Located on the island of Hokkaido, Sapporo attracts cold-weather enthusiasts who stop by in winter to catch the local snow festival before continuing onwards to neighboring ski slopes. Off-season, this city by Ishikari Bay has much to offer. Once occupied by a number of indigenous Ainu settlements before its establishment during the 19th century, Sapporo shot to international fame after hosting the 1972 Winter Olympics Games – the first to be held in Asia. Now a popular tourist destination that welcomes guests with its world-famous ramen, beer and winter sports, the largest city on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido offers spectacular views of nature all year round.
Just like its name suggests, the Moerenuma Artistic Fireworks Festival (held every September) is a visual spectacle of fireworks and music held at Moerenuma
Park, a sculptural attraction designed by Japanese- American artist Isamu Noguchi. Fireworks festivals are a Japanese summer tradition, and this event marks the end of the season in Hokkaido.