Japan Winter Festivals Overview

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      USD $2,907
      CAD $2,943
      AUD $3,055
      EUR €2,124
      GBP £1,827
      NZD $3,622
      ZAR R27,810
      CHF FR2,619
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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 the snow sculptures at Asahikawa 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 onsen in Asahikawa
  • See some of the world’s largest snow sculptures at the Asahikawa Winter Festival
  • 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 (9 nts)
  • Transport:

    Train, Train (bullet)
  • Included activities:

    Asahikawa Ice Festival, JR Tower Observatory, Nijo Fish Market visit, Sapporo Brewery, Snow Festival Sights and Performances, Snow Light Path Festival

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    357kg pp per trip
  • Total price from

    USD $2,907
    CAD $2,943
    AUD $3,055
    EUR €2,124
    GBP £1,827
    NZD $3,622
    ZAR R27,810
    CHF FR2,619
    *
    Price information
  • Per day from:

    USD $323
    CAD $327
    AUD $339
    EUR €236
    GBP £203
    NZD $402
    ZAR R3,090
    CHF FR291
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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 to Otaru to 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

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 $2,907
      CAD $2,943
      AUD $3,055
      EUR €2,124
      GBP £1,827
      NZD $3,622
      ZAR R27,810
      CHF FR2,619
      *
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