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Sapporo Snow Festival Tours

Sapporo Snow Festival Tours

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.

In 1950, some local high school students built 6 snow statues in Odori Park and attracted about fifty thousand people to the first Sapporo Snow Festival. Then in 1955, the Self Defense Force from the Makomanai base, joined in to make the first humongous snow sculptures. Also if the snow fall is not heavy in Sapporo, the Self Defense Force would transport snow from outside the city. Their participation in the festival still continues today and is considered a training exercise for them. By 1959, 2,500 people participated in making snow sculptures. It was also the year the media first reported about the festival nationwide. The Makomanai base became the official second area for the Snow Festival in 1965 and hosted the largest sculptures during the festivities. Then in 1972 the Winter Olympics held in Sapporo gave the opportunity to the media to report about the festival on an international scale. This gave rise to the International Snow Statue Competition, which started in 1974, and has teams competing from different countries especially from Sapporo sister cities (Portland, Munich, Shenyan, Novosibirisk and Daejeon). A new aspect of the festival was added in 1983 at Susukino where there are ice sculptures illuminated by neon lights on the street. The new attraction made Susukino the third official site of the Sapporo Snow Festival. The following year in 1984 the length of the festival was extended from two days to being a week-long celebration. In 2005 the Makomanai site was closed off and Satoland was made the temporary second site. It was not until 2009 when the Tsudome became the official second site.

Odori Park is the main site of the Sapporo Snow Festival. Here you can enjoy snow and ice sculptures of various sizes. Some are based on famous characters like Doraemon, Mickey Mouse, Star Wars, etc. It is also there area where concerts and different events happen. Then the Susukino Site, located in the entertainment district, exhibits numerous different ice sculptures where you experience touching the figures or even sit on them. The neon street lights of the area illuminate the sculptures to further enhance the fantasy. The Tsudome features a more family friendly environment. There you can go snow rafting, ice sledding, snowboarding, skiing, etc. Each of the sites has places to eat, but it is recommended to try the seafood, which Hokkaido is famous for.

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Charms of Hokkaido Tour: Hokkaido Winter Festivals arrow readmore icon

Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Lake Akan / Kushiro

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9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

See the Sapporo Snow Festival, as well as three other main Winter Festivals in Hokkaido.

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Sun. Feb 2, 2025 Mon. Feb 10, 2025 US $3798.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Tue. Feb 3, 2026 Wed. Feb 11, 2026 US $3798.00 Sapporo Kushiro Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Hokkaido & Beyond: Winter Festivals, Kawazu Cherry Blossoms & Snow Monkeys arrow readmore icon

Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Lake Akan / Kushiro / Kawazu / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Obuse / Nagano

    3 reviews

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5298.00

Experience the incredible Snow Festivals of Hokkaido, followed by an extension which includes Kawazu Cherry Blossoms and adorable snow monkeys!

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Sun. Feb 2, 2025 Fri. Feb 14, 2025 US $5298.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Tue. Feb 3, 2026 Sun. Feb 15, 2026 US $5298.00 Sapporo Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Discover Hokkaido - Winter Festivals arrow readmore icon

Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Abashiri / Shiretoko / Lake Mashu / Mt Io / Lake Kussharo / Lake Akan / Tsurui / Obihiro / Shikaoi / Furano


12 Days 11 Nights | from US $5998.00 (Limit to 24 guests)

Join a 12-day tour of Hokkaido and discover the seasonal beauty and cultural wonders that make the this island special - including three Hokkaido Snow Festivals.

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Thu. Feb 6, 2025 Mon. Feb 17, 2025 US $5998.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe-Plus Guarantee / Book Now  
Wed. Feb 4, 2026 Sun. Feb 15, 2026 US $5998.00

Small Group Limited to 24 passengers

Sapporo Sapporo Deluxe-Plus Guarantee / Book Now  
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Okinawa & Hokkaido - Cherry Blossoms & Winter Festivals arrow readmore icon

Okinawa / Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Lake Akan / Kushiro


15 Days 14 Nights | from US $6098.00

Join our Okinawa and Hokkaido Tour, which include Okinawa Cherry Blossoms, Hokkaido's Winter Snow Festivals, and each island's unique cultural treasures.

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Mon. Jan 27, 2025 Mon. Feb 10, 2025 US $6098.00 Okinawa Kushiro Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Wed. Jan 28, 2026 Wed. Feb 11, 2026 US $6098.00 Okinawa Kushiro Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Best of Honshu & Hokkaido: Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido Winter Festival Tour arrow readmore icon

Honshu (Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka), Hokkaido (Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Lake Akan / Kushiro)

    1 reviews

16 Days 15 Nights | from US $6398.00

Explore the two main winter attractions of Japan - Snow Monkeys and Hokkaido Winter Festivals.

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Sun. Jan 26, 2025 Mon. Feb 10, 2025 US $6398.00 Tokyo Kushiro Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Tue. Jan 27, 2026 Wed. Feb 11, 2026 US $6398.00 Tokyo Kushiro Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Okinawa, Hokkaido & Beyond - Cherry Blossoms, Winter Festivals & Snow Monkeys arrow readmore icon

Okinawa / Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Lake Akan / Kushiro / Kawazu / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Obuse / Nagano


19 Days 18 Nights | from US $7698.00

Experience the islands of Okinawa and Hokkaido, and Beyond, in two different winter climates that include Snow Festivals, Snow Monkeys, and cherry blossoms.

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Mon. Jan 27, 2025 Fri. Feb 14, 2025 US $7698.00 Okinawa Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Wed. Jan 28, 2026 Sun. Feb 15, 2026 US $7698.00 Okinawa Tokyo Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Japan Winter Highlights: Winter Festivals, Kawazu Cherry Blossoms & Snow Monkeys arrow readmore icon

Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Lake Akan / Kushiro / Tokyo / Hakone / Kawazu / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe

    3 reviews

21 Days 20 Nights | from US $8698.00

Discover the unmissable Winter Highlights of Japan on a 21-day itinerary, with exciting Hokkaido Winter Festivals, the Snow Monkeys of Yudanaka, and the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival.

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Sun. Feb 2, 2025 Sat. Feb 22, 2025 US $8698.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Tue. Feb 3, 2026 Mon. Feb 23, 2026 US $8698.00 Sapporo Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
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Super Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse) - Cherry Blossoms, Winter Festivals & Snow Monkeys arrow readmore icon

Okinawa / Shiraoi / Lake Shikotsu / Sapporo / Otaru / Asahikawa / Sounkyo / Kitami / Abashiri / Lake Tofutsu / Lake Akan / Kushiro / Tokyo / Hakone / Kawazu / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Takamatsu / Kobe


27 Days 26 Nights | from US $10998.00

Join the Super Grand Tour of Japan (Reverse), which includes Cherry Blossoms in Okinawa, Winter Festivals in Hokkaido, Kawazu Cherry Blossoms, and Snow Monkeys, on a delightful winter itinerary all across Japan.

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Mon. Jan 27, 2025 Sat. Feb 22, 2025 US $10998.00 Okinawa Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  
Wed. Jan 28, 2026 Mon. Feb 23, 2026 US $10998.00 Okinawa Osaka Deluxe Guarantee / Book Now  




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