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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. The units feature a shared bathroom, slippers and bed linen. Sapporo Convention Centre is 5 km from the guest house, while Sapporo TV Tower is 5 km away. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 9 km from Guesthouse OYADO SAPPORO.
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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. At the guest house every room is equipped with bed linen and towels. Sapporo TV Tower is 3.5 km from Pirka Sapporo, while Odori Park is 4.2 km away. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 4 km from the accommodation.
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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. All guest rooms feature a shared bathroom, slippers and bed linen. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 6 km from the guest house.
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    • Hotel Classe Stay Sapporo
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      Set within 1.4 km of Sapporo TV Tower and 1.6 km of Odori Park, Hotel Classe Stay Sapporo in Sapporo offers a shared lounge and rooms with free WiFi. The property is situated 1.7 km from Sapporo Clock Tower, 2.1 km from Former Hokkaid? Government Office and 2.7 km from Sapporo Convention Centre. The property is 2.7 km from Hokkaido University, and within less than 1 km of the city centre. At the hotel, all rooms include a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. All guest rooms will provide guests with a microwave. 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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      Located in the centre of Sapporo, 700 metres from Odori Park, Randor Residential Hotel Sapporo Suites provides air-conditioned rooms and free WiFi. Well set in the Sapporo City Centre district, this hotel is set 2.6 km from Hokkaido University. The hotel features family rooms. At the hotel, every room comes with a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. At Hotel Sapporo Suites, each room comes with a seating area. The accommodation offers a hot tub. Popular points of interest near Randor Residential Hotel Sapporo Suites include Former Hokkaid? Government Office, Sapporo TV Tower and Sapporo Clock Tower. The nearest airport is Okadama Airport, 7 km from the hotel.
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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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    • Ibis Styles Sapporo
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      Ibis Styles Sapporo offers modern rooms with flat-screen TVs and free internet access in Sapporo’s city centre. Susukino area is a 10-minute walk away and the business district is within walking distance. Breakfast with a wide variety of dishes and beverages is served daily. Sapporo Ibis Styles is a 2-minute walk from Nakajima Koen Subway Station. It is a 3-minute walk from the beautiful Japanese garden at Nakajima Park. Spacious rooms have modern furnishings and are fitted with comfortable sofa sets. They are equipped with a hair dryer and electric kettle. Slippers and pyjamas are also provided. Guests can enjoy massage treatments at the Ibis Styles Sapporo. It also provides shuttle and dry cleaning service. A convenience store is located on the ground floor. A breakfast buffet featuring local ingredients is served at the dining room.
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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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