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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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Portland, OR2,322 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
The largest snow festival in the most populated city of Hokkaido is impressive. It’s one of several throughout northern Japan.

We visited on the last day which coincides with Japan’s Foundation Day which meant there were more live performances to accompany the melting sculptures and fireworks. Performances included traditional Ainu music, Taiko drummers, J-pop, ski and snowboarding acrobatics and a parade.

Be prepared for crowds and lots of walking on snow and ice depending on the weather. Ice cleats helped. The crowds are managed by creating one way paths and closing off vehicles at intersections.

There’s dozens of food stalls selling everything from chocolate covered bananas to ramen, crab sticks and fried chicken. You can eat inside warming tents.

It’s a fun event that’s been celebrated every year since 1950. The sculptures are sponsored and built by teams from various businesses. Fish, Dragons and other mythical creatures were popular themes as well as cartoon characters and animals.

Visitors Tip: take your time and take a break with a food or drink stop. See the ice sculptures at night when they’re illuminated.

Written February 11, 2020
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Paul S
Sydney, Australia94 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
This year was the 71st Sapporo snow festival our team was representing Australia in the 47th snow sculpture competition this was the Fourth tme our Australian Team from Shoalhaven had competed. The Sapporo snow festival is one of the biggest and most popular festivals in Japan which covers 1.5 Km in Odori Park and is held over 10 days with some of the amazing snow sculpture created by the Japanese Army and the citizens of Sapporo
and incorperates 12 International time including Australia competing and show casing the art of snow sculpturing. Our Australian sculpture this year was the NSW state emblem our Native Waratah, The snow festival with many pop up food stalls
and laser light shows of a night has a visitation of over 1 million people.
The Snow Festival is well with a visit as Sapporo is a modern vibrant city with much to offer any tourist.
Written February 15, 2020
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D.j. B
Kitanakagusuku-son, Japan125 contributions
Feb 2020
The festival where we attended was located in Odori Park. Amazing sculptures, lights, performance and food. They had my favorite Sapporo ramen, cooked scallops, hot sake/hot wine and much more. They also had snow board and singing performances but you must check the times for any of those. It is cold there around this time of year and if you bring kids to play in the snow, make sure you get the the right snow gear so they don't get wet. Bring good warm hats/face masks and maybe some of those hand and feet warmers. You will be walking back and forth throughout the park in snow so watch your step because it gets slippery. If you have small children it will be difficult to push strollers through the snow so I would suggest to not bring one. If you need something to carry your young one I would suggest a back carrier or a sled. They also have little rest areas in the park where you can sit to warm up a bit.
It was a great time for us. Beautiful light shows, performances and great food. A Wonderful thing to witness.
Written February 7, 2020
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Andy C
Honolulu, HI72 contributions
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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Bangkok, Thailand177 contributions
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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Marco Grava
Rome, Italy834 contributions
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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Manila, Philippines128 contributions
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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new york city96 contributions
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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San Francisco, CA302 contributions
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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Hanna U
Bandung, Jawa Barat, Indonesia144 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
This event is very amazing. All great ice carver from all over the world came to compete in this event. I get to meet Indonesians ice carver as well!

There also infinite number of street food and food truck that you can enjoy while admiring the sculptures.

Recommended to wear very warm clothes, I think maybe due to a lot of ice around, it gets colder than usual in that area.
Written July 5, 2018
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