Winter in Japan

Let me start this blog off by saying sorry about there not being a blog post yesterday. I went out with my family and we picked up a Christmas tree. Went out and cut it down ourselves.  The best part of cutting down the tree is that it was snowing at the time.  It was a great day. Now on to the important stuff; today’s blog is about winter in Japan and the fun you can have.

The first thing you should consider doing if you visit Japan in the winter is to go to the Sapporo Snow Festival. It is held every February. The festival has snow and ice carving contests with some entries on the rather large side. There is another festival called Omizutori. It is one of the oldest festivals in Japan. It started in seven hundred and fifty two. This festival is especially important, because it is for welcoming spring. Not a bad way to end winter.

One of the best things you can go see while vacationing in Japan during winter is a traditional town. If it has snowed, you may be treated to a snow covered town that looks like it was stuck in time. If you see nothing else while visiting in the winter, you have to go see the monkeys in Nagano prefecture. Nagano prefecture is filled with onsen.  Onsen are also called hot springs. One of the biggest draws is that a group of monkeys use a natural onsen every winter. Below are some links to other winter activities in Japan.


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