As Japan’s second largest island, Hokkaido is blessed with an abundance of gorgeous natural landscapes. Its terrains only become even more stunning during wintertime, when most of this northernmost island is covered in a white blanket of snow, turning it into a picturesque winter wonderland. For an unforgettable picture-perfect wedding in Hokkaido, we know just where you ought to consider. Check the best Hokkaido wedding venues below!
Imagine making your grand wedding entrance by arriving at a lakeside reception on a boat. Or saying your vows in a rustic chapel made out of stacked stones of varying sizes. Couples who share a common love for nature will definitely appreciate this quaint wedding location.
Photos by: Nodim Resort | Wedding Venue
Located next to Shikotsu-Tōya National Park, Nodim Resort is surrounded by expansive nature. The churches and cottages at Nodim Resort coexist in harmony with the lake and lush green forest that envelop them, offering not only a scenic wedding location but also a tranquil, intimate affair with your loved ones far away from the everyday bustle.
Chapel on The Water
Designed by renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando for Hoshino Resort, Chapel on The Water is one of the most beautiful wedding destinations for couples in Japan, and it’s not difficult to see why.
Beyond the concrete grey walls, iconic of Ando’s works is a floor to ceiling clear glass window through which the adjacent lake can be seen. In the still, glassy lake, the reflection of the chapel’s cross can be seen along with those of the surrounding greens and the sky, creating an intriguing illusion of a floating cross. Marriage vows exchanged in front of such a splendid view is bound to be etched in you and your guests’ minds for a long time.
The Snow Crystal Museum
A quiet museum dedicated to one of nature’s greatest natural wonders, snowflakes, The Snow Crystal Museum in Asahikawa has a wedding setting so surreal and elegant it will make your heart flutter like when you first fell in love.
Couples getting married in The Snow Crystal Museum will be captivated by the magical ambience of the interior space. In winter, the falling snow outdoors elevates the romantic mood to create a moving spectacle that you will want to relive again and again.
Hoshino Resort’s Ice Chapel in Tomamu might just be the closest thing we have to Elsa’s enchanting Ice Palace. The dome-shaped chapel is located in the resort’s Ice Village, a village entirely made out of snow and ice!
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Ice Chapel only exists once a year for about one month during Japan’s deepest winter, when the temperature drops to as low as -30°C or -22°F in Hokkaido, before melting away to welcome spring and make way for the start of a brand new chapter in your life. The chapel will lend an otherworldly touch to your wedding, and we are sure the heartfelt occasion will leave your guests warm and fuzzy on the inside despite the cold weather.
Northern Horse Park
Has anyone ever told you that Prince Charming riding up on a White Horse is silly and only happens in fairytales? Well, they are probably wrong!
Photos by: Northern Horse Park | Wedding Venue
For a dreamy and romantic wedding that will sweep you and your guests off your feet, Northern Horse Park is the perfect place. Against the beautiful backdrop of Hokkaido’s natural scenery that changes according to the season, you can indulge in taking wedding photographs on a horseback or riding in a horse-drawn carriage. Chapels and banquet halls in the park also use the surrounding rich landscape as its backdrop, allowing your guests to admire the gorgeous scenery that complements the beauty of the wedding. Definitely one of the best Hokkaido wedding venues!
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