Japan has countless events and festivals that take place all year round. We listed below the Japanese events and festivals January 2019 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 January.

January is one of the coldest months in Japan, despite of the cold temperature January still packs a lot of events and festivals all around the country. Winter in Japan is mostly sunny which makes it perfect for the events and festivals to take place.

Japanese New Year Tradition

New Year (Oshogatsu) is the most important holiday period in Japan. Most companies in the country shuts down from the last week of December to first week of January. As a Japanese tradition families and relatives head together to shrines and temples for their first visit of the New Year.

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

Date: December 31, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Event Schedule: 7:00pm – 5:00am
Admission: Free


Nijo-jo Castle Garden Special Opening

Date: January 1-4, 2019
Event Schedule: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Admission: ¥400


Iwaki Hikari no Sakura (Light Cherry Blossoms)

Date: Early December – Early January, 2019
Event Schedule: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Admission: Free


Saga Light Fantasy

Date: Late October – Early January, 2019
Event Schedule: 5:00pm – 11:59pm
Admission: Free


Toka Ebisu Festival

Date: Early – Mid January, 2019
Admission: Free


Shittenoji Doyadoya Festival

Date: Mid January, 2019
Event Schedule: 2:30pm – 6:00pm
Admission: Free


Oni Hashiri – Ogres and Flaming Torches

Date: January 14, 2019
Event Schedule: 1:00pm – 11:00pm
Admission: Free


Nozawa Fire Festival

Date: January 13-15, 2019
Event Schedule: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Admission: Free


Miyoshi Bonden Matsuri

Date: January 17, 2019
Admission: Free


Wakakusa Yamayaki

Date: Late January, 2019
Event Schedule: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Admission: Free


Kayabuki no Sato Snow Lantern Festival

Date: Late January – Early February, 2019
Event Schedule: 3:00pm – 8:00pm
Admission: Free


Sapporo White Illumination

Date: Late November – Mid March, 2019
Admission: Free


“Light of Versailles” Winter Illumination

Date: Late October – Late March, 2019
Admission: ¥1,000


Events Information Source: Japan Cheapo Events