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TORINO ICHI AT HASE TEMPLE (Kanagawa prefecture): Dec. 18, 5-9 p.m.; some Shinto shrines hold a festival of the rooster, which lasts through the night. Hase Temple is a popular site for the event; five-minute walk from Hase Station on Enoden; 300 yen adults, 100 yen children; 0467-22-6300.
HAGOITA ICHI (Tokyo): Through Dec. 19, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; hanetsuki is Japan’s badminton-like game traditionally enjoyed by Japanese girls as a New Year’s pastime, but these days the paddle is valued as an ornament believed to bring good luck; Sensoji Temple in Asakusa; 03-3842-0181.
MUSICAL “CHICAGO” (Tokyo): Through Dec. 19; commemorating 100th anniversary of funding Takarazuka, musical group performed by women; Tokyo International Forum, 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, one-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station; 5,000-9,000-13,000 yen; Kyodo Tokyo 0570-550-799.
NISSAN STADIUM FLEA MARKET (Kanagawa prefecture): Dec. 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 400 dealers participate; Yokohama Stadium, five-minute walk from JR Kozukue Station on Yokohama-Line or a 15-minute walk from JR Shin Yokohama Station; 03-3226-6800.
FCI TOKYO INTERNATIONAL DOG SHOW 2014: Dec. 20 & 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; 1,000 dogs, fashion show and more; Tokyo Big Sight East 5 & 6, three-minute walk from Kokusai-Tenjijo-Seimon, Station Yurikagome Line; 1,300 yen; 03-3251-1652.
WORLD CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL 2014 AT YOYOGI PARK (Tokyo): Dec. 20 & 21; Christmas food and music, along with live dance stages and miscellaneous goods and more; five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station & Meiji Jingu-mae Station on Metro Chiyoda Line, 090-5563-9930.
CHRISTMAS MARKETS AT KOSAKA (Akita prefecture): Dec. 20 & 24, 5-7:30 p.m.; goods such as ornaments, dolls, general merchandise, along with German sausages and cookies, hot wines, and beer, plus performances and illumination; at Meiji Hyakunen-dori Street and Kokusan Koryu Hiroba areas, 30-minute ride from Ohwani Hirosaki I.C. on Tohoku Express; 0186-29-5522.
ODAIBA FIREWORKS (Tokyo): Dec. 20 & 27, 7 p.m.; 1,800 fireworks at Odaiba Kaihin Park and Tori-no Shima Oki; Daiba Station on Shin Yurikamome (monorail) or Tokyo Teleport on Rinkai Line; free; 03-5564-1201.
FARMERS’ MARKET (Saitama prefecture): Dec. 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; vegetables, fruits and flowers direct from the farm; Saitama Super Arena, Saitama Shin Toshin Station on JR Keihin Tohoku, Utsunomiya and Takasaki Lines; free admission; 048-601-1122.
AJINOMOTO STADIUM BIG FLEA MARKET (Tokyo): Dec. 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; with about 800 booths; five-minute walk from Tobitakyu Station, Keio Line; 300 yen; 03-3226-6800.
68TH HACHIOJI CITY FENCING MEETING (Tokyo): Dec. 21, 10 a.m.; at Hachioji Shimin Taikukan, 2-3-7, Daimachi, 15-minute walk from Yamada Station on Keio Line; 042-625-2305.
NINSEI, KENZAN AND CRAFTS OF KYOTO (Tokyo): Through Dec. 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; features Kyoto potteries from Edo Period (1603-1867) produced by Ninsei Nonomura and Kenzan Ogata at Idemitsu Museum of Arts, five-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station on Yamanote Line or three-minute walk from Hibiya Station on Hibiya Line; 1,000 yen adults, 700 yen students, kids free; 03-5777-8600.
YATSUGADAKE SHIN-SOBA FESTIVAL 2014 (Yamanashi prefecture): Through Dec. 21; taste new soba (buckwheat noodles) at 34 restaurants near Mount Yatsugatake areas; Nagasaka and Kobuchizawa I.C. on Chuo Express; 0551-48-3457.
