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.

Top attractions in Sapporo

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Viewpoint/Tower

Mount Moiwa

Small mountain with views of Sapporo.
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Ski Resort

Teine Ski Resort

Attractive ski resort just outside the city center.
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Shopping

Curb Market

Seafood market outside of the wholesale market.
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Town/Neighborhood

Susukino

Sapporo's entertainment district.
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Park

Odori Park

Pleasant public park in the city center.
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Park

Botanic Garden

Attractive park with a small Ainu museum.
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Shopping

Sapporo Factory

Attractive shopping and entertainment complex.
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Jozankei Onsen

Hot spring resort in the mountains outside central Sapporo.
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Shopping

Nijo Market

Fresh food market in the city center.
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Shopping

Sapporo Station

Central railway station with observation deck.
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Historic Site

Clock Tower

A symbolic landmark in central Sapporo.
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Ski Resort

Sapporo Kokusai

Ski resort in the mountains outside 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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Noboribetsu

Hokkaido's most famous hot spring resort.
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Otaru

Harbor city near Sapporo with a canal.
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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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Access and Orientation

Hotels around Sapporo

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Air Terminal Hotel
Hotel conveniently located inside Shin-Chitose Airport.
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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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