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Sapporo Snow Festival

travel Updated: Nov 21, 2011 13:49 IST
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The festival is held in and around Sapporo, the capital of
the most northerly Japanese island of Hokkaido, and can trace its roots
back to a group of high school friends who decided in 1950 to see who
could make the best ice sculpture in the city's Odori Park. Since then, it
has snowballed into an international jamboree of ice art, attracting well
over 2 million people for each of the last three years and making the
event one of Japan's must-see events. 

Sapporo is Japan's Val d'Isere and competes with China's Harbin for the coveted title of Asia's most stupendous Ice Festival. This seven-day extravaganza has been running for more than half a century, and 2012 celebrates its 63rd edition.

Event Dates
Start : 06-02-2012
End : 12-02-2012
Hokkaido-Sapporo Tourist Information Center North 6, West 4, in JR
Station bldg. West Concourse (1F) Sapporo Japan

Phone : +81 11 211 2376 Website :

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