TOKYO
CENTRAL
KANSAI
FUKUOKA
SAPPORO/HOKKAIDO
SENDAI
HIROSHIMA
KITAKYUSHU

STARTUP CITY

SAPPORO/
HOKKAIDO

Ⓒサッポロテイネ

Winter sports are popular. The city of Sapporo once hosted the Winter Olympics.
It is a treasure house of Japanese food and has a developing food culture.
As Sapporo is the first place where beer was brewed by the Japanese, it has the characteristic of embracing beer as a local culture. Hokkaido has a history of development by pioneers after the development of the mainland, so the pioneering spirit is alive and well, and there is a strong culture of acceptance of newcomers.

Primary industries

Hokkaido is the region with the most active primary industries, including agriculture in Japan. It has nearly one fourth of Japan's total arable land. It ranks first in the nation in the production of a host of agricultural products, including wheat, potatoes, onions, pumpkins, raw milk, and beef.The average farm size in Hokkaido is almost 11 times bigger than the Japanese average.

Spacetech industry

Advanced initiatives of Japan's private space industry, including Interstellar Technologies, a rocket development company, are gathered here.The Hokkaido Spaceport project, Asia's first spaceport open to the private sector, is heating up.

Bio industry

With its cool climate, abundant bio resources and concentration of universities and research institutions, many bio industries are located in Hokkaido, especially in Sapporo, where over 120 companies take part in the Hokkaido Bio Technology Industrial Cluster Forum.

Tourism industry

57 million tourists per year visit Hokkaido from other parts of Japan and beyond. The tourism industry has grown significantly as a leading industry in the region.Especially during the cool summertime when visitors are attracted to Hokkaido’s open spaces from hotter and more humid parts of Japan and other Asian countries. During the winter, skiing and other winter sports bring other tourists, and increasingly international ones, to the island.

ACCESS
New Chitose Airport
11 min by train from Shinagawa station.
23 min by train from Yokohama station.
31 min by train from Shinjuku station.
POPULATION
5.28 million
UNIVERSITY
- Hokkaido Electric Power Co., Inc.
- Hokkaido Gas Co., Ltd.
- Nitori Holdings Co., Ltd.
- AIN HOLDINGS INC.

ECONOMY
University
- HOKKAIDO UNIVERSITY
- FUTURE UNIVERSITY HAKODATE
- OTARU UNIVERSITY OF COMMERCE
R&D
- Hokkaido Research Organization
- Northern Advancement Center for Science & Technology
SUPPORT
Sapporo Creative Convention "NoMaps"
A framework for creating new value on the stage of Hokkaido.This is a convention for people who are trying to create the next society and future through creative ideas and technologies.
Local Innovation Challenge HOKKAIDO
A project to solve regional and administrative issues in Sapporo and its 12 neighboring municipalities through collaboration with start-up companies.

Open Network Lab HOKKAIDO
A program to nurture start-up companies that will play an active role in the world by making use of Hokkaido's assets such as primary industry, tourism, and rich nature.
J-Startup HOKKAIDO
A system to certify local start-up companies that can play an active role globally. Intensive government and private sector support is provided to certified startups.

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