Odori Site 1~12 chome

1 chome J:COM Square

Skating Rink

The open-air skating rink which is backed by popular demand again last time, opens at Odori 1 chome!
*The skating rink may not be open when the weather condition is unfavorable.

2chome Doshin Ice Square

The Whale House [Large Ice Sculpture]

The Whale House
©The Hokkaido Shimbun Press

The 444 imaginative idea sketches for ‘The Dream House’ have been collected from elementary school children all over Hokkaido. Here is the first prize winning design, “the Whale House”. This whale-shaped house can be steered like a submarine and the family in the house can even enjoy under-the-sea camping. What is more, the Whale House has apple trees on its back, and spouts apples time to time instead of spouting water. Please come and see the large ice sculpture version of this Whale House which has been crystalized from very unique ideas, at Doshin Ice Square.

3chome HTB PARK AIR Square

Shiroi Koibito PARK AIR Jumping Platform


Enjoy watching amazing air shows by the top snowboarders and freestyle skiers!

4chome STV Square

Decisive Battle! The Snow Final Fantasy [Large Snow Sculpture]


Decisive Battle! The Snow Final Fantasy
©SQUARE ENIX CO.,LTD.All Rights Reserved. Production Committee.All Rights Reserved. Snow sculpture plan STV.


A Japanese action role-playing video game, ‘Final Fantasy VII’ was released in 1997 for the Sony PlayStation. Since its release, the game has sold over 11 million units in total, making it the best-selling title in the series.

Recently, the release of long-awaited Final Fantasy VII Remake enhanced by the latest CG technology is announced.

Before the release of the game, the snow sculpture entitled, ‘Decisive Battle! The Snow Final Fantasy’ invites you to the fantastic realm of the game where you fight against the science which destroys nature while you protect the birth of new lives, under the theme of ‘restoration’ and ‘creation’. This large snow sculpture is enhanced by the latest 7.1 channel surround-sound system, with high-resolution audio data processing capabilities that creates an overwhelming ambience of the story, for the first time in the history of the Snow Festival.


5chome East  Environment Square

Totto Shopping Street [Large Snow Sculpture]

Totto Shopping Street ©Kishino Yuuichi/Kuroyanagi Tetsuko/SIAF2017
©Kishino Yuuichi/Kuroyanagi Tetsuko/SIAF2017

This large snow sculpture entitled 'Totto Shotengai' or 'Totto Shopping Street' appears as a part of the official program of 2017 Sapporo International Art Festival due to be held between August and October in 2017. The snow sculpture expresses Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, a famous Japanese television personality who has been embodying the history of TV broadcasting of Japan, appears as a heavenly maiden carrying a huge open-air television, and flying down to the shopping street.

Here, television functions as a machine that connects the past world and the future world. On both sides of her, a pair of guardian wolves are warmly watching the development of the shopping street through many seasons, just as Japanese Komainu (a pair of stone-carved guardian dogs).

During the snow festival, the images including the four seasons of Japan, Seven Deities of Good Fortune-like shopkeepers of this shopping street, and shadow pictures relating to Sapporo Streetcar will be projected onto the TV screen at night.

5chome West  Mainichiice Square

Taiwan - Taipei Guest House [Large Ice Sculpture]

Taiwan - Taipei Guest House ©Mainichi shimbun Press
©Mainichi shimbun Press

Taipei Guest House, completed in 1901, is located in the center of Taipei City. It was designed by Japanese architects, and originally the residence of the Governor-General of Taiwan during the Japanese period. It was also used as a venue to receive important guests, and its magnificent decorations still remain today. This two-story white building imbued with an aura of solidity, has a roof in Mansard style, a pediment in Greek style and high Roman pillars decorated with splendid Baroque style reliefs. Outside the building there is a modern Japanese curtilage garden.

Since 2006, Taipei Guest House is open to the public once a month, and visitors are allowed to see most of the area. The building is also functioning as a venue for the government-sponsored banquets, the welcoming ceremonies for the state guests, the global treaty-signing ceremonies, and the cultural activities. It was designated a national historical site by the Ministry of Interior of Taiwan in 1998.

6chome Citizen’s Square

Welcome to Sapporo! 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games [Medium-sized Snow Sculpture]

Welcome to Sapporo! 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games
©Sapporo City Board of Education,Sapporo Hiragishi High School ,SAPPORO ASIAN WINTER GAMES Committee

The official mascot of 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games, 'Ezomon', along with the school educational characters of Sapporo; 'Chikkyun', 'Ohhon' and 'Yupporo' welcomes all the visitors to Sapporo.

Hokkaido Food Square

Enjoy a variety of authentic Hokkaido food here in Hokkaido Food Square.
Hokkaido Food Square will be open on the following dates:
*February 5 (Sun); from 12:00 to 22:00 (Last order: 21:30)
*February 6 (Mon) ~ February 12 (Sun); from 9:00 to 22:00 (Last order: 21:30)

7chome  HBC France Square

The Arc de Triomphe [Large Snow Sculpture]

