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Hokkaido is one of the most exciting place to be in Japan during winter! Not only it is one of the best places for ski, onsen, crabs and ramen, the beautiful and fun winter festivals make it more fun and interesting. Between end of January and middle of March, visiting Hokkaido is a lot more fun. You may taking photos with the impressive ice and snow sculptures, enjoy the outdoor festival atmospheres, and play various game and rides. It’s great for families with children, too!
The Sapporo Winter Festival is the biggest ice and snow festival in Hokkaido. The Odori venue stretches over 12 blocks in the center of Sapporo city, creating a huge venue with lots of ice and snow sculptures, food and drink booths, a skating rink and more. 2017 Sapporo Winter Festival: 6-12 February 2017 日本札幌是北海道最大型的冬祭，而大通公園是最大會場，全場12條通將擺設許多雪雕冰雕，還有溜冰場地、飲食攤位和各種冰雪表演。 2017札幌冬季日期：2017年2月6-12日。
The second site in Sapporo city is the Susukino Site. Several blocks of roads are used to display ice sculptures sponsored by companies and institutes. Fish and crabs in frozen sculptures and ice bars are the special features in this site. 2017 Winter Festival: 6-13 February 2017 博野會場是札幌市中心第二個冰雪場地，由幾條街組成，主要以冰雕為主，大部份都是公司和團體贊助的雕塑，這裏最特別是可以看到較多冰酒吧和雪魚在冰雕內。 2017博野雪祭日期：2017年2月6-12日
The third venue in is the outskirt of Sapporo city: Tsudome site. There is a big site with many slides, activities, and an indoor venue with games and food and drink booths. A great site for families with children. 2017 Winter Festival: 1-12 February 2017. 札幌市郊的圓頂會場是第3個會場，會場有各種雪滑梯和冰雪活動，也有一個室內場地，內設兒童遊戲和飲食攤位，很適合一家大小玩一天。 2017雪祭日期：2017年2月1-12日
Lake Shikotsu Huoyo Festival an amazing site with a similar set up as Sounkyo. The frozen ice festival is created from the lake water. Illumination in the evening makes it look like a winter wonderland and there’s a fireworks show at the weekends. 2017 Lake Shikotsu Hyoto Festival: 27 January to 19 February 2017. 支笏湖冰濤祭在新千歲，雪祭的冰雕是利用湖水做出來的，晚上亮燈後創造出夢幻童話世界，週末有煙火表演，和層雲峽的冰濤祭差不多。 2017支笏湖冰濤祭日期：2017年1月27日－2月19日
Otaru Snow Path along the canal is probably the most romantic winter festival site. All ice sculptures are built by the community and volunteers and also lite manually every night. 2017 Otaru Snow Festival: 3-12 February 2017. 小樽雪燈之路是日本最浪漫的雪祭，沿著運河的雪燈之路是當地居民和義工堆做出來的，晚上點蠟燭也是人手一個一個點的，充滿愛心。 2017小樽雪祭日期：2017年2月3-12日。
The Temiya Railway is another snow path site in Otaru. It’s on the way between the JR station and canal. In addition to the warm snow path, the local community also offered grilled sweet photo for tourists for free last year. So sweet! 小樽「手宮線」雪燈之路是小樽另一個雪祭場地，去年當地居民在雪祭場地免費提供暖烘烘的烤蕃薯給遊客，真窩心！ 2017小樽雪祭：2017年2月3日－12日。
Asahikawa Winter Festival features the single largest ice sculpture with the longest slide in Hokkaido every year. There are other games and activities on the ice that are suitable for families with children. 2017 Asahikawa Winter Festival: 7-12 February 2017. 旭川雪祭會場每年以單一最大雪雕和北海道最長雪滑梯為賣點，另外會場有個樣冰上活動和小朋友滑梯，很適合一家大小。 2017旭川雪祭日期：2017年2月7-12日。
Sounkyo Winter Festival is a winter wonderland with color lighting at night and fireworks at the weekend. 2017 Sounkyo Ice Fall Festival: 25 January to 20 March 2017. 層雲峽冰濤祭是一個冬天奇幻冰雪世界，週末晚上有煙火表演。 2017 層雲峽冰濤日期：2017年1月25日－3月20日。
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