Sapporo: Hosting the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan

This website was created to promote the city of Sapporo which was hosting the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan.
Content is from the site's 1999-2002 archived pages.


The never-ending charms of the city


Sapporo, a core city of Hokkaido's politics and economy, has hosted various international events. Among the Japanese venues for the FIFA World Cup, only Sapporo has hosted the Olympics and other international sporting events including the Winter Universiade. It has also been successful in holding cultural events such as the Pacific Music Festival (PMF), the brainchild of the world-known conductor, the late Leonard Bernstein. These numerous events lead to a current number of approximately 1,000 registered volunteer interpreters of 18 languages involved in various international events. Sapporo is also a core city where cultural, educational and technological facilities of world standard converge: Sapporo Concert Hall, "Kitara," feartures performances by leading world-famous musicians; Moerenuma Park is designed by a sculptor, the late Isamu Noguchi; Techno Park houses companies that specialize in advanced technological development; and Hokkaido University accommodates exchange students from various countries.

With a current population of 1.8 million, Sapporo is Japan's fifth largest city, where the pioneer spirit coexists with its well-balanced, highly advanced urban functions. Historical structures stand amid high-rise buildings. A park full of greenery embraces relaxing people. There are hot springs in the city. Sapporo's attraction lies in the unique harmony of urban convenience and oases of relaxation. Sapporo is a gourmet city where delicacies can be savored during every season. There is also an entertainment district, Susukino, which accommodates over 5,000 shops, restaurants and pubs.
Location 141¡21'29" E Long., 43¡03'35" N Lat.
Area 1,121.12 km2 (Nation's third largest)
Population (As of June, 1999) 1,809,103
The fifth largest city in Japan, following Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya
Total production in Sapporo (1996) \6,975.7 billion
Number of tourists coming to Sapporo (1998) 13,081,000


Odori Park Odori Park stretches from Sapporo TV Tower, the reference point of north, south, east and west; to the west, and is an oasis where citizens can relax. From spring to fall, colorful flowers are blooming in the gardens around vivid green lawns and fountains. Snow statues at the Sapporo Snow Festival and White Illumination appear in winter. All these attractions entertain citizens and tourists. Moreover, there are statues to historically noted figures and several works of art are displayed.
The frontier spirit evidenced in the city
Sapporo, where modern development began 130 years ago, is one of Japan's youngest cities. The driving force behind its reclamation was the "frontier spirit" of settlers who strove to create novelty. Based on Japanese traditional culture, Sapporo has nurtured a unique character in citizens. The citizens launched a signature-collecting campaign and labored to form their own professional soccer team, "Consadole Sapporo." Yosakoi Soran Festival has taken root and grown into a major national event with 30,000 dancers who participate and more than 1.9 million spectators. In addition, citizens can participate in numerous events that take place throughout the year, including various marathon meets and the Sapporo Snow Festival.
Enthusiastic fans of Consadole Sapporo, attired in uniforms showing the team's colors, filling the stand, won the City-Scape Award in 1999.


New Chitose Airport, a gateway to Sapporo, handles direct flights to and from Seoul in Korea, China, America and Europe. It is linked to 36 domestic airports. Particularly, the Chitose - Haneda route carries the largest number of passengers for any single route in the world.  
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Seoul - Sapporo
2 hr. 35 min.
7 flights a week
Guam - Sapporo
4 hr. 50 min.
2 flights a week
Honolulu - Sapporo
8 hr. 40 min.
7 flights a week
Shenyang (China) - Sapporo
3 hr.
1 flight a week
Amsterdam - Sapporo
10 hr. 40 min.
2 flights a week
Sendai - Sapporo
1 hr. 10 min.
49 flights a week
Narita - Sapporo
1 hr. 35 min.
10 flights a week
Haneda - Sapporo
1 hr. 30 min.
266 flights a week
Niigata - Sapporo
1 hr. 10 min.
14 flights a week
Nagoya - Sapporo
1 hr. 40 min.
91 flights a week
Kansai (including Itami) - Sapporo
1 hr. 55 min.
126 flights a week
Fukuoka - Sapporo
2 hr. 35 min.
28 flights a week
(As of November 1999)