EMPEROR’S TROPHY ALL JAPAN WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS (Tokyo): Dec. 21-23, 10 a.m.; National Yoyogi Stadium No. 2, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station and Meiji Jingu-Mae Station on Metro Chiyoda Line; free admission; 03-3481-2354.
EMPEROR’S BIRTHDAY: Dec. 23; Japan’s national holiday, when Emperor Akihito becomes 81 years old. The emperor and his family will receive people’s well wishes at the Imperial Palace. Visitors can enter the palace from Nijubashi Bridge on this day. The emperor and his family appear and greet visitors three times -- at 10:20, 11 and 11:40 a.m. Visitors can register near Sakashitamon Gate of the Imperial Palace; 03-3213-1111.
“WEATHER REPORT” EXHIBITION (Chiba prefecture): Dec. 23, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; photo displays, performances, discussions on environmental issues and natural disasters with noted weather reporters and more at Makuhari Messe Exhibition Hall No. 8, five-minute walk from Kaihin Makuhari Station on JR Keiyo-Line; free; 043-299-2424.
CHRISTMAS TOY RUN (Tokyo): Dec. 23, 1-3:30 p.m.; Santas give away cookies and eco-bugs to passers-by on a parade on streets of Harajuku and Aoyama areas, start and end at Meiji Jingu Gaien Memorial Picture Gallery; JR Shinanomachi Station on Sobu Line; JR Shinjuku Station; 03-5292-9229.
OSAME-NO JIZO (Tokyo): Dec. 24; Koganji Temple at Sugamo has a fair on the 4th, 14th and 24th of every month and this is the last fair for the year; JR Yamanote Line to Sugamo or subway Mita Line to Sugamo; 03-3917-8221.
MARCHE DE NOEL (Tokyo): Through Dec. 25, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Christmas market featuring Christmas goods including ornaments and dolls in front of Dean & Deluca B1 of Tokyo Midtown; 03-3475-3100.
CHRISTMAS MARKETS AT SAITAMA SHINTOSHIN KEYAKI HIROBA (Saitama prefecture): Through Dec. 25, 5-8 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Christmas goods such as ornaments, dolls and more at Keyaki Hiroba of Saitama Super Arena; Saitama Shin Toshin Station on JR Keihin Tohoku, Utsunomiya and Takasaki Lines; 048-600-3001.
KARUIZAWA WINTER FESTIVAL (Nagano prefecture): Through Dec. 25; ice skating, ice hockey, curling, live concerts, food booths, illuminations and more at Yanozaki Koen, five-minute walk from JR Karuizawa Station or 20-minute ride from Usui Karuiizawa I.C. on Jyoshinetsu Express; 0267-45-8579.
ROPPONGI HILLS CHRISTMAS MARKET (Tokyo): Through Dec. 25, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; featuring German-style Christmas market including ornaments, trees, Christmas goods and more at O-yane Plaza of Roppongi Hills, Hibiya Station on Hibiya Line or four-minute walk from Oedo Line; 03-6406-6000.
YOKOHAMA RED BRICK WAREHOUSE CHRISTMAS MARKET (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Dec. 25, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; featuring German-style Christmas market including ornaments, trees, Christmas goods and more at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, 15-minute walk from JR Sakuragicho and Kan-nai Stations; 045-227-2002.
CHRISTMAS FANTASY AT TOKYO DISNEYLAND: Through Dec. 25; trees and sparkling illuminations; Tokyo Disneyland Station, two-minute monorail ride from Resort Gateway Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; 6,400 yen adults, 5,500 yen ages 12-17, 4,200 yen ages 4-11, 5,700 yen ages 60 and older; discount pass after 3 p.m., 5,000 yen adults, 4,400 yen youths, 3,500 yen kids; 0570-00-8632.
