The Sapporo Snow Festival is one of Japan’s largest and most loved winter events. Every winter, around two million people come together in the city of Sapporo to see the splendid snow and ice sculptures lining Odori Park, the grounds at Community Dome Tsudome, and along the main street in Susukino.
The Sapporo Snow Festival began in the 1950s when local middle and high school students exhibited six snow sculptures in the Odori Park. Today, it has become a major winter attraction for people from across the globe. For seven days in February, Sopporo is transformed into a magical spectacle of crystal-like ice and white snow.
Located at the centre of the city, Odori Park serves as the main venue for the Sapporo Snow Festival. It has a space extending across one and a half kilometres, which is transformed into a snow museum. International Square becomes the stage for the International Snow Statue Contest. Some of the best works from across the globe can be seen during this event.
The ice sculptures displayed at the Susukino site, which is also a famous night spot, create a truly mesmerising world. You can also munch on Hokkaido delicacies such as crab, cuttlefish, and salmon frozen inside the ice, while appreciating the beauty of these frozen masterpieces of art.
The internationally renowned Snow Festival is a treat to anybody who enjoys art and can lose himself in the beauty of these amazing sculptures and structures. Feel and live the life of the snow queen Elsa and get enchanted by the beauty and grandeur of ice and snow.
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