Sapporo Winter Snow Festival is held annually in early February. We timed our Niseko & Sapporo visit to capture this popular event. More than 2.5 million visitors flock here to admire the amazing ice and snow scultptures. The sculptures are constructed by Japan’s Naval army troops.
The city also known for their great beer and ramen. Also with the cold temperature, mutton/lamb dishes are local’s favourite as known to keep body warm.
The ramen in Japan are different in every region. Sapporo’s miso ramen with thick egg noodles is one of our favourite style. Especially topped with corn & butter. Their Ramen Street is a must visit and we tried many of the stalls, it’s all very good.
It’s a very walkable city in the winter despite the below zero celsius temperature as they have heated major sidewalks plus an underground pedestrian shopping/restaurants area that stretches a few kilometers.
Crew prepares for ice sculptures
Main roads of Sapporo. Also a large tunnel underground for warmer stroll.
Carved from ice blocks
Fine craftmanship at below 0 Celsius
Stylish smoking lounge buit for festival
Air BnB Igloo – promoting Air BnB for Japan.
Just add water :)
View from Saporro tower. A good view of the sheer size of the snow sculptures.
Our favourite – fatty tuna nigiri
Paulo’s favourite – Sea urchin
Hokkaido crab miso soup
Famous Ramen Street – stalls sell own version of ramen. We tried many of them and all very good in own way.
Hearty bowl of miso ramen with minced & bbq pork
Ramen shop owner
Looks like Anthony Bourdain was here
Manila Cathedral – Built by Japanese troops to feature the Pope’s visit to Manila / Asia for 2015
One of many delicious food stalls – This one selling okonmiyaki – Japanese pancake
Heavy duty snow plow
History of advertaisements used for Sapporo beer
Beer sampler from Sapporo beer museum
Famous beer & Genghis Khan (Jingisukan) style BBQ – mutton & lamb
Sapporo Beer Museum