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[Sapporo Snow Festival] One of 3 Major Snow Festivals That 2 Million People Visit in World

February 7th, 2015

Sapporo Snow Festival

Sapporo Snow Festival (札幌雪まつり) is a snow event held in Sapporo city, and has been held since 1950, and the biggest snow festival event in Hokkaido, and one of 3 major snow festivals in the world together with Québec Winter Carnival in Canada and Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in China. Open period is only about one week in early February, and more than 2 million people visit here during the time. In the daytime, snow sculptures look only white, but those turn into colourful themselves according to illumination or projection mapping in the evening, and more and more tourists gather. Concerts and jumping performance of snowboarding are held, too, and the tourists get excited. By the way, the Sapporo is very cold in the February, so you had better wear a warm outfit. Especially, you had better wear a warm outfit carefully in the evening.

Snow Sculpture Is Lit up
Sapporo Snow Festival
Snow Sculpture
Sapporo Snow Festival
Odori Park
Sapporo Snow Festival
Snow Sculpture Is Lit up
Sapporo Snow Festival
Ice Sculpture at Susukino Venue
Sapporo Snow Festival

Odori Park

Odori Park (大通公園) is in the very center of Sapporo city, and is located between Sapporo Station and Susukino. Offices and commercial facilities are built around the park, and it is just at very center of the big city. But 92 types 4,700 trees such as lilac, Japanese elm and cherry tree are planted, and fountains and flower beds are built, so the park is well-known as a place of relief for Sapporo citizens as well as tourists. The park has been chosen as one of The 100 Best Roads in Japan (日本の道100選), Japanese City Park Best 100 (日本の都市公園100選), The 100 Best Townscapes (都市景観100選) and Japan's Top 100 Historical Parks (日本の歴史公園100選), so it is one of the most famous parks in Japan. Article is here

Odori Park
Odori Park in Sapporo

SAPPORO

Sapporo (札幌) that about 1,960,000 people live is the largest city in Hokkaido. Although there are various theories, its origin of the name is "Dry Big River (乾いた大きな川)" in Ainu language. A population of the Sapporo is the 4th largest city after Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya in japan, and the population accounts for 36 % of Hokkaido's population! So the Sapporo has been flourished as the center of the Hokkaido. The area of the Sapporo is 1,121.26 km2, and is about as big as Hong Kong, and is the 7th largest city in the Hokkaido. The Sapporo is also famous as a tourist city, and about 15 million people come. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 25 degrees in a summer, but it is easy to live without moisture. I always feel a little cool. It is cold that temperature falls to nearly -10 degrees in a winter, and amount of snowfall sometimes has more than 1 m. Article is here

Sapporo
札幌

Winter Festivals in Hokkaido

Snow often begins to fall around Christmas season, and Hokkaido is covered with the snow until late March that snow begins to melt, the ground turns into the white world in a winter. The snow falls in silence, and the temperature falls, too, and its peak is February, and various winter events that snow, ice and coldness can be enjoyed are held all over Hokkaido around the February. Article is here

Sapporo Snow Festival
Sapporo Snow Festival

List of Venues

A main venue is Odori Venue (大通公園), and other venues are Tsudome Venue (つどーむ会場) and Susukino Venue (すすきの会場). The snow sculptures can be enjoyed mainly at the Odori Venue, the ice sculptures can be enjoyed at the Susukino Venue, and snow activities can be enjoyed at the Tsudome Venue.

Odori Park
Sapporo Snow Festival
Ice Sculpture at Susukino Venue
Sapporo Snow Festival
Tsudome Venue
Sapporo Snow Festival

Odori Venue

The Sapporo Snow Festival is held at Odori Park located in the center of the Sapporo, and about 120 snow sculptures and about 10 ice sculptures are built at the park with 65 m width and 1.5 km length. Snow sculpture and ice sculpture builders are the Self‐Defense Forces and Sapporo citizens. In addition, International Snow Sculpture Contest is held to be rivaled workmanship by world select teams, too. A ski jump stand with 24 m in height is established, too, and air events of skiing and snowboarding are held. By the way, food stalls gather from Hokkaido and world, and it is one of the pleasure that the tourists can enjoy tasty foods. Admission free.

