What's On in August in Niseko

Festival season is in full swing this August with three matsuris set to deliver an all-out assault on the senses.

Summer is officially here in Niseko and you know what that means? It's festival season. August is the month for matsuris and there is one for everyone so check out the best picks below.

Jaga Matsuri (Potato Festival)

Jagamatsuri 2018

Over two days in early August the town of Kutchan celebrates its most famous export, the potato! Kutchan's main street is closed down for an extravaganza of food, fun and excitement. The local community turns out in force with drumming and dancing displays to wow the crowds. This festival should not be missed!

Date: Aug 3-4

Location: Kutchan Town

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Hanazono Hill Climb

Hanazono Hill Climb

Taking place in conjunction with the Jaga Matsuri, the Hanazono Hill Climb is a bike race of epic proportions. The event is a non-stop climb from the centre of town to Goshiki Onsen. This one is not for the faint hearted. Be sure to catch the start while enjoying your favourite potato-based snacks!

Date: Aug 4

Location: Kutchan Town

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Hirafu Festival

Hirafu Matsuri 2018 5

Located just a stones throw away from the famous Hirafu ski slopes, the Hirafu Matsuri celebrates all summer has to offer in this small town. Enjoy a selection of famous dishes from the great chefs in the area and relax with a drink or an ice cream as the sun goes down. With stunning visual performances like fire twirlers and fireworks to bring the celebration to an end, this is a truly magical festival.

Date: Aug 24

Location: Hirafu

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Noboribetsu Jigoku Festival

Jigoku Matsuri

A truly demonic display, the Noboribetsu Jigoku Matsuri is unlike any other festival in the area. Celebrating the famous hot springs of Noboribetsu, the festival enacts the release of Enma Daio the Ruler of Hell. Demon floats are paraded through the streets in dramatic fashion. This one will shock the senses. 

Date: Aug 23-25

Location: Noboribetsu

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Looking for more to do this summer? Check out our Summer Video!