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さっぽろ雪まつり(Sapporo snow festival)

The Sapporo snow festival is held annually in Sapporo over seven days in February.

Odori Park, Susukino, and Tsudome are the main sites of the festival.

This is one of the largest and most distinctive winter events in Japan.

About two million people visit Sapporo to see the hundreds of snow statues and ice sculptures at the Odori Park and Susukino sites, in central Sapporo, and at the Satoland site every year.

An International Snow Sculpture Contest has been held at the Odori Park site since 1974, and 14 teams from various regions of the world participated.

The subject of the statues varies and often features an event, famous building or person from the previous year.

Look at nice a triumphal arch.

This is just huge and gorgeous.

The Snow Festival began as a one-day event in 1950, when six local high school students built six snow statues in Odori Park.

In 1955, the Japan Self-Defense Forces from the nearby Makomanai base joined in and built the first massive

snow sculptures, for which the Snow Festival has now become famous.

At Susukino area you can see beautiful ice sculptures.

The thing I want to mention the best is illuminations of snow festival at night.

Snow and ice sculputures are so much beautiful.

2 millions people come to snow festival every year so the site are always crowded during day time.

However, at night numbers of tourists decrease so you can relax and enjoy seeing snow statues. 

My best time to enjoy Sapporo snow festival is the day before the festival opens and late at night. 

Festival is close at 22:00. 

My best time is 21:00 because there are few people and you can enjoy beautiful illuminations of snow statues.