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6 Most-Visited New Year's Shrines & Temples

Check out these statistics to find out which temple or shrine has the largest number of attendees during New Year's—and maybe find out the spots to avoid!

Spoil Yourself with New Year's Mystery Bags

If you’ve ever visited Japan or Japanese online shops around New Year's, you’re bound to have seen some mysterious bags called “fukuburo” appearing on the shelves. Read on to find out how to get the most out of them!

7 Reasons to Experience New Year's in Japan

After the romance from Christmas Eve has settled, Japan turns to the New Year's holiday as a time of family reunions and traditions that you won't want to miss!

A One-of-a-Kind Coming of Age Day

From souped up cars to bungee jumping off Japan's tallest bridge, these adults are bringing their own sense of style to Coming of Age Day 2016!

Sweet Osechi

Kill two birds with one stone—satisfying your sweet tooth and buying osechi for New Year's—by heading over to Ginza Cozy Corner for a special turn-of-the-year treat.

New Year's Photos in the Meiji Period

Ever wonder what New Year's would be like in Japan at the turn of the 20th century? Thanks to photographer Kozaburo Tamura, we can take a glimpse into New Year's past!

Two Big-Name Shrines for Hatsumode

You can't go wrong visiting your local shrine in the first three days of the New Year to pray for a healthy and prosperous year. But if you're going to go out, why not go big?

The Complete Guide to Osechi Ryori

In addition to watching the sunrise on the first day of the New Year, be prepared to gorge yourself on tiny dishes that have auspicious meanings.

3 Awesome Ozoni Recipes

This special soup is usually only eaten one day of the year!

Celebrate Oshogatsu Like a Native!

Learn all about how to celebrate New Year's in Japan!

Bring in the New Year with Kit Kat

Kit Kat has been known in Japan for its off-the-wall flavors. For 2016, the company is ringing in the New Year with decorative boxes and... holograms?

New Year's at Naritasan Shinshoji Temple!

Texan in Tokyo takes you on a traditional Japanese New Year's journey!

What is Otoshidama?

While visions of sugar-plums dance in the heads of children celebrating Christmas, Japanese kids dream of opening an envelope with a special gift inside.

How to Make it to the Office the Day After

We all like to eat and drink endlessly, but nobody likes a stomachache or a hangover. Here are four Japanese tricks for beating the post-party blaaaaghs.

7 Japanese New Year's Traditions Explained

One of Japan's most important holidays, New Year's, brings with it unique customs—some of which date back all the way to the 800s.

Top 3 Part-Time Jobs During the Holidays

The end of December is the busiest time of year in Japan, so almost everywhere is looking for extra help!

6 Things to Do Before New Year's Hits in Japan

Before the clock strikes midnight on January 1, here are a few things that should be checked off before you ring in the New Year!

5 Spots to Watch New Year's Fireworks in Japan

There's nothing like bright lights to bring in the New Year!

5 Places to Catch the First Sunrise in Choshi

This eastern Chiba town is the first to see the sunrise in the land of the rising sun.

8 Things to Know About New Year's in Japan

All about Japan's biggest holiday of the year!