The Sapporo Snow Fest is a must-see if you are in Japan in the winter!
Every year the festival is several sites, including Sapporo City's Odori Park, in the first and second weeks of February. This year's fest included tons of creative snow and ice sculptures were accented with pop culture. A fan favorite was the Trump + PPAP mashup sculpture. There was also several PikoTaro (PPAP guy) sculptures, plus gigantic snow scenes from Star Wars and Final Fantasy, plus even buildings made of snow!
A final word of advice: Definitely book your plans early! And when I say book early -- we are talking more-than-6-months early if you want to get a decently priced accommodation in Sapporo City. We ended up staying in Chitose City even though we booked our plans in late September. Chitose is a viable option, but it is 30-60 mins away from Sapporo depending on the train.
Anyways, don't miss this fest during your time in Japan!
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Trained journalist who's not yet jaded. Can't get enough of meeting new people, the view, cheap travel, cherry-blossom-flavored food, dinner&drinks. Painfully addicted to Japan's gochya-gochya machines. If you're the type of person to try something new vs. something you know you like, we'll get along. I'm originally from the USA. Now in Chiba Prefecture, and August 2016 marks two years in Japan. I've worked in journalism/newspapers for more than 5 years. My: Blog -- Instagram Travels in Japan (in brief): Kagoshima (Yakushima), Shizuoka (Gunma (Oze National Park, Mt. Shibutsu, Minakamix2), Tochigi (Kinugawa-Onsen, Nikko), Hyogo (Kobex2, Arima Hot Springs), Kyoto x3, Osaka, Nagano (Hakuba), Yamanashi (Katsunuma, Kawaguchiko area, Mt. Daibosatsu x3), Okinawa, Aichi (Nagoya), Kanagawa (Yokohama, Enoshima, Hakone, Kamakura), Tokyo (of course), Chiba (Choshi, Onjuku Beach, Otaki Forest, Otaki Castle, Nokogiriyama, Chiba City, Isumi, Kamogawa), Gifu, Ibaraki (Hitachi Seaside Park), Saitama (Kawaguchi), Shizuoka (Izu), Tokushima Travels outside of Japan: South Korea, Italy, Greece, France, Jamaica, Canada, Mexico x2, 22 states within the USA Future travel goals: Fukuoka, (SK) Seoul (again!), Hokkaido, Mt. Zao, Hiroshima, Mt. Fuji, Daito Islands (Okinawa), Taiwan, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Iceland, Norway, Kyrgastan