It runs for a week in early February, usually at the same time as the Sapporo Snow Festival.
- Watch experts carve ornate ice sculptures
- See 50 ice sculptures on Heiwa Dori illuminated at night
- Watch live events held on a massive snow sculpture stage
Freezing fun at Asahibashi
There is plenty to do at the main Asahibashi site, from snow slides and zooming around on snowmobiles to drinking at the ice bar. There are also free music concerts on the large stage here, which is part of a huge snow sculpture.
Light up the ice
Along Heiwa Dori, the main street through the city center, you can see about 50 impressive ice sculptures and watch the craftsmen at work during the first few days of the festival. At night, the sculptures are magically illuminated.
A trio of winter festivals
If you’re in Sapporo for their famous snow festival, consider hopping on the train eastward to Asahikawa’s event. It is less crowded and enjoys a more local vibe. Also consider a day trip to Otaru just west of Sapporo, for the enchanting Otaru Snow Path Light Festival.