CHRISTMAS WISHES AT TOKYO DISNEYSEA: Through Dec. 25; festivities include colorful decorations, a show starring Disney characters and the illumination of a giant Christmas tree on Mediterranean Harbor; Tokyo DisneySea Station, nine-minute monorail ride from Resort Gateway Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; 6,400 yen adults, 5,500 yen ages 12-17, 4,200 yen ages 4-11, 5,700 yen those older than 60, discount pass after 3 p.m. is 5,000 yen adults, 4,400 yen youths, 3,500 yen kids; 0570-00-8632.
ULTRAMAN GET TOGETHER AT TOKYO DOME: Dec. 26-Jan. 7, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; new movie scenes featuring Ultraman, a Japanese superhero and super-robot, at Tokyo Dome Prism Hall, six-minute walk from JR Suidobashi Station, nine-minute walk from Korakuen Station on Marunouchi-Line; 1900 yen adults, 1,300 yen kids; 03-5800-9999.
OEDO ANTIQUE FAIR (Tokyo): Dec. 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; more than 250 licensed antique dealers at Yoyogi Park Keyaki Street Area, five-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station & Meiji Jingu-mae Station on Metro Chiyoda Line, 03-5805-1093.
SHOWA-KAN (Tokyo): Through Dec. 27, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., closed Monday; featuring photos and films of Julian Hequembourg Bryan, a U.S. documentary filmmaker, during his six-week visit to Japan starting September 1935 on display at Showa-Kan (National Showa Memorial Museum), one-minute walk from Kudanshita Station on Tozai Line or 10-minute walk from JR Iidabashi Station on Sobu Line; free; 03-3222-2577.
JAPAN FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014 (Nagano prefecture): Dec. 26, 4:25 p.m., Dec. 27, 3 p.m. & Dec. 28, 1:30 p.m.; skaters compete at Nagano Big Hat, 10-minute ride or 30-minute walk from JR Nagano Station, East Exit; 7,000-10,000-12,000 yen adults; Sunrise Promotion Hokuriku 025-3481-2351; Nagano Big Hat.
TOKYO INDOOR ARCHERY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Dec. 27 & 28; annual indoor archery championships at Tokyo Budokan, five-minute walk from Ayase Station; free; 03-5697-2111.
YOKOSUKA COUNTDOWN 2015: Dec. 31-Jan. 1, 6 p.m.-1 a.m.; Navy ships illuminated and fireworks at midnight at Verny Park, one-minute walk from JR Yokosuka Station, or a five-minute walk from Keikyu Shioiri Station; Yokosuka Tourist Association 046-822-8301.
ABACUS CONSOLATION (Chiba prefecture): Dec. 31; 11:30 a.m.; annual event at Tokuzoji Temple in which special services of sutra chanted by a Buddhist monk for consoling the used abacus (traditional Japanese calculators); Gyotoku Station on Tozai Line; 047-357-1460.
IKAHO NEW YEAR COUNTDOWN & FIREWORKS DISPLAY (Gunma prefecture): Dec. 31, 10 p.m.- 12:30 a.m.; countdown party and fireworks at Ikaho Town Outdoor Athletic Field, 15-minute ride from Shibukawa Ikaho I.C. on Kanetsu Express; 0279-72-5475.
HAPPY ISLAND COUNTDOWN 2015 AT YOKOHAMA HAKKEIJIMA SEA PARADISE: Dec. 31-Jan. 1, 3 p.m.-8 a.m.; party includes free admission to Aqua Museum Fantasy and free rides; 3,500 yen ages 4+ includes dolphin show at 8:30 & 9:30 p.m. and 3,000 yen ages 4+ without dolphin show; 045-788-9632.
KOGANEI ROAD RACE (Tokyo): Jan. 1; annual races: 3 km race at 9:30 a.m., 10 km at 9:35 a.m. and 5 km at 9:40 a.m., start and end at Koganei Park, four-minute walk from Koganei Park bus stop after taking a bus from JR Mitaka and Koganei Stations; 2,500 yen adults, 1,000 yen for students; 042-381-1574.
