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Japan is an island country in East Asia. It is located in the Pacific Ocean it lies to the east of China, Korea, and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea in the south. Its capital and largest city is Tokyo. It has the world's 10th largest population. It is world's largest international creditor and is the sixth largest exporter and importer and is a member of the United Nations. And it is a leading nation in the fields of scientific research, technology, machinery, and medical research with the world's third largest budget for research and development.
Sapporo is the fifth-largest city in Japan by population and the third-largest by geographic area. It is the capital of Hokkaido region. Sapporo is mainly known outside Japan as the host city for the 1972 Winter Olympics, and for the annual Snow Festival, known as yuki matsuri, which draws more than 2 million tourists from around the world. The city has an estimated population of 1,882,424 as of 2005 and an area of 1,121.12 square kilometers.
Prior to its establishment, the area occupied by Sapporo was home to a number of indigenous Ainu settlements. The plain itself provided an unusually large expanse of flat, well drained land which is relatively uncommon in the otherwise mountainous geography of Hokkaido. In sports, The Sapporo Dome is host to the Nippon Ham Fighters.

A city known for its historic myths and traditions, scenic beauty, cooperative people and luxurious hotels and cottages, Sapporo is one of the favorite holiday destinations for most of the vacation lovers.

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