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Where Is Sapporo Snow Festival?

Sapporo, Japan

When Is Sapporo Snow Festival?

1st Monday of February

What Is Sapporo Snow Festival?

The Sapporo Snow Festival is one of the biggest tourist drawer of Japan during the winter months. This annual event is held every year in Sapporo in Japan's Hokkaido region. Today, it attracts about two million tourists per year.
This winter festival lasts seven weeks every February, when the whole of Sapporo becomes a huge display of ice sculptures and snow statues. During this time of year, the town's public spaces—particularly Odori Park, Tsudome, and Susukino—are lined with big and small artistic renderings in ice and snow.
The Sapporo Snow Festival is a six-decade tradition that started in 1950, when students created six sculptures out of snow in Odori Park. A few years later, what was once a teenage pastime garnered support from the Self-Defense Force who helped make the first larger-than-usual snow statue, which have since become a staple feature of this winter festival.
Aside from the snow sculptures, which serve as the crown jewels of the Sapporo Festival, visitors to the event can also enjoy playing in the snow slides and the mazes built purely out of snow. There is also an international ice sculpture making contest, which adds to the appeal of the event to people of various nationalities. The presentation of the Ice Queen, performances, music and regional food add to the merriment of the event.
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