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Sapporo

Administration
Full name札幌市 · City of Sapporo
Official name札幌市 · City of Sapporo
JapaneseName札幌
Settlement typeDesignated city
CountryJapan
RegionHokkaido
PrefectureHokkaido
Government
MayorFumio Ueda
Geography
Total Area432.8 sq mi (1121.12 km2)
Demography
Total Population1921831 (August 1, 2011)
Density (pop.)1699/km2 (4400.4/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneJapan Standard Time (UTC+9)

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|} is the fourth-largest city in Japan by population, and the largest city on the island of Hokkaido. It is the capital of Hokkaidō Prefecture, located in Ishikari Subprefecture, and an ordinance-designated city of Japan.

Sapporo is 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 and the famous white chocolate biscuits

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