Before we get started, no, the title of this article isn't a typo – Galentine's Day is a pseudo-holiday that has been growing in popularity over recent years. The concept originally came up in an episode of Parks and Recreation aired in 2010 as a way to honor female friendships, and it's celebrated on February 13th, the day before Valentine's Day.

If you're contemplating a little Galentine's Day get-together of your own, this guide covers a number of fun options.

Visit a day spa or onsen

If rest and relaxation takes top spot on your to-do list, heading to one of Japan's many day spas or onsen is the perfect way to do just that. A good option in Tokyo is Spa LaQua, and a little further afield in Kanagawa you'll find Hakone Yunessun, billed as an "onsen theme park" with a variety of quirky baths filled with green tea, wine, and more.

Soak your stress away!
Soak your stress away! (Photo: Kounoichi / CC BY-SA 4.0)

Head out for an afternoon tea

Afternoon tea events present the opportunity for some great food and great conversation with your nearest and dearest, and just about every fancy hotel across the country hosts them. Many events over the winter period are strawberry-themed, with fun menus incorporating this popular seasonal fruit.

Afternoon tea events offer some incredibly presented dishes and the opportunity to enjoy some great conversation with your besties
Afternoon tea events offer some incredibly presented dishes and the opportunity to enjoy some great conversation with your besties (Photo: Nagoya Hilton Co., Ltd.)

Take a cooking class

Going one better than dining out for a special meal is learning how to make it for yourself, and there are some great cooking class options across the country. Several choices are listed right here on the Japan Travel site, including a homestyle Japanese cooking class, a ramen and gyoza making class, or a sushi making experience -- not only do you get to enjoy the food you make, but you get to create some great memories as you cook.

A cooking class is a fun way to spend time with friends and learn a new skill!
A cooking class is a fun way to spend time with friends and learn a new skill! (Public Domain)

Plan a snow trip

If you and your gal pals are the adventurous type, why not plan a snow trip? A convenient spot for Tokyoites is Gala Yuzawa, which has a seasonal shinkansen stop and can be accessed in around 90 minutes from Tokyo. You literally exit the station's ticket gates and enter the resort! This region of Niigata Prefecture is also renowned for sake, so if you've got the time to stick around for longer than a day trip, be sure to check out some of the breweries in the area.

Gala Yuzawa is easy to access from Tokyo, and presents a fun, active way to spend a day out with friends
Gala Yuzawa is easy to access from Tokyo, and presents a fun, active way to spend a day out with friends (Photo: Roodee / CC BY 2.0)

Go glamping

If you've got enough time for a weekend getaway, glamping is a fun option that has grown in popularity across Japan in recent years. This great guide covers some of the best glamping spots across the country which are perfect for a girls trip -- or even a romantic getaway for Valentine's Day if you're looking ahead!

Glamping provides a fun weekend getaway option
Glamping provides a fun weekend getaway option (Photo: Pica Fujiyama)