Sapporo in Ainu language means “important river flowing through a plain”. Sapporo 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. 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.

Sapporo City From Mount Moiwa

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One of Japan’s newest and nicest cities, Sapporo’s population has grown from 7 in 1857 to nearly two million today. Being a new city, especially by Japanese standards, means it has little in the way of traditional architecture and the like of cities such as Kyoto.

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Sapporo City From Mount Moiwa

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