The Sapporo Yuki Matsuri is held annually in Japan’s Northern Island of Hokkaido. The story of the first “Yuki Matsuri” began in 1950 with six snow statues made from local high school students, drawing in 50 thousand people. Today millions of visitors come every year to see these gigantic snow and ice sculptures that line Odori park, Tsudome and along Susukino. Last year was a record high of 2.36 million visitors. This year the snow festival will be from February 5 – 11, 2014. I’ve been to Sapporo too many times to count, but I have never been able to see these wonderful life-like sculptures. It is definitely on my bucket list.
See how the sculptors are made.
The videos in this post are not mine, please see Sapporo City’s official visitors site and Sapporo City’s official yuki matsuri site for more videos about Sapporo.