Sapporo is located on the northernmost of the four major islands of Japan - Hokkaido. It is also the administrative center of Hokkaido Prefecture. As of 2006, there were about 2 million people living in the city.
Sapporo is a very young city. It was founded in 1871, and already in 1886 became the center of the prefecture. Unlike many other Japanese cities, Sapporo was originally built according to the western pattern. He has a clear rectangular layout with a predominance of modern architecture, there is no chaotic development and streets resembling labyrinths.
Successful development of the city has led to the fact that now it is the fifth most populated city in Japan, as well as an important industrial, cultural and tourist center of the country.
The climate of Sapporo is temperate, reminiscent of the climate of the central part of Russia. Winter is quite cold with a steady snow cover, and summer is warm. The proximity of the mountains, taiga nature and the availability of hot springs have made this city a popular tourist destination. Sapporo gained special fame in the world after the 1972 Winter Olympics. It should be noted that the Japanese made a lot of efforts to ensure that this Olympiad was a success - a modern sports infrastructure was built, venues for the competitions were prepared. In many ways, thanks to this, in 2002 another Japanese city - Nagano - received the honor of another winter Olympiad. Surroundings of Sapporo are famous for the whole world as unique balneological resorts. On the island of Hokkaido, a lot of highly mineralized hot springs come to the surface, around which clinics are built. Among them, the town of Dziedzanka, located 30 km south-west of the city, stands out. Healing water, no less healthy mountain air, stunningly beautiful nature, the Siraito waterfall and Toehir river attract visitors here all year round. Every year in February, Odori Park and Sapporo main street host a snow festival, attracting 2 million tourists from all over the world. This tradition was laid in 1950, when in Odori for the joy of children 6 snow sculptures of animals were blinded. Everybody liked this idea so much that from year to year this holiday only expanded, taking under its action all the new venues. Since then, to show their skills in the manufacture of ice and snow sculptures in Sapporo come masters from around the world. And even more people come to see them. Near the University of Hokkaido is the Botanical Garden, in which 4,000 plants are cultivated, and in the Maruyama Park, Japanese symbols - cherry and plum trees grow. A panorama of the city opens from Mount Moiv. Новый продукт карелаш для ресниц сделает вас еще прекраснее!