Sapporo Lilac Festival 2019 – Enjoy Viewing a Truly Hokkaido Flower!



As the weather is getting warmer and warmer, any Japanese cannot help but go outside. Spring is the best season when people in Hokkaido start hanging outside. Warm weather comes a bit later compared with the rest of Japan in Sapporo, and the winter is quite cold. While some people like to go and see nature, others enjoy events and activities. If you like to enjoy both, Sapporo Lilac Festival is waiting for you this spring.

Festival Breakdown

Sapporo Lilac Festival is an annual spring festival in Sapporo, Hokkaido. The event takes place around mid through late of May (15th – 31st) for about two or three weeks. Lilac (or Lila in French) was designated as the tree of Sapporo in 1960. The city planners held the first Lilac festival to encourage people to know how beautiful the flower is and bring another cultural event to the city. Thanks to their efforts, Sapporo Lilac Festival became an event which indicates the citizens the arrival of early summer to the city. Besides, these wonderful lilacs look astonishing throughout several venues in Sapporo. Also, I suggest you enjoy a lot of events as well as various festival food.

Things to Do and See

At the festival, you can see different varieties of lilacs blossoming brilliantly at several venues. Nice early summer breeze and blossoming lilacs add the festive atmosphere to the streets and the park. If you see lilacs for the first time, you will be fascinated at how beautiful the flowers are. From white and light pink to deep purple, the lilacs have been waiting for you to tell that spring has come, and early summer is coming next.

Events and Activities

As at many Japanese festivals, at Sapporo Lilac festival you will be able to enjoy not only local festival food from the stalls, but also enjoy various events and activities. In Odori park, you can take part in various workshops and events including Origami workshop (traditional paper folding technique) or taste Japanese tea at the ceremony outside called Nodate. In Kawashimo park, I suggest you listen to the brass band concert and get complementary lilac (the number is limited, though). Please check details of the events and activities for the year before going on a trip since the details may be different depending on a year.

Food and Wine

If you are a wine lover, you cannot miss the opportunity to try wine from Hokkaido as well as from foreign countries. While enjoying ethnic meals from other countries such as Germany or Turkey, the wine at the festival would make a good pair to the dishes. Additionally, you just must try local food. Hokkaido features exceptionally nice local food. This festival also brings a good opportunity to Hokkaido winemakers, as they can sell their wine and let more people know about it. Besides, a bottle of wine from Hokkaido will make a pleasant souvenir.

Details and Access

Dates: mid through late May for two-three weeks depending on the flowering situation.  Odori Park May 15th – 26th, 2019. Kawashimo Park June 1st – 2nd

Places: Odori Park, Kawashimo Park

Address:  Odori Park 5-chome ~ 7-chome. Kawashimo Park (Kawashimo 2651-3-gai, Shiroishi-ku, Sapporo)

Official website (Japanese only): http://lilac.sapporo-fes.com


Odori venues (Odori Park West 5 – 7 cho-me)

Around 15 minutes walk after reaching Sapporo station, 5 minutes walk after reaching Odori station via subway Nanboku, Tozai or Toho line.

Kawashimo venues (Kawashimo Park)

After reaching Shiroishi station via subway Tozai line, 5 minutes walk from Kawashimo Park “Mae” (or in front of Kawashimo Park) bus stop on Chuo Bus (Shiro 24 Kawashimo line).

Closing Remarks

Lilac grows in cold climate perfectly. And its flowers are exquisite and producing charming aroma. Probably that is why locals in Hokkaido love this flower as much as they like cherry blossoms. If you prefer to hide away from the rainy season and the heat that reaches Tokyo and all central Japan at the end of May, I suggest you visit Sapporo and enjoy this fascinating Lilac festival!

If you would like to see Lilacs in central Sapporo and explore Hokkaido with a friendly local guide, please check the banner below!

Explore Everything in Hokkaido

Hokkaido is the most northern island in Japan and is a great place to visit as it boasts plenty of tourist attractions and outstanding food. If you would like to see rural Japan, Hokkaido gives you a unique opportunity to visit a land of snowy mountains and admire authentic traditional northern Japan. The following article assembled the best festivals and activities to enjoy in Hokkaido throughout the year, which will make your trip to Japan even more rewarding!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/7030/

See More Hokkaido Spring Events and Festivals This Year!

Planning on visiting Hokkaido this spring? Hokkaido boasts great food, especially seafood and dairy, breathtaking nature, and various things to do. Of course, Hokkaido spring events are outstanding. Whether you are heading to Sapporo city, north, or east, or west coast of Hokkaido, you will have amazing experiences. The following article picked up the most popular spring events and festivals in the northern Island of Japan this year! Please take a look!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/most-popular-hokkaido-spring-events-and-festivals

Would You Like to Know How to Enjoy a Japanese Festival Even More?

A lot of people when they get to a Matsuri for the first time feel a bit lost. They confuse about what is happening around. If you are new to Japanese Festivals or want to know an alternative way of how you can enjoy these events, the following article will provide you with a set of helpful tips on how to choose a proper festival and activities you should try there. Please don`t hesitate to take a look at it!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/5363/

Would You Like to See the Biggest Winter Festival in Japan?

Hokkaido is the coldest Island in the Japanese archipelago. But this fact doesn’t scare Japanese people who have matsuri in their blood. Sapporo is holding the most significant winter event in Japan in February – Sapporo Snow Festival. So, if you are planning to come to Hokkaido in winter for skiing, visiting hot springs or even just on a business trip, don`t miss an opportunity to walk through the city and see this outstanding Festival! The following article will provide you with essential information on this beautiful event. Please check the link below!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/761/

Don’t Stay Hungry at the Festival!

Image courtesy of Tomomarusan

The food presented during Matsuri is pretty different from the one you get at the restaurants in Japan. Besides, there is a certain charm in grabbing some snack from a food stall and diving back into the festival crowd. I am sure that you will discover something new about Japanese festival food from the following article!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/5504/


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