Japan Winter Festivals Overview

Follow the Winter Festival Trail around Japan’s northernmost island. See the world’s biggest snow sculptures in Asahikawa, bask in the glow of lanterns in Otaru and discover the secrets of Hokkaido’s stunning capital.

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      USD $3,230
      CAD $3,270
      AUD $3,395
      EUR €2,360
      GBP £2,030
      NZD $4,025
      ZAR R30,900
      CHF FR2,910
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  • 2015-01-01 - 2015-12-31

Experience Japan’s remarkable winter festivals, travelling from Sapporo to Otaru and Asahikawa

Be entranced by winter in Japan. Experience the sensational Sapporo Snow Festival, be awestruck by the size of snow sculptures and watch the soft lantern light cast its magic over festival-goers in Otaru. These are some of the best and biggest winter festivals in the country! Try your hand at ice-hole fishing, hit the slopes or don some snowshoes and go trekking in beautiful Furano. Don’t forget to have a relaxing onsen afterwards. This is an adventure of natural, cultural and artistic delights that celebrates the splendour of Japan’s far north.

  • Celebrate at the Sapporo Snow Festival
  • Light up at Otaru’s sensational Snow Light Path Festival
  • Take a dip in a relaxing hot spring in Sounkyo.
  • See the Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival. The landscape consists of magical frozen waterfalls, ice caves and igloos, your own magical fairytale land.
  • Go ice-hole fishing in the geographical centre of Hokkaido
  • Discover the secrets of Hokkaido’s stunning capital

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Sapporo, Japan
  • Finish:

    Sapporo, Japan
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    7 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Accommodation:

    Hotel (8 nts)
  • Transport:

    Train, Train (bullet)
  • Included activities:

    JR Tower Observatory, Nijo Fish Market visit, Sapporo Beer Museum, Sapporo Brewery, Snow Festival Sights and Performances, Snow Light Path Festival, Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    357kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    Please note there is no Single Supplement available for this tour.

  • Total price from

    USD $3,230
    CAD $3,270
    AUD $3,395
    EUR €2,360
    GBP £2,030
    NZD $4,025
    ZAR R30,900
    CHF FR2,910
    *
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  • Per day from:

    USD $358
    CAD $363
    AUD $377
    EUR €262
    GBP £225
    NZD $447
    ZAR R3,433
    CHF FR323
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Japan Winter Festivals Summary

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Days 1-3 Sapporo

Situated on Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido, Sapporo is best known as the host of its annual snow festival and for the beer produced by its famous brewery.

Day 4 Sapporo - Otaru - Sapporo

Day trip out to the quaint harbour city of Otaru for the Snow Light Path Festival. See sparkling ice statues and glowing lanterns transform what was once the region’s most important trade and fishing port into a vista of fairytale proportions.

Days 5-6 Asahikawa - Sounkyo Gorge - Asahikawa

Once the largest settlement of the native Ainu people, Asahikawa was one of the first areas in Japan to be developed as a ski resort.

Day 7 Furano

Located in the geographical centre of Hokkaido, Furano is often referred to as Heso no Machi (‘the belly-button town’). Spend the day as you wish: try your hand at ice-hole fishing, go snowshoe trekking, pull on your skis and hit the powder, or participate in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

Days 8-9 Sapporo

Return to Sapporo to enjoy the final days of the tour in this fascinating city. How you spend this time is up to you: maybe sample the incredible seafood at the open-air Curb Markets or visit the Sapporo Beer Museum to learn all about (and taste!) one of the country’s oldest and most popular beers. Perhaps take a stroll around the Hokudai Gardens, wander through the Ainu Museum or check out the Sapporo clock tower – one of the oldest buildings in the city.
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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $3,230
      CAD $3,270
      AUD $3,395
      EUR €2,360
      GBP £2,030
      NZD $4,025
      ZAR R30,900
      CHF FR2,910
      *
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