Japan is a country rich in traditions and brilliant photo opportunities. In Tokyo, where spectacular festivals take place right on the streets. Japan is welcoming to travelers from around the world. People are helpful, and do everything they can to make you feel at home. Despite it’s business-like exterior, Tokyo is also spiritual. A few minutes outside the shopping and downtown bustle, you’ll find Taoists temples. They offer a peaceful escape from the hectic city.
With the Christmas season coming up, Tokyo hotels display great Christmas light displays. Most popular is the Festival of Lights. The festival runs usually from around December 13 to Christmas Day. Dates may vary, so confirm before you travel. Be sure to stop by the Marunouchi Nakadori Street. It’s the main street of the Marunouchi area. You’ll find many famous brand shops and shopping malls along this tree-lined street. On top of that the people watching is great. During the holiday season, the trees feature millions of Christmas lights.
During New Year’s eve you can also witness the “Watch-night bell”. It’s an interesting ritual. The night bell rings 108 times at all temples all over the country, only on New Year’s eve. It symbolizes 108 desires that men need to get rid of during the last night of the year. Japanese traditions promise a year filed with happiness and wealth following this ritual.
Thousands people gather in the streets of Tokyo counting down to the final seconds of the year. When the clock strikes twelve, fireworks symbolize the start of another year.
On New Year’s Day, enjoy the special opening of the Imperial Palace Grounds. The traditional “Dezomeshiki” parade, organized by the Tokyo Fire Department, is an event held to pray for a safe year. The parade includes acrobatic stunts performed by Tokyo’s firemen.
Here’s a few popular Tokyo hotels to choose from. These are awesome options year-round. During the holiday season they’ll host events, dinners and shows. You’ll find many other activities celebrated only during this special time of year.
- Mandarin Oriental Hotel
- Park Hyatt Tokyo
- Dai-Ichi Hotel
- Marunouchi Hotel (my personal favourite given the spectacular views and ideal location right above the Tokyo train station)
- Royal Park Hotel