Sapporo Snow Festival

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Sapporo Snow Festival
4.5
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The Sapporo Snow Festival in early February each year transforms the town of Sapporo into a unforgettable winter wonderland of snow and ice sculptures, skating rinks, giant snow slides, zip lines, snow domes and ice bars and night time illuminations, all presided over by – of course – the Ice Queen! There's a myriad of sculptures to see and events to enjoy across three sites in Sapporo, and it's not surprising that this event is internationally renowned for its scale, variety and sheer amount of fun available for all visitors.
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The area
Address
4 Odorinishi, Chuo-ku Odori Park, Sapporo 060-0042 Hokkaido
How to get there
  • Ōdōri • 5 min walk
  • Ōdōri • 5 min walk
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4.5
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Marco Grava
Rome, Italy834 contributions
wonderful
Feb 2020
It is really worth it, do not miss it. It is one of the big attractions that Japan has to offer, along with the Hanami and (the less internationally famous) foliage. Artists from different part of the world gather here to build spectacular snow sculptures which are then lit at night.
Written 25 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ohmy_Attakorn
Bangkok, Thailand176 contributions
Once a year in sapporo
Feb 2020
There are 3 site in sapporo perform the festival, Odori park, Susukino street, Tsudome
The Big sculpter and the contest, the show, the food park is in odori park. The main site is here
Susukino is the ice sculpting not big as in Odori park. You can visit and see hundred of ice sculpting
Tsudome maintain the play ground and the exhibition hall, Many company is here show you the new product and technology, also has the stage for Jap singer to perform. Outside Tsudome is the play ground with many activity, both free and charge. Full of staff will take care of you, what a great service
Once a year and only 2 week for this festival, if you have chance then come
Written 23 February 2020
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Mei ee
Singapore, Singapore13 contributions
Snow Festival
Feb 2020
first time went to the snow festival, eye opening with all the sculpture. The enviornment and feel is different in day compare to night where all the lights and music effect on the sculpture. And also all the food kiosk you can find in the festival. It a must you need to attend.
Written 17 February 2020
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macariosakay
Manila, Philippines128 contributions
a great experience
Feb 2020
The snow festival ended on feb. 11, 2020. you will see astonishing snow sculpture. snowboard and ski jumps. the food kiosk is worth a try. be ready for a long walk. be sure to wear proper winter attire. its going to be cold. drop by the susukino ice display also.
Written 17 February 2020
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Paul S
Sydney, Australia94 contributions
Sapporo snow festival sculpture competition
Feb 2020 • Friends
This year was the 71st Sapporo snow festival our team was representing Australia in the 47th snow sculpture competition this was the Fourth tme our Australian Team from Shoalhaven had competed. The Sapporo snow festival is one of the biggest and most popular festivals in Japan which covers 1.5 Km in Odori Park and is held over 10 days with some of the amazing snow sculpture created by the Japanese Army and the citizens of Sapporo
and incorperates 12 International time including Australia competing and show casing the art of snow sculpturing. Our Australian sculpture this year was the NSW state emblem our Native Waratah, The snow festival with many pop up food stalls
and laser light shows of a night has a visitation of over 1 million people.
The Snow Festival is well with a visit as Sapporo is a modern vibrant city with much to offer any tourist.
Written 15 February 2020
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Johnny R
Richmond, British Columbia, Canada90 contributions
Amazing Snow Festival
Feb 2020 • Solo
If you have the opportunity to visit Sapporo in the winter time, please try to arrange during the Snow Festival. Absolutely amazing!
Written 12 February 2020
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ZenDark30
Portland, OR2,236 contributions
Jack Frost Japan
Feb 2020 • Couples
The largest snow festival in the most populated city of Hokkaido is impressive. It’s one of several throughout northern Japan.

We visited on the last day which coincides with Japan’s Foundation Day which meant there were more live performances to accompany the melting sculptures and fireworks. Performances included traditional Ainu music, Taiko drummers, J-pop, ski and snowboarding acrobatics and a parade.

Be prepared for crowds and lots of walking on snow and ice depending on the weather. Ice cleats helped. The crowds are managed by creating one way paths and closing off vehicles at intersections.

There’s dozens of food stalls selling everything from chocolate covered bananas to ramen, crab sticks and fried chicken. You can eat inside warming tents.

It’s a fun event that’s been celebrated every year since 1950. The sculptures are sponsored and built by teams from various businesses. Fish, Dragons and other mythical creatures were popular themes as well as cartoon characters and animals.

Visitors Tip: take your time and take a break with a food or drink stop. See the ice sculptures at night when they’re illuminated.

Written 11 February 2020
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D.j. B
Kitanakagusuku-son, Japan122 contributions
Wonderul Thing to Witness
Feb 2020
The festival where we attended was located in Odori Park. Amazing sculptures, lights, performance and food. They had my favorite Sapporo ramen, cooked scallops, hot sake/hot wine and much more. They also had snow board and singing performances but you must check the times for any of those. It is cold there around this time of year and if you bring kids to play in the snow, make sure you get the the right snow gear so they don't get wet. Bring good warm hats/face masks and maybe some of those hand and feet warmers. You will be walking back and forth throughout the park in snow so watch your step because it gets slippery. If you have small children it will be difficult to push strollers through the snow so I would suggest to not bring one. If you need something to carry your young one I would suggest a back carrier or a sled. They also have little rest areas in the park where you can sit to warm up a bit.
It was a great time for us. Beautiful light shows, performances and great food. A Wonderful thing to witness.
Written 7 February 2020
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B-212
new york city94 contributions
A true winter wonderland
Feb 2020 • Couples
Something to experience at least once in a lifetime. A true celebration of winter - and a way to turn a dreary season into something fun and memorable. Great ice and snow sculptures, fun ice bar where you can get cocktails and warm drinks. We came to Sapporo just for this winter festival and we weren’t disappointed.
Written 6 February 2020
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Andy C
Honolulu, HI72 contributions
Susukino Ice Sculptures
Feb 2020
Went early on Feb 2 to Ekimae-Dori, street of about 50-60 ice sculptures are prepared. Saw the ice sculptures erected and carved. In just hours blocks of ice were stacked by cranes and many were carved with chain saws and hand saws...fascinating to watch. Will go back in a few days after the opening ceremony on Feb 4 to see completed ice displays. It was cold but we dressed warmly and took a break for an early dinner at a ramen shop on Ramen Street/Alley.
Written 2 February 2020
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