Festivals & Events
Sapporo White Illumination さっぽろホワイトイルミネーション
Sparkling winter nights add magic to three massive celebrations in Sapporo
Starting in late November, you can feel the excitement building as festive displays get switched on along Odori Park , Ekimaedori, and Minami-ichi-jo Dori for Sapporo's annual White Illumination. The glittering exhibition coincides with two of Sapporo's most famous winter events: the German Christmas Market in December and the Snow Festival in February.
- Iconic Sapporo sites surrounded by colorful illuminations
- Special photo spots for memorable shots
- Vendors serving hot drinks and snacks to warm you up
How to Get There
The sites are easily accessible from Sapporo Station
You can choose either a quick two-minute subway ride or a leisurely 15-minute walk south. Both the Nanboku and Toho subway lines stop at Odori Station.
Star of the show: Odori Park
The iconic, sprawling park is where the main event is held. Each block has its own particular theme, such as walkways made of twinkling lights, giant glowing snowflakes or towering trees. Perfect for photos, Odori Park is popular with couples and families alike. This display is shown until late December.
Simple and elegant: Ekimaedori
Nearly every tree on Ekimaedori is wrapped in strands of light, resulting in a splendid background for a chilly evening stroll. With many bars and restaurants along the way, it's easy to pop in for a piping hot bowl of ramen if you need to warm up. This display lasts until mid-February.
Dressed to impress: Minami-ichi-jo dori
The street, lined with glowing ginkgo trees and large illuminated sculptures, sparkles with the light reflected from the melting snow. These lights are on display until mid-March.