Best 7 Destinations You Absolutely Must Visit in Japan in January 2020

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There are a lot of attractive sightseeing destinations in Japan. So probably you feel deferent to choose where to visit during vacation. In this article, our recommendations must-visit destinations in winter in Japan!

【NAGANO】 Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park (地獄谷野猿公苑・スノーモンキー)

Jikokudani Monkey Park (地獄谷野猿公苑) is only one spot in the world that we can look at monkeys who take an Onsen (hot spring). There is the park in Yamanouchi town in the north area in Nagano prefecture. Recently, the park is a well known most popular destination for foreign tourists in the winter season’s Nagano. A lot of monkeys in the onsen may wait that you come!


【Hokkaido】 Niseko Ski Resort (ニセコ)

Niseko Ski Resort is one of the highest quality ski resorts in the world. Niseko was voted into the world’s top 10 ski resorts. Coming in at No. 6 it was the highest-ranked of the new entries in the poll in march 2008. After 2008, Niseko was voted many world ski resort rankings. The characteristic points of Niseko are the powder snow environment.

→Best 7 Destinations You Absolutely Must Visit in Japan in January 2020

【Gifu】 Shirakawago (白川郷)


Shirakawago (白川郷) is located deep in the mountains in Gifu prefecture. In 1995, Shirakawago was registered as a World Heritage Site. Big Japanese traditional houses are called “Gassho Dukuri”. There are attractive events each season.

It will snow from mid-December to late March in Shirakawago. While the winter season, there is a light-up event every year. Please enjoy the collaboration between snow and illumination and traditional houses.


【Okinawa】 Nago Area Cherry Blossom (沖縄の桜)

Maybe you feel a little bit sad because you can’t see cherry blossoms that a symbol of Japan in winter. However, there is a place where you can see cherry blossoms in Japan in winter! That is Okinawa! Okinawa is the peak cherry blossom season from January to February. Okinawan cherry blossoms, unlike the mainland varieties, are called Hikanzakura.

→Visit Okinawa

【Nagano】 Suwa Omiwatari (御神渡り)

Omiwatari is an unbelievable phenomenon in Suwa Lake where is located in the center in Japan. Local residents are looking forward to seeing this scenery which is a phenomenon where a frozen lake cracks and swells, however, it is not every year. If you are lucky, you’ll see Omiwatari!

→Suwa Area

【Yamagata】 Zao (蔵王)

Zao Ski Area, located in Yamagata city in the northeastern region of Tohoku. It is one of Japan’s most renowned snow tourist destinations. This traditional hot spring area surrounded by nature, rich restaurants, souvenir shops.

【Nagano】 Hakuba Ski Resort (白馬)

10 ski resort in Hakuba(白馬) is collectively called Hakuba Valley. There is a Hakuba valley in the foot of the Northern Alps in the North area of Nagano. Hakuba Valley is an international mountain resort After this area was used as a place of Nagano Winter Olympic in 1998.

→The Best Guide in Hakuba, Japan-Access, Each season’s activitiy. Onsen, Accommodation and much more-

→Best 7 Ski Resorts for A Day Trip From Tokyo 2019-2020

→Nagano Winter Trip

→The 7 Best Hakuba Luxury&Boutiqu Accommodations/Hotels in Nagano, Japan

Let’s go attractive winter detinations in Japan!

Winter Japan has a diversity of sightseeing places, ski resorts, cherry blossoms, historical sites, lovely animals! Let’s go to the 2020 winter of Japan!


The characteristic points of Nagano prefecture are a fusion between affluent nature and Japanese traditional lifestyle. Nagano is constructed in many town and village, where have originality. These regions have a different history, different culture, different nature, we can feel a side of Nagano as a treasure box.

Northern Alps in Nagano


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