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Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido

November 23rd, 2012 by Japanese Guest Houses

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

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 accommodation for you:
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.
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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