Sapporo White Illumination 2023-2024

Best Winter Illumination in Hokkaido: Sapporo White Illumination 2023-2024

Sapporo White Illumination is a classical winter illumination event held in Sapporo City in Hokkaido annually, which can be enjoyed with the authentic German Christmas Market and the famous Sapporo Snow Festival!

Winter Illuminations are one of the top winter attractions in Japan, and numbers of spectacular illumination events are held across the country during winter. Sapporo White Illumination (さっぽろホワイトイルミネーション) is one of the most popular and long-running illumination events in Japan, which is held in the capital city of Hokkaido, Sapporo annually.

The 43rd Sapporo White Illumination will be held from 22 November 2023 to 14 March 2024. The colourful and romantic illuminations will take place at several locations in Sapporo City including Odori Park which is the venue for Sapporo Snow Festival. The spectacular illuminations can be enjoyed with the famous winter event during the season!

Sapporo first started hosting a German style Christmas Market during Christmas season back in 2002 as a sister city of Munich, and the German Christmas Market in Sapporo is held annually for a limited time until Christmas with numbers of stalls, offering authentic Christmas food, drinks, craft items and ornaments. Visitors enjoy festive winter illumination along with classic Christmas ornaments and lights.

Sapporo White Illumination can be enjoyed with another spectacular and very anticipating winter event in the city. The 74th Sapporo Snow Festival will be held from 4 to 11 February 2024. The snow and ice artworks are collaborated with special light effects and can be enjoyed after dark.

Check more information about Sapporo Snow Festival: Guide to Sapporo Snow Festival

Sapporo White Illumination 2023-2024 will be held from 22 November 2023 and run until 14 March 2024 (will end earlier in some sites). If you are planning to visit Hokkaido this winter, don’t miss a chance to see the spectacular collaboration of snow and lights, and get lost in a dreamy winter wonderland!

-Sapporo White Illumination 2023-2024

Odori Site (22 November to 25 December 2023)
German Christmas Market in Sapporo (22 November to 25 December 2023)
Ekimae Street Site (22 November 2022 to 11 February 2024)
Minami Ichijo Site (22 November 2022 to 14 March 2024)
Sapporo Kita Sanjo Plaza (22 November 2022 to 14 March 2024)
JR Sapporo Station South Exit Plaza (22 November 2022 to 14 March 2024)

-German Christmas Market in Sapporo 

Venue: Odori Park 2-chome

Date: 22 November to 25 December 2023

Check out more winter illumination spots in Hokkaido for this season!

Thanks for reading! Winter in Japan might be cold, but there are many exciting seasonal events and attractions only available this time of year! For more information about travelling in Japan in winter, please check out these articles, too!

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