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.

What To See

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Mount Moiwa

Small mountain with views of Sapporo.

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Susukino

Sapporo's entertainment district.

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Odori Park

Pleasant public park in the city center.

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Curb Market

Seafood market outside of the wholesale market.

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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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Rusutsu

Attractive ski resort near Niseko.

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Last updated: December 31, 2014
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JR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo

Very popular hotel inside the tower that rises above Sapporo Station.

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Keio Plaza Hotel Sapporo

One of the best values in town, the Keio Plaza is located just a short walk from Sapporo Station.

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Richmond Hotel Sapporo Ekimae

Reliable business hotel, a five minute walk from Sapporo Station.

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