Charms of Hokkaido

Charms of Hokkaido

KEY FACTSCharms of Hokkaido

Sports City Sapporo -Introduction-

1972 The first Winter Olympic Games in Asia

Hokkaido, including Sapporo, the northernmost ordinance-designated city that hosted the first Winter Olympic Games in Asia, has rich experience and a solid track record in holding many large-scale sporting events and international conferences, including the FIFA World Cup, World Cup and World Championship competitions for winter sports, the Hokkaido Toyako Summit and related meetings, and three United Nations Conferences on Disarmament Issues.

The XI Olympic Winter Games in Sapporo
FIFA World Cup
FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2007 in Sapporo
G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit
ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Obihiro
ISU World Cup Speed Skating in Obihiro
FIS Snowboard World Cup (Alpine) Asahikawa
ZEN-NOH World Women's Curling Championship Sapporo
FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Sapporo
FIS Snowboard World Cup (Halfpipe) Sapporo
IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup Sapporo
Ski Jumping

Sapporo, a city with an average annual snowfall of 6 meters and a population of 1.9 million

This large city with a population of over 1.9 million is one of the cities with the world's heaviest average annual snowfall (597 cm on average from 1981 to 2010 according to the Japan Meteorological Agency). In many areas of Hokkaido, snow sports can be enjoyed in the middle of nature for a long period of time from early November to early May due to the large amount of snowfall and snow accumulation, leading to the development of snow-based tourism.

Snow sports

Comfortable Summer

The relatively large temperature difference between day and night during summer in Hokkaido serves to relieve fatigue from heat. Many top athletes representing Japan and from company sports teams have summer training camps or competitions in Hokkaido because it is easy to procure good, fresh food and that there are many well-equipped sports facilities in Hokkaido.

スポーツ合宿や大会 Seasonal temperature

National Training Center by Sport

北Hokkaido has a well-equipped training environment designed to enhance the international competitiveness of Japanese athletes, as demonstrated by the presence of five national training centers and other indoor/outdoor sports facilities for various sports, including courses/facilities authorized by each sports association. Moreover, there are unique, high-quality sports facilities, such as the Sapporo Dome, which served as a venue for the FIFA World Cup, the site of the 2007 FIS Nordic Ski World Championships and the Hokkaido Bank Curling Stadium (Sapporo Curling Stadium), which was the first public stadium in Japan dedicated to curling

Smooth Access to Destinations

Smooth access to destinations via Tokyo-Sapporo airline services, which offer 52 round-trip flights a day carrying the largest number of passengers in the world (as of December 2016), as well as via international flights that connect New Chitose Airport with countries in Asia such as Korea, China, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore, is an indispensable factor for the success of sporting events and the promotion of sports tourism.

  • Access from each major airport
  • Access to Japan

Sapporo Global Sports Commission invites and supports international competitions and training camps for top athletes by leveraging the wealth of sports resources that Hokkaido and Sapporo have to offer.


Sapporo Marathon 2020 by TATTA and Sapporo Cheering RUN
Announcement for Cancellation of the 45th Sapporo Marathon.
2019.09.12Tournament / Event
Sapporo Travel Information Desk
English news
View list


Page top