The Sapporo Snow Festival (Sapporo Yuki Matsuri) is the biggest winter festival in Japan, held in the capital city of Hokkaido Prefecture, Sapporo City in early February every year.
The festival originally started back in 1950, and the scale of the festival has been getting bigger and bigger every year with more displays in the larger sites. In recent years, the festival welcomes over 2 million visitors from Japan and abroad to see spectacular snow and ice sculptures. The 70th Sapporo Snow Festival 2019 is scheduled be held from 31 January to 11th February in 2019. (Note: the main venue with the snow art is from 4 to 11 February)
The site of Sapporo Snow Festival 2019 is divided in 3, Odori Site, Susukino Site and Tsu Dome Site.
The Odori Site takes the main part of the festival which is held in the 1.5km long main street of Sapporo city. There will be over 100 snow/ice made sculptures including over 10 m tall large scale ones. Along the street, there will be shops and food/beverage stalls, light-up of the sculptures at night and an ice skate rink in front of the Sapporo Tower.
Susukino Site, is located in Hokkaido’s biggest red-light district Susukino area. There will be a number of ice made sculptures where visitors can enjoy the fine curving art of ice blocks along the street.
The 70th Sapporo Snow Festival will be held at Odori Site and Susukino Site from 4th to 11th February in 2019.
The Tsu Dome Site is located a bit off the central area yet it’s a great place to play with snow attractions such as snow slope, snow maze and making snowman. Tsu Dome Site opens 5 days earlier than other sites.
Odori Site & Susukino Site
Access: 2 mins walk from Odori station or 10 mins walk from Sapporo station
Hours: all day (light-up till 22:00)
Dates: 4th to 11th February 2019
Tsu Dome Site
Access: 15 mins walk from Sakaemachi station or Shuttle bus services available from Sakaemachi station or Sapporo station (from 5th February)
Dates: 31st January to 11th February 2019
Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Official Website: http://www.snowfes.com/english/