Sapporo – an international city where people and nature are interwoven

Sapporo is a city that is attractive to both residents and visitors alike. As proof of this, for more than 30 consecutive years of surveys conducted by the City of Sapporo, over 90% of its residents responded that they "like Sapporo", and the city was chosen as “Most Appealing City” in the Japanese nationwide Appealing Community Rankings for three consecutive years beginning in 2010. What’s more, according to TripAdvisor’s "Travelers’ Choice urban destinations on the rise, 2013" rankings, Sapporo was selected as No. 2 in Asia and No. 7 worldwide, as the city continues to attract attention from around the globe.

Over 1.9 million residents live their lives in four vivid seasons

Sapporo’s climate is characterized by its four distinct seasons that change vividly. Spring brings many fine, clear days; the greenery is refreshing and many flowers bloom. Average temperatures rise above 20℃ in summer and many events are held at the height of the season. In autumn the foliage begins to change color, with the leaves on the city’s trees turning red and yellow. The first snow falls around the end of October, and in December the city is covered in a blanket of white snow as the long winter begins.
Average temp. (℃) Max. temp. (℃) Min. temp. (℃) Precipitation(mm)
Jan. -3.6 -0.6 -7 113.6
Feb. -3.1 0.1 -6.6 94
Mar. 0.6 4 -2.9 77.8
Apr. 7.1 11.5 3.2 56.8
May 12.4 17.3 8.3 53.1
June 16.7 21.5 12.9 46.8
July 20.5 24.9 17.3 81
Aug. 22.3 26.4 19.1 123.8
Sept. 18.1 22.4 14.2 135.2
Oct. 11.8 16.2 7.5 108.7
Nov. 4.9 8.5 1.3 104.1
Dec. -0.9 2.1 -4.1 111.7

Astonishing progress – from the Development Commission to hosting the Olympic Games

In 1869, the name of Ezo, the land where the Ainu lived, was changed to Hokkaido and the construction of Sapporo began under the direction of the Hokkaido Development Commission. In 1875, the first Tonden-hei pioneer farmers began to settle, railroads were laid, industries developed and, based on the grand construction plans for Sapporo, Hokkaido’s capital was built. Since being established as a city in 1922, Sapporo’s area has expanded along with its population, which in 1970 reached one million. Then, two years later in 1972, Sapporo became the first city in Asia to host the Winter Olympics. The transportation infrastructure was improved, the city was modernized and internationalization progressed in leaps and bounds. Subsequently, strongholds of culture, art and sport began to be established and the city began to host numerous international congresses and events. The abundant natural environment and advanced urban foundations are maintained today, as Sapporo continues to develop as the central hub city of Hokkaido.

Hokkaido’s largest city boasts the fifth largest population in Japan

Population: 1,919,776 (as of Apr. 1, 2014). 5th largest population in Japan
Area: 1,121 ㎢ Just less than twice the size of Tokyo’s 23 wards

Longitude of most easterly point: 141° 30′ E
Longitude of most westerly point: 140° 59′ E
Latitude of most southerly point: 42° 46′ N
Latitude of most northerly point: 43° 11′ N

★Sister cities
Portland, USA since 1959
Munich, Germany since 1972
Shenyang, China since 1980
Novosibirsk, Russia since 1990
Daejeon, Korea since 2010

Traveling in the city is comfortable thanks to a substantial transportation network.

A public transportation network comprising subways, streetcars and buses extends to every corner of the city. The subway system, which consists of 3 lines, plays a major role as a means of mass transit in the city, as it is unaffected by the northern climate. This public transportation network makes the city a convenient place to live for people of all ages.

Convenient domestic and international access

The aerial gateway to Sapporo, New Chitose Airport boasts direct flights to cities around the world, and is linked to routes and airports nationwide, including Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and the like.
What’s more, multiple means of transportation make for an extremely convenient transfer between New Chitose Airport and central Sapporo, with the train taking approximately 36 minutes, and bus approximately 60 minutes.

Convenient domestic and international access

International flights
Seoul, Korea (Incheon International Airport): Approx. 3 hours
Busan, Korea (Gimhae International Airport): Approx. 2 h 40 min.
Taipei, Taiwan (Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport): Approx. 4 h 10 min.
Beijing, China (Beijing Capital International Airport): Approx. 4 h 25 min.
Shanghai, China (Shanghai Pudong International Airport): Approx. 3 h 20 min.
Hong Kong, China (Hong Kong International Airport): Approx. 5 hours
Guam, USA (Guam International Airport): Approx. 4 h 35 min.
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia (Khomutovo Airport): Approx. 1 h 20 min.
Hawaii, (USA Honolulu International Airport): Approx. 8 h 5 min.
Bangkok, Thaliand (Suvarnabhumi International Airport): Approx. 7 hours

Domestic flights
Sendai—Sapporo 1 h 10 min. Nagoya—Sapporo 1 h 40 min.
Haneda—Sapporo 1 h 30 min. Osaka— Sapporo 1 h 55 min.
Niigata—Sapporo 1 h 10 min. Fukuoka—Sapporo 2 h 35 min.