The Odori Avenue venue
The Sapporo Snow Festival takes place mainly at 3 venues, and the events held there can vary depending on the venue. First, the most well-known part of the festival which involves the gigantic snow and ice sculptures is held on Odori Avenue. This is the main venue for the snow festival. Spanning from Odori Avenue Nishi Itchome to Juu-Nichome, there are snow sculptures so large that you have to look up, as well as citizen-made sculptures all over that are small and cute. There are also interactive events such as a snow sculpture that is a slide, a skating rink and a snowboard arena. When it gets dark, the snow and ice sculptures take on a magical appearance through illumination and projection mapping.
The Tsudome venue
The Sapporo Community Dome (nicknamed Tsudome) is the venue for the extremely popular slide and snow rafting enjoyed by adults and children. The 10m-high and 100m-long giant slide for the kids has no age limits. There are plenty of things to see and do such as a large rest area, concession stands and viewing events. It is loaded with enjoyable snow-themed events that can only be experienced in Hokkaido.
The Susukino venue
On the street in front of Susukino Station, there are ice sculptures on display. Susukino is Hokkaido’s largest amusement quarter where the sculptures glowing from the neon lights is one recommended feature. There is also photo shooting on Illumination Street and a plaza where you can make contact and even get on the ice. The exciting world of ice with fish and crab totally encased in ice and splendid ice sculptures is something that should not be missed.