Odori Park in the Evening While Sapporo Snow Festival Is Held
Odori Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival

5 large snow sculptures or ice sculptures with over 15 m in height are built as the highlight of the snow festival, and most local TV stations such as STV, HBC, HTB and UHB in the Sapporo manage those. Production period is about a month. They make something in fine detail without cutting corners in their works, so the visitors will be moved by their works. In addition, projection mapping over the most large snow sculptures or ice sculptures can be enjoyed.

Large Snow Sculpture, Final Fantasy
Odori Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival

Movie of JRA Projection Mapping 2016

Large Ice Sculpture, Taiwan-Taipei Guest House
Odori Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Japanese Idol Sings on Stage
Odori Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Snow Sculpture, Anipop Club
Odori Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Snow Sculpture Looks Very Solid
Odori Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Large Snow Sculpture, Arc de Triomphe of France
Odori Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Large Snow Sculpture, Star Wars
Odori Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Commemorative Photo against Star Wars Snow Sculpture
Odori Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Giant Cup Noodle Slide
Odori Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Snow Sculpture, Doraemon
Odori Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Snow Sculpture, Picotaro
Odori Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Crowd of People
Odori Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Snow Sculpture, Japanese Castle
Odori Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Snow Sculpture, Old Japanese House
Odori Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Snow Sculpture, President Trump
Odori Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Crab Meat Like Tempura
Odori Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Many Matryoshka Dolls
Odori Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Skate Rink
Odori Site, Sapporo Snow Festival
They Perform Musical at Large Snow Sculpture, Alice's Adventures in Snowland
Odori Site, Sapporo Snow Festival
Large Ice Sculpture, Toy Town
Odori Site, Sapporo Snow Festival
She Play Synthesizer at Toy Town
Odori Site, Sapporo Snow Festival
Ice Sculpture
Odori Site, Sapporo Snow Festival
Snow Sculpture, Racing Horse Made with Projection Mapping Techniques
Odori Site, Sapporo Snow Festival
He Is Airing
Odori Site, Sapporo Snow Festival
Large Snow Sculpture, Star Wars
Odori Site, Sapporo Snow Festival
Miss Hinano Sasaki Performs Live on Large Ice Sculpture, Taiwan Hsing Tian Kong
Odori Site, Sapporo Snow Festival
Snow Sculpture, Candy Crush Soda Made with Projection Mapping Techniques
Odori Site, Sapporo Snow Festival
Large Snow Sculpture, Inner Gate of Kasuga Grand Shrine Made with Projection Mapping Techniques
Odori Site, Sapporo Snow Festival
Large Snow Sculpture, Happy Sazae-san Family Appear in Darkness
Odori Site, Sapporo Snow Festival

Atmosphere of Sapporo Snow Festvial 2016 Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Sapporo Snow Festvial 2016

When the Sapporo Snow Festival is finished, they begin to destroy the snow sculptures on the next day. Its dynamic action is popular for the tourists. The destroying time is not announced, but the snow sculptures are begined to destroy around 09:00 am.

Snow Sculpture Is Blindfolded
Odori Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival, Snow Sculptures Destroying Performance
Purifying Sake
Odori Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival, Snow Sculptures Destroying Performance
Snow Sculpture Is Begined to Destroy
Odori Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival, Snow Sculptures Destroying Performance
Many Visitors Come to Look
Odori Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival, Snow Sculptures Destroying Performance
Dynamic Snow Sculptures Destroying Performance
Odori Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival, Snow Sculptures Destroying Performance
Many Visitors Come to Look
Odori Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival, Snow Sculptures Destroying Performance

Movie of Snow Sculptures Destroying Performance

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot A parking is not provided
Business hours 09:00-22:00
Regular closing day From mid February to late January
Telephone number +81-11-281-6400
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 9 492 857*38

Susukino Venue

Susukino Venue is built on Sapporo Ekimae Road (札幌駅前通). It takes about 10 minutes from the Odori Park to here on foot. About 60 ice sculptures are created along the road, and visitors will open their eyes widely at a minute technique. An ice bar is built at the site, too. Because the ice sculptures are in the middle of the road, please be careful about cars. Admission free.

