Sapporo Images Gallery 13 images Created 15 Jun 2009
Sapporo is the capital of Hokkaido and Japan's fifth largest city. Sapporo is also one of the nation's youngest major cities. In 1857, the population stood at under ten people. When the development of Hokkaido was started on a large scale, Sapporo was chosen as the island's administrative center and developed from the advice of foreign specialists. As a result Sapporo was built based on an American-style grid street system. The city became famous in 1972 when the winter Olympics were held there. Today, the city is well known for its beer, art parks, spaciousness and well-planned urban design.