TOPMachiya & Kyoto GuideNew Year’s Guide: Kyoto City, Japan

New Year's Traditions and Guide in Kyoto

Japan has many traditions and customs to ring in the New Year, or “Oshogatsu” in Japanese, as it is the most important holiday period in the country. It is a time for family and friends to gather and take part in traditions which date back centuries.

For non-native Japanese, some of the customs may be confusing and difficult to understand, as most have a base in the Shinto religion.

We’ve rounded up some of the most common New Year’s traditions you might encounter on your travels through the country, as well as some recommendations on our must visit shrines during this holiday.  Find out how you can get in on the fun and celebrate New Years in Kyoto like the locals!

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