Ice Sculptures
Susukino Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Ice Sculpture Chinese Phoenix
Susukino Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Ice Sculpture Kirin
Susukino Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival

Atmosphere of Sapporo Snow Festiva in Susukino Venue Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Sapporo Snow Festiva in Susukino Venue

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot A parking is not provided
Business hours 09:00-22:00
Regular closing day From mid February to late January
Telephone number +81-11-281-6400
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 9 492 325*68

Tsudome Venue

Tsudome Venue is located in Higashi ward, Sapporo, and is far away from the center of the Sapporo. The difficult of access is a blot on slightly far. There is nothing for it but to secure large place. The Tsudome Venue is roughly divided into 2 activities, an outdoor activity and an indoor activity in a dome. Children can play happily. There are food stalls in the dome, too. Admission free. Because there is not a parking lot of privately-owned cars, and it is convenient for visitors to use a shuttle bus. The shuttle buses provide service from here to Azabu station (麻布駅), the Odori Park and Sakaemachi station (栄町駅).

Large Venue
Tsudome Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Snowman Greet Us
Tsudome Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Snowman Line Up
Tsudome Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Snowman Labyrinth Wonderland
Tsudome Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Snow Zip Line
Tsudome Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Huge Tube Slider
Tsudome Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
They Dance Monster's Exercise
Tsudome Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Looks Fun
Tsudome Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
People Line Up for Waku-Waku Slide
Tsudome Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Waku-Waku Slide
Tsudome Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Ice Slide
Tsudome Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Bamboo Ski
Tsudome Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Tsudome
Tsudome Venue, Sapporo Snow Festivalり
Large Inside of Dome
Tsudome Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Pikachu
Tsudome Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival
Huge Fuwa-Fuwa Slide Titan
Tsudome Venue, Sapporo Snow Festival

Atmosphere of Sapporo Snow Festival in Tsudome Venue Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Sapporo Snow Festival in Tsudome Venue

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot A parking is not provided
Business hours 09:00-17:00
Regular closing day From mid February to late January
Telephone number +81-11-281-6400
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 9 705 553*17

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations near the Odori Park. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

