Japan: Sapporo Snow Festival (1 Day)

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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

St. Paul's Church in Macau
Life sized rendition of St. Paul’s Church in Macau
A real ski jump in the middle of the Sapporo Snow Festival
A real ski jump in the middle of the Sapporo Snow Festival
Sapporo Snow Festival in front of the Sapporo TV Tower
Illuminated ice sculpture in front of the Sapporo TV Tower
Hokkaido Shinkansen at Sapporo Snow Festival
The new Hokkaido Shinkansen
Famous Japanese anime characters
Famous Japanese anime characters

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.

Sapporo Snow Festival laser show
Sapporo Snow Festival laser show

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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.

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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.

Delicious ramen served with fresh snow crab
Delicious ramen served with fresh snow crab
Dozens of food stands serving Japanese snacks
Dozens of food stands serving Japanese snacks

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