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Japan Winter Festival Tours

Japan Winter Festival Tours

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 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

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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)

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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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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

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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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