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Sapporo is the capital of the Hokkaido Prefecture in the country of Japan. The central section of Sapporo is believed to have been formed 6,000 years before earth deposits carried by the River Toyohira from Jozankei. The area was frequently flooded in the 19th century, when the river banks were not as they are now. Ground water is abundant away from the riverbed, as a result of the river underflows. There is therefore no reason to dig deep wells to draw high quality water and life is easy on this fertile land. Historically, the area has been used for agriculture especially the cultivation of fruit trees.
The area where Odori Park and the Sapporo Station are situated is the link between the end of the alluvial fan and the start of a floodplain referred to as the Ishikari Plain. There used to be numerous springs in these areas which were known as “Memu” by the first inhabitants.
Sapporo’s industry is dominated by the tertiary sector. Information technology, retail, and tourism are the major industries in Sapporo though the manufacturing centre of Hokkaido, manufactures various goods.
The city currently has a population of roughly 2 million people and is densely populated. The climate in Sapporo is humid and continental with wide variations in temperature between the summer and winter. Generally, Summers are hot though not humid, and winters quite chilly with lots of snow enabling Sapporo to hold snow based events and festivals.
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Every first week of February, the Sapporo Snow Festival is held. It is Sapporo’s largest event and is best known for the ice sculpture competition that draws artists from around the world. Artists compete to create the biggest and most sophisticated artworks from ice and snow.
holidays - How to Get There
Direct flights to Sapporo from Australian cities are quite rare. However, a number of airlines fly direct to Tokyo and Osaka from the major departure cities of Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Cairns. The major airlines flying to Tokyo are Qantas, Japan Airlines and Jetstar. It takes an average of 10 hours to fly to Tokyo from Sydney and another one hour to fly to Sapporo.