Sapporo Snow Festival & Hokkaido Highlights

Classic, Sapporo to Sapporo

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

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

  • 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


  • Experience dazzling festivals in sapporo and otaru
  • Soak in an outdoor onsen in noboribetsu
  • Go local at a traditional minshuku.


Day 1 Sapporo There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Sapporo 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. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Sapporo Snow Festival Visit Snow Light Path Festival Visit Transport: Train (1.00 hour(s)) Train (1.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Sapporo/Noboribetsu (1D) Travel to nearby Noboribetsu. Go for an easy hike through Jigokudani Park to view the scenery and geysers, or opt to visit the onsen town's spas. Enjoy a stay at a traditional inn for the night, complete with dinner dressed in a provided yukata (cotton kimono). Included Activities: Jigokudani Park Visit Transport: Train (1.25 hour(s))
Day 4 Noboribetsu/Sapporo (1B) Experience more of Sapporo with options to visit the Sapporo Beer Museum for a tour and tasting (complete with an optional all-you-can-eat-and-drink meal in the Beer Hall) or travel to the top of the Sapporo TV Tower for a new vantage point. Transport: Local train (1.25 hour(s))
Day 5 Sapporo Can't get enough snow? Book post accommodation and head to Niseko to experience Japan's world-class skiing and snowboarding. Included Activities: Departure Day