Setsu Summer: What is Happening in June in Niseko?

  • By Clarence

With sunny days and cool evenings, June is the month for summer adventures in Niseko. Hiking and biking trails are opening up, town festivals are taking place, and summer flowers are starting to bloom. If you’re still undecided on what to do in June, here is a list of events you might want to check out next month.

In and Around Niseko

Otaru Shukutsu Herring and Scallop Festival
Photo Credit: Tanage-kai

Otaru Shukutsu Herring and Scallop Festival 2024

1 - 2 June 2024

An integration of two festivals: the Nishin Gunrai Festival and the Otate Festival, the Otaru Shukutsu Herring and Scallop Festival is back on its second year. A local community-organized event, people can enjoy freshly charcoal-grilled herring (limited quantity) and scallops - two specialties of the area. Kids can also enjoy other activities such as scallop fishing and the releasing of  young herring to the sea.

Toyota Gazoo Racing Rally Challenge Rankoshi
Photo Credit: Toyota Gazoo Racing

TOYOTA Gazoo Racing Rally Challenge

1 - 2 June 2024

Car and racing enthusiasts will be glad to know that the TOYOTA Gazoo Racing Rally Challenge will be coming to Rankoshi this June. The Rally Challenge is a beginner-friendly competition where participants will be driving on public roads, unpaved roads, gravel roads, and the like - unlike circuit races. Everyone is welcome to watch and support the racers, as well as have fun at the TOYOTA Gazoo Racing Park where family and friends can enjoy games and activities.

Yosakoi Soran Festival, Sapporo
Photo Credit: Yosakoi Soran

Yosakoi Soran Festival

5 - 9 June 2024

Kicking off the start of summer, Yosakoi Soran Festival is a big dance festival held in Sapporo every June. Based on Kochi Prefecture’s Yosakoi festival, participating teams perform the traditional yosakoi dance to the rhythm of soran bushi, one of Hokkaido’s folk songs. Visitors are treated to a sight of a lively and vibrant Sapporo as over 200 participating teams donning colourful costumes, dancing and performing in different parts of the city.

Niseko Classic

Niseko Classic 2024

14 - 16 June 2024

Another large-scale sports event happening in Niseko this June is the Niseko Classic 2024. An official qualifier event for the UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, competitive cyclists will be coming to Niseko to participate in the 80 km or 150 km road race on 16 June. However, the event is not only limited to the riders, as their families can also join in on the fun with a Fun Ride event happening on 15 June, and enjoy special Niseko Classic offers and deals.

Toyako Manga Anime Festa
Photo Credit: Hokkaido Love

Toyako Manga Anime Festa

22 - 23 June 2024

The Toyako Manga Anime Festa is made for anime and manga lovers held in the town of Toyako Onsen, just an hour away from Niseko. The two-day outdoor festival is filled with events, such as exhibitions, performances, and markets, that people can enjoy and participate in from morning until night. However, one of the highlights of the festival is the Itasha exhibition where people show off their cars elaborately decorated with manga or anime-themed decals or artworks. People are also welcome to come in their cosplay costumes.

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