Temperature oscillating between 3 and -10°C did not interfere with the 69th edition of the Sapporo Snow Festival that took place from February 1st to 12th.
As one of the largest snow festivals in Japan, it welcomed tenth of thousands of foreign and domestic visitors in Sapporo City, Hokkaido regional capital. This year, the internationally renowned festival displayed 203 splendid snow and ice sculptures of various sizes in three different venues. In front of the Sapporo Tower, the Odori Park, which stretched over 1.5km through the heart of downtown Sapporo, showcased gigantic piece of arts made by the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) and the Sapporo Snow Festival Large Sculpture Committee.
The second venue in the city, the Susukino Site, displayed around 60 smaller sculptures based on the theme of Finding Delight on Ice in the famous shopping district. Finally, the Tsudome Site offered great opportunities for families to play in the snow through various activities made for children. At night, cutting edge lightshows brought to life the amazing conceptions and visitors could admired them while enjoying a broad variety of food and beverages proposed by the hundred of small booths alongside the venues.