Staying Warm When It’s Winter in Japan

Every season has its pros and cons and there’s really no bad season to visit Japan. The drop in temperature during winter in Japan gives us the chance to see Mount Fuji covered in snow, fill our tummies with ramen that’s perfect for the cold weather, and enjoy a steamy and refreshing onsen experience. Those experiences are wonderful and all, but one still has to deal with the cold weather. For those who are’t big fans of the cold, and those who want to stay warm, this one is for you – how to stay warm and survive the winter in Japan!

Heat Packs

You can easily find these at a convenience store for as cheap as 100yen. Some last for a few hours but others can last up to 8! Open up a pack, put it inside your down jacket, and you’ll immediately be warm.

Hot Vending Machine

Take advantage of the huge number of vending machines scattered throughout Japan! It is possible to buy a hot drink straight from a vending machine – you can usually tell the hot options by the red or orange colored price tag (in comparison to the blue one for icy drinks). A hot can of coffee is a sure way to quickly warm frozen fingers!

Heattech Clothing

This is not sponsored, but Uniqlo’s Heattech line will keep you warm. There are different inner layer clothing to choose from and accessories like gloves and beanies. If you don’t want to purchase clothes, please be sure to dress accordingly with lots of layers to stay warm.


Masks are helpful at preventing the spreading of germs all the time and perfect for keeping your face warm during cold times. Japan has such a huge mask-culture so you can find masks in different sizes and even fashionable ones. And if you happen to wear glasses – no problem! There are masks that prevent glasses from fogging up. Keep your face warm and safe from germs with a mask.

Indoor Activities

If you don’t feel like sightseeing while it’s cold outside, you can do indoor activities like shop, play games at an arcade, or visit a museum. It’s always interesting to see how different cultures celebrate certain holidays and Japan is no exception. You can spend several hours at a department store while enjoying the various winter decorations.


This is a temporary fix before you step outside to the cold air again, however, you might be less inclined to eat these foods any other time. Have your pick from different options of Japanese winter food. Oden, for example, is Japanese food that has its own set-up and choices at convenience stores only during winter. Eating hot food warms your body up, makes your tummy full, and it’s a good way to get energy for outdoor sightseeing!


Winter in Japan isn’t all that bad after learning these different ways to stay warm. Bring on the cold!




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