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Otaru Snow Light Path 小樽雪あかりの路

Otaru Snow Light Path
Otaru Snow Light Path

Follow the lights of the Otaru Snow Light Path

The Snow Light Path lights up the port city of Otaru every winter. This festival of flickering lights and glowing snow statues adds some warmth to the sometimes bitter temperatures. The canal and old Temiya railway line are the primary snow light paths, but this is a community festival, and lights can be seen all over the area.

Don't Miss

  • The fantastic seafood in the canal restaurants
  • Floating candles down the canal
  • The lesser-known snow lights at the event site in the Asarigawa hot spring village

How to Get There

The area can be accessed by train.

Take a 30- to 35-minute rapid train from Sapporo Station to Otaru Station and then walk about eight to 10 minutes to get to the Otaru Snow Light Path area.

Otaru Snow Light Path

The Otaru Snow Light Path event, which is held every winter in February, runs for 10 days, a little longer than the seven days of the Sapporo Snow Festival . Since both festivals happen around the same time, it is an excellent opportunity for visitors to the area to experience both.

Two main areas and one hidden spot

The main area is at the canal. Evoking feelings of Venice, there are lots of illuminated snow sculptures and lanterns along its entire length. The second area is at the old Temiya railway line, which is decorated with bright snow lanterns and statues, and the third area is special, hidden away from large tour groups at the river site in the Asarigawa hot spring village.

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