Japan has countless events and festivals that take place all year round. We listed below the Japanese events and festivals January 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, 2021 – January 1, 2021
Event Schedule: 7:00pm – 5:00am
Admission: Free


Nijo-jo Castle Garden Special Opening

Date: January 1-4, 2021
Event Schedule: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Admission: ¥400


Toka Ebisu Festival

Date: January 8 -12, 2021
Admission: Free


Saga Light Fantasy

Date: October 30 – January 13, 2021
Event Schedule: 5:00pm – 11:59pm
Admission: Free


Iwaki Hikari no Sakura (Light Cherry Blossoms)

Date: Early December – Mid January, 2021
Event Schedule: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Admission: Free


Oni Hashiri – Ogres and Flaming Torches

Date: January 14, 2021
Event Schedule: 1:00pm – 11:00pm
Admission: Free


Shittenoji Doyadoya Festival

Date: January 14, 2021
Event Schedule: 2:30pm – 6:00pm
Admission: Free


Nozawa Fire Festival

Date: January 13-15, 2021
Event Schedule: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Admission: Free


Miyoshi Bonden Matsuri

Date: January 17, 2021
Admission: Free


Kayabuki no Sato Snow Lantern Festival

Date: Late January – Early February, 2021
Event Schedule: 3:00pm – 8:00pm
Admission: Free


Osaka Castle Illuminage

Date: Early December – Early March, 2021
Event Schedule: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Admission: JPY 1,200 (on the door)


Yunishigawa Onsen Kamakura Festival

Date: Early January – Early March, 2021
Event Schedule: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Admission: JPY 300-500


Sapporo White Illumination

Date: Late November – Mid March, 2021
Admission: Free


“Light of Versailles” Winter Illumination

Date: Late October – Late March, 2021
Admission: ¥1,000


Events Information Source: Japan Cheapo Events