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Tours over the New Year Period

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Tours over the New Year Period

I am having trouble finding any tours from the 31st December to the 3rd January, I have checked numerous websites with no such luck. Do they normally occur or is it just I am a little early?

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1. Re: Tours over the New Year Period

New Year is the biggest holiday in Japan. Many attractions and stores are closed for a few days.

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The tours listed here: http://www.japanican.com/index.aspx all include Meiji Shrine Sensoji (Asakusa Kannon) temple or the Imperial Palace. All these places are packed during the New Years holidays; they may just be too crowded to bring the tours into.. You might want to just go on your own to experience the crowds. http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2276.html Here are some pictures that I found: www.flickr.com/photos/honjoren/5063892392/ flickr.com/photos/… www.flickr.com/photos/caryatid/3154990347/

I've never been to shrines or temples on New Years, but I wonder if you might want to try an out-of-the way neighborhood that has lots of temples, and just see what's happening. http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3068.html

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3. Re: Tours over the New Year Period

Tours are mostly "closed" for the holidays. Tour guides need a break, too!

There are local temples and shrines everywhere, and you'll find lots of "action" from the late evening hours of Dec. 31 through Jan. 3. There's no need to go to the big shrines and temples, as the lines will be extremely long and if you're claustrophobic, it can be quite stressful. BUT, if you do want to go check out where 3 million+ people go on Jan.1 - 3, go to Meiji Shrine! Asakusa won't have "that many," but it'll seem like it's a close race.



FYI, Japanican tours don't go to certain destinations (ie Hakone and Mt. Fuji) during Golden Week or mid-summer Obon season as the roads are too congested.

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