Everyone loves snow and Japan is no exception to that rule. Through the cold winter months, these festivals are sure to give you a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. Whether you’re planning to spam Instagram with pics of Sapporo’s Snow Festival, or feeling out in the cold because you can’t make it, it’s time to start planning for the next adventure.
Sapporo Snow Festival 2020
The most famous snow festival is the Sapporo Snow Festival held on Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido. Over two million people make the trek to this winter wonderland every February to get a glimpse of the towering snow sculptures that take over Sapporo’s city center.
Ever wondered what a scene straight out of "Final Fantasy" or "Star Wars" would look like made entirely out of the white powdery stuff? Well, wonder no more—there’s loads to see and do no matter what the time, although these gravity-defying structures look mighty fine all lit up after sunset. For the true Hokkaido experience, make sure to warm yourself up with some soup curry or Genghis Khan (grilled lamb) at the end of the day.
Beware that you do need to book accommodation and flights super early for this one (looking at a year to eight months in advance) or expect to pay through the roof.
Jan 31 – Feb 11, 2020
Are there any festivals near Tokyo?
No problemo. Honshu is blessed with tons of snow this time of year so you can take the Shinkansen (bullet train) to one of the nearby prefectures for skiing, snowboarding and snow festival-ing.
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