Snow festival is usually held in February, where snow sculptures are made. The snow festival usually takes place over a few days to one week. The snow festival is held each year at Sapporo in Hokkaidō, Japan. It has been arranged since 1950 and draws many visitors during the February school holiday period. More than 2 million people visit the Sapporo Snow Festival every year.
Why is the snow festival celebrated?
The Sapporo Snow Festival is celebrated, which began in 1950. Every year, giant snow statues are built featuring various designs and themes. The festival has many attractions for both adults and children to enjoy during the February school holiday period.
Snow sculptures are very popular at this festival, sometimes depicting well-known characters from novels or TV shows. Visitors can climb to the top of many sculptures or enter them and see how they were made, although in some cases, access is restricted for safety reasons.
Every year, about 2 million visitors come to Hokkaidō for this festival. Other large snow festivals in Japan include the Snow Miku Festival in Sapporo in February and March and the Snow Festival in Echigo-Tsumari in February.
Activities at the festival
Visitors to the snow festival can enjoy a range of activities, including Ice sliding down a 370-meter long hill Ice fishing Ice bar Ice hockey Ice swimming Ice cycling Ice Sculpture competition, Snow castle making Concerts, and performances Eating local food and drinks Shopping.
The ice sliding down a 370-meter long hill is one of the main attractions at the festival, which will be full of children over the course of the week. Visitors can also enjoy sports such as ice hockey, ice cycling, and other winter activities. The snow sculpture competition sees teams from schools, businesses, and communities across Hokkaidō competing to build the most impressive sculptures.
When it comes to eating, visitors can enjoy a wide selection of local Hokkaido food and drinks, including ramen soup with pork & leek dumplings, grilled sweet potatoes cream stew pancake with chestnuts, hot cocoa is drawn butter tea, ginger tea, Baumkuchen soft serve ice cream.
There are many shops for visitors to buy unique souvenirs, including handmade crafts, Hokkaido specialties, jewelry and accessories, handicrafts food items, traditional crafts, local products, local sake & beer other drinks.
The origins of the festival
The Sapporo Snow Festival began in 1950 after heavy snowfall in February on the banks of the Toyohira River. The event was originally held to pray for a bountiful harvest. Still, after being postponed several times due to poor weather, it eventually became an annual event which is now Hokkaidō’s largest snow festival.
The first two festivals were held in spaces near the Sapporo TV Tower and Odori Park, but in 1953 the event moved to Susukino, an area just west of Sapporo Station. After being postponed again because of heavy snowfall in 1956, the event was moved permanently to its current location on the banks of the Ishikari River.
The festival cost
The entrance to the snow festival is free, but some attractions such as ice sliding and climbing snow sculptures can cost around 500 yen per ride. There are also many shops where visitors can buy food and drinks, including grilled sweet potatoes, Hokkaido specialties, handmade crafts, jewelry & accessories, handicrafts, local products traditional crafts.
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