Sapporo Snow Festival
Sapporo Snow Festival
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The Sapporo Snow Festival in early February each year transforms 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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Bill S
Big Bear Lake, CA2,260 contributions
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 8 February 2024
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Chek Chuin S
Singapore, Singapore89 contributions
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 4 March 2023
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Sun Ravi
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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 8 February 2023
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Marco Grava
Rome, Italy835 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 25 February 2020
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Ohmy_Attakorn
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 23 February 2020
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Mei ee
Singapore, Singapore13 contributions
Feb 2020
first time went to the snow festival, eye opening with all the sculpture. The enviornment and feel is different in day compare to night where all the lights and music effect on the sculpture. And also all the food kiosk you can find in the festival. It a must you need to attend.
Written 17 February 2020
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leo r
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 17 February 2020
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Paul S
Sydney, Australia95 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 15 February 2020
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Johnny R
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada90 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
If you have the opportunity to visit Sapporo in the winter time, please try to arrange during the Snow Festival. Absolutely amazing!
Written 12 February 2020
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ZenDark30
Portland, OR2,470 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 11 February 2020
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