59TH NEW YEAR INDUSTRIAL LEAGUE EKIDEN 2015 (Gunma prefecture): Jan. 1, 9:15 a.m.; 37 teams of seven members compete in a 100-km relay run, starting and ending at Gunma Prefectural City Hall: 03-3861-6116.
NEW YEAR’S GREETINGS AT TOKYO DISNEYLAND (Chiba prefecture): Jan. 1-5; events includes Mickey, Minnie and friends dressed in kimono will circle the Parade route on the LiMOUSEine II to wish everyone a happy start to the new year; Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland Station, Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; 6,400 yen adults, 5,500 yen ages 12-17, 4,200 yen ages 4-11, 5,700 yen those older than 60; 0570-00-8632; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp.
NEW YEAR’S GREETINGS AT TOKYO DISNEYSEA (Chiba prefecture): Jan. 1-5; events include Mickey, Minnie and friends dressed in kimonos on the waters of Mediterranean Harbor to give New Year’s greetings; Tokyo DisneySea Station, nine-minute monorail ride from Resort Gateway Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; 6,400 yen adults, 5,500 yen ages 12-17, 4,200 yen ages 4-11, 5,700 yen those older than 60; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp.
THE 51ST JAPAN COLLEGE RUGBY Tokyo): Jan. 2, 12:15 p.m.; semifinal Game No. 1, 2 p.m., semifinal Game No. 2 at Prince Chichibu Stadium; Jan. 10, 2:30 p.m., final at Ajinomoto Stadium; Japan Rugby Football Federation; 2,000-3,000-4,000-10,000 yen; 03-3401-3290.
THE 91ST HAKONE EKIDEN: Jan. 2 & 3; annual road relay with 21 college marathon teams of 14 members compete from Tokyo to Hakone on Jan. 2 and from Hakone to Tokyo Jan. 3 for a total of 217.9-km course.
THE 68TH RICE BOWL — AMERICAN FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: Jan. 3, 2 p.m.; winning team of X-League vs. winning team of Japan College American Football League at Tokyo Dome; 2,000-3,000 yen/advance tickets, 2,500-3,500 yen adults at door; Rice Bowl Executive Committee 03-3450-9360; americanfootball.jp.
THE WORLD OF TIM BURTON (Tokyo): Through Jan. 4, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, until 11 p.m. weekends; featuring Tim Burton’s 500 artworks: oil paintings, sketches, videos and more; Mori Art Museum; Roppongi Station on Hibiya Line or four-minute walk from Roppongi Station on Oedo Line; 1,800 adults, 1,300 yen student, 800 yen senior junior student; 03-5777-8600; www.tim-burton.jp.
TOKYO FIRE-BRIGADE REVIEW (Tokyo): Jan. 6, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; annual New Year’s fire drill by Tokyo Fire Department includes firefighting and rescue demonstrations, fire trucks parade, marching band, and the highlight of the event is firefighters’ acrobatic performances on ladders, a traditional New Year’s event since Edo Period (1659). Tokyo Big Sight East Parking Lot (Rinkai Line, Kokusai Tenjijo Station, or Yurikamome Line, Kokusai Tenjijo Seimon Station); 03-3212-2111; www.tfd.metro.tokyo.jp/eng/index.html.
TAKASAKI DARUMA ICHI (Gunma prefecture): Jan. 6 & 7; the Daruma doll is believed to bring luck to business, happiness, and good health for life and more. Get one at a Daruma market with more than 100 stalls set up to serve the visitors who come to pray at Shorinzan “Daruma” Temple and purchase dolls till midnight Jan. 6; 027-321-1257; www.daruma.or.jp.
FERDINAND HODLER: TOWARDS RHYTHMIC IMAGES (Tokyo): Through Jan. 12, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., closed Mon.; commemorating 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Switzerland and Japan, featuring Swiss artist of Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918) including 100 of his paintings; National Museum of Western Art, one-minute walk from JR Ueno station; 1,600 yen adults, 1,200 yen college students, 800 yen senior high school students; 03-5777-8600; www.nmwa.go.jp/en.
