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Winter festivals in Sapporo and Otaru: Experience the magic

Otaru Light Festival

Winter in Japan is a time for festivities, and two of the most spectacular events are the Sapporo Winter Snow Festival and the Otaru Light Snow Path Festival. Held annually, these festivals attract thousands of visitors from all over the world, eager to experience the beauty and magic of winter in Japan.

Winter in Odori Park in Sapporo, Hokkaido

Sapporo Winter Snow Festival

Sapporo Winter Snow Festival, held in Sapporo, Hokkaido, is one of the largest winter festivals in Japan. Held every year since 1950, the festival features stunning ice and snow sculptures. Sculptures include large-scale replicas of famous landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower and the Golden Gate Bridge. The festival also features a variety of food stalls, offering delicious treats such as grilled seafood and hot sake, to keep visitors warm and satisfied.

Otaru Light Snow Path Festival

Otaru Light Snow Path Festival, held in Otaru, Hokkaido, is a relatively new festival, but it is no less impressive. The festival features a series of beautifully lit snow paths and tunnels, which visitors can walk through and enjoy the enchanting atmosphere. Along the path, visitors can also enjoy live music performances and sample the local cuisine, including fresh seafood and traditional sweets.

Otaru Light Festival
The stunning river at Otaru Light Snow Path Festival

When visiting these festivals, be sure to dress warmly and comfortable shoes. You will be spending a lot of time walking on snow and ice. If you’re looking for something to eat, you can’t go wrong with trying the local seafood. Be sure to try the scallops, crab, and salmon. Also, don’t miss out on trying the famous Hokkaido milk soft-serve ice cream, which is creamy and delicious.

In conclusion, the Sapporo Winter Snow Festival and Otaru Light Snow Path Festival are not to be missed if you’re looking for a winter adventure. With their stunning ice and snow sculptures, beautiful light displays, and delicious food, these festivals are a true celebration of winter in Japan. So, pack your warm clothes and head to Hokkaido to experience the magic of winter!

Hokkaido Scallops on the grill
Be sure to try the famous Hokkaido scallops from the charcoal

Have any questions regarding the above? Feel free to send us your enquiry to [email protected].

Miha Grilj

Miha Grilj

Miha is the Co-Founder and CEO of Hokkaido Ski Club. He loves teaching and sharing his knowledge and passion for skiing and nature.
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