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[2019 Edition] Top 10 Items for Surviving Japan’s Cold Winter

When sightseeing outside for a long period of time on a cold winter’s day, don’t your shoulders and neck hurt? Well, here are some products that will help you get through Japan’s cold winter! They are available in drugstores, Tokyu Hands, LOFT, and other establishments.

1. Azuki no Chikara (for Neck and Shoulders) by Kiribai Chemical

Azuki no Chikara (for Neck and Shoulders) is recommended when relaxing at home or at the hotel. If you pop it in the microwave, the azuki (red beans) inside will become hot and the natural steam emanating from the cloth bag will soothe you.
It comes in a shape that can cover a large area and has the right weight, so it fits perfectly on the neck to the upper part of your back! This product is also economical as it can be reused 250 times.

1. Azuki no Chikara (for Neck and Shoulders) by Kiribai Chemical

2. Esteny Hot Massage (Hard) by SANA

Esteny Hot Massage is a warming gel that can be used to massage swollen feet, the upper arm, and other areas of your body. The gel contains a fusion of natural warming ingredients, such as ginger extract and red pepper extract. Apply it on your skin and it will gradually become hot - a phenomenon that will surely shock first-time users!
It has minerals from the sea like salt and seaweed extract that tighten up the skin, as well as natural ingredients such as honey and bittern that moisturize the skin.

2. Esteny Hot Massage (Hard) by SANA

3. Onpax Ashipoka Sheet by Mycoal

Onpax Ashipoka Sheet is a heat pack that is shaped like an insole for shoes. It is almost as thick as an insole, so it will not bunch up when you walk and it will not feel uncomfortable even when used in shoes with shallow openings, like pumps for women. The photo shows Onpax Ashipoka Sheets for women with feet sized 22cm – 24cm, but these heat packs also come in sizes 25cm and over.
Your feet will no longer be cold!

3. Onpax Ashipoka Sheet by Mycoal

4. Ashi no Hienai Fushigi na Kutsushita - Regular Socks by Kiribai Chemical

Ashi no Hienai Fushigi na Kutsushita are thermal socks that use a special fiber called “thermal air heat fiber” that traps the air in each sock. Wrapping feet in air keeps them warm, prevents any cold air from entering, and stops heat from escaping. Everything from your toes to your ankles will be warm with this product!
The fiber is incredibly stretchy, so there's only one size available that will fit both men and women.

4. Ashi no Hienai Fushigi na Kutsushita - Regular Socks by Kiribai Chemical

5. Range de Yutapon by Hakugen Earth

Doesn't it get difficult to sleep in the winter when your comforter is cold and your feet are freezing? Get better sleep in situations like these by putting this product under your comforter to warm up the space inside.
The box contains hot water in gel form (yutanpo) and a special fluffy cover for it. To use it, just warm up the yutanpo in the microwave and then put it inside its cover. The heat will last for about 7 hours! Another great thing about this product is that it is reusable.
The yutanpo is sealed within two layers of packaging, so be careful not to break it when opening the box.

5. Range de Yutapon by Hakugen Earth

6. MegRhythm Steam Eye Mask by Kao

MegRhythm Steam Eye Mask is a disposable eye mask that will stay warm at about 40℃ for 20 minutes after you take it out of its packaging. If you use it before resting or when traveling on the shinkansen (bullet train) or plane, your tired eyes will feel rejuvenated from the emanating steam. It'll bring you ultimate relaxation!
It is available unscented, as well as scented with fragrances like lavender and chamomile.

6. MegRhythm Steam Eye Mask by Kao

7. MegRhythm Steam Thermo Patch (16 Pieces)

MegRhythm Steam Thermo Patch is a heating pad that is applied directly on your skin. Comfortably warm heat that is about 40℃ will warm your shoulders and waist, promote blood circulation, and relieve stiff neck and back pain. It is also good when applied to your stomach as it helps better digestion.
The heat comes in the form of steam, so it will make you feel like you are soaking in a warm bath. That warm sensation lasts for 5 to 8 hours.
※Photo shows the 16-piece variant that is directly applied on the skin

7. MegRhythm Steam Thermo Patch (16 Pieces)

8. Body Warmer Cream by MOC

MOC's Body Warmer Cream's catchphrase is "knit that is applied", and it is a warming cream that will let you experience a surprising kind of heat. Aside from using it for a massage after a hot bath or to prevent cold feet before going to bed, it can also substitute as a heat pack if you apply it before you head out!
The secret behind the warmth created by this cream is red pepper and ginger. It also contains orange, so you can expect a great moisturizing effect. It is quite popular thanks to its gel-cream composition that is not sticky and feels smooth on the skin.

8. Body Warmer Cream by MOC

9. Osotode MediQttO Onkan Tights by Dr. Scholl

Osotode MediQttO Onkan Tights apply different pressures to your thighs, calves, and ankles, tightening around them in a way that gives them beautiful shape. They use terry cloth for the abdomen and the toes, which will keep you nice and toasty!
Even if you walk outside all day during winter, you will get to fully enjoy sightseeing without your feet getting swollen as long as you are wearing these tights. It comes in a dark black color that will make your legs look lovely.

9. Osotode MediQttO Onkan Tights by Dr. Scholl

10. Onna no Yokubo Usupoka Haramaki by Train

Onna no Yokubo Usupoka Haramaki is a high-performance stomach band that is only 1mm thin, but will warm the surface of your skin by 1.9℃ if you wear it for 30 minutes. It is seamless, so even if you wear a thin top, it will not show through.
Ginger, capsicum, and other warming ingredients are incorporated into the material, as well as shea butter. It will keep your skin moisturized while at the same time warming it, so you will probably forget that you are wearing it!
It's stretchable and comes in a one-size-fits-all size, so why not purchase it as a souvenir?

10. Onna no Yokubo Usupoka Haramaki by Train

These products will prove useful against the cold regardless of whether you're inside or outside of your home. Most of them are also small and easy to carry, making them great souvenirs. Enjoy traveling around Japan in the winter with these items as protection against the cold!

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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