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Sapporo Snow Festival & Hokkaido Highlights

Sapporo to Sapporo
5 days
Tour code: AJHW


Experience dazzling festivals in Sapporo and Otaru, soak in an outdoor onsen in Noboribetsu, go local at a traditional minshuku.

This quick five-day trip to the famous Sapporo Snow Festival is one of the most unique specifically-winter tours we offer. Explore the celebrated snow and ice sculptures created for this amazing event (held yearly since 1950), visit a light festival in the coastal town of Otaru, hike to see the geysers in Jigokudani, and opt to enjoy hot springs with a stay in Noboribetsu. Opt to stick around post-tour and take advantage of the chance to ski in winter-perfect Hokkaido. This tour is the ideal add-on to any winter travel in this part of the world.

What's included?

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.


1 breakfast, 1 dinner


Train, walking.


Hotels (3 nts), traditional inn (1 nt).

Included activities

Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group. Sapporo orientation walk. Snow Festival visit. Snow Light Path Festival visit (Otaru). Jigokudani Park visit. Traditional inn stay (Noboribetsu). All transport to/from included activities and between destinations.


Day 1
Arrive at any time.

Included activities: Meet Your CEO and Group

Day 2
Take an orientation tour of the city before spending the day at the Sapporo Snow Festival. In the afternoon, depart for Otaru to experience this town's Snow Light Path Festival. Head back to Sapporo for the night.

Transport: Train, Train

Included activities: Orientation Walk, Sapporo Snow Festival Visit, Snow Light Path Festival Visit

Day 3
Sapporo - Noboribetsu
Travel to nearby Noboribetsu. Go for an easy hike through Jigokudani Park to view the scenery and geysers. Enjoy a stay at a traditional inn for the night, complete with dinner dressed in a provided yukata (cotton kimono). Afterward, enjoy the inn's soothing Onsen, natural outdoor hot spring baths, as you gaze up at the night sky.

Transport: Train

Included activities: Jigokudani Park Visit

Meals: dinner

Day 4
Noboribetsu - Sapporo
Enjoy a free day to visit the snow festival or explore more of Sapporo.

Transport: Local Train

Optional activities:

  • Sapporo Beer Museum Tour
  • TV Tower Visit
  • Sapporo Snow Festival Visit

Meals: breakfast

Day 5
Depart at any time.

Included activities: Departure Day

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