2018 Sapporo Snow Festival

Snow sculpture celebrating the 90th birthday of Osamu Tezuka

Today marks the start of the 69th annual Sapporo Snow Festival (Sapporo Yuki Matsuri) which will continue until February 12.

This is the most famous snow festival in Japan. Visitors can experience the event across three locations: Odori Park for snow sculptures and live events, the Suskino District for ice sculptures, and Tsu Dome.

The Sapporo Snow Festival is famous for its elaborate snow and ice sculptures. This year some of the featured displays are the Hokkaido 150th anniversary exhibit, the Final Fantasy XIV sculpture, and the display dedicated to the legendary manga author Osamu Tezuka who would turn 90 this year.

Odori Park snow sculptures
Winnie the Pooh
Snow sculptures in Odori Park
Final Fantasy XIV sculpture
Stockholm Cathedral
Pacific Music Festival snow sculpture
The J:COM ice skating rink
Ice sculpture celebrating the 150th anniversary of Hokkaido
Food stalls
Snowboarding event near Sapporo TV Tower
Snow falling in Odori Park
Odori Park food stalls
Ice sculptures in Susukino
Unicorn ice sculpture in Susukino