You Might Soon Land at a ‘Hatsune Miku Airport’ When You Travel to Japan

A small airport in Hokkaido, Japan may soon be getting a stellar transformation as the management makes efforts to attract more travelers to make it their port of entry.

According to reports, the Okadama Airport, a small lesser-known facility located within Sapporo proper, will be getting a much-needed facelift and possibly be renamed after the popular Japanese character, Hatsune Miku of Vocaloid! The animated idol has long been the ambassador for Sapporo, where the company that created her and developed the Vocaloid software, Crypton Future Media, is based.

The renaming of Okadama Airport to Hatsune Miku Airport isn’t final yet, though. But if management truly wants to eventually turn the airport into a tourist destination, the use of a pop culture icon may help greatly. Meanwhile, the management has also made plans to extend the airport’s runway, which is currently only 1,500 meters long, to accommodate larger planes like JAL and ANA, and to provide easy access to Sapporo’s subway system.

Most tourists landing in Sapporo City in Hokkaido arrive at the New Chitose Airport which is considered one of the most popular airports in the country due to its many amenities.

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