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  • Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
during Sapporo Snow Festival
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Location Type: Destination
Sapporo is the capital and largest city of the northern island of Hokkaido and the fifth-largest city in Japan. Sapporo is best known for hosting the Winter Olympics in 1972 and the annual Sapporo Snow Festival.


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Sapporo Weather / Climate Chart (temperature, precipitation)

Weather / Climate Chart, Sapporo
Yearly temperature and rain chart showing the best travel times and seasons for Sapporo.


best time to visit: December - March (snowy winter),  June - July (dry summer)
average humidity: 68 %
annual rainfall: 1100 mm
average elevation: 26 m

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Wikipedia - Sapporo

Susukino, the entertainment district of Sapporo
Susukino, the entertainment district of Sapporo

Sapporo (札幌市) is the fifth-largest city in Japan by population, and the largest city on the island of Hokkaido. It is the capital of Hokkaidō Prefecture, located in Ishikari Subprefecture, and an ordinance-designated city of Japan.

Sapporo is best known outside Japan for hosting the 1972 Winter Olympics, the first ever held in Asia, and for the annual Yuki Matsuri in the city, internationally referred to as the Sapporo Snow Festival, which draws more than 2 million tourists from around the world. The city is also home to Sapporo Brewery and the famous white chocolate biscuits "White Lovers" (白い恋人) exclusively sold in Hokkaido. ... read more

Wikitravel - Sapporo

Asahiyama, Sapporo city
View from Asahiyama overlooking Sapporo city

One of Japan's newest and nicest cities, Sapporo's population has grown from seven in 1857 to nearly 2 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. But what it lacks in "Japanese-ness" it makes up for with its lovely open, tree-filled boulevards to enjoy in summer and excellent snow (and facilities to cope with said snow) in the long winter. ... read more

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