountains; Japan is the perfect place to enjoy winter to its fullest. WAttention brings you a selection of our best winter articles to help you plan your winter getaway in Japan.

Myriad Winter Festivals in Tohoku!

Hachinohe Enburi : Dance Parade for Good Harvest Aomori’s Hachinohe shi holds an enburi festival every year from February 17 to 20 to celebrate the arrival of spring. The Hachinohe Enburi, with a history of...

Kamakura Matsuri (Snow Hut Festival): More than Just Igloos!

Kamakura festivals, often held on the day of the first full moon of a new year (around mid-February) to pray for household safety and a bumper grain harvest, are traditional events in the Tohoku...

Namahage Culture: Living with the Times

In an agriculture society where people's daily lives depend on the weather, people have worshipped the gods at festivals to praculture of Namahage, frightening the people of Oga city in Akita Prefecture, is a...

Mountain and sea delicacies that you can’t get in cities

Local dishes you’ve never had before! Today, restaurant chains are so popular that there seems to be no diversity in the food and experience wherever you go. But this is not true in Tohoku, where...

Skiing on the slopes of Mt. Fuji

The ultimate Japanese winter experience It's hard to imagine a better way to experience the Japanese winter than to slide down the slopes of Japan's most iconic and sacred mountain, Mt. Fuji. Located at an...

First Shrine visit of the year – Hatsumode

New Year's is one of the most important holidays on the Japanese calendar. During the Edo period and the old way of counting, everyone was one year old at birth (because they counted the...

How to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Japan

The Japanese way of celebrating New Year's is very different from Western countries. New Year's is possibly the most important day of the year and is usually celebrated with family or good friends. We'll...

History of Christmas in Japan

If you're in Japan during the Christmas season you might be wondering why Christmas decorations are so prevalent. After all, only about 2% of the Japanese population is Christian and as good as all...

Japan Winter Street Food

Japan is sensitive to the seasons and this is reflected in their food. When the scenery changes the food stalls change as well. Here's some of the most popular winter-themed Japanese street food. Yakiimo (Baked...

Winter Solstice in Japan

Winter Solstice is the day of the year when the night is the longest. This year for Japan this day falls on December 21st with a sunrise from 6:48am and a sunset at 4:32pm. Winter...