Despite having a Christian population of roughly 1%, Christmas is a big deal in Japan. It’s playing from speakers, appearing in stores and even decorating the streets.
There’s no denying the spirit of Christmas consumerism is alive and well. So when the cold weather creeps in and you find yourself wondering what to do for Christmas in Tokyo, just do as the locals do: eat KFC, look at night illuminations and go to a German Christmas market!
It’s all guaranteed to delight! On our quest to complete this checklist, we found ourselves heading to, arguably, the greatest market of them all: the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Christmas Market.
Date Night at the Yokohama Christmas Market
We arrived in daylight, rugged up against Yokohama’s chilly ocean breezes. Standing before the entrance archway, with twinkling lights and steaming food stalls ahead, the excitement set in.
All around us, couples clutched each others arms, sipped at steaming cups of mulled wine and posed for selfies. Then we realised, it was Christmas Eve—the biggest date night of the year in Japan—and this was the most romantic spot in town. So the three of us leaned into it and got in line for a hot beverage.
(You can read the rest of the article at this link. This article was first published by Team JJ on December 22, 2020. Check here for deeper and unique insights into visiting Japan, including wellness, travel, cuisine and more. Find us on Instagram and on Facebook.)
Author: Team JJ