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The 2022 Snow Festival is scheduled for February 5-12.

The Sapporo Snow Festival (さっぽろ雪まつり, Sapporo Yuki Matsuri) is held during one week every February in Hokkaido's capital Sapporo. It is one of Japan's most popular winter events.

The Sapporo Snow Festival was started in 1950, when high school students built a few snow statues in Odori Park. It has since developed into a large, commercialized event, featuring spectacular snow and ice sculptures and attracting more than two million visitors from Japan and across the world.

The snow festival is staged on three sites: the Odori Site, Susukino Site and Tsu Dome Site.

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.

Besides about a dozen large snow sculptures, the Odori Site 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 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.

The Susukino Site, located in and named after Sapporo's largest entertainment district, exhibits about one hundred ice sculptures. Susukino is located only one subway stop south of Odori Park. The ice sculptures are lit up daily until 23:00 (until 22:00 on the festival's final day).

The less centrally located Tsu Dome Site is a family oriented site with three types of snow slides, snow rafting and more snow sculptures. Inside the dome, there are many food stands and a stage for events. The Tsu Dome Site is open daily from 9:00 to 17:00. The Tsu Dome Site is scheduled to open a few days before the full start of the festival, on February 1, 2022.

Getting there and around

While the Odori and Susukino Sites are in central Sapporo, the Tsu Dome Site is located outside the city center. Access is possible by shuttle bus (100 yen one way, departures every 5-15 minutes) or in a 15 minute walk from Sakaemachi Station, the terminal station of the Toho Subway Line (10 minutes, 250 yen from Sapporo Station).

Shuttle buses to the Tsu Dome Site also depart from the Odori Site and from Sapporo Station (300 yen one way, every 20-30 minutes). Note that no parking is available near the Tsu Dome Site.

How to get to and around Sapporo

Hotels around Sapporo

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    • Guesthouse OYADO SAPPORO
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      Guesthouse OYADO SAPPORO in Sapporo provides adults-only accommodation with a bar and a shared lounge. Each accommodation at the 1-star guest house has city views and free WiFi. The property is 5 km from Sapporo Dome and 5 km from Sapporo Clock Tower. At the guest house, every room includes a shared bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Sapporo Convention Centre is 5 km from Guesthouse OYADO SAPPORO, while Sapporo TV Tower is 5 km away. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 9 km from the accommodation.
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    • Pirka Sapporo
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      Pirka Sapporo is located in Sapporo, within 2.9 km of Hokkaido University and 3.5 km of Sapporo Clock Tower. Featuring a shared lounge, the 1-star guest house has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a shared bathroom. Private parking is available on site. Sapporo TV Tower is 3.5 km from the guest house, while Odori Park is 4.2 km away. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 4 km from Pirka Sapporo.
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    • BEACH AND FIELD INN
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      Set in Sapporo, within 1.1 km of Sapporo Convention Centre and 2.9 km of Sapporo TV Tower, BEACH AND FIELD INN offers accommodation with a shared lounge and free WiFi throughout the property. The property is situated 2.9 km from Sapporo Clock Tower, 3.7 km from Odori Park and 3.8 km from Former Hokkaid? Government Office. The shared bathroom is fitted with a bidet, a hairdryer and free toiletries. All guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 6 km from the guest house.
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    • Hotel Classe Stay Sapporo
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      Boasting a shared lounge and free WiFi, Hotel Classe Stay Sapporo is set in Sapporo, 1.4 km from Sapporo TV Tower and 1.6 km from Odori Park. All rooms boast a kitchenette and a private bathroom. Sapporo Convention Centre is 2.7 km from the hotel and Hokkaido University is 2.7 km away. All guest rooms come with a microwave, fridge, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a desk. Sapporo Clock Tower is 1.7 km from the hotel, while Former Hokkaid? Government Office is 2.1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 8 km from Hotel Classe Stay Sapporo.
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    • Shabby House
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      Shabby House is a 60-year old traditional Japanese home that is situated in Sapporo. Nishisenjuyojo Station is a 3-minute walk away from the property. The accommodation offers a free shuttle service to the home upon prior request. Shabby House features free WiFi. Guests will find a coffee machine in the room. Bathroom facilities are shared. Free bicycle and umbrella rentals are available on site. There is a 24-hour supermarket behind the property. Sapporo Clock Tower is 2.9 km from Shabby House, while Former Hokkaido Government Office is 2.9 km from the property. Shabby House is 2.5 km from Odori Park. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 40 km from the property.
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    • Randor Residential Hotel Sapporo Suites
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      Well set in the Sapporo City Centre district of Sapporo, Randor Residential Hotel Sapporo Suites is located 700 metres from Odori Park, 1.2 km from Former Hokkaid? Government Office and 1.5 km from Sapporo TV Tower. The hotel features family rooms. All units are equipped with air conditioning, a microwave, a fridge, a kettle, a hot tub, a hairdryer and a desk. With a private bathroom equipped with a bidet and free toiletries, rooms at the hotel also provide guests with free WiFi. At Hotel Sapporo Suites, every room comes with a seating area. The accommodation offers a hot tub. Sapporo Clock Tower is 1.5 km from Randor Residential Hotel Sapporo Suites, while Hokkaido University is 2.6 km away. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 7 km from the hotel.
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    • Hotel Potmum Sapporo
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      Set in Sapporo, 1.9 km from Sapporo Convention Centre, Hotel Potmum Sapporo offers accommodation with a restaurant, private parking, a bar and a shared lounge. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel features family rooms. Guests at the hotel can enjoy an American breakfast. Sapporo TV Tower is 1.9 km from Hotel Potmum Sapporo, while Sapporo Clock Tower is 2 km away. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 7 km from the accommodation.
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    • Tokyu Stay Sapporo Odori
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      Open from November 2018, Tokyu Stay Sapporo Odori is situated in Sapporo. A 3-minute walk from Odori Park, the property is also a 7-minute walk away from Sapporo Clock Tower and offers free WiFi. Attractions in the area include Sapporo TV Tower, a 7-minute walk away, or Former Hokkaid? Government Office, located an 8-minute walk from the property. At the hotel, all rooms are equipped with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. All rooms come with a kettle, while certain rooms are equipped with a kitchenette with a microwave. All guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. A buffet breakfast is served daily at the property. Staff at reception can lend a hand around the clock with advice on the area. Hokkaido University is an 18-minute walk from Tokyu Stay Sapporo Odori. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 40 km from the accommodation.
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    • Randor Residence Susukino Suites
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      Randor Residence Susukino Suites provides air-conditioned accommodation with free WiFi in the Sapporo City Centre of Sapporo, 1.1 km from Odori Park. The accommodation features a hot tub. Each unit comes with a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave, a seating area with a sofa, a flat-screen TV, a washing machine, and a private bathroom with bath and a hairdryer. There is also a fridge, stovetop and a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Sapporo TV Tower, Sapporo Clock Tower and Former Hokkaid? Government Office. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 45 km from Randor Residence Susukino Suites.
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    • Ten to Ten Sapporo Station
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      Opened in June 2017, Ten to Ten Sapporo Station is set in Sapporo, 500 metres from Hokkaido University. Dormitory rooms have a shared bathroom, while other rooms feature a private bathroom. You will find a shared kitchen at the property. Breakfast is served from 8:00-10:00. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Former Hokkaido Government Office is 600 metres from Ten to Ten Sapporo Station, while Sapporo Clock Tower is 1 km away. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport, 40 km from the property.
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