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:
For eight days from February 5 (Monday) to February 12 (Monday/Sub. Holiday), 2018
Tsudome site:
For twelve days from February 1 (Thursday) to February 12 (Monday/Sub. Holiday), 2018

Number of Snow and Ice Sculptures
201 sculptures in total: Odori site; 118, Tsudome site; 23, Susukino site; 60


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, 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.

Odori site 1 - 12 chome

Tsudome Site

The community dome, Tsudome
Open from 9:00 to 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.

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 5 (Mon), 2018 Begins at 18:00 p.m. 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 14:30 p.m. on February 5 (Mon), 2018 and finishes before 10:30 a.m. the following morning. D-block
Award Ceremony of the Ice Sculpture Contest takes place at 11:00 a.m. on February 6 (Tue), 2018 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 12 (Mon / Sub. Holiday), 2018
Begins at 21:45 p.m.
In front of the main ice sculpture

Information: Susukino Tourist Association (in Japanese)