Locals and tourists have braved frigid temperatures to see hundreds of ice sculptures on show at the 64th annual Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan.

6 Feb 2013 - 10:20 AM  UPDATED 26 Aug 2013 - 10:48 AM

The 64th annual Sapporo Snow Festival gets underway with more than 200 ice sculptures on display.

Locals and tourists braved icy temperatures to help kick off the 64th annual Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan.

The event is one of the country's biggest attractions, featuring some of the most impressive and intricate ice sculptures that artists have to offer.

Japanese landmarks like the Ise Shrine and a replica of Tokyo's soon-to-be-reopened Kabuki Theatre proved to be some of the most popular attractions among visitors.

The pressure was on this year, when organisers announced that more than two million people would likely attend the festival before its conclusion on February 11.