Higashi-ku, Sapporo
is one of the 10 wards in Sapporo, Hokkaidō
, formerly known as Ezo, Yezo, Yeso, or Yesso, is Japan's second largest island; it is also the largest and northernmost of Japan's 47 prefectural-level subdivisions. The Tsugaru Strait separates Hokkaido from Honshu, although the two islands are connected by the underwater railway Seikan Tunnel...

, Japan
Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south...

. It is directly translated as "east ward", and is neighboured to Kita-ku
Kita-ku, Sapporo
is a ward of Sapporo composed of residential neighborhoods mostly arranged in grid patterns, and each built surrounding a train station, broken up by areas of farmland and some light-industrial areas. Kita-ku is located in the northern part of Sapporo. With 260,000 people, it is the most...

, Chūō-ku
Chūō-ku, Sapporo
is one of the ten wards in Sapporo city, Japan. Chūō-ku means "central ward" in Japanese. As its name suggests, city administration and entertainment facilities are centred in this ward.- History :...

, Shiroishi-ku
Shiroishi-ku, Sapporo
Shiroishi-ku, Sapporo is one of the ten wards in Sapporo city, Japan....

, Ebetsu
Ebetsu, Hokkaido
is a city located in Ishikari, Hokkaidō, Japan.- History :Ebetsu was settled originally by Japanese people in 1871, that came from the Miyagi Prefecture on Honshu Island. In 1878, militia men began moving into the area. When the Meiji Government, in 1878, designated Hokkaido as part of Japan,...

, Tōbetsu
Tobetsu, Hokkaido
is a town located in Ishikari District, Ishikari, Hokkaidō, Japan.As of 2008, the town has an estimated population of 19,330 and a density of 47.69 persons per km². The total area is 422.71 km²....



According to the jūminhyō
A is a registry of current residential addresses maintained by local governments in Japan. Japanese law requires each citizen to report his or her current address to the local authorities who compile the information for tax, national health insurance and census purposes.The jūminhyō is different...

 (registry of current residential addresses and figures) in 2008, 254,360 people are living in Higashi-ku. It has 57.13 km² of areas, and a number of rivers are located in the ward including Toyohira River
Toyohira River
The Toyohira River is a river in Hokkaidō prefecture, Japan. It is 72.5km in length and has drainage area of 959km². It is a tributary of the Ishikari River....


The ward has a mascot character, Tappy, which is designed as a fairy of the onion and named in 1993 as a portmanteau word of "Tamanegi (means onion in Japanese) " and "happy". The onion is one of the vegetables mainly raised in Higashi-ku, and that is a reason why Tappy is associated with onion.


Originally, at the place where Higashi-ku is currently located, Naebo Village and Okadama Village have been formed by the pioneers from the outside of Hokkaidō since 1870. Sapporo Village was established in 1871, and Kariki Village was established in 1873. In 1902, Naebo Village, Okadama Village, and Kariki Village were merged into Sapporo Village, which became almost same extent with current Higashi-ku.

In 1955, Sapporo Village was merged into Sapporo City, and in 1972, Sapporo was listed as one of the cities designated by government ordinance
City designated by government ordinance (Japan)
A , also known as a or , is a Japanese city that has a population greater than 500,000 and has been designated as such by an order of the cabinet of Japan under Article 252, Section 19 of the Local Autonomy Law.-Overview:...

, which enabled Higashi-ku to come into existence. In 1988, the Tōhō line of the Sapporo Municipal Subway
Sapporo Municipal Subway
The is an underground rapid transit system in Sapporo, Hokkaidō, Japan. It is operated by the Sapporo City Transportation Bureau.-Lines:The system has 3 lines; the first, the Namboku Line, was opened in 1971 prior to the 1972 Winter Olympics.-Technology:...

 was laid, and a number of subway stations were placed in some locations in Higashi-ku.


The headquarters of Hokkaido Air System
Hokkaido Air System
, or HAC, is an airline with its headquarters on the property of Okadama Airport in Okadamachō, Higashi-ku, Sapporo. It operates scheduled domestic services in Hokkaidō. Its main base of operations is Okadama Airport.- History :...

 is located on the property of Okadama Airport
Okadama Airport
is an airport located in Okadamachō, Higashi-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido, north of the city center of Sapporo. Its scheduled airline service is limited to turboprop flights to other cities in Hokkaidō: larger aircraft use New Chitose Airport, south of the city...

 in Okadamachō. Previously the airline was headquartered in the New Chitose Airport
New Chitose Airport
, is an airport located south southeast of Chitose and Tomakomai, Hokkaidō, Japan, serving the Sapporo metropolitan area. By land area, it is the largest airport in Hokkaidō....

 terminal in Chitose
Chitose, Hokkaido
-Economy:China Airlines operates its Sapporo office on the third floor of the airport building.The airline Hokkaido Air System was at one time headquartered at the New Chitose Airport in Chitose...


In April 2004 Air Nippon Network
Air Nippon Network
, or A-net, was an airline based on the grounds of Tokyo International Airport in Ōta, Tokyo, Japan.It operated feeder services for parent Air Nippon, itself a subsidiary of All Nippon Airways . Its main base was New Chitose Airport...

 was headquartered in Higashi-ku.

Points of interest

  • Okadama Airport
    Okadama Airport
    is an airport located in Okadamachō, Higashi-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido, north of the city center of Sapporo. Its scheduled airline service is limited to turboprop flights to other cities in Hokkaidō: larger aircraft use New Chitose Airport, south of the city...

     - an airport located in Okadama.
  • Moerenuma park
    Moerenuma Park
    is a municipal park located in Higashi-ku, Sapporo, Japan. The park has some playground equipment, outdoor sports fields, and objects which are designed by Isamu Noguchi, a Japanese American artist. Visitors can enter the park and use the parking lot for free. Construction of the park was begun in...

     - a park designed by Isamu Noguchi, an American-Japanese artist.
  • Sapporo Satoland
    Sapporo Satoland
    is an amusement park located in Higashi-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaidō, Japan. Having an agricultural theme, Sapporo Satolando was opened in 1995. The official name of the Satoland is .- History :...

     - one of the venues of the Sapporo Snow Festival
    Sapporo Snow Festival
    The is a famous festival held annually in Sapporo, Japan over seven days in February. Currently, Odori Park, Susukino, and Tsudome are the main sites of the festival. The 2012 Yuki-matsuri dates are February 6 to 12.-Overview:...

  • Sapporo Beer Museum
    Sapporo Beer Museum
    The is a museum located in the Sapporo Garden Park in Higashi-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaidō, Japan. Registered as one of the Hokkaidō Heritage sites in 2004, the museum is the only beer museum in Japan. The red-brick building was erected originally as a factory of the Sapporo Sugar Company in 1890, and...

     - an only beer museum in Japan.
  • Sapporo Community Dome
    Sapporo Community Dome
    , widely known for its nickname , is a multi-purpose hall located in Higashi-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaidō, Japan. Owned by Sapporo city, the dome is run by the Sapporo Health Sports Foundation.- Overview :...

     - a sports and event venue, which is also known as its nickname "Tsu-Dome".
  • Sapporo Ōtani University
    Sapporo Otani University
    is a private university in Higashi-ku, Sapporo Hokkaidō, Japan, established in 2006. The predecessor of the school was founded in 1906.-External links:*...

    and Sapporo Ōtani Junior College


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