Nakajima Koen is the end point subway station of my family’s recent journey from Osaka to Sapporo in Hokkaido. After reaching this station, the remaining thing that we have to do is to drag our luggage and walk for a couple of minutes for us to reach our designated hotel.
Upon touchdown at Hokkaido, we only got to personally feel the snow with our very own hands when we got out of Nakajima Koen station. Everyone were so excited with knowing what the actual feel of the snow is, we literally left our humongous bags and luggage right at the doorstep of the station and ran towards the northern end of Nakajima Park which is located right above and outside Nakajima Koen station. And since its Japan, no one (of course) stole our luggage.
The following morning when we proceeded to Nakajima Koen to ride the subway, we noticed that artisans are starting to work on their snow pieces so as to decorate, spruce up and embellish the park.
Nakajima Park is actually not part of the 3 major sites and venues of the Sapporo Snow Festival, but this park was transformed into something very dramatic to support and in a way reinforce and bolster the joys of the ongoing festival.
Nakajima Park turns out to become a ‘snow-lighted park’. Japanese call it YukiAkari. And after long and arduous preparations, YukiAkari will only run for three nights. Lucky for us because we were there when it opened.
Inside the park is a small tent where you can draw anything on a paper cup (for free) and this cup will be turned into a lantern. Your personal paper cup lantern in turn will be added as part of the park’s lighted decoration.
Those ice and snow lanterns are so pretty! The pictures don’t really capture the atmosphere of the flickering candles in the snow.
Bunder’s 2014 Vimeo video actually captured some of the feel and beauty of this portion of Sapporo. Watch it…
This has been my personal favourite among the amazing sites I saw during my family’s Sapporo adventure.