It’s no secret that Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido, becomes a dazzling winter wonderland in January and February. Each year, the Sapporo Snow Festival looks to harness this beauty, with ice sculptures and illuminations made partly by local volunteers and citizen’s groups. The festival is always growing, with over 200 snow and ice sculptures expected to be showcased at the Sapporo Snow Festival 2018.
The breathtaking displays are installed across three venues:
(1) The Tsudome, from Feb 1 – 12, 9 am – 5 pm, which includes sculptures and interactive snow slides and rafting.
(2) Odori Park, from Feb 5 – 12, which includes illuminations created in conjunction with the Ground Self-Defense Force, open until 10 pm.
(3) Susukino District, Ekimae-dori, from Feb 5 – 12: the epicenter of the festival holding the entrants to the Ice Sculpture Contest, open until 11 pm.
Head to the website for more details.