Sapporo Snow Festival / さっぽろ雪まつり.

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The Sapporo Snow Festival (さっぽろ雪まつり, Sapporo Yuki-matsuri) is a festival held annually in Sapporo, over seven days in February. *Odori Park (map), Susukino (map), and Tsudome (Sapporo Community Dome, map) are the main sites of the festival. Susukino (すすきの) is a red-light district in Chūō-ku.

The main site is the Odori Site in Sapporo’s centrally located 1.5 kilometer long Odori Park. The festival’s famous large snow sculptures, some measuring more than 25 meters wide and 15 meters high, are exhibited there. They are lit up daily until 22:00.

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Sapporo (札幌) is the capital and largest city of the northern island of Hokkaido. One of Japan’s newest and nicest cities, it has little in the way of traditional architecture.

Besides about a dozen large snow sculptures, the Odori Site (map) exhibits more than one hundred smaller snow statues and hosts several concerts and events, many of which use the sculptures as their stage.

A good view over the Odori Site can be enjoyed from the Sapporo TV Tower (map) at the eastern end of Odori Park. The tower has extended hours (8:30 to 22:30) during the festival. Admission to the top observatory deck costs 720 yen per adult. A 1100 yen ticket allows a day visit and a night visit.

  • Odori Park and Susukino Site ⇒ 15-minute walk west from JR station (Odori and Susukino stations on Namboku Subway Line)
  • Tsudome Site ⇒ 5 minutes by train from JR station, Sakaemachi Station on Toho Subway Line, then a 15-minute walk, or by shuttle bus from JR station or Odori Park

Every year, each site is expected to be very busy with preparation until the last minute. If you want to see how the festival is prepared, you can go to Odori site on the day before the opening or go to Susukino site three days before the opening and you will see the people working on the ice sculptures.

That’s also the reason why it’s so hard to book the hotel during this season. For those who wish to experience the special winter atmosphere created by snow and ice sculptures, Planning ahead is strongly advised.

Hoheikyo Onsen (豊平峡温泉, map) Probably the most beautiful outdoor hotspring that is easily accessible from Sapporo. Separate areas for male and female guests offer an indoor bathing area and a large outdoor pool with mountain view. Massage, a beer bar and a restaurant (Indian curry or Japanese soba) are available on site. A free shuttle bus departs daily from Makomanai subway station (map).

 

Public transport.

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How to get to Sapporo (sapporo.travel)

For sorting through transport schedules and fares, HyperDia is an invaluable companion; it computes to-the-minute directions including connecting trains, as well as buses and planes.

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BUS: Japan Bus Online is a comprehensive website that allows you to search for and book bus tickets across Japan. Willer Express is a major bus company in Japan that offers long-distance bus services. + Highway Bus / JR Bus / kate.co.jp.

TRAIN: Japan Railways (JR): The official website of Japan Railways provides information about train routes, schedules, fares, and services offered by JR. + Central JRWest JREast JR

AIRPORT: Most international flights arrive at either Narita Airport near Tokyo or Kansai Airport near Osaka; a smaller number use Chubu International Airport near Nagoya.

WATERWAYS: Direct Ferries • Ferry Sunflower • Willer Ferry

Sapporo Snow Festival 2020 – 5 Things You Must See! 札幌雪祭り 雪まつり.

Japan’s annual Sapporo Snow Festival – Art, Entertainment, and Street Food! Five things you must see in Sapporo when you’re in town for the Japan Snow Festival 2020! 札幌雪祭り! Are you heading to Japan’s Sapporo Snow Festival? Here’s my list of a the five things you must see when visiting Hokkaido for the Sapporo Snow Festival 2020!

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VISAS & IMMIGRATION.

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HyperDia.Com

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Tokyo Cheapo.

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HyperDia – A website for checking train schedules, routes, and fares in Japan. It’s particularly helpful for planning your train travel.

Japan Rail Pass – If you plan to explore Japan using the Japan Rail Pass, their official website provides information on pass types, eligibility, prices, and how to purchase.

Tokyo Cheapo – A website focused on budget travel in Tokyo, providing tips on affordable accommodation, dining, transportation, and free/cheap activities.

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Just One Cookbook – A popular website featuring authentic Japanese recipes, including traditional dishes, street food, and regional specialties.

Savor Japan – An online guide to Japanese food and dining, featuring information on traditional cuisine, sushi, sake, local specialties, and more. It includes restaurant listings and articles.