Festival Sites and Snow Sculptures
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 Tsudome, and along the main street in Susukino.
For seven days in February, Sapporo is turned into a winter dreamland of crystal-like ice and white snow.The Snow Festival began in 1950, with six snow statues made by local high school students in Odori Park. In 1955, the Self-Defense Force joined in and made a massive snow sculpture, the kind for which the Snow Festival is now famous for. The Festival has grown from the humble beginning to become one of the biggest and most well known winter events.The Snow Festival is considered to be a festival of international-caliber.
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Odori park; Nishi 1 chome～ Nishi 12 chome
Illuminations turned on at sunset, and turned off at 22:00.
Odori Park stretches from east to west through the center of downtown Sapporo and represents the main festival site. Here you can not only see a variety of internationally themed snow and ice sculptures, but also participate many fun events. There is no other snow festival elsewhere of such scale and exquisiteness!
Opened 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 snowrafting area outside the dome where you 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.
Ekimae-dori (Station Avenue); Minami 4 jo ～ Minami 6 jo
Illuminations turned off at 23:00.(On the last day, illuminations turned off at 22:00.)
An ice sculpture show and various events take place in the Ekimae-dori (Station Avenue) between Minami 4 and Minami 6 during the festival; including the Ice Sculpture Contest and a special photo opportunity to see the Ice Queen.
Information: Susukino Tourist Association (in Japanese)