Sapporo is the capital city of Hokkaido Prefecture and Ishikari Subprefecture. It is the fifth largest city in Japan, and the largest city on the northern Japanese island of Sapporo. The city hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics, the first Winter Olympics ever held in Asia. It has one of the world’s busiest airports, with a total passenger capacity of more than 1.5 million per day.
About Sapporo, Japan in brief
Sapporo is the capital city of Hokkaido Prefecture and Ishikari Subprefecture. It is the fifth largest city in Japan, and the largest city on the northern Japanese island of Sapporo. The city hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics, the first Winter Olympics ever held in Asia. The annual Sapporo Snow Festival draws more than 2 million tourists from abroad. Other notable sites include the Sapporo Beer Museum, which is the only beer museum in Japan. Sapporo’s name was taken from Ainuic \”sat poro pet\”, which can be translated as the \”dry, great river\”, a reference to the Toyohira River. The Sapporo Dome hosted three games during the 2002 FIFA World Cup and two matches during the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The name of the city was changed to Sapporo-ku in 1880, and a Hōheikan, a reception facility for visiting officials, was erected adjacent to the Odori Park. It was later moved to Nakajima Park, where it remains today. In 1868, the officially recognized year celebrated as the ‘birth’ of Sapporo, the new Meiji government concluded that the existing administrative center of HokKaido, which at the time was the port of Hakodate, was in an unsuitable location for defense and further development of the island. As a result, it was determined that a new capital should be established. The plain itself provided an unusually large expanse of flat, well drained land which is relatively uncommon in the otherwise mountainous geography of Hok kaido.
The area occupied by Sapporo was home to a number of indigenous Ainu settlements. In the late 19th century, Sapporo saw increasing settlement by Japanese migrants. In 1880, the entire area was renamed as ‘Sappo-ku’ and a ‘gun’ was erected between Sapporo and Otiya. The office building was also located in the urban district of Sappo. Two years later, with the abolition of the Kaitaku-shi, Hokkaidō Prefectures, Sappo was divided into three prefectures: Hako, Nemuro, and Nemuro. The rest of the area in Sapporo remained Sapporo while the rest of Hako was in Sappo, while the remainder of the rest was in Nemuro and Nemura. Sappo is home to Hokkado University, just north of Sapparo Station, and is served by Okadama Airport, and New Chitose Airport in nearby Ch itose. It also has its own train station, and Sapporo Station is near the city’s main train station. It has one of the world’s busiest airports, with a total passenger capacity of more than 1.5 million passengers per day. The airport is located near the town of Chitosu, in the northern part of the Prefecture. The nearest airport is Chitosesu, which has a population of 1.2 million.