The Sapporo Snow Festival starts today and will run until 11th February this year.
This is the 65th Sapporo Snow Festival, which has its origins in six snow and ice sculptures made by local high school students in Odori Park back in 1950. In 1955, the Japanese Self Defense Forces helped to make the large sculptures seen to this day.
The main places to see the ice and snow sculptures are: Odori Park, Tsudome Community Dome and Susukino - the main entertainment and commercial area of Sapporo, south of Sapporo Station.
Among this year's over 200 ice sculptures are a replica of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building in KL, Malaysia, a snow and ice version of the Mausoleum of Itmad-Ud-Daulah in India and statues of Japan's Winter Olympics athletes who will compete in Sochi, Russia.
As well as the amazing ice sculptures, other entertainments include an "Ice Queen" contest in Susukino, snow slides, ice mazes and lots of great Hokkaido food and drink such as hot potatoes, seafood and Sapporo ramen.
Sapporo Snow Festival 2014
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