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Welcom to Hokkaido in winter   Winter Events (Central Hokkaido)

How about a travel that focuses on Hokkaido’s three big snow festivals…?

1 The German Christmas Market in Sapporo (Sapporo)

The Christmas Market, which is a winter tradition in Sapporo’s sister city of Munich, will be recreated. Christmas goods and German crafts will be lined up, and you can also enjoy German delicacies such as “Glühwein (hot wine)” and “Roasted Almonds (sweets).” The entire venue is covered by a romantic mood, as there are also magical illuminations.


Schedule Late November through Monday, December 24, 2018

Location Odori Park

2 Sapporo White Illumination (Sapporo)

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This is a popular event that is celebrating its 38th year this year. The lights on Ekimae Dori, which travels north and south through the city of Sapporo, and the sparkle of Odori Park, which stretches east to west, are very beautiful, allowing visitors to enjoy a magical sight.

Schedule  Late November, 2018 through mid-March, 2019

Location: Odori Park, Sapporo Ekimae Dori

3 70th Sapporo Snow Festival


“Sapporo Snow Festival” has continued to wow the crowds of visitors who flock from Japan and abroad, year after year. For the 70th festival, you can expect to find them ramping up the excitement more than ever before. Discover huge snow and ice sculptures at the Odori site, enjoy playing in the snow at the Tsudome site, and find inspiration in the ice carvings at the Susukino site. Each site will also be holding separate events, so you can take your time and enjoy the festival at your leisure.


Odori Site, Susukino Site: February 4th (Mon) – 11th (Mon), 2019

Tsudome Site: January 31st (Thu) – February 11th (Mon), 2019

Location: Odori Park, Tsudome Site

4 Otaru Snow Light Path

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Otaru is lit up from dusk and blanketed with candlelight until 9 p.m. Faintly flickering in the snow, these countless lights each form a prayer, and together a wish. For 10 days, we won’t let this faint and fragile light go out


Open: February 8th (Fri) – February 17th (Sun), 2019

Location: Otaru Canal