During this season every year, the Sapporo Snow Festival is held in Sapporo, Hokkaido. It is a massive event that draws attention from all over Japan. The region comes to life as it receives plenty of snow, and this time, we will introduce some of the many wonders of the Sapporo Snow Festival! The festival will take place from Tuesday, February 4 to Tuesday, February 11, 2020 (a national holiday) at the Odori and Susukino sites; and from Friday, January 31 to Tuesday, February 11, 2020 (a national holiday) at the Tsudome site.
The Sapporo Snow Festival is Sapporo’s major event, drawing crowds of around two million people or more every year from Japan and abroad. The event started in 1950, when local middle and high school students exhibited snow statues in Odori Park. Spectacular large snow sculptures make an appearance, spanning an area of approximately 1.5 km.
Since 2013, projection mapping displayed on the surfaces of large snow sculptures has been on show. With works combining modern technology and snow sculptures, this is a very popular program that is not to be missed.
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At the Odori 11 chome International Snow Sculpture Contest, teams gathered from regions around the globe take part in competition creating snow sculpting. Many highly cosmopolitan works are lined up, and the international exchange between participants and visitors is another one of the charms of the contest.
An outdoor skate rink is set up at the Odori site 1 chome J:COM Hiroba, and bustles with crowds of people. The expansive rink, at 22 meters by 17.5 meters, is fun for the entire family. Skates can be hired, so the fun can be readily enjoyed—another good point!
Gustatory sensations of Hokkaido winter are assembled in multitude at the Hokkaido Winter Food Park! Last year, there was a great gourmet line up of delights unique to Hokkaido, including Hokkaido seafood such as sea urchin, scallops, and the like, Genghis Khan Mongolian BBQ, ramen, and more.
In addition to the Odori site, the Sapporo Snow Festival has many more activities still to enjoy, such as those found at the Susukino and Tsudome sites.
The Susukino site plays host to events and a plaza, on the theme of Enjoy the Ice. The Fureai Hiroba, where you can touch or ride ice sculptures, is crowd-pleasing as a photo spot to take great pictures.
Attractions for action can be found here with very large snow slides, snow rafts with rafting boards pulled along by snowmobiles, and more. The Tsudome site is magnetic as a place for high-spirited active fun for all, from children to adults.
<Photos courtesy of> Sapporo Tourist Association
This information is current as of November 21, 2019 and may be subject to change without notice. For further details and the latest information, please inquire directly to the relevant establishments.