3 Reasons You Need to Go to the Sapporo White Illumination Festival

  • In winter, many illumination festivals are held around Japan. Maybe you cannot decide which illumination festival you would like to attend this year. Listed below are 3 reasons why you should choose to go to the Sapporo White Illumination Festival.

    1. The Location


    Sapporo White Illumination is held at Sapporo Odori Park, which is located at the center of Sapporo. You can easily access the festival from Sapporo Station (main train station) and Odori Station (main subway station). You can reach this park within 2 minutes from Odori station and within 10 minutes from Sapporo station. Thanks to this location, you can enjoy this festival without having to worry about a long journey to the location after you arrive at the station!

    2. Illumination with Snow


    In winter, it snows quite a lot in Sapporo! So on many days, you can enjoy beautiful illuminations with the snowy atmosphere of a winter wonderland. This festival is held for about one month starting from the end of November. Normally Sapporo has its first snowfall at the end of October! This means November and December are definitely part of snow season! You will see beautiful lights with beautiful snow! You might not get the same feeling from other illuminations.

    3. The History


    Sapporo white illumination played an important role in Sapporo’s history. This festival started in 1981. In those days, Sapporo had travelers only in summer, because it was too cold and there was not much for travelers to do in winter. People in Sapporo wanted to attract more visitors in winter as well. This festival was started to increase the number of people traveling to Sapporo in the cold months. At first, there was just one illuminated object, but now there are countless objects and monuments which are illuminated with colorful lights. When you come this festival, you can find the importance of it for Sapporo.

    Now you understand the reasons why you need to visit the Sapporo White Illumination Festival. Its different characteristics from other illumination festivals in Japan make it a truly special spot to enjoy illumination! Not to mention the excellent location! If you’re looking to spend time in the perfect winter atmosphere, this is it.

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