MILLET, BARBIZON AND FONTAINEBLEAU (Tokyo): Through Jan. 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., closed Mon.; commemorating the birth of Jean-Francois Millet, featuring 25 carefully selected pieces including the three major works from Millet Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston at Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum; 1,600 yen adults, 1,000 yen college and senior high school students, 500 yen children; five-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station or three minute walk from Nijyubashi-mae Station on Chiyoda Line; 03-5777-8600; http://mimt.jp/millet/eng/.
WILLEM DE KOONING EXHIBITION (Tokyo): Through Jan. 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. on Fridays; featuring 27 arts from Kooning (1904-1997), one of the leaders of abstract expressionism, which flourished in the U.S. after World War II; Bridgestone Museum of Art, five-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station, No. 6 Exit; 800 yen adults, 600 yen seniors, 500 yen senior high school and college students, kids free; 03-5777-8600; www.bridgestone-museum.gr.jp.
ANNA AND ELSA’S FROZEN FANTASY AT TOKYO DISNEYLAND (Chiba prefecture): Jan. 13-March 20; set after Anna and Elsa reconciled, see winter in a world of ice and snow created by Elsa’s power; two-minute ride from Resort Gate Station/Maihama Station, JR Keiyo Line; Tokyo Disney Resort Information 0570-00-8632; www.tokyodisneyresort.co.jp.
SETAGAYA BORO ICHI (Rag Fair) (Tokyo): Jan. 15 & 16, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; merchandise, from vintage clocks to mallets for pounding New Year’s mochi; take Tokyu Den-en Toshi Line from Shibuya to Sangenjaya Station and change to Tokyu Setagaya Line to Kamimachi Station or Setagaya Station: no parking; 03-5432-1111.
YOKOHAMA RED BRICK WAREHOUSE ART & ICE SKATING: Through Feb. 22, 1-10 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends; art with lights with the theme of Narrative designed by Shunpei Minagawa; 10-minute walk from Bashamichi Station on Minato Mirai or 15-minute walk from JR Kan-nai Station; 1,000 yen adults, 900 yen children, includes shoe rental; 045-211-1515.
TOKYO STATION A HUNDRED YEARS OF ITS LEGACY: Through March 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., until 8 p.m. Fri., closed Mon.; paintings, photos and movies focused on Tokyo Station at Tokyo Gallery; 900 yen adults, 700 yen junior and senior high school students, free children; 03-3212-2485; http://www.ejrcf.or.jp/gallery/english.html.
TOYOTOWN ICE & GARDEN (Tokyo): Through March 6, noon-9 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. weekends, until midnight Dec. 24 and until 1 a.m. Dec. 31; outdoor ice skating link at Akasaka Sacas; 1,200 yen adults, 600 yen children, plus 500 yen for shoes rental, 15,000 yen adults season tickets, 8,000 yen children season tickets, free rental shoes after 7 p.m.; 03-3746-6666.
FUJI-Q HIGHLAND ICE SKATING (Yamanashi prefecture): Through March 29, closed Jan. 20 & Feb. 10; three ice skating rinks and skate all night Dec. 31; 5-6-1, Nishihara, Fuji-Yoshida city, Yamanashi prefecture, in front of Lake Kawaguchi I.C. on Chuo Express; 1,400 yen adults, 800 yen kids, 1,000 yen shoe rental; 0555-23-2111; www.fujiq.jp/en.
SAYAMA SKI & SNOWBOARD (Saitama prefecture): Through April 5; indoor ski and snowboarding slope; 2167 Kami-yamaguchi, Tokorozawa city, Seibu Kyujo-mae Station, Seibu Line; fee; 04-2922-1384.
EDOGAWA SPORTSLAND ICE SKATING (Tokyo): Through May 31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; 1-8-1, Higashi Shinozaki, Edogawa-ku, six-minute walk from JR Koiwa Station on Sobu Line; adults 510 yen/day, kids 210 yen/day plus adults 310 yen and children 210 yen for shoe rental; 03-3677-1711.
