Otaru is a port city located Northwest of Sapporo on Ishikari Bay. It is a city known for it’s glassworks, music boxes, and sake distilleries. The Otaru Snow Light Path Festival is held Every February. The city is decorated in lights and small snow statues. The festival is held almost at the same time as the Sapporo Snow Festival making it easy for tourists to visit both festivals on the same trip.
The festival is held in two main areas – the Unga Kaijo and the Temiyasen Kaijo. We were only able to visit the Unga Kaijo area since it is located along the Otaru Canal. Be sure to go at night because that’s when the whole city lights up.
We were able to catch a glimpse of the Temiyasen Kaijo area but decided not to go anymore since it was cold, very cold. Otaru gave us so much snow I almost never want to experience snow ever again. Overall, I would rate the Otaru Snow Path Light Festival a 6/10. Mostly because tourists were always out in the cold and places for a warm refuge were few, rare, and expensive. I would recommend it if you are with a loved one and would like to propose…or something romantic like that.