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

Setsubun in Tokyo
Things to do

Setsubun in Tokyo

The February 3 Setsubun festival is not just a bean-throwing affair but also one to cleanse away evil spirits. Join in the festivities at these temples in Tokyo

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

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

Join in with the winter festivals
Things to do

Join in with the winter festivals

Although summer and autumn are when most of Tokyo’s major festivals take place, there’s still more than enough matsuri action going on between December and March. While Setsubun on February 3 is the most important festival during this time, you’ll find a nice lineup of other, quirkier celebrations both in and around the capital.

Essential Tokyo exhibitions for winter
Art

Essential Tokyo exhibitions for winter

Fancy seeing an art show this weekend but no idea where to go? Well look no further. You can't go wrong if you head down to one of our favourite art exhibitions taking place in Tokyo this winter. Or, you could wear a warm coat and check out Tokyo's best outdoor art, choose from all exhibits on right now, or consider investing in a collection of your own.

Catch Mount Fuji in its full glory

Catch Mount Fuji in its full glory

Mount Fuji is indisputably Japan’s national symbol, but it also likes to hide from sight for large chunks of the year – except in winter. The clear skies and the snowcap on the mountain mean that good ol’ Fuji-san is properly visible from various viewpoints in Tokyo and surrounds between November and February. For the best vistas, get up high. Free options include the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Observatories and the Bunkyo Civic Centre. For that picture-perfect Instagram shot, head towards Lake Kawaguchi for the Chureito Pagoda. Otherwise, enjoy more unusual views from Fuji-Q Highland amusement park at the foot of Mount Fuji, or travel to Inamuragasaki in Kamakura to see Fuji from a beach.

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

Where to drink hot sake in Tokyo
Bars and pubs

Where to drink hot sake in Tokyo

Where to head for the capital's best hot booze, the perfect antidote to the winter cold

Best hot chocolate in Tokyo
Restaurants

Best hot chocolate in Tokyo

Warm up with a hot cup of lip-smacking chocolatey goodness

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