[Preview by Hokkaido local] Explore Sapporo Snow Festival 2018

Sapporo invites you to the wonderful snow fantasy.

Have you ever heard about Sapporo Snow Festival?

This, one of the most famous winter events in Japan “Sapporo Snow Festival” is held in Sapporo, Hokkaido every February. It’s started in 1950 when high school students built a few snow statues in Odori Park. It has since developed into a large. This time will be 69th festival. It attracts a growing number of visitors from all over the world every year. Every winter, about two million people visit Sapporo to enjoy a lot of outstanding snow and ice sculptures lining Odori Park, Sapporo Community Dome “Tsudome”, and along the main street in Susukino. During the festival in February, Sapporo is changed to be a winter dreamland of crystal-like ice and white snow sculptures.

Overview

Place
  • Odori Site : Nishi 1 chome~ Nishi 12 chome
  • Susukino Ice World : Minami 4 jo ~ Minami 7 jo
  • Sapporo Community Dome Site
Schedule
  • Odori/Susukino : Feb 5th – 12th 2018
  • Sapporo Community Dome : Feb 1st – 12th 2018
Number of Snow and Ice Sculptures About 250
Organizers City of Sapporo
Sapporo Tourist Association
Sapporo Board of Education
Sapporo Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Administrator Sapporo Snow Festival Executive Committee
Fee FREE

 

 

Odori Park Site

Odori park; Nishi 1 chome~ Nishi 12 chome (Odori Subway Station)
Illuminations turned on at sunset, and turned off at 22:00.

Odori Park, a huge park spreading east to west over 1.5km through the center of Sapporo city, is transformed into a fantasy of snow and ice. All the works of art, sculpted with pure white snow and beautiful clear ice, will certainly impart something of the artist’s passion. The splendid snow and ice sculptures are the biggest attractions of Sapporo Snow Festival.

Susukino Ice World

Ekimae-dori (Station Avenue); Minami 4 jo ~ Minami 7 jo (Susukino Subway Station – Namboku Line)
Illuminations turned off at 23:00.(On the last day, illuminations turned off at 22:00.)

The theme at this place is “Enjoy the Ice”, this site offers a fantastic ice sculptures. You can also visit the plaza, ‘Fureai Hiroba’ to touch or ride on the ice sculptures, take some memorable pictures in the Illumination Street, or have some hot drinks such as hot whisky, whisky soda at the Ice bar to keep warm. In fact, the ice bar is one of the most popular contents at Susukino Ice World.

Sapporo Community Dome “Tsu Dome”

The community dome, Tsudome (10mins walk from Sakaemachi Subway Station – Toho Line)
Open from 9:00 to 17:00

Sapporo Community Dome, Tsudome is the second largest site of the Sapporo Snow Festival. This site includes very large snow slides and a snow rafting area outside the dome. Inside the dome, there are plenty of attractions for children and you can take a break time in the spacious rest area. This is a place that you really enjoy some interesting things of Hokkaido in winter.

Food Park – Sapporo Snow Festival

At the Sapporo Snow Festival, Odori Park Site, there are lots of food shops. So when you are hungry, you can try delicious Hokkaido foods at reasonable price!! For example, you can get Miso Ramen and Ikura and rice for 1,000 yen. Hokkaido is known as a “Gourmet Kingdom”, don’t miss the chance to experience the winter world and Hokkaido’s foods!

Helpful Information

① Is it cold outside in February?

The temperature on February in Sapporo is

Average Temperature -3.1 degrees Celsius
Highest Temperature 0.1 degrees Celsius
Lowest Temperature -6.6 degrees Celsius

As you can see, it’s so cold!! Especially at night, you would feel colder than the actual temperature itself. So you’d better prepare gloves, beanie, and scarf!!


② I’ve never been to winter place. What should I prepare?

I recommend you to prepare the things below.

Attachment Spike

When you walk outside, it would be quite slippery!

So you should prepare this spike to prevent from getting injury.

Disposable Heat Pack

It’s called “Hokkairo”. Quite popular item in Japan especially in winter.

Once you open the package, this heat pack keeps you warm.

Related Post : KAIRO – Must Have Item For Winter In Hokkaido

UNIQLO Heattech gears

Also MUST ITEM!!

Made with moisture-wicking fabric that retains heat and features anti-odor properties to keep you warm and comfortable. There are variety of Heattech such as leggings, socks.

You can buy it at any UNIQLO in Sapporo.


③ I have a big luggage, are there any place to keep it?

No worries!! Hokkaido Info Lounge has an office near JR Sapporo station which means near from Odori Park Site.

We provide luggage storage service for you. Please refer the link below.