Japan is a wonderful country to visit. With dense cities, imperial palaces, immense mountainous areas and much much more, Japan has something for everyone to enjoy. This country is a very popular destination for Chinese tourists and migrants, due to the relative proximity from China to Japan. For this reason, if you are visiting Japan in February, you will be in a great place to celebrate the Chinese new year. Read on to discover the best ways to celebrate this occasion.
Enjoy One of the Fantastic Events
Although Japan no longer officially celebrates the Lunar New Year, many festivities still take place across the country to mark the occasion regardless. If you’re looking for a city entre trip, then start by looking at the Tokyo Hotel Prices and then consider which nearby festival to attend. We recommend that you opt for Yokohama Chukagai. Only a 40-minute train journey away from the heart of Tokyo, Yokohama China Town offers marvelous performances to celebrate the Chinese new year. Enjoy the beautiful costumes and impressive talents portrayed through the traditional Dragon and Lion dances. Intended to chase away evil spirits and welcome prosperity, these dances represent strength, superiority and stability through the Lion and excellence, power and boldness through the dragon.
As well as these performances, you are also invited to witness fantastic acrobatic performances, spectacular, vibrant displays at the parade, musical performances and, of course, fireworks. If you head to the Kobe Chinatown festival, you can even sample some tai chi at one of their demonstrations and enjoy brilliant little firecrackers.
There is more than one way to celebrate the Chinese new year. Although the festivals in the China Towns are magnificent, this time of year is also about spending time with loved ones over delicious food. So, if you’re in Japan with your family during this time, there is no better way to celebrate than to sit down with your loved ones over delightful cuisine. The idea of this family time is believed to bring good fortune. Once you find the perfect Tokyo hotel prices for you, head over to one of the fantastic restaurants in the area for this food celebration. Dumplings and spring rolls are just a couple of the delightful treats you can enjoy to celebrate t, and in Tokyo, you will be able to enjoy them in some of the finest restaurants in Japan.
Stay up Late
We know that coffee is not recommended after midday; however, you may want to ignore this rule on Chinese New Year. It is a long-standing tradition in Chinese culture to stay up as late as possible on Chinese New Year’s Eve. A practice known as “Shou Sui”, it is believed that the action of staying up late will bless your parents with health and longevity. So, whether you stay up chatting in your accommodation or hit the town to party in the fantastic clubs that the city holds, keep that energy up for as long as possible!