4 Ways to Spend the Christmas Season this Year in Japan

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  • Christmas is fast approaching! Just like other countries in the world, Japan celebrates Christmas in a fun and festive way. Though the season is not based on any religious reasons, it is still one of the best times to have fun in the country. If you’re unsure of what events to look out for in the coming December, then you better check out these four.

    1. Visit Sanrio Puroland

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    This place is a world of dreams for every Hello Kitty lover. Every year, they hold a beautiful Christmas event which includes enchanting shows, festive foods and drinks, winter decorations and other limited attractions. It is an irresistibly fun place to spend your Christmas day. There’s so much to see that it is a highly recommended trip once you visit Tokyo. The park opens at 10 a.m. and closes between 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Its schedule varies daily. Children who are 2 years old and younger can enter the park for free! So, bring them along this Christmas season.

    2. Watch out for Authentic Christmas Markets

    Since the holiday season is just around the corner, you might as well check out these authentic Christmas markets which includes German and other European products. You can check out Roppongi Hills, Hibiya Park and Yebisu Garden Place. Roppongi Hills Christmas Market recreates a German marketplace which sells German Christmas food, beverages and other interesting Christmas crafts. Hibiya Park holds an outdoor European-style Christmas market. This also sells traditional Christmas food, decorations and drinks. Yebisu Garden Place is a popular winter illumination spot. During Christmas season, you can find variety of snacks and drinks being sold in the area.

    3. Enjoy a Romantic Christmas

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    Tokyo is home to many luxury hotels. Since Christmas only happens once a year then it might just be right to splurge on hotel accommodation. Needless to say, couples will surely enjoy romantic spots in different hotels. Some of these are the mandarin Oriental Hotel, Shangri La Tokyo, Peninsula Tokyo and Ritz-Carlton Tokyo. These are the Tokyoite’s top choices for a romantic hotel getaway. These hotels serve superb fine dining experience complete with festive lights and other activities.

    4. Christmas Shopping

    If you’re up for a last-minute shopping, you may dart for Tokyo’s Ginza and Shibuya. These places are filled with Christmas atmosphere and are famous for holding year-end sales. Ginza has several department stores and boutiques where you can do your holiday shopping. It’s also great for people who’d just love to stroll. Shibuya provides a more youthful experience for shoppers. However, this place is more crowded but it helps you experience Tokyo in its modern side.

    Most people love celebrating Christmas, even in Japan. If you’re currently living in Japan or planning to visit the country sometime this Christmas season, don’t forget to check out the activities I’ve mentioned. Whether you’ve chosen to spend Christmas with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland, purchase authentic European Christmas merchandise, have a romantic couple night or splurge on Christmas goods for you and your loved ones, you’d surely have a fantastic time in Tokyo.