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The first time I saw snow, in Japan

Japan has different places to enjoy the snow, but also to appreciate many works made by it. Today, I will share my best experience with it and explain to you how to live it, too.

Carolina Suarez

Carolina Suarez

Published on 06 Jan, 12:00

I come from a tropical country located in South America. Due to its geographical position, we don’t have seasons, rather snow. Even if there are some mountains with snow at the top, I have never been there, and the conditions to go are not the most favorable.

However, as I lived in Japan from 2019-2021, I was able to discover the snow and experience winter for the first time. And, with some friends, I went to Hokkaido in February 2020. Everything about the trip was incredible, and I will narrate it for you here.

Photo from the airplane, February 2020
Photo from the airplane, February 2020

The very first night I arrived at Sapporo, the city and the roads were covered in snow

That night there was a chill breeze, and I had the chance to walk the first time above the ice.

It was hard, and I remember being scared all the time, but the place where I stayed was close to the station and warm inside.

Me and my outwear in Sapporo, 2020
Me and my outwear in Sapporo, 2020

The next day of my arrival, I went with my friends to the Sapporo Snow Festival. Specifically, I walked along with the Odori Site, an open-air exhibition with several snow sculptures.

The art made by snow is unbelievable, and there are tents with food along the side. I visited it during the night, and illuminations were all over the place. It felt like Christmas again.

Snow sculpture for Tokyo 2020 Olympics, 2020
Snow sculpture for Tokyo 2020 Olympics, 2020

After two nights, I went with my friends to a nearby city called Asahikawa. We decided to go by train, and it was different from all the trains I have ridden in Japan. The landscape was covered in snow on both sides, and it was possible to hear it falling.

We stayed again in a cozy place and decided to walk outside as soon as we arrived. The temperature was extremely low, but even this rural had illuminations and art made by snow.

My and my friends with illuminations at the back, 2020
My and my friends with illuminations at the back, 2020

The next day, we walked along with the city and visited the Asahikawa Winter Festival, which has many sculptures made by snow. In this specific case, some of them were large and even included games for us to join. The festival was close to the river, and we could watch everything from the top.

View of the Asahikawa Winter Festival, 2020
View of the Asahikawa Winter Festival, 2020

The incredibleness of this festival was connected to the games inside. We slid from the top of a snow mountain and played in a maze with solid snow walls.

It sounds funny, isn't it? It was amazing, believe me, if you come you will never forget

Trying to touch the snow of a snow wall, at Asahikawa Winter Festival, 2020
Trying to touch the snow of a snow wall, at Asahikawa Winter Festival, 2020

Another special thing about this festival was the snowman made by the local kids. There were more than a hundred of them, with different clothes, faces, and designs.

Some snowman at the Asahikawa Winter Festival, 2020
Some snowman at the Asahikawa Winter Festival, 2020
Everything about my trip to Sapporo was unforgettable. The temperature was freezing, going to -27° Celsius, and snow felt everyday. But the landscapes, the art, the colors were the most impressive.

I wish that you join this festival soon, but good thermal clothes and enjoy walking around, or even if you go to a café, it will be lovely by the surrounding snow.

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Carolina Suarez

Carolina Suarez

こんにちは!Hello Everyone! 🌼🌼 I am Carolina, a Japanese culture lover and digital content creator! I am happy to share with you my memories of living in Japan and studying there!!! Also, I am married to a Japanese now 💕 You can check my posts and my YouTube channel: misakissme ☺️

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