Upcoming Winter Events

As the snow capital of Japan, Hokkaido has long-since learnt how to host a breathtaking winter event. Experience the region's most anticipated winter festivals both nearby and within perfect day trip distance of AYA Niseko!

January 26th - February 18th

Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival
Located in the Lake Shikotsu hotspring area of Shikotsu-Toya National Park only 90 minutes drive from AYA Niseko, enjoy views of elegant ice sculptures and snow structures illuminated by colourful, dancing lights. Firework displays and taiko drum performances take place from 18:30 on weekends and national holidays throughout the duration of the event.

Shikotsu Ice Festival

February 1st - February 12th

69th Annual Sapporo Snow Festival
Experience dazzling displays created by Sapporo citizens & international contributors of towering snow and ice sculptures, as well as a highly eclectic range of range of international food and drinks stalls, live extreme snow sports events, and entertaining performances from various music artists throughout the festival.

Sapporo Snowfest 1

February 2nd - 4th

Niseko Japonica
Experience a taste of the traditional with one of Niseko's favourite Japanese culture fests. With musical performances, lessons and demonstrations in traditional tea ceremonies and calligraphy, displays of traditional attire, dancing, and much more.

February 3rd - 25th

Oiishi Seafood Fair
Renowned for its mountains and snow, the island of Hokkaido is also well-known for its delicious, incredibly fresh seafood. Local Niseko restaurants come together to celebrate coastal cuisine with 3 weeks of pop-up seafood stalls and special events. Love seafood? Taste everything the region has to offer!

February 9th - 18th

Otaru Snow Light Path Festival
'Yuki Akari no Michi' is one of the most relaxing of the region's snow festivals: During February, the coastal town of Otaru is lit up with tiny snow lanterns, lining the streets and floating upon the canals in silent serenity. Also well known for its fantastic restaurants and boutique shopping streets, Otaru makes for a magical day trip within easy driving distance, less than 90 minutes from AYA Niseko's doors.


© Otaru Snow Light Path Executive Committee

February 17th - 18th

Kutchan's local offering of the traditional snow festival, enjoy a variety of snow themed events, games, competitions, stage shows and a spread of delicious food stalls for the whole family to enjoy. 

Other Events

With something for everyone and events organised throughout the winter, why not join Kiyoe Gallery for Wa - A Celebration of Japanese Art and Culture!

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