ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido, Japan

Updated on January 21, 2019
ysabelandrei profile image

It is currently the winter season in Japan. Don’t you want to experience the magic of snow in Sapporo, Hokaido, Japan?

Sapporo Snow Festival 2018
Sapporo Snow Festival 2018 | Source

The Sapporo Snow Festival or the “Sapporo Yuki Matsuri” is held annually in Hokkaido, Japan. It will start on January 31 this year and will end on February 11. You will see cherry blossoms blooming in spring while you will witness a magnificent fireworks display in summer. In autumn, you will find a colourful foliage. For winter, you will experience the whiteness and coldness of snow. This festival is one of the most popular winter festivals in Japan. You surely wouldn’t miss this one!

When did it all began?

Source

This “matsuri” or festival started when highschool students built six snow statues in Odori Park in 1950. To everyone’s surprise, it attracted 50,000 people across Japan. From then on, the Japanese community in Hokkaido started to celebrate it yearly on a large scale. The event attracts two million visitors annually.

Starting in 1955, Japan’s Self Defence Force helped making enormous snows sculptures. In 1959, it was reported in nationwide news that 2,500 Japanese people helped hand in hand in creating these wonderful creations. This was the first time that it was reported in local news. Furthermore, the Mokomanai site was officially opened as the second site in 1965.

In 1972, Sapporo hosted the Winter Olympic Games and the Snow Festival was widely known through international media. 1974 came, several countries from the globe participated in the International Snow Sculpture Contest. Some of the countries involved are Australia, China, Canada, Germany and USA. Each representative from the respective countries has a tight relationship with Sapporo.

The Susukino site was a new addition to the festival in 1983. This is a great additional feature because of the ice sculptures illuminated by neon lights.

Unfortunately, the Makomanai site was officially closed after forty years in 2005. It was moved to Satoland until Tsudome site appeared as the second site in 2009.

Three locations for the festival: Odori, Tsudome and Susukino

Source

There are three sites you could visit when you plan to enjoy the snow festival. These are the Odori site, Tsudome site and Susukino site.

Odori Site

The Odori site is located at downtown Sapporo. This is where you could find enormous and magnificent ice sculptures.

Tsudome Site

The Tsudome site is the place where your family could play and hang out. This attraction includes snow rafting and slides. You and your loved ones can play in this area, rest or even enjoy some refreshments.

Susukino Ice World

On this third location and last site of the festival, you could lay your eyes on the snow illuminations and enjoy hot drinks at the ice bar.

Just how do you make the snow sculptures found in Sapporo Snow Festival?

Source

The very first step is to prepare the base. The snow is transported and bulldozed on the site to make a firm base. The next step is heaping up the snow to seven meter high. Then, wooden panels are installed for the figure of the snow sculpture. Snows are then filled in the wooden panels. When the snow hardens, the wooden panels are removed. After, outlining and carving the sculpture are set to be done. Once outlining and carving are done, the frames are removed.

Access: how to get to Sapporo Snow Festival?

Source

You can take a JR train or you could also ride a bus from New Chitose Airport. Rental cars can also be found in the airport. There’s no need to worry if you’re a foreigner travelling for the first time in Sapporo since they offer help in Chinese, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Thai.

The Writer’s Personal Thoughts

Source

The Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido is surely magical as we have seen in the photos. The Japanese people are amazing to have this kind of festival. Creating snow sculptures so huge and with intricate details requires concrete planning and hard work.

I already experienced the magic of snow but not in Hokkaido, Japan. I should go visit and experience this festival soon. The snow is indeed otherworldly for people like me who are living in tropical countries like the Philippines. We only see them when we visit countries that have four seasons. I promise to visit Sapporo and witness these with my own eyes someday!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Teszra profile image

      Tess 

      4 months ago from Hawaii

      I'll be visiting Japan next year and I had no idea that they had a snow festival! I might be staying longer than expected lol.

    • ysabelandrei profile imageAUTHOR

      Ysa 

      8 months ago from Manila, Philippines

      Thank you! I hope you enjoyed reading.

    • Eurofile profile image

      Liz Westwood 

      8 months ago from UK

      Fascinating hub with great photos.

    • ysabelandrei profile imageAUTHOR

      Ysa 

      8 months ago from Manila, Philippines

      Thank you, Ms. Lorna for the comment. I am really happy to share my knowledge about Japan. I hope you could visit there soon!

    • Lorna Lamon profile image

      Lorna Lamon 

      8 months ago

      I thoroughly enjoyed this informative article. I love to holiday in winter and Japan is definitely on my "bucket list". Thank you for sharing.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)