Sapporo

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Sapporo (Dy, "important river flowing through a plain" in Ainu language) is the capital of Hokkaido and Japan's fifth largest city. Sapporo is also one of the nation's youngest major cities. In 1857, the city's population stood at just seven people.

In the beginning of the Meiji Period, when the development of Hokkaido was started on a large scale, Sapporo was chosen as the island's administrative center and enlarged according to the advice of foreign specialists. Consequently, Sapporo was built based on a North American style rectangular street system.

Sapporo became world famous in 1972 when the Olympic Winter Games were held there. Today, the city is well known for its ramen, beer, and the annual snow festival held in February.

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Moerenuma Park

Unique city park designed by Isamu Noguchi.

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Mount Moiwa

Small mountain with views of Sapporo.

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Botanic Garden

Attractive park with a small Ainu museum.

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Curb Market

Seafood market outside of the wholesale market.

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Odori Park

Pleasant public park in the city center.

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Susukino

Sapporo's entertainment district.

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Nijo Market

Fresh food market in the city center.

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Clock Tower

A symbolic landmark in central Sapporo.

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Side Trips from Sapporo

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Niseko

Leading snow resort with lots of powder snow.

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Otaru

Harbor city near Sapporo with a canal.

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Noboribetsu

Hokkaido's most famous hot spring resort.

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Lake Toya

Site of Mount Usu, an active volcano.

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Lake Shikotsu

Picturesque caldera lake near Sapporo.

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Rusutsu

Attractive ski resort near Niseko.

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Jozankei Onsen

Popular hot spring resort near Sapporo.

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Last updated: December 31, 2014
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