ICOMC 2014 in Sapporo, Japan July 13-18,2014 XXVI International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry

About Sapporo

Sapporo is Japan's 5th largest city with a population of 1.9 million, and the capital of Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. Only 150 years or so have passed since the pioneers first arrived, making it a relatively young city. Since the staging of the Winter Olympics in 1972, Sapporo has continued to develop into a truly international city, hosting various international events including the FIFA World Cup in 2002, the Ski Jumping World Cup, the Nordic World Ski Championships, and in 2017 is set to host the Asian Winter Games. Despite being a large metropolis, a short trip out to the suburbs reveals abundant natural scenery, where outdoor leisure activities such as hiking, canoeing and camping can be enjoyed. Each of the four seasons brings their own delights, and every year many tourists from both home and abroad visit the region, which is famous for being one of Japan's leading producers of delicious foodstuff. The city also ranks number one among the places Japanese people would like to live.

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What happens and how enjoy in July at Sapporo?

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The average temperature of July in Sapporo is approximately 21 °C (69 °F) with low humidity; one of the most comfortable seasons of the year. At night, you might feel a bit chilly sometimes. We recommend you to bring a long sleeve shirt with you. Sapporo is situated at the same latitude as Milan in Italy and Toronto in Canada, and is unique in that it is the world's only city with a population of over one million, where more than 5 meters of snow falls every year.

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Japanese yen
*Exchange rate (as of June 9, 2014)

  • 1 USD = approx. 102.5 JPY
  • 1 Euro = approx. 139.8 JPY

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Electric Current

Japan's electrical current is 100/50 (volts/hz) and type A plug is used.

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Travel to and from Sapporo is exceedingly easy and English signage and audio guidance is readily available.

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Thanks to the extreme differences in temperatures and the natural environment of the mountains and the seas, Hokkaido is a treasure-trove of agricultural and marine products. Dishes made from such fresh, delicious ingredients, as well as sweets prove extremely popular throughout Japan, and such delights are famous as the "Hokkaido Brand" overseas, too. Delicious food from all around Hokkaido can be found in Sapporo, and the cuisine is an important element of tourism here. In particular, the Susukino area of the city is where many restaurants and bars can be found, with the choice too exhaustive for even the locals. Typical Sapporo dishes include ramen, jingisukan (mutton barbeque) and soup curry, with subtle differences in flavor according to individual establishments.
Sapporo Beer, which is available throughout Japan, has a special beer that can only be enjoyed in Hokkaido.

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