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All events are listed in the month in which they begin.
Please note that some events will run for longer than a month.

Obihiro Ice Festival
• Chitose & Lake Shikotsu Hyoto Festival
• Tsurui Village Crane Festival
Diamond Dust Party
Drift Ice Ship Sightseeing [Aurora]
Souunkyo Icefall Festival
Shikotsu Lake Hyoutou Festival
  • Setsubun Festival
    Ever since the days old, there have been festivals and rituals to expel the evil spirits. In Japan, this event is called the ‘Setsubun’ and is held on the 3rd of February. The name, …
  • Snow Festival
    Arguably the biggest FESTIVAL / EVENT in Sapporo, the Sapporo Snow festival, according to the snow festivals home page, brings in about 2 million tourists every year. There are 3 main sites …
  • Otaru Snow Light Path Festival
    The OTARU SNOW LIGHT PATH FESTIVAL is an annual festival that runs for 10 days in February and coincides with the SAPPORO WINTER FESTIVAL. The festival started in 1999 and has been running for 17 …
• Wakkanai Japan Cup Dog Sled Competition
Asahikawa Winter Festival
Abashiri Okhotsk Drift Ice Festival
• Sounkyo Hyobaku Festival
Shiretoko Fantasy
Noboribetsu Onsen Festival
Ice Sculpture World Convention
Furano Skiing Festival
Kushiro Ice Festival
International Snowball Fight in Showa-shinzan
Yubari International Film Festival
  • Mashike Shrimp Festival
      The Mashike Spring Taste Festival, better known as the ‘Mashike Shrimp Festival’ is held annually on the western coast of Hokkaido. Mashike is a quiet harbor town that prizes its …
  • Takinoue Park Shibazakura Festival
    Takinoue Park Shibazakura Festival
    From the start of May to the start of June, the small town of Takinoue displays its most famous sightseeing spot, the Takinoue Park Shibazakura. Shibazakura, also known as ‘moss pink’, or …
  • Shizunai Cherry Blossom Festival
    Shizunai Nijukken Road
    Shizunai Road is the home to around 3,000 cherry blossom trees, including the vivid Sargant cherry tree. The road looks absolutely fantastic during the cherry blossom season and is one of the top …
  • Sapporo Lilac Spring Festival
    The Sapporo Lilac Festival first began in 1959, and the following year the lilac was designated the tree of Sapporo After a long winter many citizens eagerly look forward to this festival where …
• Takinoue Moss Pink Festival
• Higashimokoto Nonky Land Moss Pink Festival
Morimachi Cherry Blossom Festival
Bibai Cherry Blossom Festival
Asahiyama-park Cherry Blossom Night Festival
Hakodate Goryokaku Fort Festival
Obihiro Cherry Blossom Festival
Akkeshi Cherry Blossom & Oyster Festival
  • Hokkaido University Festival
      The Hokkaido University Festival, also known as Hokudai-sai, is a three day event that is held at the start of June. It is a popular festival for the locals of Sapporo. The event allows the …
  • Sapporo Flower Carpet
    Sapporo Flower Carpet view down street
    From June until August, the countryside throughout Hokkaido comes alive with myriads of color. The flower season is a must see in while in Hokkaido during these months. If you can’t get out …
  • Yosakoi Soran Festival
    Yosakoi Festival Sapporo
    The Yosakoi Soran Festival is an energetic dancing event based on the Yosakoi Festival of Kochi Prefecture which was first held back in 1954. The style of dance is highly energetic, combining …
  • The Hokkaido Shrine Festival (Sapporo Festival)
    Sapporo festival
    The Hokkaido Shrine Festival, also called the Sapporo Festival, has a history going back over a century. It is also one of the biggest festivals in Hokkaido. The festival runs from the 14th to the …
Shiraoi Beef Festival
• Oshamambe Hairy Crab Festival
Oni Fireworks Festival
Shakotan Soran Festival
Shiretoko Festival
  • Tanukikoji Raccoon Dog Festival
    During the hot summer months there is a lot going on in the city of Sapporo. Every weekend, there seems to be something going on. Tanukikoji is a shopping arcade that runs through the center of Sapporo.
  • Omotesando Street Festival
    Street festivals in Japan are a fantastic look into Japanese culture and a great way to enjoy a day, taking in the sights, activities, and the local food. The Omotesando Street Festival is one of these festivals.
