DirectRooms.com reveals that travelers to Kyoto in January 2011 will be swept into the festive atmosphere of the New Year celebrations
Online PR News – 23-December-2010 – – The festive period last for three days between 1st January and 3rd of January and Japanese people celebrate ‘oshogatsu’ or ‘shogatsu’ by closing down businesses and spending time with friends and family.
‘Year forgetting parties’, known as ‘bonenkai’ take place all over the country and Japanese people celebrate leaving their old troubles and worries behind. Homes are cleaned and decorated with plum trees and pine ornaments, which symbolize new beginnings.
Most people will visit the temple or shrine, with the most popular time being at the turn of the New Year on 1st January. As the clock strikes midnight the large temple bells ring out across the city.
Japanese people mark 1st January as a very auspicious day and it is customary to begin this day by watching the sunrise. Visitors staying in cheap Kyoto hotels can take part in the custom and watch the sunrise over the spectacular city.
On 2nd January the Tokyo Imperial Palace is opened to the public and the Emperor will make a number of appearances. The New Year celebration is one of the only times the palace grounds are opened to the public. The other occasion is on the Emperor’s birthday.
Lek Boonlert, marketing head at DirectRooms.com commented: “New Year celebrations are at the heart of all Japanese people and visitors can take part in these fantastic celebrations. Hotels will book up quickly as people return to the city to spend time with family and friends so book in advance to guarantee the best deals.”