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5 things to do in Japan this February

5 things to do in Japan this February

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Although February is generally a lower season for travel to Japan, this doesn't mean your trip won't be full of exciting adventures! Plus, there are generally lower prices and fewer crowds especially around most notoriously touristy areas. Even though it is quieter season, there are still many festivals and events for you to explore around this beautiful country.

 

1)      Asahikawa Winter Festival


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This large winter festival is in the city of Asahikawa, Japan's second largest city on the northern island. The festival showcases various ice and snow sculptures, and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the largest snow sculpture - a 20 metre high replica of Sumon Castle built in 1994!

If you're travelling with children, Asahikawa provides many activities to keep the kids entertained. From giant ice slides, to snowman making competitions, the kids will always have something to do.



Otaru Snow Light Path Festival


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Otaru is a small fishing village that is located about 30 minutes on the train from Sapporo. Throughout the year, Otaru is a very picturesque town and is even more so in the month of February when the streets are filled with small snow-covered lights. Held from February 9-18, this event lights up the city of Otaru with snow lanterns and small snow statues.


1)      Tokyo Marathon


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This world-famous marathon attracts around 1.7 million spectators and 35,000 participants every year. Initially, the Marathon invites elite international competitors as well as Japanese runners that qualify into the field if they can demonstrate a minimum time. The marathon also accepts applications from anyone who wants to participate, however those applications are selected through a lottery. If you're wanting to witness some of the world's greatest athletes compete as well as seeing some outrageous costumes, the Tokyo Marathon is an event that you wouldn't want to miss. 


1)      Japanese Valentine's Day


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In Japan, women buy chocolate and gifts for men! Men are expected to reciprocate with a gift of their own exactly one month later, on March 14th (White Day). 


1)      Skiing and Snowboarding


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Last but not least, skiing and snowboarding are one of Japan's biggest attractions in the colder months. You better get in quick though as February produces the last of the ideal snow conditions at ski resorts throughout the country. Some of the mentionable ski slopes and resorts in the country include: Nozawa Onsen, Niseko Moiwa, Rusutsu, Sahoro and Hakuba Cortina. What are you waiting for? It's time to hit the slopes!

 

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