Best Things To Do In Tokyo February 2016: Japanese Plum Festival, last chance to see Spectacular Winter / Christmas illuminations, a winter fantasy dreamland of crystal-like ice statues in Sapporo, the HUGE Tokyo Marathon, and Cool and quirky Bean throwing (Setsubon) Festival.
Top Things To Do In Tokyo February 2016: Japanese Plum Festival
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Cherry blossoms get all the glory. But the sturdy and humble plum blossoms are not a sight to be Missed!
Japanese Plum Festival (also known as Ume Festival or Ume Matsuri) begins in February, so you’ll still have to bundle up to go see it, but at least you’ll know spring is on its way.
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Winter Light Shows
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Tokyo is illuminated and sparkling in winter. This is one of the Top Things to do in Tokyo during February. Illuminations are gorgeous and romantic, don’t expect anything subtle here, it’s all about glitter and glam. You can still enjoy the Holiday lights way after New Year’s. In most venues up to February 17th, and even up to March in some of them.
Here’s the Best-Of Tokyo Illuminations:
Venus Fort in Odaiba The goddess Venus looks as if she is showering lights on the Fountain Square. This spectacular shopping mall, Las-Vegas Style, is worth visiting for the glowing sunsets in the artificial sky. Date: Being held until March 17, 2016 Time: Noon to 10:30 p.m. (every hour and half-hour) Getting There: Directly connected to Yurikamome Aomi Station, 3 minutes on foot from Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line See More: Odaiba Tokyo Shinjuku Terrace City Date: until February 17, 2016 Time: 5 p.m. to midnight Getting There: from the South Exit of Shinjuku Station See More: Shinjuku Love Illumination – Tokyo Dome City Date: until February 17, 2015 Time: 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Getting There: Near the Suidobashi Station Marunouchi The elm Trees along Marunouchi street are lit up with “champagne gold” lights, enhancing all the more the sophisticated and Romantic atmosphere of Marunouchi. See More: Marunouchi Area Guide: Restaurants, Hotels, Shopping, Things To Do Date: until February 17, 2016 Time: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. (in December : till midnight) Getting There: by foot from Tokyo Station
More Must-See Tokyo Winter Illumination Spots:
- The chic and elegant night life district of Ginza– trees and designer label stores along Chuo Dori are illuminated especially for Christmas, which makes the area even more spectacular than it usually is.
See More: Ginza
- Omotesando Hills-the Most Elegant mall in the city will never fail to present Magical illuminations. Not to be Missed!
See More: Omotesando
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Setsubun Festival in Japan: February 3
Don’t Miss taking part in the experience of the Setsubun Festival in Japan also known as the Bean throwing festival. People really do throw beans!
Celebrities (usually big Sumo wrestlers) throw roasted-soybeans to drive away the evil.
Setsubun is celebrated the day before the official beginning of spring season. The chilly temperatures in February may not feel like Spring but it truly is the start of the season.
Sesuban is a time for spiritual spring cleaning. During mamemaki (the most famous ritual) people throw soybeans out the door to toss out bad luck and bring good fortune into the home. You can enjoy watching and even participating in this ritual at Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines around Tokyo.
When is the Setsubun Festival in Japan? The Bean Festival in Tokyo is celebrated annually on February 3rd.
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Sapporo Snow Festival: February 5 through 11th, 2016
Not in Tokyo, but very much worth the trouble of traveling, is the Fantasy Snow Festival in Sapporo.
Every year Sapporo turns into an ice museum of sculptures. Its one of Japan’s largest winter events, attracting many local and international visitors.
Every winter, Sapporo boasts spectacular snow statues and ice sculptures which stay there for seven days. These dream-like sculptures turn Sapporo into a winter fantasy dreamland of crystal-like ice and white snow.
Getting There:New Chitose Airport, close to the city of Sapporo, has regular direct international and domestic flights.