Upcoming Events in Hokkaido 2018
With the new year bringing snow, prosperity and hope for what's to come, there are plenty of exciting events to take advantage of. If you're in snowy Niseko and its surrounding areas, why not take a break from the mountain and visit these magical seasonal happenings?
The 41st Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
25th January - 17th February
(Illumination 16:30 - 22:00)
30th January - 3rd February
18:00 - 21:00
The 70th Sapporo Snow Festival
1st - 12th February
The regional capital city of Sapporo marks the 70th year anniversary of the biggest snow festival in Japan with some exciting winter offerings! Witness towering sculptures and models of ice and snow, illuminations, light shows, live music, as well as a huge variety of street food and drink stalls. The most anticipated event Hokkaido, if you will be in Niseko during the event, try to make your way down to Sapporo for the evening to experience this unmissable spectacle!
Lake Toya Winter Fireworks Festival
3rd February - 12th February (Main Event on 9th February)
Fireworks at 20:30 every night
The 21st Otaru Snow Light Path Festival
8th - 17th February
(Illumination 17:00 - 21:00)
Host of one of the region's most famous winter festivals, Otaru is less than an hour's ride away from the local train station, granting you easy access to an unexpectedly magical experience by the canals of the famous historic fishing district. Candle lanterns line the streets in the snow, and float majestically upon the surface of the waterways that cross through the beautiful town. If you're looking for incredible photos or to sample some of the exceptional restaurants in the area, be sure to visit Otaru during the festival.
16th - 17th February
Niseko Hirafu's local town, Kutchan, holds the Yukitopia festival to celebrate the winter and to enjoy the copious amounts of snow in the peak snow season! Enjoy traditional live music, food stalls, and a huge number of activities for the whole family — and see if you can spot the snowman mascot with the Hokkaido prefecture for a nose!
Lake Shikotsu Blue Festival
21st February - 25th February
Fireworks on 24th (Sat) and 25th (Sun).