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Odori Park

Sapporo View Hotel Oodori Kouen(札幌ビューホテル大通公園)
Hotel Vista Sapporo Odori(ホテルビスタ札幌大通)
Richmond Hotel Sapporo Odori(リッチモンドホテル札幌大通)
Hotel WBF Sapporo Odori(ホテルWBF札幌大通)
Best Western Sapporo Odori-Koen(ベストウェスタン札幌大通公園)
Tokyu Stay Sapporo Odori(東急ステイ札幌大通)
La'gent Stay Sapporo Odori Hokkaido(ラ・ジェント・ステイ札幌大通)
APA Hotel Sapporo Odori-koen(アパホテル 札幌大通公園)
Nest Hotel Sapporo Odori(ネストホテル札幌大通)
Hotel Okura Sapporo(ホテルオークラ札幌)
Sapporo Grand Hotel(札幌グランドホテル)
Hotel Resol Trinity Sapporo(ホテルリソルトリニティ札幌)
New Otani Inn Sapporo(ニューオータニイン札幌)
Hotel Hokke Club Sapporo(ホテル法華クラブ札幌)
APA Hotel Sapporo(アパホテル 札幌)
Hotel Tokeidai(ホテル時計台)
Booking
Sapporo Prince Hotel(札幌プリンスホテル)
APA Hotel TKP Sapporo Ekimae(アパホテル TKP札幌駅前)
Cross Hotel Sapporo(クロスホテル札幌)
Hotel Sapporo Garden Palace(ホテル札幌ガーデンパレス)
Richmond Hotel Sapporo Ekimae(リッチモンドホテル札幌駅前)
Hotel Pearl City Sapporo(ホテルパールシティ札幌)
Asano Hotel(あさ野ホテル)
Hotel Sunroute New Sapporo(ホテルサンルートニュー札幌)
Tokyu Stay Sapporo(東急ステイ札幌)
Century Royal Hotel Sapporo(センチュリーロイヤルホテル)
UNIZO Inn Sapporo(ユニゾイン札幌)
Sapporo Classe Hotel(札幌クラッセホテル)
Sapporo Sumire Hotel(札幌すみれホテル)
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Hotel Gracery Sapporo(ホテルグレイスリー札幌)
Hotel Hashimoto(ホテルハシモト)
Grids Sapporo Hotel&Hostel(GRIDS札幌)
Hotel Clubby Sapporo(ホテルクラビーサッポロ)
Royton Sapporo Hotel(ロイトン札幌)
Hotel Route-Inn Sapporo Kitayojo(ホテルルートイン札幌北四条)
Hotel Monterey Edelhof Sapporo(ホテルモントレエーデルホフ札幌)
Hotel Raffinato Sapporo(ホテルラフィナート札幌)
Nest Hotel Sapporo Ekimae(ネストホテル札幌駅前)
JR Inn Sapporo(JRイン札幌)
Dormy Inn Premium Sapporo(ドーミーインPREMIUM札幌)
Hotel Leopalace Sapporo(ホテルレオパレス札幌)
Dormy Inn Sapporo Annex(狸の湯 ドーミーイン札幌ANNEX)
Guest House On My Way(ゲストハウス道中)
Jalan
Hotel Bougainvillea Sapporo(ホテルブーゲンビリア札幌)
Booking
Nakatono Hotel(中殿ホテル)
Booking
Jalan
Guest House Yuyu(札幌ゲストハウス 雪結)
Hotel Hamilton Sapporo(ホテル ハミルトン札幌)
Hotel Tetora Spirit Sapporo(ホテルテトラ スピリット札幌)
Nakamuraya Ryokan(中村屋旅館)
ANA Crowne Plaza Sapporo(ANAクラウンプラザホテル札幌)
Villetta Odori(ヴィレッタ大通)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten

