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We have missed the fun local festivals these past years during COVID-19, but, this year we are lucky enough to have some of our favourite festivals back! We have put together a list of the best fests to enjoy across Niseko, Rusutsu and Furano in summer 2022. So, mark the dates in your calendar and see you there!
Jaga Matsuri (Kutchan Potato Festival)
- When: SAT 6 Aug - SUN 7 Aug 2022. 10am - 8pm.
- Where: Kutosan Park Parking Lot, Kutchan.
- What to see & do: Scaled down this year due to COVID-19, there will still be a lot of fun activities line up for you to enjoy for a whole day of fun, food and culture. Don’t miss out this event if you are a big fan of these; parade of Nebuta lantern floats, Taiko drumming, traditional dance, fun games (you might win some famous Kutchan potatoes), tasty festive themed food stalls, fireworks, music.
Photo Credit: Kutchan Town
Niseko Town Tanabata Fireworks
- When: SAT 6 Aug 2022. 4pm - 9pm.
- Where: Niseko Cho Undo Park, Niseko.
- What to see & do: Considered to be one of the best fireworks events in this area. This year you can expect to see approximately 1,000 impressive & colorful fireworks lighten up in the sky for 30 minutes non-stop. In addition to the grand fireworks, kids can also enjoy lighting up mini fireworks, lots of fun games and some snow! And of course, there will be many local food stalls there.
Photo Credit: Niseko Photography
- When: SAT 20 Aug 2022. 12pm - 9pm.
- Where: Sun sportsland, Hirafu – Adjacent The Vale Niseko.
- What to see & do: Loved by locals and getting more popular among travelers. Half day of the event is packed with many fun activities for both kids and adults. Variety of local food, fresh produce from local farms, live music, performances by local schools, exciting outdoor games (for kids), exciting performance at night, fireworks, Mochi Maki (Mochi rice cake throwing event, usually happening in the evening. If you are lucky, you might get a big prize hidden in the mochi!).
Photo Credit: Glenn Claydon
Niseko Autumn Food Festival
- When: THU 15 Sep - SUN 18 Sep 2022. Time - to be confirmed.
- Where: #3 Parking, Hirafu – Across Rhythm Japan.
- What to see & do: The popular Niseko Autumn Food Festival is back! This is the best event offers you a chance to taste many of unique local and international dishes Niseko has to offer in one place with the affordable price you wouldn’t find anywhere else. This year event presents 8 restaurant/food booths & 6 beverage/retail booths plus live music.
Don’t want to miss out anything? Don’t want to think about driving after enjoy drinking or finding parking? Come stay with NISADE, we have lots of accommodation options that are just few minutes walk from the event. Check out these options today before they booked out; The Setsumon, The Maples Niseko, Sekka Sekka, The Vale Niseko, Snow Crystal.
Get a glimpse of what are happening, watch the video from 2020 HERE!
Summer Vacation Special Fireworks Festival
- When: SAT 23 Jul 2022, SAT 30 Jul 2022, SAT 6 Aug 2022, THU 11 Aug - MON 15 Aug 2022, SAT 20 Aug 2022. 8 - 8:10pm.
- Where: Rusutsu Resort.
- What to see & do: Fantastic collaboration of fireworks, lights and music is happening each week at Rusutsu Resort to celebrate summer vacation time! There will be 1,200 fireworks each night, but the content of the show will be different! Accommodation or amusement park ticket is required to enter the Rusutsu Resort to view the fireworks.
Why don’t you visit Rusutsu Resort during this period and get to watch the fireworks while enjoying other summer activities the resort has to offer for a whole family - Amusement Park, indoor wave pool, golf, natural onsen, sheep land, full range of dining options and more. If you love to stay in your private apartment with spacious living area & kitchen, The Vale Rusutsu will be your dream summer accommodation.
Photo Credit: Rusutsu Resort
Belly Button Festival
- When: THU 28 Jul - FRI 29 Jul 2022. 7pm - 8pm.
- Where: New Aioi-dori Special Venue, Furano City.
- What to see & do: Hokkaido Belly Button Dance (Heso Odori) has begun since 1969 and this year will be the 54th! The Belly Button Dance will happen on both days of the event from 7pm to 8pm, but there are lots more happening during these 2 days; performance by local schools, Taiko drumming, Calligraphy performance, Ainu Culture Experience and much more. Check out full details HERE.
Photo Credit: hesomatsuri.com
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