Event Calendar

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Sapporo White Illumination

From Last November to Middle February

An event featuring sparkling illuminations across all of Sapporo. Simply taking a stroll through the city will transport you into an illusory world.

[Place]
O'Dori Park, Ekimae-Dori, Minami 1-Jo Dori
[Contact]
Sapporo Tourist Association
TEL +81-11-281-6400
http://white-illumination.jp
Sapporo White Illumination Photo

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Sapporo Snow Festival

February 4 - 11

The largest event in Sapporo, famous even overseas, with close to 200 snow statues being placed around the city.

[Place]
O'Dori Park, and etc.
[Contact]
Sapporo Tourist Association
TEL +81-11-281-6400
http://www.snowfes.com
Sapporo Snow Festival Photo

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Otaru Snow Light Path

February 8 - 16

The centerpiece of the Hokkaido winter, famous not only across Japan but also around the world. More than 2,000 members of staff and residents work together to bring candlelight to the city streets.

[Place]
Otaru Canal, Japan National Railways Temiya Line, Asarigawa Onsen(Hot Spring), and etc.
[Contact]
Sightseeing Promotion Room, Otaru City
TEL +81-134-32-4111
http://www.yukiakarinomichi.org
Otaru Snow Light Path Photo

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Shukutsu Herring Festival

Middle May

An event themed around the herring, a fish that heralds the arrival of spring. 1000 of the fish are given away for free, the lighthouse is open to the public, seafood is sold direct, and fresh stocks of herring are released into the ocean.

[Place]
Close to Otaru Aquarium (3 Shukutsu, Otaru City)
[Contact]
Shukutsu Herring Festival Executive Committee
TEL +81-80-4505-2424
http://www.tanage.jp

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YOSAKOI SORAN FESTIVAL

Early June - Middle June

Every summer, about 30,000 participants and 2,000,000 spectators flock to Sapporo to enjoy the festival. The Yosakoi Soran Festival has come to be known worldwide as one of Japan’s most exemplary festivals.

[Place]
About 20 locations throughout Sapporo
[Contact]
Yosakoi Soran Festival Organizing Committee
TEL +81-11-231-4351
http://www.yosakoi-soran.jp
YOSAKOI SORAN FESTIVAL Photo

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Otaru Ushio Festival

Late July

The largest summer festival in Otaru, giving thanks for the sea. Includes the “Ushio Nerikomi” parade, in which around 6000 people dance through the town, and a large fireworks display.

[Place]
Main venue: Wharf No.3, other parts of Otaru City
[Contact]
Sightseeing Promotion Room, Otaru City
TEL +81-134-32-4111
http://otaru.ushiomatsuri.net
Otaru Ushio Festival Photo

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Kutchan Jaga(potato) Festival

Early August

A festival themed around the special potatoes grown in Kutchan. Events bring together organizations from across Hokkaido, and include the “Potato 100 Man Taiko Drumming” and “Grab As Many Potatoes As You Can”.

[Place]
Kutchan Ekimae-Dori
[Contact]
Kutchan Town Office Tourism Promotion Section
TEL +81-136-56-8009
http://www.town.kutchan.hokkaido.jp
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