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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.

Top attractions in Sapporo

Viewpoint/Tower

Mount Moiwa

Small mountain with views of Sapporo.
3.7 / 5
265
Ski Resort

Teine Ski Resort

Attractive ski resort just outside the city center.
3.7 / 5
40
Shopping

Curb Market

Seafood market outside of the wholesale market.
3.5 / 5
73
Park

Odori Park

Pleasant public park in the city center.
3.5 / 5
972
Town/Neighborhood

Susukino

Sapporo's entertainment district.
3.5 / 5
701
Shopping

Sapporo Factory

Attractive shopping and entertainment complex.
3.4 / 5
268
Shopping

Nijo Market

Fresh food market in the city center.
3.3 / 5
371
Shopping

Sapporo Station

Central railway station with observation deck.
3.1 / 5
614
Historic Site

Clock Tower

A symbolic landmark in central Sapporo.
2.7 / 5
1,183
Side Trips from Sapporo

Niseko

Leading snow resort with lots of powder snow.
4.1 / 5
337

Otaru

Harbor city near Sapporo with a canal.
3.9 / 5
1,266

Lake Toya

Site of Mount Usu, an active volcano.
3.6 / 5
380

Rusutsu

Attractive ski resort near Niseko.
3.4 / 5
137

Access and Orientation

Hotels around Sapporo

Recommended Hotels
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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Tours and Experiences

Page last updated: December 31, 2014