Sapporo Snow Festival
Three Sites Featuring Snow Sculptures Large and Small
Visited by Tourists from Around the World
February 6 – 12, 2018
The Sapporo Snow Festival began in 1950, when local middle and high school students exhibited six snow sculptures at Odori Park. Today, it has become a major wintertime spectacle in Sapporo attracting over 2 million visitors from all over Japan and abroad. Snow sculptures and ice sculptures large and small line Odori Park for around 1.5 km between 1-chome and 12-chome, and the statues are lit up at night. The 11-chome site is for international participants, where teams from around the world display their works, and you can also watch their works in progress during the festival. The Tsudome site has giant snow slides and other ways to have fun in the snow, while the Susukino venue features an ice sculpture contest, an ice bar, and colorful lighting for night-time viewing. Large blocks of snow will be carved into snow sculptures over the course of one month before the event opens—impressive for their scale as well as the sculptors’ attention to detail
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At Odori Park 4-chome, you'll find Final Fantasy VII, a global smash-hit video game that has sold over 11 million copies, and is getting a remake using the latest in CG technology. The snow sculpture "Decisive Battle: Final Fantasy in Snow" brings to life the high-tech game software world using snow. Using the latest sound system, a 7.1 channel surround system compatible with high-resolution audio, a first for the Sapporo Snow Festival, you’ll experience a realistic, powerful feeling, like an airplane flying overhead from the front to the back. Take a peek at 10-chome to see the "Star Wars 40th Anniversary - Star Wars in White" large snow sculptures made to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the theatrical release of Star Wars. In addition to the familiar faces of C-3PO and R2-D2, the giant snow sculptures of BB-8 and the large Kylo Ren are a world first and make for a powerful impression. Enjoy seeing the sculptures lit up at night, too.
Other events include a skating rink at the 1-chome venue, with rental shoes available (at a fee) so that travelers can also join in on the fun. The Hokkaido Food Square can be found at the base of the TV tower at 1-chome, in 6-chome, and the 9-chome venue, to get a taste of Hokkaido's unique food and drink culture.
J:COM Square—Skating Rink
Hokkaido Food Square and other attractions
Hokkaido Shimbun Ice Square
Large Ice Sculpture: “Whale Home” and other attractions
HTB PARK AIR Square
"Shiroi Koibito (White Lovers) PARK AIR Jumping Platform"
Large Ice Sculpture: “Decisive Battle: Final Fantasy in Snow” and other attractions
Environment Square and Mainichi Ice Square
Large Snow Sculpture: “Totto Shopping Street”
Large Ice Sculpture: “Taiwan-Taipei Guest House”
Medium Snow Sculpture: "Welcome to Sapporo! 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games" and other attractions
HBC France Square
Large Snow Sculpture: “Arc de Triomphe” and other attractions
Snow HTB Square
Large Snow Sculpture: "Nara – Chukondo, Kohfukuji Temple"
Citizen's Square, and other attractions
Medium Snow Sculpture: "Yabee Bear Became a Snow Sculpture"
Medium Snow Sculpture: "Fish Wars" and other attractions
UHB Family Land
Large Snow Sculpture: “Star Wars 40th Anniversary - Star Wars in White”
Medium Snow Sculpture: “Giant Cup Noodle Slide” and other attractions
International Snow Sculpture ContestSmall Snow Sculpture: “Snow Miku (Hatsune Miku) Twinkle Snow Ver.” and other attractions
Small Snow Sculpture
|Event dates||February 6(Monday) to February 12(Sunday), 2017|
|Venue||Odori Park(Odori-nishi 1-chome to 12-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo)|
|Light up||Sunset to 22:00|
Under the theme of “Enjoy the Ice,” this site features 60 magical ice sculpture installations from the ice carving contest and other works. You can also visit the plaza called “Fureai Hiroba” to touch or ride the ice sculptures, take photos at “Illumination Street,” or enjoy warm drinks at the “Ice Bar.”
|Event dates||February 6(Monday) to February 12(Sun), 2017|
|Venue||Ekimae-dori from Minami 4-Jo to Minami 7-Jo, Chou-ku, Sapporo|
|Light up||Sunset to 23:00 (until 22:00 on the final day)|
New attractions at the site this year are the “Family Tube Slider,” where a parent and child can ride together, “Mini Snow Foot Golf,” a new sport experience that fuses soccer and golf, “Bumper Ball,” a corner where you can put yourself into a bumper ball air cushion and roll around on the snow, and the “Into the Snow: Share Your Photos” area where you can take a commemorative photograph while buried in the snow. The “Sled Slope,” an area where you can bring your own sled, will also be newly installed this year.
In addition, there are plenty of other ice attractions, including a 100-meter long “Tube Slider” snow slide, and the “Snow Raft,” a ride on a rafting boat towed by a snowmobile. For kids there’s the “Snow Strider” (for children ages 2 to 6), a bike in which children can kick the ground to propel themselves forward, and an ice slide (for all ages), so that guests of all ages can get in on the frosty fun snow activities. Also be sure to check out “Snow Park Golf” and the “Crafting an Ice Glass Experience”!
|Event dates||February 1(Wed)–12(Sun), 2017|
|Place||Sapporo Sports Facility "Tsudome" (Sakaemachi 885-1, Higashi-ku, Sapporo)|
|Hours||9:00 to 17:00(Some attractions close at 16:00)|
|*No parking available for private vehicles. Shuttle buses will operate between the Odori Site, JR Sapporo Station, and the Tsudome Site, as well as between the Toho Subway Line Sakaemachi Station and the Tsudome Site (fare required).|