Experience Japanese style Christmas and New Year’s holiday in Ikebukuro

Christmas is one of the most festive events for Japanese. Ikebukuro presents joyful Christmas atmosphere from mid-November with brightly decorated shops and pretty-looking Christmas cakes sold in department stores’ food sections. Do not miss the beautiful illumination lighting up throughout the town.

While Christmas is for friends and lovers, New Year’s holiday is a family event in Japan. Relatives get together for New Year’s greetings or wishing safety of the year in temples and shrines. Traditional and celebratory New Year’s meal is called “Osechi” which is available in various kinds at Ikebukuro’s department stores.

New Year’s “Osechi” meal

Through year-end to the New Year is also a bargain season for home electronics, clothes or everyday items offering at lower prices.

Experience Japanese style Christmas and New Year’s holiday in Ikebukuro as you visit Japan in this season.