5 Reasons Why You Should Be Traveling to Japan in December
We plan on traveling back to Japan in December and people often ask me, is this a good time to travel to Japan? I think December is a great time to travel to Japan, for a number of reasons. Here are a few reasons why!
1. It’s Cold Enough To Enjoy a Hot Onsen
One of my favorite things to do in Japan is enjoy an onsen. If you’re not familiar with the term, an onsen is a Japanese hot spring. You can read my post Flawless Onsen Etiquette, if you want to learn more. But in December, you can travel to places like Nagano and indulge in beautiful snowy onsens. This is one of my all-time favorite travel experiences! I still enjoy a good onsen in the summer, but there’s nothing like a hot onsen in cold weather. The Hotel Myojinkan in Matsumoto is one of the top onsens in all of Japan!
2. Less Tourists
Another great part about traveling to Japan in December is that it’s the low point in tourism. Although I love seeing Fall and Cherry Blossoms, these times of year are very busy. I think Japan is just as enjoyable in the low season.
3. It’s Slightly Cheaper to Travel
Prices for hotels and airfare in Japan are higher during peak times. If you travel to Japan in December, you will pay slightly less for nicer hotels like the Park Hyatt in Tokyo.
4. Skiing in Hokkaido
Skiing in Hokkaido, Japan is one of the best places in the world. Skiers from all over the world, especially Australia and Asia, come to Hokkaido for its fresh powder and snow.
5. You Can See the Snow Monkeys in Nagano
Another great part about traveling to Japan in December and in the winter is that you can not only travel to Nagano, but you can visit the famous snow monkeys at Jigokudani Monkey Park. This snow monkey onsen is one of the most popular attractions in all of Japan. Simply purchase a JR Pass, take the Shinkansen to Nagano and explore!
Book Your JR Pass
If you plan on traveling outside of Tokyo, you will need a JR Pass. It’s extremely expensive to take the train or Shinkansen around Japan without one! The pass is super easy to buy and can be used for a variety of different date spans. Order your pass here and have it shipped to you via UPS!