Tokyo in January : Best Things to Do 2019

What to Do in Tokyo in January

Travelling to Tokyo in January?? Don’t miss the seasonal events and attractions available only this month! Here are the hottest things to do in Tokyo in January 2019!

1. Hatsumode

If you are here in Japan during New Year, take a chance to make the first visit to a shrine or temple within the first few days of the year, which is called Hatsumode (初詣). It’s one of the most traditional Japanese customs, and shrines and temples get extremely crowded by people come to pray for their health, peace and happiness from the midnight of 1 January. You can feel the traditional and festive atmosphere, and also enjoy street food and drinks sold at stalls. Some of shrines and temples welcome over a million visitors during the period. You can check the list below for the popular temples and shrines in Tokyo for Hatsumode.

2. Illuminations

Winter illuminations are Japan’s top attraction during winter, and numbers of spectacular light-up events are held across the country. Some illumination events end by Christmas Day, yet many of them still run after New Year. Check out the list of top winter illuminations in Tokyo from the link below!

Numbers of spectacular winter illumination events are held outside of Tokyo, too! They are perfect winter destinations for one day trip from Tokyo! Here are the list of best illumination events near Tokyo this year.

3. Ice Skating

Ice skating is one of the best winter sports/attractions, and Tokyo has several ice skating rinks which open for winter. You can enjoy skating on open-air rinks in a heart of the concrete jungle with the view of skyscrapers! You can check the link below for the info about ice skating rinks in Tokyo 2019.

4. Sumo Grand Tournament

Watching Sumo matches could be the most traditional, exciting and extraordinary experience to have in Japan. The national Sumo tournament is held 6 times a year in Japan, and three are held in Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Stadium in January, May and September. The first Sumo Grand Tournament will kick off in Tokyo from 13 to 27 January 2019.

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5. Furusato Matsuri Tokyo 2019

Copyright © Furusato Matsuri Tokyo 2019

Furusato Matsuri Tokyo is a large event that features famous traditional festivals and regional dishes across Japan. Around 400 attendance from Hokkaido to Okinawa present their regional specialties at the site. It’s a great chance to get to know the unique culture and traditions, and try delicious local dishes all in one place without travelling miles away! Furusato Matsuri Tokyo will be held at Tokyo Dome for 10 days from 11 to 20 January 2019. The tickets to the event usually costs 1,400~1,700 yen, however international visitors can get special discount up to 41% through booking online on the official website.

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6. Pikachu & Eevee Cafe

Celebrating the new Nintendo Switch game, Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee, the limited Pikachu & Eevee cafe has opened at 5 cities in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo and Fukuoka) this winter. The Tokyo store is open until 7th January 2019. Don’t miss the super cute limited themed food and drinks!

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7. MOBA (Museum of Bad Art) Exhibition

The most unique exhibition, MOBA (Museum of Bad Art) is currently held at Tokyo Dome City, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo. The exhibition features the collections of terrible artworks which are considered as “the art that’s too bad to be ignored.” The exhibition is available till 14 January 2019.

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8. Strawberry Buffets

The season for strawberries starts in January in Japan, and strawberry dessert buffets are available at numbers of hotels in Tokyo including Hilton Tokyo, ANA Intercontinental and Grand Hyatt Tokyo. Each hotel offers delicious strawberry desserts with unique and original themes. Check out the best strawberry buffets in Tokyo in 2019!

9. Day Trip to Icicles of Misotsuchi

The icicles of Misotsuchi is a spectacular winter phenomena which can be seen at Chichibu area in Saitama Prefecture. It’s one of the most popular day-trip destinations from Tokyo during winter which takes around 2–3 hours to reach from central Tokyo. The gigantic icicles are lighten up at night and turns into a great piece of art by mother nature!

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▽ Travelling to Tokyo in February?? ▽

How exciting does 2019 January look like?? Winter in Japan might be very cold but there are plenty of exciting things to see and events to attend! For more information about travelling in Japan in winter, please check out listed articles, too!

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