10 Best Events in Japan in January 2023
List of Seasonal Events in Japan in January
January is one of busiest months in Japan, which accepts lots of tourists from overseas. On New Year’s holidays, they visit the country for experiencing traditional Japanese culture, enjoying winter sports with snow, tasting seasonal dishes and so on.
Many people greets the new year with their families and friends in their hometowns while some people enjoy exciting countdown parties from New Year’s Eve. Visiting a shrine or temple, which is known as Hatsumode, is a Japanese custom to make wishes for the coming year. Most stores and restaurants are closed on New Year’s holidays especially on January 1, but some of them start offering special sales just after that. On the second Monday in January, which is known as Seijin no Hi, those who have reached or will turn 20 this year celebrate their coming of age.
There are a variety of events held in Japan in January, which you should join since you come all the way to Japan in this season. Check out the list of 10 notable events in in Japan in January!
1. Hatsumode (New Year’s visit to a shrine or temple)
Dates: Many people visit shrines and temples on the first three days of the New Year
2. Getting Fukubukuro Lucky Bags
Location: Department stores and other brand shops
Dates: From the beginning of January
3. New Year’s at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea (Chiba)
Genre: Theme Park
Dates: January 1 to 16, 2023
4. Andy Warhol Kyoto (Kyoto)
5. Huis Ten Bosch Silver Town -Winter Europe- (Nagasaki)
6. The 37th Shirakawago Light-up Event (Gifu)
*NOTE: Visitors are required to make a reservation in advance via the official website.
7. Ghibli Park and Ghibli Exhibition (Kumamoto)
8. Atami Baien Ume Matsuri/Atami Plum Blossom Festival) (Shizuoka)
9. Ashikaga Flower Park Illumination (Tochigi)
10. Nabana no Sato Illumination (Mie)
Dates: October 22, 2022 to May 31, 2023
In addition to those seasonal events, there are more things to do in Japan in January. Check more details in these articles below.
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