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Japan has many winter festivals, which bring warmth and fun to the cold season. On our Japan winter festival tours you will have an opportunity to experience them yourself. In Hokkaido the notable winter festivals are the Sapporo Snow Festival, Otaru Snow Light Path, Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival, Asahikawa Winter Festival, and the Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival. These annual events bring in millions of visitors to the festivities happening in the coldest part of the year. For one week in February in Hokkaido’s capital, Sapporo, a winter event is held called Sapporo Snow Festival also known as Sapporo Yuki Matsuri. Odori Park is the main site of the Sapporo Snow Festival. There you can enjoy snow and ice sculptures of various sizes. Nearby Sapporo around the same time frame is the Otaru Snow Light Path. While in the city you can walk along the various paths surrounded by snow lanterns.

The Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival happens in mid- February and uses the water from the lake to make the festival grounds. It boasts the clearest water in Japan and when it freezes it has a unique color that is commonly called Shikotsu blue. At night all the ice sculptures are illuminated in different colors. The Asahikawa Winter Festival is best known for having the largest snow sculptures and is held in early February. To help with making the main snow sculpture the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Second Division provides the necessary assistance. The Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival is a long celebration that lasts from the end of January to the end of March. Both the sculptures and structures were created using the water from the Ishikari River.

In other parts of Japan you can enjoy other winter events like the Hirosaki Castle Yuki Doro Festival, Yokote Kamakura Snow Festival, and Zao Snow Monster Festival. The Hirosaki Castle Yuki Doro Festival features 150 large and small Japanese lanterns are made with artwork of famous historical, mythical or popular figures. In Hirosaki park 300 mini igloos are made and illuminated with candles. The Yokote Kamakura Festival is a tradition that is over 400 years old. The word kamakura translates to snow houses, which are a form of igloos. This festival happens every year on February 15 and 16. The Zao Snow Monster Festival is held every first week of February and at night the snow monsters are illuminated. Zao Snow Monsters refers to snow encased fir trees that give the illusion of giant beings roaming the slopes of Mount Zao.

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Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Hokkaido Winter Festivals 
2019 - 2/4

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Hokkaido Winter Festivals 2019 - 2/4
Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Hokkaido Winter Festivals 2019 - 2/4

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3298.00

Chitose / Biratori / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Akan National Park / Kushiro
See the Sapporo Snow Festival, as well as three other main Winter Festivals in Hokkaido.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3298.00

Chitose / Biratori / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Akan National Park / Kushiro
See the Sapporo Snow Festival, as well as three other main Winter Festivals in Hokkaido.
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Mon. Feb 4, 2019 Tue. Feb 12, 2019 US $3298.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Feb 3, 2020 Tue. Feb 11, 2020 US $3298.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Inquiry  
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Snow Monkeys & Sapporo 
Snow Festival Tour 2019 - 1/28

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan: Snow Monkeys & Sapporo Snow Festival Tour 2019 - 1/28
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Snow Monkeys & Sapporo Snow Festival Tour 2019 - 1/28
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11 Days 10 Nights | from US $3998.00

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka / Otaru / Sapporo
Explore the two main winter attractions of Japan - Snow Monkeys and Sapporo Snow Festival.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $3998.00

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka / Otaru / Sapporo
Explore the two main winter attractions of Japan - Snow Monkeys and Sapporo Snow Festival.
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Mon. Jan 28, 2019 Thu. Feb 7, 2019 US $3998.00 Tokyo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Jan 27, 2020 Thu. Feb 6, 2020 US $3998.00 Tokyo Sapporo Deluxe Save this tour Inquiry  
Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido 
Winter Festival Tour 2019 - 1/28

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido Winter Festival Tour 2019 - 1/28
Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido Winter Festival Tour 2019 - 1/28

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $5598.00

Honshu (Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka), Hokkaido (Chitose / Biratori / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Akan National Park / Kushiro)
Explore the two main winter attractions of Japan - Snow Monkeys and Hokkaido Winter Festivals.

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $5598.00

Honshu (Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Uji / Nara / Osaka), Hokkaido (Chitose / Biratori / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Akan National Park / Kushiro)
Explore the two main winter attractions of Japan - Snow Monkeys and Hokkaido Winter Festivals.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Jan 28, 2019 Tue. Feb 12, 2019 US $5598.00 Tokyo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Jan 27, 2020 Tue. Feb 11, 2020 US $5598.00 Tokyo Kushiro Deluxe Save this tour Inquiry  

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