Sapporo is the capital city of Hokkaido and has a population of over 1.7 million. Sapporo attracts many travelers throughout the year. The world-famous Sapporo Snow Festival is held in February. Also, in summer when other parts of Japan are hot and humid, it's cooler and more comfortable in Sapporo. Another good part of visiting Sapporo is its food. The area is famous for its fresh seafood, BBQ, beer, ramen, and more. Visit this beautiful city in northern Japan.
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North 2, East 4, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
Hokkaido is the birthplace of beer in Japan. "Sapporo Beer", one of the oldest and still most popular beer brands in Japan, has been brewed in Sapporo since 1877. It is now brewed and sold internationally. The Sapporo Breweries, the oldest of Japan's four leading breweries, opened the Sapporo Beer Museum in 1987 in a Meiji Period red brick factory building. The museum introduces the history of beer in Japan and the process of beer making. Tasting of various types of beer is possible for a small fee. Next to the museum stands the Sapporo Beer Garten which consists of three spacious beer halls. North 7 East 9, Chuo-ku Phone: 011-731-4368
Moere Numa Koen is a 467 acre park in Sapporo designed by the Japanese American artist, Isamu Noguchi. He completed his design for the park shortly before his death in 1988, however, it was ten years later when his vision was realized and the new park was officially opened. It features the Glass Pyramid, Play Mountain, Tetra Mound, Moere Mountain and many other "living sculptures" of interest to young and old alike. Moere Numa Park is considered an excellent large-scale example of what Noguchi called, "the sculpture of spaces."
Odori Park (Odori meaning "large street") is the 105 meter wide park in the center of Sapporo running east to west, and separating the city into North and South. It was originally built to operate as a fire break, but is now one of the best parks in the city. Odori Koen stretches over 12 blocks and offers a large pleasant green space during the non-winter months, replete with trees, flowers and fountains. Odori Park is also the site of the city's major annual events, including, of course, the Sapporo Snow Festival in February. In mid-July to mid-August, Odori Park is the setting of the Sapporo Summer Festival, celebrated with beer gardens set up by various beer companies over the length of the park alongside stalls selling fried noodles, corn on the cob, and other foods. There are live bands providing entertainment, and some great people watching. It’s not a bad place to spend an evening. Other festivals held in Odori Park are the Lilac Festival in late May heralding the arrival of summer and Bon-Odori in mid-August with traditional dances to appease the souls of the dead. At the eastern end of Odori Park is the Sapporo TV Tower with an observation deck that offers a great view of Odori Park and panoramic views of the city of Sapporo.
Okurayama was the main ski jump used in the 1972 Winter Olympic Games, hosting the 90 meter Large Hill events. It has spectacular views over Sapporo city. Okurayama is a prime training facility for Nordic events, and athletes ranging from World Cup participants to high school students can regularly be seen flying off the hill. Unless there is a major event in process, anybody can take the chairlift to the top of the ski jump where you can look "straight down the barrel", the same view the ski jumpers see when sitting on the plank preparing to plunge down the glide. This destination can be enjoyed in any season, as the jump hill has even been resurfaced with Astroturf to enable training for ski jumping in the middle of summer. Okurayama is easily visible from Odori Park, when night jumps during major events are illuminated, and amongst Japanese spectators ski jumping is one of the most popular winter sports. The Start House (Okurayama Observatory) can be reached by chair lift anytime the stadium is not being used for world cup or other elite ski jump events, or when maintenance is required. The cost is only 500 Yen, and the lift usually opens at 8:30am, closing in the late afternoon or early evening depending on the season. The small kiosk in the start house sells some of the best ice cream you will find in Hokkaido, matching the location. The views of Sapporo are awesome, making the hill a popular spot to observe the scenery of Sapporo and the Ishikari Plains. If ski jumping takes your fancy, after you descend (via the chair lift, though there is a faster, albeit riskier way down) it is worth visiting the wonderful Sapporo Winter Sports Museum located at the bottom of the jump hill. The ski jump simulator is seriously cool, though best avoided if you have just enjoyed lunch. Sapporo, Chuo-ku, Miyanomori 1274, Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium, telephone (011) 641-1972
This is a famous Sapporo's night spot. There are thousands of bars, restaurants, clubs, amusement centers, etc. To eat Sapporo ramen, visit the Ramen Yokocho Street. Location: Chuo-ku, Sapporo-city
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