Sapporo Snow Festival
Sapporo Snow Festival
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The Sapporo Snow Festival happens in early February each year, transforming the town of Sapporo into a unforgettable winter wonderland of snow and ice sculptures, skating rinks, giant snow slides, zip lines, snow domes and ice bars, and night time illuminations, all presided over by of course, the Ice Queen! There's a myriad of sculptures to see and events to enjoy across three sites in Sapporo and it's not surprising that this event is internationally renowned for its scale, variety, and sheer amount of fun available for all visitors.
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Andy C
Honolulu, HI71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Went early on Feb 2 to Ekimae-Dori, street of about 50-60 ice sculptures are prepared. Saw the ice sculptures erected and carved. In just hours blocks of ice were stacked by cranes and many were carved with chain saws and hand saws...fascinating to watch. Will go back in a few days after the opening ceremony on Feb 4 to see completed ice displays. It was cold but we dressed warmly and took a break for an early dinner at a ramen shop on Ramen Street/Alley.
Written February 2, 2020
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Ohmy_Attakorn
Bangkok, Thailand177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
There are 3 site in sapporo perform the festival, Odori park, Susukino street, Tsudome
The Big sculpter and the contest, the show, the food park is in odori park. The main site is here
Susukino is the ice sculpting not big as in Odori park. You can visit and see hundred of ice sculpting
Tsudome maintain the play ground and the exhibition hall, Many company is here show you the new product and technology, also has the stage for Jap singer to perform. Outside Tsudome is the play ground with many activity, both free and charge. Full of staff will take care of you, what a great service
Once a year and only 2 week for this festival, if you have chance then come
Written February 23, 2020
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leo r
Manila, Philippines127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The snow festival ended on feb. 11, 2020. you will see astonishing snow sculpture. snowboard and ski jumps. the food kiosk is worth a try. be ready for a long walk. be sure to wear proper winter attire. its going to be cold. drop by the susukino ice display also.
Written February 17, 2020
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Marco Grava
Rome, Italy814 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It is really worth it, do not miss it. It is one of the big attractions that Japan has to offer, along with the Hanami and (the less internationally famous) foliage. Artists from different part of the world gather here to build spectacular snow sculptures which are then lit at night.
Written February 25, 2020
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Chek Chuin S
Singapore, Singapore183 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
We went with high expectations for this festival since it’s such a big affair during winter season. However, we were a little disappointed as the atmosphere were very commercialized and jam packed with people. Granted there were endless rows of snow sculptures of all shapes and sizes, but got boring for me after seeing a dozen of them. So visit once is enough. And also wear good traction shoes or ice cleats as the frozen ground gets very slippery.
Written March 4, 2023
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Bill S
Big Bear Lake, CA2,636 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Always a fun event and this year did not disappoint. Some of the snow sculptures were amazingly Hugh! The ice sculptures as always were beautiful. This year they put up interactive art displays, something new. Odori Park is the perfect location to hold this event. I will come back next year.
Written February 8, 2024
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B-212
Flushing, NY95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Something to experience at least once in a lifetime. A true celebration of winter - and a way to turn a dreary season into something fun and memorable. Great ice and snow sculptures, fun ice bar where you can get cocktails and warm drinks. We came to Sapporo just for this winter festival and we weren’t disappointed.
Written February 6, 2020
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Sun Ravi
61 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Landed on 6 Feb, staying at Royton Sapporo few yards from Odori Park. Great hotel large rooms and very friendly staff. Large collection of snow models in Odori park this year, don’t miss Florence Nightingale house Embley Bldg.
Beautiful Ice sculptures in Susukino St a KM away. Loads of eateries and bars. Open till late night. Will rate it much better than Asahikawa Ice Festival this year as there are more models here.
Written February 8, 2023
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Fanatic-Gastronome
San Francisco, CA280 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Friends
Destination: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

Arrive at New Chitose Airport.
Take JR express train to Sapporo JR train station.

Stay at JR Hotel located at the Sapporo JR train station or other hotels at one of the snow festival sites. I think JR hotel is the best because you don't have to transport your luggage in the cold and change trains.

Take the Namboku (green line) from Sapporo JR train station to the snow festival.
First stop is Odori (Site # 1 - see below)
Second stop is Susukino (Site # 3 - see below)

The Sapporo Snow Festival started out as a school project in 1950 and has snowballed into a giant event compromising of colossal ice sculptures up to 40 feet (12 meters) tall with various countries competing (United States, Norway, Germany, China, Canada, Australia). There are 3 sites.

Site #1- Odori Site contains the giant size snow sculptures as well as the high school/community sculptures. There is also a small ice skating ring, but skip this unless you really are in the mood. Another attraction is a slope made for professional snow boarding stunts.
The Odori site is the biggest and is about 12 short blocks. There are a lot of "one way" signs instructing you to walk in a certain direction to maximize audience capacity and to make sure you won't miss anything. Try to picture 12 slices of bread placed on a table next to each other, forming a long rectangle. You will be walking on the outside of this rectangle and in a counterclockwise direction. You will be ask by security to change course if you are walking against traffic.
If you forget to eat or get hungry walking the 2 mile tour of all the sculptures (1 mile / 1.5 km each way), do not worry. Many food stands are available to satisfy your need for Sapporo seafood and ramen. Want international food? No worries. Food from Russia, Italy, Turkey and India are also available. Crab meat (12 in /30 cm) on a stick without shell- Got it! Hot drinks- yes! Cold drinks- yes!
In fact, just get up, skip breakfast and go to the snow festival. You will wish you had a bigger stomach just to try all the food. Drinks- coffee, soda and alcohol are available.

Site 2-Tsudome site includes very large snow slides and a snow rafting area outside the dome. I did not get a chance to go. Tsudome is more distant than site 1 and site 3 and requires a free shuttle ride.

Site 3- Susukino site offers ice sculptures to distinguish itself from site 1 which offers snow sculptures. The carved statues are up to 10 ft (1 meter) high with great detail. NO food or drink stands, but lots of local restaurants nearby.

Recommendation- Go in the morning and take a leisurely walk to enjoy the sculptures and food. Return to your hotel to rest. Alternatively, go shopping or whatever suits you. Come back around 6 pm when everything is dark to see the light light shows involving the snow sculptures (site # 1 only). Site #3 has the ice sculptures which are lighted up a night.

Dress appropriately. I had 2 layers of clothing under my ski jacket and ski pants. I felt nice and warm.
Written February 10, 2016
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Harithah
Asia41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Solo
The festival was awesome. The sculptures were really a look alike of original buildings and chatacters. The details of the sculptures were so fine. A lot of food stalls, and some souvenir stalls. Halal kebab was available too.
Written April 7, 2019
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