Sapporo: Snow Festival

I finally made it to Hokkaido for the Snow Festival! It only took 3 years!

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The Snow Festival happens in Odori Park which runs in a big line down the middle of Sapporo city.

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Lucky for us our hotel was really close to it, just a 3 minute walk to the ski jump. We were there for 4 nights, and could see a lot of the festival, we arrived on the 8th and stayed until the 11th – the last day. As time went on some of the sculptures deteriorated quite a lot and some were completely destroyed, so its best to go early on.

My photos are a mix of all the days we walked around the snow festival, and arent in date order.

The most famous snow sculpture this year was the Star Wars one.

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The ship(?) to the left at the back there was actually destroyed on our first day, by the evening it was gone as you can tell by the picture below.

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I really love this guy!

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As you walked down Odori Park the snow sculptures and main pieces were punctuated by food shops and stands. It wasnt necessarily the usual festival food either – there were a lot of local stores, ramen stalls, corn, and potatoes. Also some companies doing promotions – such as Nissin, Coca Cola and Airbnb.

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There were several covered maquee areas where you could sit and eat or rest your feet.

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At the big items there were staff to take your picture, once with their camera and then once with yours, of course for a fee (1500yen ish) you can buy their picture.

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Hmm…surprisingly we didnt buy the official one.

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One of our favourite things to do at the snow festival was to watch the junior skiers and snow jumpers perform. Every day from 11-11pm.

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The snow festival gets all lit up at night and some projections and performances also happen.

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We watched this Alice In Wonderland theatre production one evening.

As well as Odori Park there is an ice sculpture area in Susukino.

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A lot had been damaged by the bad weather, but this guy was busy making some more.

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One of the English support festival volunteers pushed us into having a picture with these girls, they were the Miss.Snow Festival winners.

 

Wesbite: http://www.snowfes.com/english/index.html

If you want to go in 2016 think about booking a hotel now as all the reasonably priced ones get taken right away, we booked our hotel about 10 months beforehand, but didnt buy our flights until about 6 weeks before.

 

 

 

 

 

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