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Japan in December
Written by Akshaya Manoharan on April 17, 2023 Share on

Japan in December

Japan tourism in December is beautiful, as the country is transformed into a winter wonderland. The weather in Japan during December is generally cold and dry, with occasional snowfall in some regions. With Japan tour packages it will be a great way to see the country without worrying about the details.

December Weather in Japan

Temperature: The average temperature in Japan during December ranges from 3°C to 12°C (37°F to 54°F) depending on the region. The northern parts of Japan, like Hokkaido, experience much colder temperatures, with the average temperature below freezing.

  • Precipitation: December is a relatively dry month with lower chances of rainfall compared to the previous months. However, some regions like Hokkaido and the Japan Alps may receive snowfall, creating picturesque winter landscapes.
  • Daylight: In December, the daylight hours are shorter, with sunset typically around 4:30 pm. This gives visitors plenty of time to experience the magical winter illuminations and holiday festivities that take place throughout the country.
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Japan’s December events and festivals

  1. Christmas Illuminations – Many cities in Japan, particularly Tokyo and Osaka, light up their streets with stunning Christmas illuminations. These light displays are a popular attraction and draw visitors from all over the world.
  2. New Year’s Celebrations – New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are significant events in Japan, with many traditions and customs observed during this time. Visitors can enjoy temple and shrine visits, food and drinks, and other festivities that take place during the holiday season.
  3. Tokyo Auto Salon – This event is held in January, but it starts in late December and is one of the biggest automotive shows in the world. Car enthusiasts can see the latest models, custom cars, and other exciting exhibits.
  4. Sapporo Snow Festival – Although the festival takes place in February, preparations begin in December. Visitors can witness the creation of massive snow sculptures and enjoy various winter activities.
  5. Kobe Luminarie – This event is held in Kobe and is a beautiful light display that commemorates the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995. The event features a beautiful display of lights and music.
  6. Chichibu Night Festival – This festival is held in Saitama and is one of the three biggest festivals in Japan. Visitors can enjoy a procession of floats and fireworks.

Average expenses for a visit to Japan in December 

ExpenseAverage Cost in INR
Flight35,000 – 50,000
Accommodation4,000 – 8,000 per night
Food1,500 – 3,000 per day
Transportation2,000 – 4,000 per day
Sightseeing1,500 – 3,000 per day

Overall, December is a great time to visit Japan for those who enjoy winter sports, hot springs, and festive holiday celebrations. It is advisable to pack warm clothing for the colder temperatures, especially for those planning to visit the northern regions.

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