It is the Japan’s Winter Wonderland. The Snow Festival began as a one-day event in 1950, when six local high school students built six snow statues in Odori Park. In years when the accumulated snowfall is low, the Self-Defense Force, for whom participation is considered a training exercise, brings in snow from outside Sapporo. The festival marks its 70th anniversary this year. Almost 200 snow and ice sculptures are on display. Among the works are five giant sculptures over 10m (33ft) high.
The site includes snow slides and a snowrafting area where people can have a snow-ice experience. 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. An International Snow Sculpture Contest is hosted. The Sapporo TV Tower is a symbol of Sapporo. From the tower, people can look for a sweeping view of all the event halls at once. Several hotels in Sapporo are prepared to offer accomodation for guests from all the world. The Sapporo Snow Festival has undergone a number of changes and expansions over the decades to make it more attractive offering various opportunities.