Your ultimate guide to the best winter in Tokyo

Our pick of the seasonal experiences you shouldn't miss between December and March

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Art Rink - PR shot

Crisp chilly air, clear blue skies − winter in Tokyo is beautiful. Sure, you’d want to soak in an onsen all the time, but you’d be missing out. Mount Fuji is especially stunning this time of the year, the plum blossoms are in full bloom and the city is bejewelled with millions and millions of tiny lights, so bundle up in your warmest clothes and see Tokyo in all its icy splendour.

Also see: 88 of the best things to do in Tokyo.

Things to do

Festive light displays
Things to do

Festive light displays

Discover the beauty of the wintertime city – it's your guide to the top Tokyo light-ups

Best places to go ice-skating in Tokyo and Yokohama
Things to do

Best places to go ice-skating in Tokyo and Yokohama

Lace up your skates and glide around the capital's frosty selection of indoor and outdoor ice rinks

Christmas markets in Tokyo
Shopping

Christmas markets in Tokyo

Get your gifts and ornaments here – and reward yourself with a pint while you're at it

The best spots for plum-viewing in and around Tokyo
Things to do

The best spots for plum-viewing in and around Tokyo

The top places for welcoming the first signs of spring

The best indoor sports facilities in Tokyo
Sport and fitness

The best indoor sports facilities in Tokyo

Ping pong, squash and more – enjoy a good game no matter the weather

Winter eats

What to eat in Tokyo this winter
Restaurants

What to eat in Tokyo this winter

The seasonal delicacies you won't want to miss during the cold months

Best restaurants and bars with fireplaces in Tokyo
Restaurants

Best restaurants and bars with fireplaces in Tokyo

There’s nothing like an open fire on a cold night, and these restaurants and bars feature fireplaces for you to cosy up by with a good meal

Best kotatsu cafés and restaurants in Tokyo
Restaurants

Best kotatsu cafés and restaurants in Tokyo

Dine at tables with 'heated blankets' in the middle of winter – these kotatsu-equipped cafés, bars and restaurants will keep you warm and toasty

Best hotpot and chanko nabe restaurants in Tokyo
Restaurants

Best hotpot and chanko nabe restaurants in Tokyo

Gather round for these belly-warming hot pot dishes

Tokyo’s best oden restaurants
Restaurants

Tokyo’s best oden restaurants

Ten great places to enjoy one of Japan’s favourite comfort foods

Warm up with a bath

The best Tokyo onsen and bathhouses
Health and beauty

The best Tokyo onsen and bathhouses

Your complete guide to where and how to go hot-spring bathing in Tokyo

Best tattoo-friendly sento in Tokyo
Health and beauty

Best tattoo-friendly sento in Tokyo

Got ink? These welcoming bathhouses won't mind

Ring in the new year

Tokyo’s top ten New Year’s Eve bells
Things to do

Tokyo’s top ten New Year’s Eve bells

Swing away your sins and start the new year fresh at these Tokyo temples

New Year's Eve events and parties in Tokyo
Things to do

New Year's Eve events and parties in Tokyo

Where to welcome the new year with a bang – Tokyo's best countdown parties, gigs and shows. We've got December 31 2018 sorted