Sapporo snow festival SAPPORO SNOW FESTIVAL

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 a 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 Site

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, not only can you see a variety of internationally themed snow and ice sculptures, but you can also participate in many fun events. There is no other snow festival elsewhere of such scale and exquisiteness!

Tsudome Site

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 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.

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Odori site
Odori Site

Snow slider
Tsudome Site

Susukino Site (SUSUKINO ICE WORLD 2015)

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.)

Susukino SiteAn 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)

■ Events at Susukino site

Date and Time Venue
Opening Ceremony February 5, 2015; 18:00 ~ A-block (in front of the main ice sculpture)
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 on February 5, 2015 and finishes before 10:30 the following morning. D-block
Award Ceremony of the Ice Sculpture Contest takes place at 11:00 on February 6, 2015 A-block (in front of the main ice sculpture)
Ice Statue Popularity Vote You can vote for the best ice statue. Six ballot boxes will be installed at the Susukino site.
Closing Ceremony  February 11, 2015; 21:45 ~ A-block (in front of the main ice sculpture) ; Minami 4 Nishi 4