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.
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!
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.
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)
■ Events at Susukino site
Date and Time Venue Opening Ceremony February 5, 2014; 18:00 ~ A-block (in front of the main ice sculpture); Minami 4 Nishi 4 Photo Session of the Ice Queen Photo Session of the Ice Queen takes place at Susukino site during the festival Ice Sculpture Contest
Each team starts working on their ice sculpture from 14:30 on February 5, 2014 and finishes before 9:30 the following morning. D-block Award Ceremony of the Ice Sculpture Contest takes place at 11:00 on February 6, 2014 A-block (in front of the main ice sculpture) ; Minami 4 Nishi 4 Ice Statue Popularity Vote You can vote for the best ice statue. Six ballot boxes will be installed in the Susukino site. Closing Ceremony February 11, 2014; 21:45 ~ A-block (in front of the main ice sculpture) ; Minami 4 Nishi 4