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|The following information are recovered from the tourist information website of Sapporo City. For more details, see their website.|
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is the northern-most city designated by government ordinance.
the 5th largest population in Japan (1.963.626 people).
There are various theories on the origin of the word “Sapporo.” The
leading theory is that it derivers from the Ainu (indigenous people of
Japan) words “Sap (Dry) – Poro (Wide),” but another theory is that it
derivers from “Sari (Wetland) -Poro (Wide) -Pe (River)” which describes
the downstream basin of the Toyohira River.
In 1972, Sapporo hosted the Sapporo Olympic Winter Games. Sapporo is attracting much attention as city of tourism with attractions such as the Sapporo Snow Festival which began in 1950, the YOSOKOI Soran Festival which began in 1992 and the Sapporo International Art Festival.
Hokkaido University first opened as Sapporo Agricultural College in
1876. Its historical buildings and elm and gingko trees draw many
tourists. The “Elm Forest” located to the left of the main entrance of
the University was once the sericulture classroom and is now an
information center. We recommend getting a campus map here before
walking through the campus. The campus is large and one can easily make a
day of walking through it. The Hokkaido University Museum,
which is free, is not to be missed. Here, one can see exhibits of
scientific samples such as nipponosaurus and specimens of cattle
Sightseeing spots in and around Sapporo:
Discover sightseeing spots in and around Sapporo through the seven categories of Eat, Shop, Nature & Parks, History & Culture, Art, Sports, and Experience. Use a dedicated map to look for spots and find out where they are located.
Have a look at the map here!
For further information please see the website of the tourist information of Sapporo city here.
Weather in Sapporo
Snow covers the ground 132.4 days a year. Low humidity and refreshing in the summer.
The first snowfall is in October and by December the city is covered
in snow. There is much snowfall with the average annual snow
accumulation at 600cm. However, with efficient measures for snow removal
in place, there is minimum effect on daily life. It is rare by world
standards that over 1.9 million people reside in an area prone to this
much snowfall. The characteristics of the summer is that there is no
rainy season and is not affected by Typhoon. The water resources is
abundant due to snow that remains on the mountains into the summer,
which acts as storage of water. The average temperature reaches
20℃（68°F） in the summer, but the humidity is low and the temperature is
cool during the morning and evening.
Animals and Plants of Sapporo
Hokkaido University Campus
Hokkaido University Campus
Sapporo Clock Tower
last modified: September 2018