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Niseko Area Events

It's easy to plan your holiday in Niseko to coincide with some of the many festivals and events taking place throughout the year. Please don't hesitate to ask our team for more information on events occurring during your stay!

Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival

Illuminated ice pillars in Lake Shikotsu offer you extra special and memorable experience.

Dates: Late January - February
Location: Lake Shikotsu

Sapporo Snow Festival

Established in 1950, the Sapporo Snow Festival grew from surprisingly humble beginnings into an internationally recognised and acclaimed event, becoming the biggest and most spectacular festival in Japan.

Join the hundreds of thousands of tourists and locals alike as you enjoy a wide range of snow and ice statues, sculptures, shows, and internationally sourced food and souvenir stalls.

Dates: Early February
Location: Sapporo, Odori Park

Otaru Snow Light Path Festival

The city of Otaru decorates city paths and canal with candle-lit snow lanterns. Enjoy one of the most beautiful winter events that are exceedingly picturesque.

Dates: February
Location: Otaru City


Looking for something local? First held in 1989, this event provides you the perfect opportunity for families and friends to enjoy various line-up of fun performances as well as food and drink.

Dates: February
Location: Kutchan

Kutchan Jaga Matsuri (Kutchan Potato Festival)

The Jaga Matsuri is a celebration of Kutchan’s most famous crop, and a chance for the town to come together in a fun, family-friendly festival atmosphere at the peak of summer. If you like potato dishes, fresh food-stalls, music, and sunshine, then this is a festival not to be missed.

Dates: Early August
Location: Kutchan

The perfect place for your adventures to begin

Take advantage of our unparalleled location and spend more time enjoying Japan’s eclectic cuisine, warm culture, and famed powder snow.