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Winter is a nice time of the year to visit, as it's cold, beautiful and usually snowy towards the end of February, depending on where you go.
The ski and snowsports season usually start around the end of December/beginning of January. But due to rising temperatures of our planet, the snow sports seasons are getting shorter and shorter. Currently, part of the Kansai Local team are in Myoko Kogen reporting on the snow sports in Japan (see below).
If you come in December, you will be able to enjoy the Japanese new years' festivities and celebrations. New year (oshogatsu) is, alongside Obon, the biggest celebration in Japan.
During the new year, traditions such as mochitsuki (mochi making), which basically rice bashing, can be done. As well as that, there are great seasonal foods and delicacies to try during winter.
Personally, I think the best thing to do in winter is visiting some Ryokans. Ryokans are traditional Japanese ‘inns’... they’re more upmarket than inns, but more importantly, they have hot spring baths, so you can soak in a hot bath outside in the snow.
As always, if you are travelling from further out of Kansai, it benefits you to get a Japan Rail Pass, Click here to buy one from the Official Vendor.
29 Oct 2019
Washuzan Highland was once home to the Guinness World Record for the longest rollercoaster ride, an uninterrupted 1,050 laps on the Star Jet Line lasting just over 35 hours. Come explore this fascinating, slightly post-apocalyptic place with Kansai Local!
29 Oct 2019
Taiyo Park: Travel the Wonders of the World in this Eerie Theme Park A nursing home for the elderly and people with disabilities sits adjacent to a run down replica of the Great Wall of China. Welcome to Taiyo Park. Explore the Kansai Local guide to the spooky Taiyo Park!
07 Oct 2019
If you're into all things cute and geeky in Japan, here is the Kansai Local up to date guide on the best permanent character cafes in Kansai!