The Sapporo Snow Festival is a festival held over seven days across three major sites – Odori Park, Susukino and the Tsudome Site. It is one of Japan’s most popular winter events.
Let me be honest that by this time of our trip, I was really getting tired of the cold. It was cold all the time and it was hard to walk or enjoy anything. It’s obviously because I’m not used to it and most importantly, I feel like I wasn’t 100% prepared for it. I had two layers of heattech bottoms under skinny jeans, two pairs of socks, and five layers of tops. It was that cold… or maybe I just didn’t know how to dress properly. In any case, I hope you can imagine how uncomfortable I was. We also didn’t get too do much per day because somehow we woke up at 10 AM and got out of our accommodation by 12 noon.
As much as I enjoyed seeing snow and experiencing snow, too much snow has made me miss out on a number of Sapporo Snow Festival activities. Looking back, I honestly wish I did more and just sucked it up but I couldn’t during those times. I just couldn’t deal with the cold anymore.
Here are some of the pictures I took when I wasn’t freezing and crying inside.
At one end of Odori Park is the Sapporo TV Tower. There is a viewing deck at the top where you could see an amazing view of Odori Park and of Sapporo. Lines were long during the festival so make sure to buy your tickets beforehand.
I’m still beyond amazed with how the massive snow structures were built but my honest assessment of the Odori Park site is a 5/10. Looking at structures didn’t help with the cold. If there were more activities around, it would’ve been better for me and maybe I would have enjoyed it more. I would definitely go back to Sapporo to experience this festival again because I truly feel that I missed out on a lot. I would be more prepared and invest on clothes that had garters or stretched better so it wouldn’t matter if I had five or ten layers underneath. Any tips on how to keep warm in the cold? Also, has anyone ever experienced winter trips where they just got tired by the end? Please don’t let me be the only one.
I found two pictures from Susukino site. This site had ice sculptures. I’m not sure if it’s a contest. We didn’t really stop at this site because of the number of people here and Covid.