Sapporo Snow Festival 2014
The Sapporo Snow Festival is one of Japan’s largest winter events and
attracts every year a large number of visitors.
Every winter, about two million people come to Sapporo to see the many huge
snow and ice sculptures in Odori Park, the grounds at Tsudome,
and along the main street in Susukino.
For seven days in February, Sapporo is turned into a winter dreamland of
crystal-like ice and white snow.The Snow Festival began in 1950, with six
snow statues made by local high school students in Odori Park.
In 1955, the Self-Defense Force joined in and made a massive snow sculpture,
the kind for which the Snow Festival is now famous for.
The Festival has grown from the humble beginning to become one of the
biggest and most well known winter events.
WHEN: February 5 (Wed) to February 11 (Tues /Holiday), 2014
● Odori site: Odori park; Nishi 1 chome ~ Nishi 12 chome
● Tsudome site: The Community Dome, Tsudome
● Susukino site: Ekimae-dori (Station Avenue); Minami 4 ~ Minami 6