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Japan’s Snow Festival

January 19, 2017 10:36 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy

Japan’s Snow Festival

Another key characteristic of Japan is that it also turns into a “Winter Wonderland” during mid-January until late February.

On the month of February, they celebrate the “Sapporo Yuki Matsuri” or The Sapporo Snow Festival.

The Sapporo Snow Festival is held during one week every February in Hokkaido‘s capital Sapporo. It is one of Japan’s most popular winter events.

Since then, it has since developed into a large, commercialized event, featuring spectacular snow and ice sculptures and attracting more than two million visitors from Japan and across the world.

The reputation of the festival crossed borders and in 1974, it was held with an international ice carving competition. Since then it has become one of the world’s largest winter events.

The Snow Festival is staged on three sites: the Odori Site, Susukino Site and Tsu Dome Site.

The main site is the Odori  in Sapporo is centrally located 1.5 kilometers along Odori Park. The festival’s famous large snow sculptures that are part of the exhibit is usually measure more than 25 meters wide and 15 meters high.

The Odori site exhibits more than one hundred smaller snow statues and hosts several concerts and events, many of which uses the sculptures as their stage.

By day, everyone can admire the talent and dexterity of the artists who are part of the different teams and create giant works which are limitlessly inspired by fantastic animals, scenes of everyday life, frescos and historical monuments, and even Japanese celebrities of the moment!

Feel free to stroll around works by local artists, they are a lot of fun, and some represent popular cartoon characters.

At night the sculptures are illuminated. Wander into a dreamlike atmosphere until 10pm in Odori and until midnight in Susukino. This is a good opportunity to enjoy the view of the exhibition from Sapporo telecommunications tower open until 10:30pm during the festival.

A Japanese festival is never complete without gourmet festivities. Sapporo alone offers many local specialties, famous throughout the country. You will find ramen on the stands set up for the occasion, especially miso ramen or butter corn ramen.

Don’t forget to try the curry soup, the grilled scallops’ cheese-filled pumpkin skewers finished off with a delicious local beer. Another more expensive but no less popular dish is the Genghis Khan; composed of fine slices of lamb grilled with vegetables.


Written by: Dee Llenos