Pacific NW | It’s snow much fun in Sapporo, Japan | Seattle Times Newspaper
In winter, snow falls on Sapporo and ski jumpers soar above the skyline.
This northern Japanese city embraces winter. Host to the Winter Olympics in 1972 and home to 2 million people, the city is packed with high-rises that look out to ski slopes and the Okurayama ski jump where everyone from world-class athletes to high-schoolers flies high. A public viewing lounge at the top gives visitors the ski-jumper’s perspective.
Down in the city streets and parks, an avalanche of visitors tumbles into town each winter for the Sapporo Snow Festival. Hundreds of elaborate, glittering ice and snow sculptures fill streets and parks; musicians sing on outdoor stages constructed of snow; kids of all ages frolic on snow slides and in a snow maze.
Sapporo Snow festival! one of my favorite times of year.