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|Sapporo is the fifth-largest
city in Japan by population and the third-largest by geographic area. It
is the capital of Hokkaido Prefecture.
Sapporo is primarily known
outside Japan as the host city for the 1972 Winter Olympics, and for the
annual Snow Festival, known as yuki matsuri, which draws more than 2 million
tourists from around the world. The city is also home to the eponymous
Japan - An Introduction by Jason A. Martin
I don't know about you, but
when I hear about Sapporo, the first thing that comes to mind is beer.
I'm a long time Sushi eater and Sapporo is my beer of choice when eating.
What you might have not known is that there's an actual city in Japan called
Sapporo. In fact, that's where the beer comes from. Sapporo is a perfect
place for making beer. The hops are excellent and it's cold.
|Sapporo is the capital of
Hokkaido Island - located in the West. It's the fastest growing city in
Japan. At last check, there were more than two million living in Sapporo.
It is the 5th largest city in Japan.
When many think of Japan,
they think of the over crowded life in Tokyo. Life in Sapporo is much different.
First of all, the island of Hokkaido is covered with forests. Many Japanese
escape to the island and Hokkaido attracts millions of visitors annually.
The summer is the peak time.
Earlier I mentioned the beer
they make here. Sapporo has been making beer since 1891. If you visit Sapporo,
you can take a tour of the facility. It's one of those must-see attractions.
There's nothing like a fresh Sapporo beer.
Sapporo is also famous for
its snow festival, Yuki Matsuri. It takes place for one week each year
in February. It continues to grow each year. It started out as a couple
of snow sculptures and has now grown to a main event held at multiple sites.
Many come for the international snow sculpture competition.
|Perhaps the most interest
aspect of the Yuki Matsuri is the community effort given to one giant statue
each year. If you arrive in Sapporo just before the festival, you can participate
in the creating of this statue. It's advised that you book your stay ahead
too. More than two million tourists flood into Sapporo for the Yuki Matsuri.
Another aspect I find interesting
about Sapporo, as someone that doesn't speak fluent Japanese, is the fact
that the tourist information centers are English-friendly. They are always
staffed with personnel that speak English well. At the International Information
Corner, they have maps and information handouts in English. This makes
any English-speaking traveler--that doesn't speak Japanese--at home.
Another great first stop
is the Sapporo International Communications Plaza. It's just across the
street from the Tokeidai Clocktower and right by City Hall. It has more
literature in English, including newspapers and magazines. You are bound
to meet Japanese people there who know English as well. There is so much
more to talk about, but this article was meant to wet your whistle for
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The hotel is situated in
the heart of Sapporo. It takes approximately 7minutes walk from JR Sapporo
Station, 35 minutes by JR Airport liner from Shin Chitose Airport and 60
minutes bu Airport limosine bus from Shin Chitose Airport. Major sightseeing
spots are all within 15 minutes on foot or by public transportations. It
is convenient for travelers either on business and leisure. The hotel
features 8 restaurants and bars in the hotel that cater to most people's
needs. All dishes provide with fresh ingredients. Sapporo became
world famous in 1972 when the Olympic Winter Games were held there. Today,
the city is well known for its ramen, beer, and the annual snow festival
held in February.
Plaza Hotel Sapporo
Keio Plaza Hotel Sapporo
is located in central Sapporo, close to Former Hokkaido Government Office
Building, Odori Park, and Clock Tower. Nearby points of interest also include
Sapporo TV Tower and Sapporo Beer Museum. Recreational amenities include
an indoor pool, a health club, a sauna, and a fitness facility. Spa amenities
include massage/treatment rooms and a hair salon. Complimentary high-speed
(wired) Internet access is available in public areas. This Sapporo property
has event space consisting of conference/meeting rooms and a ballroom.
The property offers an airport shuttle (surcharge). Additional property
amenities include a concierge desk, multilingual staff, and gift shops/newsstands.
The property has designated areas for smoking.
Leopalace Hotel is located
in the centre of Sapporo City and 7 minutes walk to Susukino entertainment
district. The hotel can be reached within 5 minutes on foot from Nishi
11-chome Subway Station. The onsite restaurant serves a variety of Japanese
cuisine. Business guuets will appreciate the conference facilities
of the hotel. Furthermore, the hotel features a public bath and sauna for
recreation. This modern hotel also offers the latest in Leo Net broadband
services. Overall, the hotel provides facilities, and its great location
is well suited for those travellers on either leisure or business trips,
especially for long stay travellers.
The hotel is conveniently
located adjacent to the JR Shin Sapporo Station, serving bus, subway and
regular trains to any destination within Hokkaido. The hotel provides 6
restaurants and bars.With international culinary professionals catering
a distinctly fine cuisin from around the world, diners overlook the skyline
of Sapporo up into the mountains where the 1972 Winter Olympic Games took
place.Extraordinary sight is the view from their Roof Top Stars Bar overlooks
an ocean of lights created by the bustling Sapporo at night. If guests
wish to enjoy a day at leisure within the hotel property, try to relax
in the hotel award winning Japanese "Spa Alpa".Facilities in "Spa Alpa"
include, jacuzzi, sauna rooms, shower rooms, message rooms, cafeteria,
sitting area with bouncy sofa and TV sets.
Offering comfortable accommodation
and convenient facilities, the Sunroute New Sapporo is very convenient
for both business and leisure trips. The Sunroute New Sapporo is
located right next to one of the famous shopping arcade, and has easy access
to all the shopping and Susukino entertainment areas. The hotel has
cosy guestrooms that are well furnished and equipped with modern amenities.
The hotel has a cafe restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and light
snacks. The property also features a Japanese restaurant, which is famous
for its fresh seafood. Conference facilities are available for people
travelling on business purposes. Favourable parking facilities are available
on the hotel's premises.
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