Two million inhabitants, a famous beer brand and one of Japan’s most disappointing attractions. A day and a half in Sapporo, northern Japan.
Sapporo Snow Festival
The Festival takes place every February in Sapporo and lasts one week. It is one of the most popular winter events in Japan.
The Sapporo Snow Festival was founded in 1950, when high school students began building some snow statues in Odori Park.
Since then it has developed into a major commercial event, with spectacular snow and ice sculptures and attracting more than two million visitors from Japan and around the world.
The Festival takes place in three distinct locations: Odori Park, Susukino park and Tsudome.
Historic Village of Hokkaido
The historic village of Hokkaido (Kaitaku no Mura) is an open-air museum on the outskirts of Sapporo. It features about 60 typical buildings from all over Hokkaido, from the Meiji and Taisho eras (1868-1926), the time when the development of Hokkaido was carried out on a large scale.
The Hokkaido Historical Museum (Kaitaku Kinenkan) documents the history of hokkaido development and is about a ten-minute walk from the open-air museum. The museum has eight areas that chronologically cover the history of the prefecture since its first human occupation about 20,000 years ago, to the postwar years after 1945 and the future.
Shiroi Koibito Park
Shiroi Koibito Park is a theme park in Ishiya, a local chocolate company. The company’s flagship product is the Shiroi Koibito cookie, which consists of two thin butter cookies and a layer of white chocolate in between. It is one of the most famous souvenirs from Hokkaido.
Sapporo Beer Museum
Hokkaido is the birthplace of beer in Japan. Sapporo beer is one of the oldest and most popular brands in the country, it has been produced in Sapporo since 1877 and is now produced and sold worldwide.
Sapporo Breweries opened the Beer Museum in 1987 in a former Brewery of the Meiji period.
The museum presents the history of beer in Japan and the brewing process, but has few explanations in English. After the visit you can make a beer tasting with a small additional price.