MEIJI JINGU ICE SKATING (Tokyo): year-round, noon-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends; adults 1,340 yen/day, kids 930 yen/day and after 3 p.m., adults 1,000 yen and children 720 yen and 510 yen for shoe rental; Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku-ku, one-minute walk from Kokuritsu Kyogijyo on subway Oedo Line or five-minute walk from JR Shinanomachi Station on Sobu Line; 03-3403-3458; www.meijijingugaien.jp/english/ice-skating.html.
2014 CHRISTMAS MUSIC HANABI COLLABORATION: Dec. 20, 6:30 p.m.; 10,000 fireworks with music, and see a Christmas tree decorated by fashion designer Junko Koshino; Ginowan Seaside Park (Ginowan Tropical Beach), 40-minute ride from Naha Airport; 4,500-5,500-6,500 yen adults (designated seats, at door), 3,900-4,900-5,400 yen adults (designated seats, in advance), 3,300 yen adults (admission ticket only, open seat, at door), 2,700 yen adults (admission ticket only, open seat, in advance); www.ryukyu-kaiensai.com/en.
ONNA VILLAGE INDUSTRIAL FESTIVAL: Dec. 20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. & Dec. 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; local farm and marine products along with house plants, vegetables and fruits are on sale at Onna Village Community Square, a 60-minute drive from Naha Airport or a five-minute drive from Onna Village Office; 098-966-1280.
3RD HIBISCUS TROPHY ELEMENTARY AND JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL GOLF TOURNAMENT: Dec. 21, 7 a.m.; 100 elementary and junior high school students from Okinawa and Hokkaido compete at Iejima Country Club; 10-minute ride after taking a 30-minute ferry ride from Motobu Port of Okinawa to Ie Port; 0980-49-2929.
MABUNI SACRED TORCH AND BELL FESTIVAL: Dec. 31, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.; featuring sacred torches for mourning the victims of war and to hope for world peace while ringing bells at Okinawa Peace Memorial Hall, 448-2, Mabuni, Itoman city, 40-minute bus ride from Naha Bus terminal; free; 098-997-3011.
SHURIJO CASTLE PARK NEW YEAR’S BANQUET: Jan. 1-3, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; a re-enactment of the traditional New Year ceremony originally held in the morning on New Year’s Day and activities include the performances of court and other Ryukyu dancers and free awamori (Okinawan liquor) offered to celebrate the New Year; 098-886-2020; http://oki-park.jp/shurijo-park/english/index.html.
MIYAKO ISLAND 100 KM WIDE MARATHON: Jan. 11; 100 km race at 5 a.m., 2 km races at 9:30 a.m., 10 km race at 11 a.m., 50 km race at 11 a.m. and 23 km at 2 p.m.; Shimoji Park, one-hour ride from Miyako Airport; 15,000 yen/100 km, 8,000 yen /50 km, 23 km/4,000 yen, 10 km & 2 km/2,000 yen; 0980-73-1046.
KUMEJIMA SLOW WALK: Jan. 17 & 18, 8 a.m.; 5-30 km Sat., 5-21 km Sun., starting and finishing at Kumejima Hotaru Dome, seven-minute ride from Kanugusuku Port; 1,000 yen adults for one day, 2,000 yen two days, 500 yen senior high school students; 098-896-7010.
MUSICAL, “NOTRE DAME DE PARIS” (Daegu): Dec. 18-Jan. 4; Kemyung Art Center; 60,000-80,000-110,000-130,000-150,000 won.
“THE NUTCRACKER” BY UNIVERSAL BALLET (Seoul): Dec. 19-31; Universal Art Center, 10,000-30,000-60,000-80,000-100,000 won.
PYEONGCHANG TROUT FESTIVAL (Gangwon province: Dec. 20-Feb. 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; enjoy ice and lure fishing for trout and more; Odaecheon Stream area of Jinbu-myeon in Pyeongchan-gun; take an intercity bus to Jinbu from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal; +82-2-1330.
