Report from 2016 The 67th Sapporo Snow Festival!2016 Sapporo Snow Festival is held from 5th February to 11th February at 3 sites; Odori, Tsudome, and Susukino. Tsudome site has extended the dates until 18th February! There are lots of must-sees. Here is my quick report from the Sapporo Snow Festival sites!
The popular projection mapping show is held at 3 sites!At Odori site snow sculptures stand between 1-chome and 12-chome and lighten up at night until 10:00 p.m. Of those sculptures, three of them does projection mapping show. The show will is played repeatedly.
▲Odori 2-chome; “Run in Hokkaido!” The horse runs very speedy!
▲Odori 7-chome; “The Ruins of St. Paul’s, Macau”. Spectacular picture will be projected to the giant 17m tall snow sculpture.
▲Odori 8-chome; “Hokkaido Shinkansen, Opens on March 26, 2016”. This picture of Hokkaido Shinkansen is life-sized!
There will be total of 126 snow sculptures in Odori sites, plus a skate rink!At Odori site, there will be other attractions adding to the snow sculptures. Such as a skate rink, food strolls and much more!
▲Odori 1-chome; rental shoes (with a charge) are available at the skate rink.
▲Odori 2-chome; The Giant Ice Sculpture “Connected—The Opening is Coming Soon! Hokkaido Shinkansen"
▲Odori 3-chome; at “Shiroi Koibito (White Lovers) PARK AIR Jumping Platform”, you will be able to see ski & snowboard players’ jumps very closely.
▲Odori 4-chome; “Invasion of Shingeki no Kyojin into Sapporo”. I was overwhelmed by this giant sculpture from Attack on Titan!
▲Odori 5-chome East; the play “The Winter’s Tale” is held everyday.
▲Odori 5-chome West; beautiful at night with the lights, Large Ice Sculpture “Taiwan—The Queen’s Head and the Pingxi Police Box”
▲Odori 10-chome; celebrating its 30th anniversary of anime Dragon Ball! Large Snow Sculpture “The 30th Anniversary of Anime Television Series, ‘Dragon Ball Super’; Son Goku & Vegeta”
▲Citizen’s snow sculpture is very well built. Japanese football player Goroumaru was so popular!
▲The strolls that provide Hokkaido food is another attraction of Sapporo Snow Festival.
▲Odori 3-chome; corn potage and hot mojito with ginger from Kushiro is very warm!
Souvenir recommendation is “Sapporo Style”“Sapporo Style booth” located in south east of the Odori 5-chome site, there are many cute goods that are designed in snow land design taste. I can recommend here to look for unique souvenir from Sapporo.
▲candles, felt goods, Japanese paper, glassworks, etc are very popular to tourists. Open from 10:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Tsudome site is filled with playful snow attractions!At Tsudome site, which can be easily accessed from Odori site by the shuttle bus, you can experience the fun of winter Hokkaido through tube slider or creating snowmen. The event date is extended a week until 18th February. The content will be changed through the dates, so please refer to the official website for latest informations.
▲Countless snowmen welcomes you. There are snow rafting area and snow maze.
▲Tube slider is popular to adults as well. There are lots of other sliders too.
▲The food strolls are inside the tent at Tsudome site, which warms your body.
▲Many plaything is prepared for children
Ice sculpture lined up at Susukino siteAs the event title is “Susukino Ice World 2016”, there will be 60 ice sculptures displayed at the main street in Susukino. Adding to the sculptures, there are photo spots and the area which you can try curling.
▲Pay attention to the fineness of the ice sculptures!
▲This annual ice sculpture with real fish in it is one of the most popular work through the event.
▲Small children can try curling as well.
▲Photo spots where you can touch or ride on the ice is very popular!
Sapporo Snow Festival is not only viewing snow sculptures, but also there are various attractions; where you can play with snow, experience Hokkaido, and eat delicious Hokkaido food! The site is a little slippery and temperature is very low, so prepare to warm yourself up and come visit the Sapporo Snow Festival!
The 67th Sapporo Snow Festivalhttp://www.snowfes.com/english/index.html
- Odori and Susukino site: 5th February - 11th February 2016
- Tsudome site: 5th February - 18th February 2016
- Odori Site: Odori Nishi 1 Chome – 12 Chome. * Light up is until 10:00 p.m.
- Tsudome Site: Sapporo Sports Facility "Tsudome" (Sakaemachi 885-1, Higashi-ku, Sapporo). 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. * some of the attractions are until 4:00 p.m. * Dates are until 18th February
- Susukino Site: Ekimae-dori from Minami 4-Jo to Minami 7-Jo *Light up is until 11:00 p.m., the last day is until 10:00 p.m.