Over two million people come see one of the largest winter festivals in the world held for a week at the beginning of February in Sapporo on the North island of Hokkaido. With 400 ice sculptures on display, the Sapporo Snow Festival that started with a few statues in 1950 now spans the entire mile-long Odori Park as well as two smaller peripheral sites. There are about ten main ice sculptures with an impressive colossal size of three to five story buildings, but equally interesting are their intricate decorations done meticulously down to the smallest detail.
1. Main Ice Sculptures
2. Laser Light Show
At night every 15 minutes, the building-sized ice sculptures at Sapporo Snow Festival come to life with a beautiful laser light show. There are short clips of animated cartoons and various light decorations projected on the white ice with festive music playing in the background.
3. Smaller Ice Sculptures
Behind the main ice sculptures are hundreds of smaller 1-2 meter sized statues created by local artists, children at school or even international ice sculpture masters.
4. The Food Stands
An equally appealing attraction at the Sapporo Snow Festival are the food stands serving delicious Japanese food. In fact, the island of Hokkaido is the birthplace of ramen and it is served here with the addition of fresh seafood such as the famous Hokkaido snow crabs.