The festival came to international prominence in 1972 when Sapporo staged the Winter Olympic Games, and it expanded to two further sites: Susukino, the nightlife district, and the grounds of the Tsudome exhibition centre.
Bibs are provided, because the food can get rather messy.
London Ice Sculpting Festival Ice sculptors from around the world compete here to take the honours at an event held in the Canary Wharf district.
It has a somewhat unsavory reputation due to heavy yakuza involvement in the business, but is safe for travelers not looking for trouble.
At the same location as the Beer Museum is the Beer Garden, an incredibly popular Genghis Khan mutton barbeque restaurant.
Five years later, the military chipped in, bringing extra supplies of snow to the park from around the city, and the size of the sculptures increased.
Although quite narrow one might argue that it is a nice boulevard , the park is quite long, stretching over fifteen blocks across downtown Sapporo.
Before leaving Britain, buy a Japan Rail Pass, which entitles you to unlimited travel on all lines operated by the Japan Railways Group.