Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido, the northernmost prefecture of Japan. Located in the splendid central region of the island, this fifth city of the country is relatively new. Its full development began in 1869, when the Japanese government established an Office for the colonization of Hokkaido. Unlike other major cities in Japan, it is a very green city, thanks to its many parks. As it happens in European cities, the streets are identified and numbered in a linear way. Life in Sapporo is a unique experience and the atmosphere of the city is more reminiscent of the pioneering spirit than the roots of centuries of tradition.
Sapporo Beer Museum
The first brewery in Japan, opened in 1876, is open to the public. Groups of 20 or more must book at (011) 731-4368.
7 minutes by bus from Sapporo station, 1.7 kilometers east of Sapporo station.
University of Hokkaido
It was founded in 1876 to teach agricultural techniques to young people arrived by the colonization and development of the island. Dr. William S. Clark was here a year as a teacher, at the invitation of the Japanese government. In his bust, on the campus of the Faculty of Agriculture, are recorded the words he pronounced upon leaving again to the United States and that have remained in the history of Japan: «Boys, be ambitious!»
500 meters north of Sapporo Station.
This promenade, 1.5 kilometers long and 65 meters wide, crosses the center of the city from East to West and is very popular with the inhabitants of the city. To the east of the park there is a television relay tower that also serves as a panoramic platform, 90 meters above the ground. At the other end is the Archive Museum of the city of Sapporo. At the beginning of February, the Sapporo snow festival takes place in the park, transformed into the wonderland, thanks to hundreds of ice and snow sculptures made by amateurs and artists.
More than 200 stores are concentrated in this gallery, which occupies eight blocks.
5 minutes walk from the Odori metro station.
Sapporo Underground shopping center
The shopping center is divided into two sections: Pole Town and Aurora Town. Polo Town occupies 400 meters between the Odori and Susukino metro stations, while Aurora Town covers 300 meters between Odori Sanchome and the TV Tower.
Games in Sapporo
Home to Japan Pro Baseball’s Nippon Ham Fighters and located in Sapporo’s Toyohira Ward, Sapporo Dome was the venue for the opening ceremony of the 2017 Asian Winter Games and one of the sites of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The stadium, which has a capacity of 41,410, is about 800 meters from Exit 4 of Fukuzumi Station (H14) on the Sapporo Municipal Subway’s Toho Line.
|MATCH NO||DATE||POOL||MATCH||KICKOFF TIME|
|2||Saturday, Sept. 21||D||Australia vs. Fiji||13:45|
|7||Sunday, Sept. 22||C||England vs. Tonga||19:15|