2016 Festival of Japan to Celebrate Food, Music, History and Culture

Visit Niseko for the snow, discover something even deeper...

The festival of Japan is back in Niseko for its third year, aiming once again to introduce Niseko's many international guests to Japan's rich and varied culture. 

In addition to crowd favourites like the Discover Sake night and the Taiko Welcoming performance, the 2016 festival will include The Festival Foods of Japan (running for the Jan 20-27 duration), showcasing locally produced cuisine from some of the country's most popular matsuri (festivals). Great for a pit stop en route to your evening event!

Most of the events are free, so we encourage you to attend as many as possible and bring a along friends and family. Attending an event will also give you an additional entry into Ki Niseko's spring skiing competition – yet one more reason to head along and enjoy the fun. 

For more information on the Festival of Japan and a full summary of events, head to festivalofjapan.com.


The Festival Foods of JapanJanuary 20–2712:00pm – 9:00pm
Taiko Welcoming with Yotei TaikoJanuary 207:00pm – 7:30pm
Opening CeremonyJanuary 207:30pm – 8:30pm
Discover Sake with The Niseko Jazz TrioJanuary 216:30pm – 8:30pm
The Martial Arts of JapanJanuary 227:30pm – 8:30pm
Discover the Soul of JapanJanuary 235:00pm – 6:30pm
Discover the Ainu pt. I, Afternoon SessionJanuary 247:30pm – 8:30pm
Discover the Ainu pt. I, Evening SessionJanuary 247:30pm – 8:30pm
Music Through the History of JapanJanuary 257:30pm – 8:30pm
TBCJanuary 26TBC
Closing CeremonyJanuary 277:30pm – 8:30pm

For detailed event information, visit the Festival of Japan website.