The festival attracts a growing number of visitors from Japan and abroad every year. Every winter, about two million people come to Sapporo to see the hundreds of beautiful snow statues and ice sculptures which line Odori Park,the grounds at Community Dome Tsudome, and the main street in Susukino.
For seven days in February, these statues and sculptures turn Sapporo into a winter dreamland of crystal-like ice and white snow.
Giant dinosaur snow statue at Sapporo snow festival.
Snow Labyrinth – Maze in Sapporo Snow Festival. Teams from outside Japan come to participate, and the festival is thought to be an opportunity for promoting international relations.
Egypcian Sphinx Snow Sculpture in Sapporo Snow Festival
Oslo Parliament Snow Sculpture in Sapporo Snow Festival . The subject of the statues varies, and often features an event, famous building or person from the past year. For example, in 2004 there were statues of Hideki Matsui, the famous baseball player who plays for the New York Yankees.
Snow building imitating the Nagoya Castle, Sapporo Snow Festival
A view of ice statues during Snow Festival at Odori Park. The Sapporo Snow Festival is one of the Japan largest winter events to attract the visitors from Japan and abroad every year. link
The number of statues is around 300 in total in every year. The total figures of the statues at all the festival sites in 2007 were 307 in Odori Park site, 32 in Satoland site, and 100 in Susukino site. Most of the statues are illuminated in the evening. The Sapporo Snow Festival Museum is located in the Hitsujigaoka observation hill in Toyohira-ku, and displays historical materials and media of the festival.link