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Sapporo Snow Festival

November 23rd, 2012 by Jeff Aasgaard

After a long and hot summer, let’s think about a nice plan for this winter. The Sapporo Snow Festival (Sapporo Yuki Matsuri) is the most popular winter festival in Japan. Every year about 2 millions visitors join this event. Hundreds snow statues are built every year in February. In 2013, the festival will be held from February 5 through February 11.

Light up in Sapporo

Sapporo Snow Festival

Snow Festival in Sapporo

Ryokans and hotels will quickly become fully booked, so you better arrange your itinerary soon. At Japanese Guest Houses, we will do our best to find an accommodations for you in Sapporo.
The festival is main organized in the Odori park This is where you will find the most popular snow sculptures. While some statues are human size; other ones are huge !

Sapporo Snow Festival

Light up in Sapporo

Light up in Sapporo

The Susukino Site, in this “bubbling neighborhood” (especially at night), ice statues are exhibited. We recommend you to visit it at night; there is a light up until midnight, every day.

Finally the Tsu Dome Site; this one entertains families. There are several snow slides around the dome. Inside the dome; like in every Japanese festival you will find numerous food stands. The Tsu Dome Site opens daily from 9:00 to 17:00.

Interesting Numbers

  • Number of Snow or Ice Sculptures in 2012: 228
  • The amount of snow transported for the festival is around 32,500 tons
  • 2.416.000 visitors for the 62nd Snow Festival (2011).

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