Experience Japan’s remarkable winter festivals, travelling from Sapporo to Otaru, Asahikawa and Sounkyo

Be entranced by winter in Japan. Experience the sensational Sapporo Snow Festival, be awestruck by the size of snow sculptures and watch the soft lantern light cast its magic over festivalgoers in Otaru. Explore picturesque landscapes, don some snowshoes for a wintery walk and sample some of the region’s finest beers and sakes as you enjoy an adventure of natural, cultural and artistic delights that celebrates the splendour of Japan’s far north.

8 days from $4,195* per person


  • Meals - 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Transport - Local Train, Bullet Train, Public Bus, Subway
  • Accommodation - Hotel (7 nights)

Included activities:

  • Sapporo - Sapporo Snow Festival (Yuki Matsuri)
  • Sapporo - JR Tower Observatory T38
  • Otaru - Snow Light Path Festival (Yuki Akari no Michi)
  • Asahikawa - Asahikawa Winter Festival (Fuyu Matsuri)
  • Asahikawa - Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum & Sake tasting
  • Sounkyo - Ice Waterfall Festival (Hyobaku Matsuri)
  • Sapporo - Nijo Market
  • Sapporo - Beer Museum tasting
  • Sapporo - Beer Museum entrance


  • Winter is a beautiful time of year to explore Japan. The streets are lit up at night and blanketed in snow, the markets are bustling a piping hot bowl of ramen tastes especially good when it is below zero outside!
  • This is a brief but fun packed trip that gets the most out of the northern region of Hokkaido in a relatively short amount of time.
  • The Sapporo Ice and Snow Festival is world famous for its huge and elaborate sculptures. Make sure you get your camera out and have your batteries charged as you will take far more photos than you expected!
  • The picturesque Snow Light Path Festival in Otaru is a true winter experience. Stroll along the river, gathering around the glowing snow mounds and under lantern light.
  • Warm up after your winter wanderings with visits to some of Japan's best-known breweries and whiskey distilleries.

*Terms and Conditions: Valid for new bookings only. Valid for travel in February 2019. Prices, offers and inclusions are strictly subject to availability and can change at any time, without notice. Booking, payment and cancellation conditions apply. Contact your travel agent for full details. SUPPLIER: Intrepid Travel