Hokkaido's Must-see Winter Festivals: February 2019

Celebrate winter during your trip to Niseko with these top annual festivals coming up in February.

Winter in Hokkaido is all about skiing, big snow, amazing food, onsens and festival traditions! Join in like a local and see the dazzling events on in the height of winter.

Sapporo Snow Festival: January 31 - February 11

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As one of Japan’s largest winter events, the Sapporo Snow Festival is a must-do during your Niseko itinerary. Seeing over 300 snow and ice sculptures scattered throughout the city's parks and streets is pretty special. Not to mention, plenty of food and drink stalls to keep you warm!

Otaru Snow Light Path Festival: February 8 - 17

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The Otaru Snow Light Path Festival is a winter festival held every February in Otaru, during which the city becomes decorated in lights and small snow statues. The atmosphere is truly magical with Otaru's famous canals all lit up by glowing lanterns.

Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival: January 25 - February 17

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See the magnificent ice illuminations at this lakeside festival. Enjoy the event from the afternoon and evening to catch the ice sculptures, tasty food, evening fireworks and maybe a dip in one of the area's famous onsen.

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