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.
Start : 06-02-2012
End : 12-02-2012
Hokkaido-Sapporo Tourist Information Center
North 6, West 4, in JR
Station bldg. West Concourse (1F)
Phone : +81 11 211 2376
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