Winter Travel Guide

Karuizawa illuminations

Winter in Japan runs from December to February. The weather is dry and cold, with January being the coldest month. It snows in the north of Japan and at higher altitudes elsewhere in Japan, so it’s the best time for winter sports.

Public holidays

  • 23 December, observed 24 December in 2018 (Emperor’s Birthday)
  • 1 January (New Year’s Day)
  • 2nd Monday in January (Coming of Age Day)
  • 11 February (National Foundation Day)

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