Winter in Japan: Best Things to Do in Hyogo Prefecture

Are you planning to visit Japan in winter? Or already live in Japan and looking for winter holiday ideas?

Winter might be considered the off-season in Japan by those living outside of Japan as the country is very famous for the sakura season and autumn foliage. However there are plenty of things to do and see in the winter as well! Here we introduce the best things you can do this winter season in Hyogo prefecture.

Winter in Japan

The cold season is one of the best times for some travelers to visit Japan for snow and various seasonal events. From December to February, it snows in snowy areas such as Hokkaido and Tohoku Region and even in Tokyo for some days. In Kansai area however it is unlikely to snow at all. After the fall foliage season in Kansai, the temperature will plummet and humidity will decrease along the Pacific seaboard. The air will be very dry so make sure to apply moisturizing cream if you are sensitive .

December’s average temperatures: 6-10°C (42.8-50°F)
January’s average temperatures: 4-7°C (39.2-44.6°F)
February’s average temperatures: 5-9°C (41-48.2°F)

Japan Winter Holiday in Hyogo Prefecture

1. Winter Illuminations

Winter illumination is the most popular attraction during winter, and light-up events are held across the country. Some events end around Christmas Day but, many of them continue through the whole winter. You can enjoy spectacular winter illumination until spring begins.

2. Onsen

Onsen (hot spring) is a popular tourist attraction through the year, yet it feels much better when it’s cold, and even better outdoor.  Also enjoy staying at traditional inn called ryokan and hot Japanese dishes.


3. Winter Food

Here we introduce some of our favorite Japanese winter food and where to eat some of them on Awaji Island. If you are unable to visit the island in winter the more general article on food travel on Awaji might be to your interest.

4. Nijigen no Mori Anime Park Events

Awaji Island’s own Anime Theme Park Nijigen no Mori has multiple events going on even during this off season. So it is the best time for tourists to take advantage of the lesser crowds to come and explore the famous anime park where the world of anime and Japanese pop culture come to life! The park is perfect for all ages, offering attractions of NARUTO & BORUTO, Dragon Quest Island, Godzilla, and Crayon Shin-chan.


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Address 2425-2 Kusumoto, Awaji City, Hyogo Pref. 656-2301
TEL 0799-64-7061
Website https://nijigennomori.com/
Reservations https://ticket.nijigennomori.com/en/
Operation Hours Everyday10:00-22:00
*Each attraction has a different last reception time and closing time.

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So there you have it! Japan has plenty of things to do and see even in the height of winter season.
Make sure to check out our other articles if you wish to know more on what to do on Awaji Island this winter season!