Let The Fun Begin! Japan Opens Sapporo Snow Festival

Published February 6th, 2020 - 06:31 GMT

The Sapporo Snow Festival is a 7 days event that takes place every February in Hokkaido's capital Sapporo. It is one of Japan's most popular winter events.

The first-ever Sapporo Snow Festival kicked off in 1950, after several school students made up a few snow statues in Odori Park. 

Moreover, the number of visitors on  Feb. 11 looks unlikely to break last year’s record of 2.74 million, as the festival is staged on three sites: the Odori Site, Susukino Site and Tsu Dome Site.

 

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A couple poses for a selfie in front of a snow sculpture with a motif of the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, during the Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo on February 4, 2020. The snow festival, which opened January 31 in the capital of Hokkaido in northern Japan. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

A couple poses for a selfie in front of a snow sculpture with a motif of the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, during the Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo on February 4, 2020. The snow festival, which opened January 31 in the capital of Hokkaido in northern Japan. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

The snow festival, which opened January 31 in the capital of Hokkaido in northern Japan, is a major draw for the region, attracting more than 2.7 million visitors last year. Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter.  CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

The snow festival, which opened January 31 in the capital of Hokkaido in northern Japan, is a major draw for the region, attracting more than 2.7 million visitors last year. Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

A giant snow sculpture supported by Hokkaido Broadcasting representing the Palace on the Isle in Warsaw, is seen after sundown during the Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo on February 4, 2020.  CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

A giant snow sculpture supported by Hokkaido Broadcasting representing the Palace on the Isle in Warsaw, is seen after sundown during the Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo on February 4, 2020. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

People take part in snow rafting during the Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo on February 5, 2020. Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

People take part in snow rafting during the Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo on February 5, 2020. Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

he snow festival, which opened January 31 in the capital of Hokkaido in northern Japan, is a major draw for the region, attracting more than 2.7 million visitors last year. Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter.  CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

he snow festival, which opened January 31 in the capital of Hokkaido in northern Japan, is a major draw for the region, attracting more than 2.7 million visitors last year. Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

People visit the Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo on February 4, 2020. The snow festival, which opened January 31 in the capital of Hokkaido in northern Japan, is a major draw for the region, attracting more than 2.7 million visitors last year. Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter.  CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

People visit the Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo on February 4, 2020. The snow festival, which opened January 31 in the capital of Hokkaido in northern Japan, is a major draw for the region, attracting more than 2.7 million visitors last year. Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter.  CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

People ride a mini steam locomotive through the "Cup Noodles and Rui Hachimura's snow tunnel" during the Sapporo Snow Festival on February 4, 2020. The snow festival, which opened January 31 in the capital of Hokkaido in northern Japan, is a major draw for the region, attracting more than 2.7 million visitors last year. Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter.  CHARLY TRIBALLEAU

People ride a mini steam locomotive through the "Cup Noodles and Rui Hachimura's snow tunnel" during the Sapporo Snow Festival on February 4, 2020. The snow festival, which opened January 31 in the capital of Hokkaido in northern Japan, is a major draw for the region, attracting more than 2.7 million visitors last year. Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter.  CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

A couple poses for a selfie in front of a snow sculpture with a motif of the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, during the Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo on February 4, 2020. The snow festival, which opened January 31 in the capital of Hokkaido in northern Japan. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP
The snow festival, which opened January 31 in the capital of Hokkaido in northern Japan, is a major draw for the region, attracting more than 2.7 million visitors last year. Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter.  CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP
A giant snow sculpture supported by Hokkaido Broadcasting representing the Palace on the Isle in Warsaw, is seen after sundown during the Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo on February 4, 2020.  CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP
People take part in snow rafting during the Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo on February 5, 2020. Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP
he snow festival, which opened January 31 in the capital of Hokkaido in northern Japan, is a major draw for the region, attracting more than 2.7 million visitors last year. Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter.  CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP
People visit the Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo on February 4, 2020. The snow festival, which opened January 31 in the capital of Hokkaido in northern Japan, is a major draw for the region, attracting more than 2.7 million visitors last year. Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter.  CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP
Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter.  CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP
People ride a mini steam locomotive through the "Cup Noodles and Rui Hachimura's snow tunnel" during the Sapporo Snow Festival on February 4, 2020. The snow festival, which opened January 31 in the capital of Hokkaido in northern Japan, is a major draw for the region, attracting more than 2.7 million visitors last year. Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter.  CHARLY TRIBALLEAU
Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter.  CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP
A couple poses for a selfie in front of a snow sculpture with a motif of the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, during the Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo on February 4, 2020. The snow festival, which opened January 31 in the capital of Hokkaido in northern Japan. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP
A couple poses for a selfie in front of a snow sculpture with a motif of the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, during the Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo on February 4, 2020. The snow festival, which opened January 31 in the capital of Hokkaido in northern Japan. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP
The snow festival, which opened January 31 in the capital of Hokkaido in northern Japan, is a major draw for the region, attracting more than 2.7 million visitors last year. Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter.  CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP
The snow festival, which opened January 31 in the capital of Hokkaido in northern Japan, is a major draw for the region, attracting more than 2.7 million visitors last year. Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP
A giant snow sculpture supported by Hokkaido Broadcasting representing the Palace on the Isle in Warsaw, is seen after sundown during the Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo on February 4, 2020.  CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP
A giant snow sculpture supported by Hokkaido Broadcasting representing the Palace on the Isle in Warsaw, is seen after sundown during the Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo on February 4, 2020. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP
People take part in snow rafting during the Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo on February 5, 2020. Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP
People take part in snow rafting during the Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo on February 5, 2020. Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP
he snow festival, which opened January 31 in the capital of Hokkaido in northern Japan, is a major draw for the region, attracting more than 2.7 million visitors last year. Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter.  CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP
he snow festival, which opened January 31 in the capital of Hokkaido in northern Japan, is a major draw for the region, attracting more than 2.7 million visitors last year. Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP
People visit the Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo on February 4, 2020. The snow festival, which opened January 31 in the capital of Hokkaido in northern Japan, is a major draw for the region, attracting more than 2.7 million visitors last year. Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter.  CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP
People visit the Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo on February 4, 2020. The snow festival, which opened January 31 in the capital of Hokkaido in northern Japan, is a major draw for the region, attracting more than 2.7 million visitors last year. Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP
Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter.  CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP
Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP
People ride a mini steam locomotive through the "Cup Noodles and Rui Hachimura's snow tunnel" during the Sapporo Snow Festival on February 4, 2020. The snow festival, which opened January 31 in the capital of Hokkaido in northern Japan, is a major draw for the region, attracting more than 2.7 million visitors last year. Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter.  CHARLY TRIBALLEAU
People ride a mini steam locomotive through the "Cup Noodles and Rui Hachimura's snow tunnel" during the Sapporo Snow Festival on February 4, 2020. The snow festival, which opened January 31 in the capital of Hokkaido in northern Japan, is a major draw for the region, attracting more than 2.7 million visitors last year. Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP
Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter.  CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP
Organisers for this year's festival were forced to truck in an unprecedented amount of extra powder to build their signature sculptures after an unseasonably warm winter. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

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