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Ice Festival Sapporo, Japan

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The Sapporo Snow festival is magnificent, and an event not to be missed. In Japanese it is called the Sapporo Yuki Matsuri. It is one of the largest winter events in Japan and is an absolute gem. If you have the opportunity to go to Sapporo City at this time of year, make sure you take it. The festival takes place in early February for 7 days (the actual day of the following year's festival is decided immediately after each festival finishes). In 2007 the festival is from Tuesday February 5th to Monday February 11th. Low-cost student accommodation is available to all enrolling in our Hokkaido winter programs - enjoy the festival, skiing & snowboarding! Sapporo ("important river flowing through a plain" in Ainu language) 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 city's population stood at just seven people.

In the beginning of the Meiji Period, when the development of Hokkaido was started on a large scale, Sapporo was chosen as the island's administrative center and enlarged according to the advice of foreign specialists. Consequently, Sapporo was built based on a North American style rectangular street system.

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.

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