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.
5 Must-Visit Hokkaido Spots During Christmas
Whenever we talk about Christmas in Japan, most of us immediately imagine a snowy image and naturally associate it with Hokkaido.
8 Things to Know About New Year's in Japan
All about Japan's biggest holiday of the year!
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.
Tokyo's Top Christmas Markets
Grab a glass of hot wine and find some unique gifts—and unforgettable experiences—at Tokyo's top Christmas markets!
3 Awesome Ozoni Recipes
This special soup is usually only eaten one day of the year!
Explore Sapporo’s Fall Color Spots by Subway
While there are countless famous places in Hokkaido to enjoy the colors of fall, this piece focuses on the downtown autumn foliage spots that are conveniently accessible from the Sapporo subway.
8 Tokyo Churches for a Christian Christmas
While Christmas in Japan is mostly a holiday for couples, there are still chances to celebrate the religious side for those so inclined.
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!
New Year's at Naritasan Shinshoji Temple!
Texan in Tokyo takes you on a traditional Japanese New Year's journey!
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?
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.
5 Spots to Watch New Year's Fireworks in Japan
There's nothing like bright lights to bring in the New Year!
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 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!
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!
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.
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!
Celebrate Oshogatsu Like a Native!
Learn all about how to celebrate New Year's in Japan!