Things to do in Japan: Experience Sapporo Snow Festival
Sapporo is Japan’s northernmost prefectural capital located on the mountainous island of Hokkaido. It’s the country’s 5th biggest city in terms of population and is known for its beer, ramen, skiing and the annual Sapporo Snow Festival. One of the things to do in Japan during winter is experience this which is why we have today’s Japan travel guide to let you in on everything you need to know about Hokkaido’s famous winter festival!
Sapporo Snow Festival
The Sapporo Snow Festival is considered to be one of Japan’s most celebrated winter events which take place at Odari Park. It attracts 2 million tourists a year and has made Sapporo one of the places to visit in Japan especially during winter!
During its week-long celebration in early February, tourists can enjoy incredible ice and snow sculptures, as well as other exciting winter activities.
Sapporo TV Tower
Aside from visiting Odari Park for the ice and snow sculptures, one of the things you can include on your Japan travel itinerary is the Sapporo TV Tower which is located at the southern part of the park.
It stands just under 150 metres tall with an observation deck at an elevation of 90 metres. From there you can enjoy the view of the park and the whole city covered in thick, white snow!
Adult (19 and over): ¥720
High School Student (16-18): ¥600
Junior High Student (13-15): ¥400
Primary School Student (6-12): ¥300
Child (3-5): ¥100
The Tsudome site is another one of the Sapporo attractions during the festival. It has an open-air venue for winter activities such as snow rafting, tube slider, ice slide, sled run, snow strider and many more, while the indoor area is great for taking a break from the day’s activity and snack up on some refreshments on the rest area. There are also other kids’ activities inside.
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Hokkaido Food Square
One of the things to do in Japan is to eat and Hokkaido, although famed for its snowy mountains, is also home to delicious local food you can stuff yourself with – especially after checking out the festivals day to day activities!
The wide variety of food Hokkaido Food Square offers gives you endless choices if you’re looking for regional food or some international cuisine.
Things to remember
Snowfall in Sapporo is expected to start in October and it can get up to 6m of snow a year. Temperatures drop as months past so prepare to fight the cold by wearing appropriate clothing: thermal wear, earmuffs, gloves, socks, jacket or coat. You can buy disposable heat packs at the convenience store or supermarket to provide you with extra warmth for days and nights that can get too cold. Also, be sure to have snow boots to avoid slipping, as the snow can get pretty slippery!
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