Saturday, February 6, 2010

JAPAN - The Beautiful Scenery of Hokkaido - Sapporo

JAPAN stamps

Location of SAPPORO in JAPAN

JAPAN - Sapporo, on Hokkaido Island

Sapporo (札幌) is the fifth-largest city in Japan by population. It is the capital of Hokkaidō Prefecture, located in Ishikari Subprefecture, and an ordinance-designated city of Japan.

Sapporo is best known outside Japan for hosting the 1972 Winter Olympics, the first ever held in Asia, and for the annual Yuki Matsuri in the city, internationally referred to as the Sapporo Snow Festival, which draws more than 2 million tourists from around the world. The city is also home to Sapporo Brewery.

Hokkaidō (北海道), formerly known as Ezo, Yezo, Yeso, or Yesso, is Japan's second largest island and the largest, northernmost of its 47 prefectural-level subdivisions. The Tsugaru Strait separates Hokkaidō from Honshū, although the two islands are connected by the underwater Seikan Tunnel.

The Sapporo TV Tower (さっぽろテレビ塔), built in 1957, is a 147.2 metre high TV Tower with an observation deck at a height of 90.38 metres. Located on the ground of Odori Park, in the northern city of Sapporo, Hokkaidō, Japan, the tower is open to tourists. Tourists can take panoramic pictures of Sapporo and Odori Park.


Postcard sent by Ayumi, as "ayu2007"
Postcrossing - Reference JP-95134

Sapporo, capital of Hokkaido Pefecture,
with the TV Tower back to the view

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