Festival Sites


Welcome to the world plaza that evokes a pristine snow fantasy
The Sapporo Snow Festival, one of Japan's largest winter events, attracts a growing number of visitors from Japan and abroad every year. Every winter, about two million people come to Sapporo to see a large number of splendid snow and ice sculptures lining Odori Park, the grounds at Community Dome Tsudome, and along the main street in Susukino. During the festival in February, Sapporo is turned into a winter dreamland of crystal-like ice and white snow.

◆Period of the Festival

Odori site & Susukino site:
For eight days from February 4 (Mon) to February 11 (Mon/ Holiday), 2019 
Tsudome site:
For twelve days from January 31 (Thu) to February 11 (Mon/ Holiday), 2019

◆Festival sites

Odori site Odori park; Nishi 1 chōme ~ Nishi 12 chōme 
Tsudome site The Community Dome, Tsudome
Susukino site Sapporo Ekimae-dōri; Minami 4 jō ~ Minami 7 jō

◆Number of Snow and Ice Sculptures
192 sculptures in total: Odori site; 111, Tsudome site; 21, Susukino site; 60

◆Transportation of Snow

Schedule ● Snow for the large snow sculptures in Odori site to be transported between January 7 (Mon) and 15 (Tue), 2019
● Snow for the citizen’s snow sculptures and other snow sculptures in Odori site to be transported between January 16 (Wed) and 29 (Tue), 2019
● Snow for the snow sculptures in Tsudome site to be transported between January 4 (Fri) and 20 (Sun), 2019
Snow to be transported from Takino Cemetery Park, Satozuka Cemetery Park, Makomanai Country Club, Sapporo Satoland, Moerenuma Park and Tobetsu-chō Futomi, etc.
Amount of snow to be transported The amount of snow transported for the festival is equivalent to 6,000 five-ton trucks.

◆Opening Ceremony of Snow Transportation

Date January 7 (Mon), 2019   10:10 ~
Venue HBC Finland Square (Odori Park, Nishi 7 chōme)

City of Sapporo, Sapporo Tourist Association, Sapporo Board of Education,
Sapporo Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Sapporo Snow Festival Executive Committee

Japan Ground Self Defense Force; the Northern Army; the 11th Brigade

Hokkaido, Hokkaido Tourism Federation, The Hokkaido Shimbun Press, The Asahi Shimbun Company; Hokkaido branch, The Mainichi Newspapers; Hokkaido branch, The Yomiuri Shimbun; Hokkaido branch, The Nikkei inc: Sapporo branch, The Hochi Shimbun; Hokkaido branch, The Hokkaido Nikkan Sports News, The Hokkaido Shimbun Press Sports, The Sports Nippon Newspapers; Hokkaido general office, NHK Sapporo, HBC (Hokkaido Broadcasting Co., Ltd.), STV (Sapporo Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd.), HTB (Hokkaido Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd.), UHB (Hokkaido Cultural Broadcasting Co., Ltd.), TVh (Television Hokkaido Broadcasting Co., Ltd.), AIR-G’ FM Hokkaido Broadcasting Co., Ltd., FM North Wave, J:COM Sapporo

Event Schedule

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Odori Site

Odori park; Nishi 1 chome~ Nishi 12 chome
You can visit Odori site at any time.
(Illuminations turned on at sunset, and turned off at 22:00.)

Odori Park, stretching east to west over 1.5km through the heart of downtown Sapporo, will be transformed into a fantasy of snow and ice. All the works of art, sculpted with pure white snow and sparkling clear ice, will certainly impart something of the artist's passion to the guests viewing them. The exquisite state-of-art snow and ice sculptures of such scale are the biggest attraction of Sapporo Snow Festival.

Tsudome Site

The community dome, Tsudome
Open from 9:00 ~17:00

The community dome, Tsudome is the second largest site of the Sapporo Snow Festival. This site includes very large snow slides and a snow rafting area outside the dome where a person of any age can have a snow-ice experience. Inside the dome, there are plenty of attractions for children and you can take a break or have refreshments in the spacious rest area. It's a place where you can really enjoy the wonders of Hokkaido in winter.

※Please use public transportation or shuttle bus to Tsudome site. There is no parking lot for private cars and motorbikes.

Tsudome site


Ekimae-dori (Station Avenue); Minami 4 jo ~ Minami 7 jo
You can visit Susukino site at any time.
( Illuminations turned off at 23:00. *On the last day, illuminations turned off at 22:00. )

Under the theme of 'Enjoy the Ice', this site offers a fantastic ice sculpture show and the Ice Sculpture Contest. You can also visit the plaza, 'Fureai Hiroba' to touch or ride on the ice sculptures, take photos in the Illumination Street, or have hot drinks at the Ice Bar.

Events at Susukino site

  Date and Time Venue
Opening Ceremony

February 4 (Mon), 2019
18:00 ~

In front of the main ice sculpture (Minami 4, Nishi 4; In front of the Susukino Lafiler)

Photo Session of the Ice Queen

Photo Session of the Ice Queen takes place at Susukino site during the festival

Ice Sculpture Contest
Award Ceremony

Each team starts working on their ice sculpture from 14:00 p.m. on February 4 (Mon), 2019 and finishes before 10:00 a.m. the following morning.


Award Ceremony of the Ice Sculpture Contest takes place at 11:00 a.m. on February 5 (Tue), 2019

In front of the main ice sculpture

Ice Statue Popularity Vote

You can vote for the best ice statue. The ballot boxes will be installed at the Susukino site.

Closing Ceremony

February 11 (Mon / Holiday), 2019
21:45 p.m. ~

In front of the main ice sculpture

Information: Susukino Tourist Association (in Japanese)