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|Sapporo is the 5th largest city in Japan with a population of 1,800,000. It is at 43 N. latitude and 141 E. longitude on Hokkaido, the northernmost main island of the Japanese archipelago, which stretches from southwest to northeast. Asian cities at roughly the same latitude include Vladivostok (Russia) and Changchun (China). In Europe, Rome (Italy) and Marseille (France) are about as far north. Boston and Chicago (USA) are almost as far north. Sapporo's 1,121 km2 make it the third largest city in area in Japan.|
This is a rare site of Odori Park in Sapporo without snow.
When people visit Sapporo, the first thing they may see is the New Chitose Airport which is actually a 35-minute train ride from Sapporo. For some statistics on Sapporo, go to Facts and Figures about Sapporo. The site for the International Communication Plaza has additional information, particularly about conventions and exchanges.
For constantly updated camcorder views of Sapporo, go to Views of Sapporo (text in Japanese and English). You can get sounds of Hokkaido there, too!
Thanks to CNN, you can see the current and predicted weather conditions in Sapporo.
There's a great web site designed by Noboru Takase, who describes himself as an ordinary citizen, which is worth a visit. It includes a page with some traditional landmarks and a typical neighborhood in Sapporo.
For an interesting conglomeration of sites pertaining to Sapporo and Hokkaido, including several personal websites, see Sapporo Links.
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