If you are in Niseko during the first couple of weeks of February, it is lovely to take a trip to the Otaru Lantern Festival. The main area is along the canal, where this picture was taken. There are some nice bars, food stalls and of course snow lanterns along the canal. The town is more picturesque than most in Niseko, and has a charm and character, that has long been lost in parts of Niseko. I would well recommend a visit.