Japan has countless events and festivals that take place all year round. We listed below the Japanese events and festivals December 2021 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: December 13 to 22, 2021
Event Schedule: 5:00pm – 8:30pm
Admission: Free


Kobe Luminarie 2021

Date: December 06 to 15, 2021
Admission: Free


Kasuga Wakamiya On-Matsuri

Date: December 15 -18
Admission: Free


Nagasaki Christmas

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


Osaka Ramen Expo 2021

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


Glover Garden Night Illumination

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


Festival of the Lights Osaka

Date: November 4, 2021 – January 31, 2021
Admission: Free


Sendai Pageant of Starlight

Date: Mid December – Late December
Admission: Free


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

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


Iwaki Hikari no Sakura (Light Cherry Blossoms)

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


Saga Light Fantasy

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


Sapporo White Illumination

Date: Late November – Mid March
Admission: Free


“Light of Versailles” Winter Illumination

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


Events Information Source: Japan Cheapo Events