The Arc de Triomphe

The HBC Square is a place for deepening international friendship and understanding. This year’s HBC Square large snow sculpture is The Arc de Triomphe, the monument that towers over Place Charles de Gaulle in Paris. Napoleon I ordered its construction in 1806 to commemorate victory in the Battle of Austerlitz, and it took three decades to complete. Triumphal arcs have been built all over Europe since Roman times, but Paris’s Arc de Triomphe is the most famous one in the world. A relief entitled “The Triumph of Napoleon” is carved into the left-hand column. The statue shows the Goddess of Victory crowning Napoleon, who holds a sword to his chest, with a crown of laurel. The statue on the right-hand column is “The Departure of the Volunteers”, commonly called “La Marseillaise”.  It honors the 200,000 soldiers who volunteered to defend their country in 1792. Measuring 49.5 meters high and 44.8 meters wide, its rooftop overlooks panoramic views of Paris, including the Champs-Élysées stretching out toward the Louvre Museum. It is lit up every night, and is a popular monument among Parisians and tourists alike. This large snow sculpture reproduces the grandeur of the Arc de Triomphe at about one third of its actual size.
To the right of the stage visitors can also see a snow statue of a thoroughbred
and a jockey. This represents our hope that a horse born in the horse-breeding region of Hokkaido might one day win at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, one of the world’s premier horse races.

The construction of the snow sculpture: JGSDF Northern Army Signal Group

Anipop Club [ Medium-sized Snow Sculpture]

Anipop Club
©Happy Elements HBC

World famous game characters everyone loves will all be gathering at the 7-chome venue!

8chome Snow HTB Square

The Chu-kondo (the Central Golden Hall) of Kofuku-ji Temple in Nara [Large Snow Sculpture]

The Chu-kondo (the Central Golden Hall) of Kofuku-ji Temple in Nara

The Central Golden Hall is the most important building among the three Golden Halls in the Kohfuku-ji temple complex situated in Nara. It was founded in 710 by Fujiwara no Fuhito who was one of the directors to compile the Taiho Code. The original size of the hall is believed to be 36.6 meters wide, 23 meters deep and 21.2 meters high.

The Central Golden Hall fell victim to fire a total of seven times over the course of its 1,300-year history. The most recent of these fires occurred in 1717, following which more than a century passed before a scaled-down, temporary structure could finally be erected in 1819. This temporary hall began to show such extensive damage due to the deterioration, and had to be demolished completely in the year 2000. In preparation, the various icons enshrined in the building were moved to a Kari-kondo (Temporary Golden Hall) erected immediately to the north of the Central Golden Hall. In 2010, the Ricchu-shiki (ceremonial setting up of the first pillar) was held. The Central Golden Hall is scheduled to be open to the public in 2018. 

The size of this large snow sculpture is 13 meters high, 22 meters wide and 21 meters in depth. The amount of snow used for this snow sculpture is about 3,000 tons, equivalent to 600 five-ton trucks. A special technique called, "the ice block method" is employed to make approximately 4,500 delicate snow parts in 60 types to construct the snow sculpture in detail.
It is produced by HTB (Hokkaido Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd.) in cooperation with the Ground Self Defense Force; Second Snow Sculpture Producing Unit. A total of 3,800 Self-Defense Force personnel will be working on this snow sculpture for 31 days from January 6 to February 5.

9chome Citizen’s Square

Snow Statue of Yabee-Bear / Osakana Uohzu [Medium-sized Snow Sculpture]

Snow Statue of Yabee-Bear


Osakana Uohzu


Snow Statue of Yabee-Bear
Here, a Yuru-chara (a cute local mascot character), 'Yabee-Bear' that promotes Hokkaido dialect makes its appearance as a snow statue.

Osakana Uohzu
A Yosakoi Soran dancing team, 'Tesuku & Matsurinchu' consists of the university students mainly from Hokkaido University. Under the theme 'Osakana Uohzu', the team members perform Yosakoi Soran in fish-like costumes. Here, the snow sculpture, 'Osakana Uohzu' expresses 'cheerfulness and smiles' of the fishes.

10chome UHB Family Land

White Star Wars: the 40th Anniversary of 'Star Wars' [Large Snow Sculpture]

White Star Wars: the 40th Anniversary of 'Star Wars'
©2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Year 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of 'Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope'.
The long-awaited film, 'Star Wars: THE LAST JEDI' is scheduled for release in December, 2017.
Before the opening of the film, a large snow sculpture of 'Star Wars' appears again as 'White Star Wars' after 'Snow Star Wars' of 2015 to celebrate its 'Anniversary Year' at the UHB Family Land in Odori 10 chome during the Snow Festival.
'Star Wars' will surely be taking the whole world by storm with a tide of enthusiasm, once again, and the storm will be occurring here in Sapporo in February 2017.
The snow sculpture, 'White Star Wars' approved by Lucas Film Ltd. & TM and supervised by The Walt Disney Company, will appear in the largest-ever scale of this kind. It includes familiar C-3PO and R2-D2 besides the world's first snow sculptures of BB-8 and Kylo Ren in such scale. Enjoy its overwhelming scale during the day, and the spectacular lighting show enhanced by the powerful sound at night.

Cup Noodles Slide [Medium-sized Snow Sculpture]

Cup Noodles Slide

Children can have funs with this Cup Noodle Slide made out of snow.

11chome International Square

The 44th International Snow Sculpture Contest

Twelve teams from various regions of the world will participate in this year's contest. The contest site will be filled with a variety of snow sculptures and statues.

Click here for more information

International Gourmet Corner

You can enjoy gastronomic from the world only here!
Take a gourmet tour of the world while enjoying the International Snow Sculpture Contest!

12chome Citizen’s Square

Citizens’ Snow Sculptures

Come take a look at the unique snow sculptures made by citizens of Sapporo here at the Citizens' Square.