Wintertime in Japan is enjoyable with snow festivals in someplace in northern Japan as Aomori, Niigata, and Hokkaido. Come with us and learn more about the splendid ice sculptures and impressive illuminations you can see, when these festivals are, and how to make the most out of
Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido
A snow festival is a good way to experience the weather in Japan. Come with the larger-than-life snow and ice sculptures in Sapporo Snow Festival, which gives tourists a first-hand chance to relish in the cold and stunning winter landscape.
In the region of Hokkaido, snow starts to fall from the end of October to early November. Thus, the Hokkaido center of government is host to the Sapporo Snow Festival, the largest snow festival in Japan and taken place in February.
February 4 – 11, 2020 (Odori Park and Susukino) And January 31 – February 11, 2020 (Tsudome)
Kamihinokinai Paper Balloon Festival
Dated back to the period of Edo, the purpose of the Paper Balloon festival in Akita was to pray for a good rice harvest and taken place each year by releasing beautiful balloons covered in the wishes of participants into the sky. The balloons are decorated with multi-colored depictions of renowned characters, and of course, it needs a small team to guarantee their successful release into the sky. The second one released is followed with the small lantern and covered with personal wishes on.
It is highly recommended that you should arrive before 5 pm to witness the full event and have a chance to write your own wish on one of the balloons.
Date: 10th Feb 2020
Yokote Kamakura Snow Festival
Being a popular city near Tokyo, Kamakura means a hollow carved out from the snow in a more decorative sense at the winter wonderland festival in the Northern part of Japan. With the history dating back over 450 years, the festival features many of igloo-like snow structures throughout the city. Each of them contains a snowy altar allowing people to pray to the water deity.
The native people will make the grilling rice cakes on charcoal and serve up warming amazake (a kind of low-alcohol drink) to keep people in high spirits. There still has some creative snow sculptures and traditional food stalls to the Kamakurankan Hall, a great place for your tour.
Date: 15th Feb – 16th Feb 2020
Entry Fee: Free
Otaru Snow Light Path Festival
The festival has been growing since it began in 1999, and now it attracts over 500,000 visitors every year. It is alluring with the magical displays and relaxing atmosphere, but the festival coincides with the Sapporo Snow Festival, it takes only 30 minutes transfer by train.
Actually, Otaru is a wonderful destination to visit, the atmosphere is fantastic, everything is flawless.
Date: 9th Feb – 16th Feb 2020
Entrance Fee: Free