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Romantic Christmas season in Japan

For Eastern countries, Christmas is the most exciting and lively festival of the year. In Japan, the season also comes with gorgeous sceneries, but is somewhat more peaceful and serene. This doesn't stop Japan from becoming one of the must-visit places for both locals and visitors to enjoy this special season.

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Published on 07 Dec 2021, 12:00

As we come to the last month of a long year, I am starting to see the Christmas spirit adorning all the streets and corners of Japan.

The big trees by large roads are all decorated with colorful light strings. Department stores, stations, convenient stores, and supermarkets all have Christmas-themed decorations and goods prepared such as Santa Claus, lights, snow, Christmas trees, gift boxes, etc.

This year, I will be celebrating Christmas in Osaka - Japan's most developed city with many activities to celebrate the festival.

Romantic Christmas season in Japan

It took me 15 hours on the express bus to get from Fukuoka to Osaka, it was a smooth night ride so I was able to get plenty of rest before arriving. You can take other transportations such as ships or planes to save time, but during the festivity times, the tickets will be more expensive than usual.

Winter in Osaka brought a biting cold, with unmelted patches of snow lying around. I was so excited waiting for the night to come to see the bright lit-up city and enjoy the festivity.

Light Festival

My most favorite thing about celebrating Christmas in Osaka was getting to see firsthand the splendid light show on the main streets of the city. I think there are no pictures or videos that can truly describe this beauty.

The illumination system was elaborately installed and the light show was completely free. A city of magnificence and splendor with resounding romantic melodies and gorgeous lights in the freezing winter.

For me, it was one of the most magical and grandest moments ever. Walking along of the long light-filled street, I could really feel the festive atmosphere surrounding this place.

The light show on the street of Osaka
The light show on the street of Osaka

Japan's second Valentine

For Japanese people in general and specifically young people, Christmas has become the second Valentine's Day. In the "absolute romantic" atmosphere of this festival, couples give each other meaningful gifts, heartfelt wishes and loving confessions.

I also chose for myself a warm beanie bought at the Dotonbori pedestrian street as a souvenir for this trip.

Romantic Christmas season in Japan

German Village

One of the busiest and most attractive locations in Osaka during Christmas is the German Village - a small "village" that imitates the Christmas village in the West.

I got the chance to visit food stalls that were shaped like small wooden houses and enjoyed specialty food such as cotton candy, turkey, hot dog, etc.

The staffs were all dressed up as Santa Claus to attract visitors and especially small children. The game booths were also extremely bustling with many cute gifts. A giant Christmas tree was placed in the middle of the village, and even better, you can go inside the tree to see interesting light shows.

The entrance fee to the German village is completely free, you only have to pay for the food and games you participate in, but the average price was also quite reasonable. In the middle of the peaceful and romantic Christmas out there, German Village brought a different, bustling and exciting Christmas atmosphere.

The huge Christmas tree at the German village
The huge Christmas tree at the German village

Christmas celebrations in Japan usually start at around six o'clock in the evening to eleven o'clock at night.

If you have the opportunity, this winter, how about visiting Japan and experiencing a different Christmas here!

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