As the nights grow longer and weather cools the calendar tells us that the holiday season is here. However, compared to our home countries, it can seem at times that Japan is lacking in Holiday Spirit. Thankfully there are a number of places to visit to get your fill of Christmas lights, seasonal treats and holiday music. Here are some of the favorites suggested by our lovely KA readers!
大阪 Osaka Osaka has a German Market in the open plaza space under Umeda Sky Building (accessible by foot from both Hankyu Umeda and JR Osaka stations). They sell amazing Christmas decorations from Germany.
Kobe 神戸 Luminarie in Kobe is the anual lighted walkway that is a memorial to victims of the Great Hanshin Earthquake (95). It is not recommended to take small children on account of the crowds. It starts at a point 10 minutes from Sannomiya Station.
Caretta in Shiodome always has impressive illuminations and usually has a pretty big crowd because they do a light show every 15min-30min.
Moto Fuchie Park near Takenotsuka in Adachi-ku has many lights, some set to music and even trees lit up leadingfrom the station to the park. Live holiday music also can be heard on the weekends. Even when it is crowded it is nowhere near as crowded as more well known places in Tokyo.
Traveling has always been a part of life for Houdini whether through books, tales from friends or family vacations. As her kids grow she enjoys the adventures that come with traveling with children and exploring places within a few hours travel of Tokyo.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain