Otaru Snow Light Path

Otaru Snow Light Path Festival 2

Otaru becomes a winter wonderland of lights and ice sculptures.

Experience a winter wonderland in Otaru this February with the Otaru Snow Light Path Festival (Yuki Akari no Michi). The festival is held every February and the 2017 event will run from February 3rd-12th, during which the city becomes decorated in beautiful lights and small snow statues for ten days. The atmosphere is truly magical as the snow-covered town is filled with lights and lanterns.

There are two main official festival areas which lights up every day from 5pm-9pm in the Unga Kaijo area and the Temiyasen Kaijo area (both areas easily accessible on foot from the train station). The locals also get into the snow spirit with their own lanterns and lights in their shop windows. This event is a must-see!

Otaru Snow Light Path Festival 4

A lantern nestled in the snow creating a magical atmosphere in Otaru.