Beautiful does not even begin to describe Tokyo, regardless of any season. It is colorful and vibrant all year long and it is never short of activities, i.e. Tokyo honeymoon tours, Tokyo garden tours, Tokyo educational tours, to name a few. However, for many visitors who want to make their trip to Tokyo a little bit more different than usual, they can consider planning out a winter Tokyo tour. Below are some ideas for your dream Japan trip during the snowy months.
Enjoy the Winter Specialty Food.
Tokyo winters are often sunny with rare snow or rain, but the temperature is just right to call for hot Japanese food to warm your belly. The most popular is the ramen. There are hundreds of restaurants in the city that offer a piping hot bowl of noodles with some grilled meat on top. You can even contact your Tokyo Guided Tours and have a Tokyo food tour customized, wherein you can sample a wide variety of Japanese noodles other than ramen. From Michelin star restaurants, traditional ramen shops, to budget-friendly Tokyo ramen bars, the options are endless.
Tokyo in Winter is also the best time to drink hot sake. The Japanese alcoholic beverage can be cold, freezing, or even piping hot. To up your sake tasting game, you can also pair this drink, which is made from fermented rice, with different Japanese snacks and meat dishes.
Celebrate New Year, Tokyo Style.
Unlike its Asian neighbors, Japan celebrates the New Year in a solemn and quiet manner, often surrounded by family. While there are Tokyo New Year countdown parties or fireworks displays everywhere, this may be the time to enjoy activities that only happen this time of the year. For starters, you can enjoy a well-prepared Osechi, traditional Japanese cuisine eaten during the first three days of the New Year.
It is also only during select days in winter that the inner gardens of the Imperial Palace are open to the public. December 23, the Emperor’s birthday, and January 2, the Emperor addresses the Japanese citizens, are perfect times. Moving forward in January, you can also mark your calendars for the beginning of sumo tournaments.
Most professional Tokyo tour guides strongly recommend for one to visit temples or Japanese shrines as part of the tradition called Hatsumōde. It involves making their first temple visit of the New Year. The Meiji Shrine is incredibly popular among Tokyo tourists. While inside the shrine visitors can purchase an omikuji, a small piece of paper where one’s future is said to be written.
See the Illuminations.
Tokyo may not always have snow during winter (or even none at all), but every year it turns into a colorful and sparkling wonderland. The illumination displays in the streets of Tokyo and around the trees in Omotesando or Roppongi Hills are incredible sights to see. Walking along the bright, colorful path sounds very romantic, which is an activity that can be added for Tokyo honeymoon tours.
Relax in an Onsen.
Hakone and most Northern parts of Japan are homes to natural hot springs accompanied by majestic views. Tokyo also has a handful of onsens (volcanic hot springs) and Santos (bath places with heated tap water). This relaxing activity is a great way to take a break from busy private Tokyo tours and enjoy the beautiful weather of Japan.
Whether you are planning your trip to Tokyo in winter or any other season, nothing can beat the advantages of registering for a Tokyo private tour. Wherever you are in the United States, Tokyo Escapes is here to help make sure your Tokyo vacation will be a lot more convenient and pleasant. They are a highly experienced team of American tour guides who have years of experience in exploring Japan and would be more than happy to turn your dream vacation into a reality. They specialize in customizing various private tours, i.e. Tokyo honeymoon tours, Tokyo garden tours, Tokyo education tours, to name a few. Visit Tokyo Escape’s website or call (972) 729–9475 today to learn more about their services.