32 Facts About Sapporo


Sapporo lies in the southwest of Hokkaido, within the alluvial fan of the Toyohira River, which is a tributary stream of the Ishikari.

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Sapporo hosted the 1972 Winter Olympics, the first Winter Olympics ever held in Asia, and the second Olympic games held in Japan after the 1964 Summer Olympics.

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The Sapporo Dome hosted three games during the 2002 FIFA World Cup and two games during the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

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Additionally, Sapporo has hosted the Asian Winter Games three times, in 1986, 1990, and 2017.

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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.

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Sapporo demonstrated pig raising and the making of butter, cheese, ham and sausage.

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Sapporo once went back to the US in 1883 but returned to Japan as a secretary of government.

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Sapporo taught academic subjects in science and lectured on the Bible as an "ethics" course, introducing Christian principles to the first entering class of the college.

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Sapporo-ku administered surrounding Sapporo-gun until 1899, when the new district system was announced.

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Sapporo Streetcar was opened in 1918, and Hokkaido Imperial University was established in Sapporo-ku, as the fifth Imperial University in Japan.

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In 1937, Sapporo was chosen as the site of the 1940 Winter Olympics, but due to the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War, this was cancelled the next year.

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The expansion of Sapporo continued, with the merger of Toyohira Town in 1961, and Teine Town in 1967, each becoming a part of Toyohira-ku, Kiyota-ku, and Teine-ku.

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Annual events in Sapporo were started, such as the Pacific Music Festival in 1990, and Yosakoi Soran Festival in 1992.

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In 2001 the construction of the Sapporo Dome was completed, and in 2002 the Dome hosted three games during the 2002 FIFA World Cup; Germany vs Saudi Arabia, Argentina vs England and Italy vs Ecuador, all of which were in the first round.

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Sapporo became the home to a Nippon Professional Baseball team, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, in 2004, which won the 2006 Japan Series, and the victory parade was held on Ekimae-Dori in February 2007.

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Sapporo is a city located in the southwest part of Ishikari Plain and the alluvial fan of the Toyohira River, a tributary stream of the Ishikari River.

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The western and southern parts of Sapporo are occupied by a number of mountains including Mount Teine, Maruyama, and Mount Moiwa, as well as many rivers including the Ishikari River, Toyohira River, and Sosei River.

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Sapporo has many parks, including Odori Park, which is located in the heart of the city and hosts a number of annual events and festivals throughout the year.

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Moerenuma Park is one of the largest parks in Sapporo, and was constructed under the plan of Isamu Noguchi, a Japanese-American artist and landscape architect.

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Sapporo has a humid continental climate, with a wide range of temperature between the summer and winter.

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Sapporo is one of few metropolises in the world with such heavy snowfall, enabling it to hold events and festivals with snow statues.

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Major industries include information technology, retail, and tourism, as Sapporo is a destination for winter sports and events and summer activities due to its comparatively cool climate.

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The Sapporo Breweries, founded in 1876, is a major company and employer in the city.

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Sapporo Sweets, is a confectionery using many ingredients from Hokkaido where there's the Sapporo Sweets Competition held annually.

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Sapporo is well known for fresh seafood including; salmon, sea urchin and crab.

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Sapporo Dome was constructed in 2001 and is currently host to the local professional teams, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo, and Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters (baseball).

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Sapporo was selected as host to the 5th Winter Olympics, scheduled for February 3 to 12, 1940; however Japan had to cancel the event, consequently handing the decision back to the IOC, after the Second Sino-Japanese War broke out in 1937.

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In 2002, Sapporo hosted three group matches of the FIFA World Cup at the Sapporo Dome.

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In 2006, Sapporo hosted some games of the 2006 Basketball World Championship and for the 2006 Women's Volleyball World Championship.

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In 2007, Sapporo hosted the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships at the Sapporo Dome, Miyanomori ski jump, Okurayama ski jump, and the Shirahatayama cross-country course.

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Sapporo has one streetcar line, three JR Hokkaido lines, three subway lines and JR Bus, Chuo Bus and other bus lines.

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Sapporo area is served by two airports: Okadama Airport, which offers regional flights within Hokkaido, and New Chitose Airport, a larger international airport located in the city of Chitose 30 miles away connected by regular rapid trains taking around 40 minutes.

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