Sapporo is Japan’s fifth largest city and the largest in the area to the north of Tokyo. During the Meiji period, the Japanese government, eager to fortify its northern defenses, established the Kaitakushi (Development Commission) to develop the then unknown island of Hokkaido. A beautiful town was created with streets that crossed at 90 degree angles and in under 130 years Sapporo now finds itself developed into a major metropolis.
With a population of 1.85 million it is Hokkaido’s political, economic, cultural and transportation hub.
The Winter Olympics were held in Sapporo in 1972 and with many facilities for skiing, skating and other winter sports, Sapporo is a most attractive town for winter sports fans to visit.