Sapporo transforms into a magical winter wonderland from December to the middle of March each year.

There’s no destination like Sapporo – escape the tropical heat and immerse yourself in the snow-covered beauty of Hokkaido’s capital now!

The Sapporo Snow Festival takes place for the first time in three years!

Snow and ice sculptures — big and small — decorate the space at the Odori venue, and a spectacular visual feast awaits as they are lit up at sunset.

In addition, a new winter plaza, Smile Rink Sapporo, will be opened at Kita 3-jo Square in close proximity to the Odori venue! Enjoy ice skating surrounded by wonderful illuminations in an ice skating rink, and experience the joy of skating without bringing any equipment for both adults and children.

Be a part of Japan’s world-famous Sapporo Snow Festival, which returns in its 73rd season to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Sapporo city!

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Partake in snow activities, dine, shop, immerse in its art and culture, and relax at the hot springs – brace yourself for a variety of activities to be enjoyed in this winter playground.
Recommended Activity 1


Hit the slopes and bask in breathtaking views over a dreamy snowy landscape. Whether you're skiing to build up some beginner's confidence, going sledding for the first time or gearing up for some exhilarating snowball fights, there is surely an activity in the snowy city for all to enjoy.

Recommended Activity 2


Shop to your heart's content! Explore Sapporo's diverse shopping districts and uncover hidden gems in its side streets, where locals and tourists – and young and old – alike venture to pick up everything from everyday necessities to cultural finds and pop culture buys. You'll surely find something that strikes your fancy.

Recommended Activity 3


Shiok ah! Escape the winter chill and head over to the slow-paced warmth of Sapporo's onsens. Whether you're taking in a scenic view at an outdoor bath or soaking in a mineral-rich hot spring water tub, dip into the healing waters of Sapporo's characteristically charming onsens.

Recommended Activity 4


Prepare yourself for a glorious feast and dig into Sapporo's local gourmet specialities that will make you go "Sedap!" With a propitious environment for agricultural production and fishing, this "City of Food" is where you can enjoy both surf and turf in various seasonal tastes – catered to your taste.

Recommended Activity 5


Blend into Sapporo's rich arts and culture scene, where the past meets the present – and art meets nature – carefully preserved for everyone to witness. Pay respect to storied heritage at shrines, marvel at modern sculptures, or hike through natural monument mountains – appreciate Sapporo's art and culture at its winter best.


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