Japanese Christmas traditions
First of all, if you want to live a different and unique experience, we recommend you enjoy a Christmas holiday in Japan. Certainly, Christmas day is not a holiday in Japan, due to the most important celebrations are the New Year’s Eve and the New Year. Anyway, you can live and enjoy the previous preparation days.
Christmas in Japan
Despite not celebrating Christmas day, the Japanese have adapted this celebration in their own way. You can enjoy this day in Tokyo, Kyoto and other places.
The most traditional way of representing Christmas is through lights and lighting assemblies. For example, there are important representations in Tokyo: the Omotesando Street in Harajuku; the Marunouchi area near Tokyo station; the Ginza neighborhood; etc. Also, you can find some Christmas markets to buy wine and hot chocolate.
As a curiosity, on Christmas day the Japanese usually eat at the KFC. Anyway, you can make a reservation in a restaurant and enjoy a romantic night.
The most typical Christmas candy in Japan is the Christmas cake, a cream cake with strawberries. If you are in Tokyo, you can buy this dessert in Daimaru Tokyo, Cozy Corner, Fujiya or Patisserie Coco Ange. On the other hand, if you are in Kyoto, you can buy this dessert in Lamartine, Qu’il Fait Bon, Daimaru Kyoto or Tous les Deux.
New Year’s Eve in Japan
The Japanese spend the last night of the year in a temple to hear the 108 Buddhist bells. This celebration is called “Joya no kane”.
On the one hand, the most important temples in Tokyo are: Azabusan Zenpukuji Temple, Zojoji Temple, Honsenji Temple, Ikegami Honmonji Temple, Tsukiji Honganji Temple, Zojoji Temple and Yoyogisan Unshoji Temple.
On the other hand, the most important temples in Kyoto are: Kiyomizudera Temple, Daikakuji Temple, Nanzenji Temple, Chionin Temple and Shinyodo Temple.
In addition, after welcoming the New Year, most citizens go to the sanctuary to make their first visit of the year. This is known as the hatsumode.
Also, one of the modern New Year traditions in Japan is to buy the bags of lucky fukubukuro.
In conclusion, we recommend you to enjoy a Christmas holiday in Japan because it is a very good experience to meet other cultures.
If you finally decide to travel to Japan this Christmas, do not forget to apply for japanese visa. This transaction will be mandatory to travel to Japan in 2020.