Winter in Kyoto-Osaka
I'm planning to visit Kyoto-Osaka on December 30, 2017 to January 4, 2018 using Seishun 18. What are the things to do and see during winter? and how cold can it get during my travel date?
Hi, I spent a year in Tokyo and during this time of the year and the tepmerature is about the same. You should be expecting temperatures around 0°C. Of course it can get colder, but should no be bellow -10°C.
Especially during these dates, there is a tradition to visit 7 temples dedicated to the 7 lucky gods (shichifukujin). There is one in Kyoto called "Miyako Shichifukujin Meguri". I did not do that one as I was in Tokyo, but if you like temples, it's a fun thing to do and you can get a nice souvenir if you get the calligraphy with the red seals.
Not only in Kyoto, but one thing specific to winter time is usuallt the winter illuminations, so there is for sure some in Kansai, it can be really beautiful.