We all have different perceptions of what winter is. For many of us, winter means chilly, snowy and frosty days where the crisp air hits you like a punch in the face every morning when you leave your home. For others, the winter season is the the warmest time of year and hot and humid air is what greets you every morning.
To the people of Sapporo however, there’s no doubt that it is the first alternative that is synonymous with winter. Every year, Sapporo, which is located on Hokkaido Island in the north of Japan, turns into a snow covered and frosty paradise. To many people, this may sound like a nightmare, but in Sapporo, they welcome the chilly season and celebrate the natural beauty of winter with a big festival.
Every year in February, the city organizes one of the largest snow festivals in the world and nearly 2 million people travel from all over the world to be a part of this magnificent winter wonderland. Sculptors from all over the world come to compete with their icy work of art in the festival and the streets are filled with all types of snow and ice sculptures picturing everything from grand monuments, buildings to temples and famous people.
The festival has also set some world records. They are, to mention one, the current record holders of the most snowmen ever made at one place with over 10 000 snowmen. Pretty impressive right!
Snowmen from the world record where over 10 000 snowmen were made
If you would like to be a part of this fantastic winter celebration, then you should plan your trip to Sapporo between February 5 and February 11 because that’s when the festival is held.
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