You Can Still Catch This Enchanting Snow Lantern Event in Sapporo Until February 3

Be mesmerized by the glow from thousands of lanterns!

Jozankei Jinja Shrine
3 Jozankei Onsen Higashi, Minami District, Sapporo, Hokkaido
How to get there: It’s a 2-minute walk from the Jozankei Jinja-mae bus stop; about an hour from Sapporo Station via the Kappa Liner Bus

Yuki Toro
is an annual event held at the Jozankei Shrine in Sapporo during the peak of winter. During this time, thousands of lanterns are on display for tourists and locals to enjoy. This year, the event will run from January 30 to February 3.

About 2,000 lanterns are lit on the shrine’s grounds.

At a glance, the group of lanterns on the shrine’s snow-covered field looks a lot like an art exhibit. It’s quite a surreal experience being surrounded by the warm glow of these lights amidst the cool, winter air.

A process called
Negai no Akari allows the people who have visited the shrine, prayed, and made wishes for the year to light up the snow lanterns on the field.

The visitors are enveloped in the radiance of countless lights.

After saying their prayers, most of the people stay to enjoy the hot onion soup, a popular delicacy in Jozankei, and original sweets made by the locals.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Tokyo Walker™ (12 January 2019)

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