Japanese Events and Festivals December 2018

/Japanese Events and Festivals December 2018
Japanese Events and Festivals December 20182018-10-15T09:59:16+00:00

Japan has countless events and festivals that take place all year round. We listed below the Japanese events and festivals December 2018 to help you plan your perfect itinerary! Before jumping down to the events and festivals let’s learn a little more about Japan’s weather and tradition for December.

Christmas In Japan

If you are planning to visit Japan for Christmas, prepare to feast your eyes for beautiful Winter Illuminations! Although Christmas is not a Japanese holiday, traveling around Christmas in Japan is not as bad as doing so in Western countries.

Plan ahead of time and make reservations early if you are planning to celebrate Christmas in Japan because the end of December and Early December are busiest season for travel in the country. Most companies in Japan are on holiday from the last week of December to first week of January, which makes it difficult to place a reservation if not done ahead of time.

Upcoming Japanese Events and Festivals

Kyoto Arashiyama Hanatouro – Illuminations

Date: Early – Mid December
Event Schedule: 5:00pm – 8:30pm
Admission: Free

Kyoto

Kobe Luminarie 2018

Date: Early – Mid December
Admission: Free

Hyogo

Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri

Date: December 15 -18
Admission: Free

Nara

Nagasaki Christmas

Date: Late November – Late December

Nagasaki

Nagasaki Christmas

Date: Early December – Late December
Event Schedule: 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Admission: Free

Hyogo

Ramen Expo 2018

Date: Early December – Late December
Event Schedule: 10:00am – 9:00pm
Admission: Free

Osaka

Glover Garden Night Illumination

Date: Mid November – Late December
Event Schedule: 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Nagasaki

Festival of the Lights Osaka

Date: Mid November – Late December

Osaka

Sendai Pageant of Starlight

Date: Early December – Late December
Admission: Free

Miyagi

Okera Mairi: Old Year’s Eve at Yasaka-jinja Shrine

Date: December 31 – January 1
Event Schedule: 7:00pm – 5:00am
Admission: Free

Kyoto

Iwaki Hikari no Sakura (Light Cherry Blossoms)

Date: Early December – Early January
Event Schedule: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Admission: Free

Fukushima

Saga Light Fantasy

Date: Late October – Early January
Event Schedule: 5:00pm – 11:59pm
Admission: Free

Saga

Sapporo White Illumination

Date: Late November – Mid March
Admission: Free

Hokkaido

“Light of Versailles” Winter Illumination

Date: Late October – Late March
Admission: ¥1,000 (on the door)

Shizuoka

Events Information Source: Japan Cheapo Events