The annual Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan always features spectacular ice sculpture displays. It is one of Japan’s most popular winter events held one week every February in Hokkaido’s capital, Sapporo. The Snow Festival was started in 1950, when high school students built a few snow statues in Odori Park. It has since developed into a large, commercialized event, featuring spectacular snow and ice sculptures and attracting more than two million visitors from Japan and across the world. It is staged on three sites: the Odori Site, Susukino Site and Tsu Dome Site.
The main site is the Odori Site in Sapporo’s centrally located Odori Park. Exhibited there are the festival’s famous large snow sculptures, some measuring more than 25 meters wide and 15 meters high. They are lit up daily until 10:00 pm. Besides about a dozen large snow sculptures, the Odori Site exhibits more than one hundred smaller snow statues and hosts several concerts and events, many of which use the sculptures as their stage. The Sapporo TV Tower provides a good view over Odori Park, which stands at the eastern end of the park and is opened from 9:00 am on weekdays and from 8:30 am on weekends to 10:30 pm during the festival. The top observatory deck admission costs 700 yen per adult. A day and a night visit can be purchased for 1,000 yen per ticket.
The Susukino Site, exhibits about one hundred ice sculptures. This site is located only one subway stop south of Odori Park. The ice sculptures are lit up daily until 11:00 pm and until 10:00 pm on the final day of the festival.
You can find three types of snow slides and snow rafting in the less centrally located Tsu Dome Site. It is a family oriented site which features more snow sculptures. Inside the dome, there are many food stands and a stage for events. The Tsu Dome Site is open daily from 9:00 to 5:00 pm.
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