When the days become shorter and teeth-grittingly cold, locals set up a kotatsu in their living rooms, a table with a heated duvet that is impossible to get out of once you’re settled in. If you happen to own one of these odd-looking centre-pieces in your living room, that is admittedly one good reason to stay in all day – but we’ll give you 15 reasons to go out.
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. Mt Fuji is especially stunning this time of the year, the plum blossoms are in full bloom, and the city is bejewelled with millions of shimmering lights for the annual illumination displays, so bundle up in your warmest clothes and see Tokyo in all its icy splendour.
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