  • Sapporo Craft Beer Forest
      As Hokkaido begins to warm up in the summer months, the Sapporo Craft Beer Forest has become an increasingly popular spot to enjoy a huge selection of craft beer from local sellers. There are …
  • Sapporo Odori Beer Garden
    DatesMid July to Mid August (1 month) Opening Hours12:00 - 21:00 (last order is at 20:30) Contact011-281-6400 Location / Getting ThereOdori park. Odori-nishi 5-chome to 11-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo 1 …
  • Ebetsu “Yakimonoichi” Ceramic Art Fair
      The Ebetsu “Yakimonoichi” Ceramic Art Fair is an annual festival held in the heart of Ebetsu. Ebetsu is a town on the outskirts of Sapporo (about a 20 minute drive) and is famous …
• Sapporo Pacific Music Festival (PMF)
• Kamifurano Lavender Festival
• Furano Hokkai Navel Festival
• Abashiri Orochon Fire Festival
Hi Masturi (Fire Festival)
Hakodate Port Fireworks Festival
Sapporo Toyohira River Fireworks Festival
Nakafurano Lavender Festival
Onuma Lake Festival
Tanuki Matsuri
Otaru Ushio Matsuri
Taiseetsu Sounkyo Gorge Fire Festival
Kushiro Mist Festival
  • Bon Festival
    Obon is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of ancestors. It has been celebrated in Japan for over 500 years and is known as a time for family. It is a time of family reunion, where the graves of ancestors are visited and cleaned. It also includes a celebration involving a Bon dance (Bon Odori).
  • Susukino Festival
      During the summer at the start of August, the annual Susukino Festival can be seen. Starting in the late afternoon and continuing through until late evening, the festival runs for three days. …
  • Susukino Festival 2
    DatesFirst weekend of August (3 days) Opening Hours18:00 - 22:00 Contact011-518-2005 Location / Getting ThereIn Sapporo, get off at Susukino subway station and the festival is directly in front, on …
  • Jigoku Festival (Hell Festival)
    The town of Noboribetsu is famous for its hot spring waters. These waters spring from a rocky, barren, volcanic valley known as “Hell Valley” (Jigokudani) located just north of the …
• Kamishihoro Hokkaido Balloon Festival
• Jozankei Kappa Festival
• Sobetsu Mt Showa-Shinzan Fire Festival
• Esashi Ubagami Daijingu Togyosai
• Hakodate Port Festival
• Susukino Festival
• Date Samurai Festival
• Toya Summer Festival
• Yubari Summer Festival
• Kushiro Port Festival
• Hakodate Yunokawa-onsen Isaribi Festival
• Matsumae Castle Festival
• Kushiro Fireworks Festival
  • Sapporo Autumn Festival
    The Sapporo Autumn Fest is one of the newer festivals in Hokkaido, being held for the first time in 2008. It is the last of the big Sapporo festivals for the year. The 4 big festivals in Sapporo come …
  • Otaru Shukutsu Festival
    Otaru has many festivals over the year, and the Otaru Shukutsu Festival is one of the last festivals to see fireworks for the summer. The festival starts off at 5pm and attracts many of the locals …
• Nemuro Crab Festival
• Sapporo International Short Film Festival
• Furano Wine & Grape Festival
  • Sapporo Marathon
    First held in 1958, the Sapporo Marathon originally started out as a full marathon. From 1986, the race was turned into the half marathon, where it remains as one of the most famous sporting events …
• Ikeda Wine Festival
• Hamatombetsu Lake Kutcharo Swan Festa
• Jozankei Maple Leaf Tea Ceremony
• Sapporo Chrysanthemum Festival
• Autumn Wine Festival
• Akkeshi Oyster Festival
• Akan Marimo Festival
• Shikotsu Lake Autumn Festival
  • Sapporo White Illumination
    Sapporo White Illumination is an event held every winter which sees Odori park and the main street through Sapporo draped with hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights. Sapporo was the first city in …
  • German Christmas Market
    This event started in 2002 to honor the 30th anniversary of its sister city ties with Munich, Germany. Set up in sight of the TV Tower this small village is the perfect spot to take in a white winter …
• Obihiro All Tokachi Harvest Festival
• Toya Lake Hot Spring Illumination Street
• Asahiyama Zoo Winter
• Hakodate Christmas Fantasy
• Hakodate Illumination Fantasy
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