Japan’s northernmost main island, Hokkaido is known for its white winters. When leaves turn and the snow starts to fall, the people of Sapporo know how to make the best of a chilly situation. Get out and enjoy the snow with these popular winter activities.
Go ice fishing for smelt on the frozen Barato River.
Take an ice crusher cruise to Monbetsu Ocean Park and Okhotsk sea ice observation tower.
Stroll along the icy Otaru Canal, a famous landmark in Hokkaido, on a day trip from Sapporo.
Hit the slopes at Sapporo International Ski Resort for a day of skiing, snowboarding, or sledding.
Snowshoe through a forest to the Cave of Ice Stalagmites, one of Sapporo’s winter wonders.
Marvel at giant snow sculptures during the Sapporo Snow Festival, one of Hokkaido’s most popular winter events, in Odori Park.
Warm up in the hot spring water of a traditional Japanese onsen.