Hokkaido's biggest winter event "2024 Sapporo Snow Festival (74th)" is planned to be held! What are the highlights and upcoming events?

Sapporo Snow Festival, Hokkaido's biggest winter event, has been decided to be held in 2024! The Sapporo Tourist Association has announced the outline of the "2024 Sapporo Snow Festival (74th)".

What events will be held at the 2024 Sapporo Snow Festival (74th)?

Sapporo Snow Festival
Sapporo Snow Festival

With five large snow sculptures that symbolize the Sapporo Snow Festival as the main attractions, small and medium snow sculptures, citizen snow sculptures, and winter attractions are also planned.

International Snow Sculpture Contest

International Snow Sculpture Contest
International Snow Sculpture Contest

The International Snow Sculpture Contest is held for the first time in four years. The International Snow Sculpture Contest started in 1974, where teams from countries, regions and cities around the world compete to create snow sculptures. Since it is produced during the snow festival, it is the only event in the Odori Site where you can see the snow sculptures being made up close. The unique snow sculptures are a masterpiece.

Tsudome Site

Tsudome Site
Tsudome Site

For the first time in four years, the Tsudome Site, which is centered on snow experience content, will also be held. Families with children can enjoy playing in the snow, such as slides and snow rafts.

Composition of Odori Site

Odori Site
  • 1-chome: Winter attractions, etc.
  • 2-chome: Sapporo International Art Festival 2024
  • 3-chome: Winter attractions or small and medium snow sculptures
  • 4-chome: Large Snow Sculpture
  • 5-chome: Large Snow Sculpture
  • 6-chome: small and medium snow sculptures, etc.
  • 7-chome: Large Snow Sculpture
  • 8-chome: Large Snow Sculpture
  • 9-chome: small and medium snow sculptures, etc.
  • 10-chome: Large Snow Sculpture
  • 11-chome: International Snow Sculpture Contest, etc.
  • 12-chome: small and medium snow sculptures, etc.
Odori Site
Odori Site

2024 Sapporo Snow Festival events and snow sculpture themes

On December 15, 2023, the snow sculpture theme has been announced. We will introduce the events that will be held at each venue and the snow sculptures scheduled to be exhibited.

Odori Venue 1-chome J:COM Square

Curling Festival in Sapporo Snow Festival

In cooperation with the Sapporo Curling Association, you can experience throwing curling stones used in official matches on the ice.


Characters appearing in the anime appear as snow statues.

Odori Venue 2-chome Sapporo International Art Festival 2024

A special art event held once every three years in Sapporo where you can encounter art works from around the world. Using the Sapporo Snow Festival as one of the venues, "snow town of the future" will be created.

Odori Venue 4-chome STV Plaza

Big Snow Sculpture: Upopoi (ethnic symbiosis symbolic space) x “Golden Kamuy”

Golden Kamuy is an action and suspense manga set in Hokkaido. A large snow sculpture was created in collaboration with this work and Hokkaido's Ainu-themed national center, Upopoi (Symbolic Space for Ethnic Coexistence).

Odori Venue 5-chome Doshin Snow Plaza

Big Snow Sculpture: Thoroughbred running for glory

Hokkaido is a major producer of thoroughbreds with a long history dating back to the Meiji period. A large snow sculpture depicting a thoroughbred running through the Sapporo Racecourse aiming for victory in a race will appear.

Odori Venue 6-chome Art Plaza

Medium Snow Sculpture: "Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters" Blue-Eyes White Dragon

Monsters from the anime “Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters” will appear at the Sapporo Snow Festival as beautiful snow sculptures!

Odori Venue 7-chome HBC German Square

Big Snow Sculpture: Neuschwanstein Castle

A representation of Neuschwanstein Castle, which is said to be the model for the castle that appears in the fantasy animation.

Odori Venue 8-chome Snowy HTB Square

Big Snow Sculpture: Old Sapporo Station

The "Old Sapporo Station" is the symbol of the entrance to Hokkaido Pioneer Village, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. This will be recreated at the Sapporo Snow Festival.

Odori Venue 10-chome UHB Family Land

Big Snow Sculpture: Hokkaido Ball Park F Village Let's play! snow slider

Produced a large snow sculpture of ES CON FIELD HOKKAIDO and Fighters director Tsuyoshi Shinjo.

Odori Venue 11-chome International Plaza

Medium Snow Sculpture: Snow Miku Winter Feast Ver.

The annual snow sculpture of Vocaloid Hatsune Miku. The theme for 2024 is "feast" inspired by winter in Hokkaido.

2024 Sapporo Snow Festival (74th) Overview

  • Period: 8 days from February 4th (Sun) to 11th (Sun/holiday), 2024
  • Venue (tentative):
    • Odori Site: Odori Nishi 1-chome to Nishi 12-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo City, Hokkaido
    • Tsudome Site (Sapporo sports exchange facility Tsudome): 885-1 Sakaecho, Higashi-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
    • Susukino Site (Ekimae-dori): South 4-jo Street, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido - South 7-jo Street


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