KCP students on culture trip in Japan.

KCP’s Winter Program and Fun Things to Do

KCP International Japanese Language School in Shinjuku, Tokyo, has been a leader in Japanese language education for almost 40 years. KCP serves about 900 students per year and is known for its Japanese language and cultural immersion approach in educating.

KCP students at Yamanashi.

KCP students at Yamanashi.

KCP has several terms of study throughout the year to make it more flexible to fit into any hectic academic plan. The term lengths can range anywhere from eight weeks to an academic year or more and there is an option for extended study before they start the KCP program. You can combine KCP terms of study in many ways, starting and ending with the terms that meet your own specific timetable for Japanese language study in Tokyo.

KCP students at Meiji Shrine.

KCP students at Meiji Shrine.

KCP’s Winter program

KCP’s winter program usually begins in early January and ends in late March, covering about three months of learning time, coinciding roughly with dates for U.S. college semesters. You can choose from KCP’s three types of lodging when attending school. There’s homestay, where a Japanese host family provides a home away from home, a dormitory, or living independently. Japan offers a memorable experience during winter time!

Fun things to do in Japan in the winter

Seasonal illuminations

Seasonal or Winter illuminations are a glorious sight in the larger cities all across Japan. The dazzling light displays begin sometime in November and run until New Year or even until Valentine’s Day in February.

KCP students visit Aizu, Japan.KCP students visit Aizu, Japan.

Winter festivals and holidays

Winter is a busy travel season in Japan there are festivals and holidays celebrated all across the country. The New Year is the most important of all Japanese holidays. The entire country shuts down from December 30 to January. In February catch the Sapporoo Snow Festival, a week-long annual winter festival held in Odori Park, Sapporo, every second week of February. Then there the popular Japanese Doll Festival, the Hina Matsuri features the display of ornamental dolls along red carpet platforms and is held on the 3rd of March. The also in March is hunbon no Hi, a day in spring where there are equal number of hours for darkness and light. Special services are usually held at the Buddhist temples in Tokyo and all over Japan.


Japan is a mountainous region; it is not surprising that there are about 600 ski resorts in some of the most beautiful places in the country. Japan is already known as a world class skiing destination with a roster of international clientèle. During the postwar boom, skiing became a craze among the Japanese, and many developers built ski resorts to accommodate the demand.

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