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Lake Shikotsu Evening Light-up Ice Festival from Sapporo (Jan 25-Feb 17, 2019)


The atmosphere at night is magical

Walk into a winter wonderland at the Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival. Watch as the whole area turns into a magical snowy world of colorful lights and catch the stunning firework displays on the weekends.

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Experience this unique Hokkaido festival after dark. The ice sculptures (which appear light blue in the day) at night are transformed into cool icy art, lighting up the landscape with brilliant colors. Stroll through the magical bright ice formations, explore a sparkling ice cave or sample local treats.

Total duration: 5 hours 25 minutes.
On days with fireworks: 5 hours 55 minutes.
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Schedule & Location
  • Schedule
  • Check-in
    Time & Location
  • Drop-off
    Time & Location

  • 14:55 Check-in at Sapporo Station Bus Terminal
  • 15:10 Departure from Sapporo Station Bus Terminal
  • 15:55 Rest at Wattsu Service Area (15 mins)
  • 17:10 Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival (85 mins)
    af4aee636a7fcc265c5c5c56f7200f54 Wrap up warmly and explore the magical world of ice sculptures lit up in brilliant colors, stalls with tasty treats and sparkling ice caves.

    On days with firework displays, time at the festival will be from 17:10-19:05.

    Feel free to have dinner at the restaurants or food stalls.

  • 19:35 Rest at Wattsu Service Area (15 mins)
    On days when there are firework displays, the bus will arrive at the rest stop at 20:05-20:20.
  • 20:25 Sapporo Factory (drop-off point)
    On days when there are firework displays, the bus will arrive at 20:55.
  • 20:30 Sapporo Clock Tower (drop-off point)
    On days when there are firework displays, the bus will arrive at 21:00.
  • 20:35 Drop-off at Sapporo Station Bus Terminal (21:05 on Days with Fireworks)
    • Please arrive at the check in counter with your printed VELTRA voucher at least 15 minutes before the tour departure time.
    • For children under the age of 6 who require a seat, please book as 'Child 6-11'.
Required Items to Bring & Attire
    • It will be very cold at Lake Shikotsu, so please make sure you dress warmly.
Additional Note(s)
    • Lake Shikotsu:
      - Show your tour ticket at Restaurant Memere and get 1 free cup of amazake (non-alcoholic sweet sake), green tea, or soft drink (orange juice, Calpis, Coca Cola, melon soda and oolong tea), as well as a 10% discount on all other drinks.
      - On days with fireworks, the tour will be extended 30-minutes.
      - It is very slippery around the ice festival. Please be very careful when walking.
    • If highways are closed due to weather or snow, this tour will be cancelled.
    • Depending on traffic and parking conditions at the Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival, the arrival time may be delayed. If the bus is delayed, you may not be able to see the fireworks.
    • The bus will not stop at Shin Chitose Airport or Minami Chitose Station.
    • Duration of sightseeing is subject to change due to traffic and the number of passengers.
    • Arrival times may be earlier than scheduled due to holiday breaks or facility rules.
    • Depending on traffic or bad weather, the return bus to Sapporo Station may be delayed. Please allow enough time to make connecting transfers.
    • Tours may be cancelled due to natural disasters and road closure due to marathon races etc. Please contact us and check the situation with the tour in the event of abnormal weather.
    • This tour will be held only in Japanese.
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Payment/Cancellation policy
Payment type
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Cancellation Policy
  • Any cancellations made between the booking confirmation date to 2 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge of JPY 100 per participant.
  • Any cancellations made after 2 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

After your booking is confirmed, be sure to print your voucher and bring it with you on the day of your activity.



(4.67/5.00) 4.67 / 5
(3 reviews)
Language Japanese
Pick-up Not available
Availability Daily


The lady tour guide was professional and very kind. However, it would be better if we had more time at the festival. ^_^
by: Natalia
The festival is definetly worht experiencing, it was truly beautiful! Tour organization was also great and guide very helpful.
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