And Sapporo certainly knows how to put on a Snow Festival!
Way up in the north of Japan about 60 odd years ago, a few bored students thought they’d kill some time sculpting snow. It was a huge hit and fast forward to today, it’s one of Japan’s biggest festivals, attracting millions of visitors a year.
For a week each year in early February, Sapporo turns into a winter playground as Odori Park in the centre of the city is crammed with snow sculptures, locals, tourists, food outlets and dogs.
the people watching is fantastic,
and spotting the dogs with nappies is a bonus.
I would thoroughly recommend a trip out to the Sapporo Beer Garden to kill some time where you can grill your meat at the table and buy a never ending stein of Japan’s finest. The setting is also pretty spectacular.
Wiwi’s top tip:
and a pair of strap-on ice grips for your shoes is an absolute genius idea and must have saved my bottom at least a dozen times. These are sold all throughout the city in convenience stores and are an inexpensive way to walk a tad more confidently.