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.
|Snow Festival in Sapporo|
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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 !
|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.
- 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).