The Sapporo Snow Festival takes place every year for a week in early February across three main sites: Odori Park, Tsudome (canceled for 2023) and Susukino. As the name implies, this festival is all about snow and ice sculptures.
The festival’s main site is Odori Park. Here, you’ll find most of the snow and ice sculptures, as well as plenty of warm drinks and food choices. The ice sculptures can be over 15 meters tall and 25 meters wide.
The second-largest site is Tsudome, although it will not be open for 2023.
The Susukino site is the smallest, but it still features about 100 ice sculptures and is the location of the Ice Sculpture Contest.
Although the snow festival typically attracts two million visitors each year, organizers are proposing a scaled down “living with Corona” event for 2023, following cancelation of the 2022 edition.
Entry to the venues is free.