Winter Snow Travel Activities and Festivals in Hokkaido, Japan

There are various fun activities that can be done in Japan during the winter season. These activities are not limited to children but adults as well.

Some of these activities include:

Snowshoeing. This activity is a recently discovered one. Snowshoes are gears that help an individual walk easily on snow.There are a lot of ski areas that offer snowshoe tours with the company of a tour guide.

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Cross country skiing. This is another activity that tourists look forward to. Cross country skiing means to walk on to snow, allows one to walk on his or her own pace, and takes periods of rest for sight-seeing and bird watching.

Snowmobiling. This is another activity that is slowly turning into a sport. In snowmobiling, the person rides a snowmobile, a tiny ride-on machine allowing 1 or 2 persons to ride on it. There are now a lot of ski areas offering snowmobiling trails, allowing individuals to enjoy the thrill and excitement of zipping above the snow.

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Photo credit: Photo credit: www.hokkaido-sightseeing.com

Snow rafting. There are ski areas that offer this kind of activity. In snow rafting, people ride on a banana boat or raft that is drawn by the snowmobile.

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Snow tubing.This is a different amusement well-liked activity by kids and even adults. Participants ride a ring or huge rubber tire that slides downhill a slope full of snow.

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Some of the fun festivals to visit during the winter season in Japan include the following:

Winter Festival in Asahikawa, Hokkaido. This festival takes place at the northernmost zoo of Japan, and holds a Winter Festival every 8th to the 12th of February. The 5-day event is known for its holiday’s snow sculptures and their sizes. For instance, a sculpture resembling the Suwon Castle of Korea which covers approximately 103,591 m3. There are three possible options to get to this venue. The first option would be a 10-minute ride via the main site with a bus originating from the station of JR Asahikawa. The second option would be a 3-minute walk from the main site. The last option is a 5-minute. walk from the main site.

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Sapporo Snow Festival, in Hokkaido. This is another festival taking place in Sapporo, Hokkaido. This festival was named as Japan?s best-known winter time festival. There are over 2 million visitors who visit yearly and take a tour around enormous snow sculptures. There are also musical plays that are conducted during the festival. Moreover, the sculptures are well-lit and the main streets are as well all done up with colorful lights leading to the rail station. There are three ways to get to this festival. First, a tourist can take the Odori site, and hop onto the Odori Station on the Sapporo Municipal Subway. The second option is to take the tsu-dome site, and have an 8 min. walk from Sakaemachi on the Sapporo Municipal Subway. Lastly, the Susukino site can be an option and an immediate access from Susukino Station to the Sapporo Municipal Subway is possible.

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Lake Shikaribetsu, Hokkaido. This event in Lake Shikaribetsu takes place every 28th of January to the 31st of March. This presents village made entirely of ice and is constructed on the frozen lake. Other structures, such as igloos, ice theaters, and ice halls are also built for the ice event. Another popular attraction is the outdoor bath on ice, where visitors soak inside a round tub of waters from hot spring. These round tubs are the only things that did not utilize ice to be constructed. To arrive at this venue, a tourist could take the JR ShintokuRail Station and get off the bus stop at Shikaribetsu-ko, and take the HokkaidoTakushoku bus which is approximately 1 1/2 hour ride.

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