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snow and ice festivals in Japan

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otaru, hokkaido

Otaru Snow Light Path Festival

Japan’s most romantic snow festival.

Yokote city turns into an romantic little spot come winter. Akita, winter

Yokote Kamakura Snow Festival

Snow huts and water gods.

Lake Saiko

See Mount Fuji, explore a bat cave, and visit a thatched-roof village that rivals Shirakawa-go.

Sapporo Snow Festival

Join the most popular winter festival in Japan in February.

Feeling Icy at Lake Shikotsu.

Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival

It's time for an... ice wedding at this annual winter wonderland in the heart of a national park.

Sapporo Beer Museum

When in Sapporo…

Spring fairy sculpture at 45th Asahikawa Winter Festival

Asahikawa Winter Festival

Marvel at the largest snow sculpture in Japan.

Iwate Snow Fest

Iwate Snow Festival

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...

Hirosaki Castle

Five ways to view cherry blossoms at northern Japan’s favorite sakura-viewing park.

Lake Shikotsu at Shikotsu Toya National Park in Hokkaido, Japan.

Shikotsu-Toya National Park

Located not far from Sapporo and New Chitose Airport, this natural haven is the most easily accessible national park in Hokkaido.