Sapporo is the 5th Japanese most populated city with close to 2 millions inhabitants, located in the northern Hokkaido island, of which it is the regional capital. Being also the third biggest city of the archipelago with a surface of more than 1,100 km², the city really started to economically and demographically develop only during the 1870s. Today, Sapporo presents a whole art of living, unique in Japan.
Built with a North-American topography with perpendicular streets, the city has become world widely famous by hosting the Winter Olympic Games of 1972.
You can taste delicious ramen there, but the city is almost even more famous for the beer carrying its name (in the threesome of the most sold in Japan, along with Asahi and Kirin).
One of its most appreciated event is the famous snow festival (Yuki Matsuri), happening each year in February, which presents superb ice sculptures in the as famous Odori park, located in the heart of the city.
How to get to Sapporo
By plane -- Most of the travelers reach Sapporo via one of the numerous domestic flights landing at Chitose airport:
- 1h30 from Tokyo-Haneda
- 1h50 from Osaka
By JR train -- About 8 hours from Tokyo. The Shinkansen currently stops at Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto (South of Hokkaido) and then will stop at Sapporo around 2035.
Location reachable with the JRP : order your Japan Rail Pass (from ~US$ 281)
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