Sapporo & Otaru
Sapporo is the largest city in Hokkaido. The northern location of Sapparo brings a lot of snowfall each year and the annual "Sapporo Snow Festival" attracts thousands who come to view the amazing snow/ice sculptures. Sapporo is also unique in Japan in that it is the largest city where the streets are in a western "grid" layout. Summer time is cool and temperate.