Susukino

Ibis Styles Sapporo(イビス スタイルズ 札幌)
B4 Apartment in Sapporo(B4 アパートメント イン 札幌)
Jalan
Rakuten
APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino Ekinishi(アパホテル 札幌すすきの駅西)
ANA Holiday Inn Sapporo Susukino(ANAホリデイ・イン札幌すすきの)
HOTEL MYSTAYS Sapporo Susukino(ホテルマイステイズ札幌すすきの)
the b sapporo susukino(ザ・ビー 札幌すすきの)
Tmark City Hotel Sapporo(Tマーク シティ ホテル 札幌)
HOTEL RELIEF Sapporo Susukino(ホテルリリーフ札幌すすきの)
Hotel Nets Sapporo(ホテルネッツ札幌)
APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino Ekiminami(アパホテル 札幌すすきの駅南)
Mercure Hotel Sapporo(メルキュールホテル札幌)
APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino Ekimae(アパホテル 札幌すすきの駅前)
APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino(アパホテル 札幌すすきの)
Sapporo Oriental Hotel(札幌オリエンタルホテル)
Premier Hotel-CABIN-Sapporo(天然温泉プレミアホテル -CABIN- 札幌)
Spa Hotel SOLE Susukino(SPA HOTEL ソーレ すすきの)
Hotel Route-Inn Sapporo Chuo(ホテルルートイン 札幌中央)
Marks Inn Sapporo(マークスイン札幌)
The Stay Sapporo(The Stay Sapporo)
Spa Safro(すすきの天然温泉 スパ・サフロ)
Super Hotel Sapporo Susukino(スーパーホテル札幌・すすきの)
Booking
Jalan
Red Planet Sapporo Susukino South(レッドプラネット札幌すすきの南)
Jalan
Hotel WBF Sapporo Susukino(ホテルWBF札幌すすきの)
Comfort Hotel Sapporo Susukino(コンフォートホテル札幌すすきの)
Smile Hotel Premium Sapporo Susukino(スマイルホテルプレミアム札幌すすきの)
Hotel Sho SAPPORO(ホテル翔SAPPORO)
Booking
TIARA HOTEL SAPPORO SUSUKINO(ティアラホテル札幌すすきの)
Booking
HOTEL RENER SUSUKINO(HOTELリーネルすすきの)
Booking
Toyoko Inn Sapporo Susukino Crossroads(東横イン札幌すすきの交差点)
Booking
Toyoko Inn Sapporo Susukino Minami(東横イン札幌すすきの南)
Booking
BIZCOURT CABIN SUSUKINO(BIZCOURT CABINすすきの)
Booking
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Sapporo Susukino(ダイワロイネットホテル札幌すすきの)
Comics and Capsule Hotel Comicap Sapporo Susukino(Comics&CapsuleHotelコミカプ札幌すすきの店)
Booking
Sapporo Tobu Hotel(札幌東武ホテル)
HOTEL LiVEMAX Sapporo(ホテルリブマックス札幌)
JASMAC PLAZA HOTEL(ジャスマックプラザホテル)
Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel(札幌東急REIホテル)
Hotel North City(ホテルノースシティ)
Weekly Sapporo 2000 & Annex(ウィークリーさっぽろ2000&アネックス)
SappoLodge(ゲストハウス SappoLodge)
Capsule Inn Sapporo (Male Only)(カプセル・イン札幌)
Business Hotel Line(ビジネスホテルライン)
Booking
Ibis Styles Sapporo(イビススタイルズ札幌)
Sapporo Park Hotel(札幌パークホテル)
Hotel Annex(ホテルアネックス)
Hotel Ronshan Sapporo(ホテル ロンシャンサッポロ)
Hotel New Budget Sapporo(ホテルニューバジェット札幌)
Hotel Royal Stay Sapporo(ホテル ローヤルステイ・サッポロ)
Frame Hotel Sapporo(フレイムホテル札幌)
Swanky Hotel Otomo(スワンキーホテル・オートモ)
Sapporo Daiichi Hotel(札幌第一ホテル)
Booking
Quintessa Hotel Sapporo(クインテッサホテル札幌)
Hotel Resol Sapporo Nakajima Koen(ホテルリソル札幌 中島公園)
HOTEL MYSTAYS PREMIER Sapporo Park(ホテルマイステイズプレミア札幌パーク)
Hotel Porte(HOTEL PORTE)
HP
Hotel Shinto(ホテル新東)
Karaksa Hotel Sapporo(からくさホテル札幌)
Social Hostel 365(Social Hostel 365)
Time Peace Apartment(タイムピースアパートメント)
Sapporo Oriental Hotel(札幌オリエンタルホテル)
Kuranoya Sapporo(倉のや 札幌)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Sapporo Guest House Nariya(札幌ゲストハウス 成屋)
Jalan
The Stay Sapporo Nagomi(THE STAY SAPPORO 和ーNAGOMIー)
Sapporo Inn Nada(サッポロイン NADA)
Igloo Dorm & Breakfast(IGLOO Dorm&Breakfast)
Ten to Ten Nakajima-Koen(Ten to Ten HOKKAIDO Hostel & Kitchen)
Sapporo Excel Hotel Tokyu(札幌エクセルホテル東急)
Hotel Lifort Sapporo(ホテルライフォート札幌)
Vessel Inn Sapporo Nakajima Park(ベッセルイン札幌中島公園)
Booking
Hotel Vista Sapporo Nakajima Koen(ホテルビスタ札幌 中島公園)
City Cabin by Nikoh Refre (Male Only)(ニコーカプセルホテル リフレ)
Booking.com

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Sapporo

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