Winter in Tokyo may not be the ideal image of a holiday getaway that you had in mind. In fact, it’s one of the least busy times for tourism in the area. Most people prefer to go during the spring while cherry blossoms are in full bloom, or fall to see the beautiful autumn leaves, and even in the summer to take advantage of Japans great weather. But why not winter?
Winter in Tokyo has some amazing things to offer. Even going just for new years is worth the trip. It’s a time of deep cultural significance, vibrant colour, and a kind of warming comfort you have to experience to understand. You can find a host of cultural events and traditions to take part in during Shogatsu through our previous blogs. If there is ever a time to experience Japan at it’s most, this is it.
So, if you’re looking for ways to stay warm on your next trip, here is our list of our top 5 things to do and see next winter in Tokyo.
A perfect Winter in Tokyo Starts With Chanko-Nabe and Sumo
Winter in Tokyo can be cold, looking for something warm to fill your belly after a long day exploring Tokyo, look no further.
Within Tokyo’s Ryogoku district or “sumo town” as many call it, is Kappo Yoshiba. This restaurant is one of the few places where you can order Chanko-Nabe while watching Sumo Jinku, a type of Japanese folk music, in a sumo ring. But what you should really be here for is the delicious Nabe.
What is Chanko-Nabe? Chanko-Nabe or Sumo Stew is a robust hot pot filled with all kinds of vegetables and tons of protein in a rich dashi and chicken broth. This well-balanced meal is traditionally eaten by sumo wrestlers but also enjoyed at home or some restaurants. It’s the perfect food to warm you on a cold winters’ day.
Yokohama Ramen Museum
Just minutes from downtown Tokyo is Japan’s famous cup noodle museum. This museum is completely dedicated to the history of cup noodles, and even features and assembly line where you too can make the cup ramen of your dreams. You can choose between a variety of flavours, mixing and match whichever you want, from sausage and egg to curry sea food, or even just pork broth for the more conservative of taste buds. let your creative side out and create your perfect instant noodles.
If your interested in trying a ramen from all over Japan, Yokohama has a second ramen museum that may be more suited to your interests. The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum as stated by the museum itself, “is devoted to the Japanese ramen noodle soup and features a small recreation of Tokyo in the year 1958, the year instant noodles were invented”. The entire museum is modelled after 1960’s Japan, each shop a different building within the museum with no detail too small to be spared. Not only will this scenic museum take you on a journey, but so will its rich savoury ramen.
Club Many Onsen
After a long day of eating ramen, you might want to relax in one of Tokyo’s and the surrounding area’s many onsens and sentos.
Winter in Tokyo is best enjoyed in theses warm mineral baths, one of the best places to go to is Club Many Onsen. Offering stunning views of Yokohama bay, this day spa is one of the only spas with a warm rooftop bath. This luxurious spa offers multiple steam and hot rooms ranging in temperature. Each room provides space to lie down, relax, and enjoy the soothing sounds of the Japanese countryside.
While you’re here make sure to stay for Maguro kaitai show. This is quite the event to see and is defiantly something most people don’t get to see on their trip to Japan. If you stick around to try bite, you’ll find it’s one of the most delicious, fresh, and succulent pieces of sashimi that you’ve ever tasted.
Tokyo Skytree, the tallest building in Japan, is just a few minutes walk away form Asakusa station. The massive tower stands 451.2m (1,480ft) tall, and is the worlds largest broadcasting tower.
During winter in Tokyo, the crisp cool air is clearer than most other times of year. It’s this time that provides the best views of mount Fuji, Tokyo bay and the surrounding city. Great for that perfect Tokyo cityscape photo you’re looking for.
After your done, take a walk to Asakusa to see the famous red Asakusa Kaminarimon. Take a jinrikisha through the side streets and enjoy everything the area has to offer.
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