ULSAN GANJEOLGOT SUNRISE FESTIVAL: Dec. 31-Jan. 1; Ganjeolgot Cape in Ulsan offers visitors the impressive views of the sunrise and is part of the New Year’s Sunrise Festival, which includes fireworks, traditional Korean new year dish, performances and more; take Bus 715 to Ganjeolgot from Ulsan Intercity Express Bus Terminal; +82-2-1330.
MARYANGPO SUNSET & SUNRISE FESTIVAL: Dec. 31-Jan. 1; the sun will rise from the southeast for six days before and after Dec. 22.Maryangpo Port, located on Korea’s west coast, is one of the best spots to view this beautiful, natural phenomenon in Korea; take an Intercity Bus to Seoncheon from Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal; +82-2-1330; en.seocheon.go.kr.
SEONGSAN SUNRISE FESTIVAL: Dec. 31-Jan. 1; Seongsan is the most famous place for viewing the sunrise on Jeju Island, along with festival programs; take an intercity bus bound for Iju Road from Jeju Bus Terminal after taking Bus 100 to Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal from Jeju International Airport; +82-2-1330.
JEONGDONGJIN SUNRISE FESTIVAL (Gangwon province): Dec. 31-Jan. 1; Jeongdongjin area is one of popular spots among tourists, featuring scenic pine trees, emerald-blue sea, majestic cliffs, tranquil coast and rustic railway and more attracting people for new-year’s prayers; take a Bus 109 to Jeongdongjin from Gangneung Express Bus Terminal; +82-2-1330; https://tour.gangneung.go.kr/eng/main.jsp.
YEOSU HYANGIRAM SUNRISE FESTIVAL (South Jeolla province): Dec. 31-Jan. 1; take a Bus 111 or 113 to Hyangiram from the Yeosu Intercity Bus Terminal; +82-2-1330; ystour.kr/en.
HOMIGOT SUNRISE FESTIVAL (North Gyeongsang province): Dec. 31-Jan. 1; Hogimot is located on the easternmost point of the Korean Peninsula, featuring a New Year’s celebration including fire displays, sunrise concert and more; take Bus 200 and get off at Guryongpo from Pohang Intercity Bus Terminal; +82-2-1330; eng.ipohang.org.
MUSICAL, “I AM YOU” (Seoul): Through Dec. 31, BBC Theater, 50,000-70,000-100,000 won.
JUMP (Seoul): Through Dec. 31; comic martial arts performance, including Korea’s Taekwondo and Taekkyeon; Kyunghyang Art Hill; 40,000-60,000 won ages 4+; +82-2-1330.
THE MUSICAL “THE CROWN PRINCE RUDOLF” (Seoul): Through Jan. 4; D Club Art Center; 60,000-80,000-110,000-130,000 won.
MUSICAL “MR. SHOW” (Seoul): Through Jan. 31; Interpark Art Center, Art Hall, 60,000-80,000 won.
MUSICAL, “ALL SHOOK UP” (Seoul): Through Feb. 1; Art Center Grand Theater, Hongik University; 55,000-77,000-99,000-110,000 won.
MUSICAL “MARIE ANTOINETTE” (Seoul): Through Feb. 1; Charlotte Theater; 50,000-80,000-110,000-14,000 won.
MUSICAL “KINKY BOOTS” (Seoul): Through Feb. 22; Chungmu Art Hall, Grand Theater, 50,000-80,000-110,000-140,000 won.
MUSICAL “BETWEEN RAINDROPS” (Seoul): Through Feb. 28; Sang Myung Art Hall, Theater One; 45,000 won.
MUSICAL “LA CAGE (Seoul): Through March 8; LG Arts Center; 60,000-80,000-110,000-130,000 won.
MUSICAL “ONCE” (Seoul): Through March 29; Seoul Arts Center, Towol Theater; 60,000-100,000-120,000 won.
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