Otaru Snow Light Path festival officially cancelled

‘Otaru Snow Light Path’ festival held last year

On January 29, the Otaru Snow Light Path Festival Organizing Committee made an official decision to cancel the ‘23rd Otaru Snow Light Path’ festival, which was scheduled to be held from February 12–14. As Covid-19 virus infections spread throughout Otaru, city authorities issued a ‘stay home’ plea and requested people to stop movements in and out of the city. This is the first time the popular event – in which the snowy streetscapes are lit up fantastically by snow candles – has been cancelled since it began in 1999, causing great disappointment for the organizers.

 With regard to the decision on the event being held, last November the organizing committee first decided to reduce the number of venues and shorten the period. Subsequently, a sudden increase in infections prompted the City to request a review of the event details on January 25. The organizing committee considered holding the event on a reduced scale, but was forced to cancel in response to the ‘stay home’ requests.

 The organizing committee is disappointed about the cancelation, saying “We wanted to go ahead with the event right up to the last minute … but the number of infections was just too high.”


‘Otaru Snow Light Path’ the canal site