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Kitaca, Sapica or Suica, which one is the most useful transportation card in Sapporo?

When getting public transportations in Japan, IC transportation card is commonly used overall Japanese major cities. An advantage of IC card against single ticket is a simple ticketing system that allow you to keep using same one card as long as top-up on it while single ticket is required to purchase for every single destination. Further more,Read More

Access from New Chitose Airport to Asahikawa

Asahikawa is the second largest city in Hokkaido, which is well known that Asahiyama Zoo is located in. As Furano and Biei, a popular tourist spots in Hokkaido is not very far from Asahikawa, not a few tourists to Hokkaido would also visit the city.
Due to no direct public transportation from New Chitose Airport to Asahikawa, you have to transit in Sapporo to reach Asahikawa by either way, bus or JR.
There are four options to move from New Chitose Airport to Asahikawa.

Plan A

All the way from New Chitose Airport to Asahikawa by JR

Total trip time: 2h 02 min (37 min from New Chitose Airport to Sapporo + 1h 25 min from Sapporo to Asahikawa)
Total ticket price: JPY 5,360 ( JPY 1,070 from New Chitose Airport to Sapporo + JPY 4,290 from Sapporo to Asahikawa )
*In case you make round trip between Sapporo and Asahikawa by JR within 6 days, S Ticket (ticket for round-trip free seating ) with JPY 5,080 is useful and reasonable.
*You can purchase S Ticket at Midorino Madoguchi, JR ticket counter or ask JR information desk at New Chitose Airport in English

Plan B

New Chitose Airport to Sapporo by JR and Sapporo to Asahikawa by Bus

Total trip time: Approximately 3h 02 min ( 37 min from New Chitose Airport to Sapporo + 2h 25 min from Sapporo to Asahikawa)
Total ticket price: JPY 3,130 ( JPY 1,070 from New Chitose Airport to Sapporo + JPY 2,060 from Sapporo to Asahikawa)

*Round trip bus ticket from/to Sapporo to/from Asahikawa is JPY 3,860
*You can buy the round trip bus ticket at the bus terminal in Sapporo station

Plan C

New Chitose Airport to Sapporo by bus and Sapporo to Asahikawa by JR

Total trip time: Approximately 2h 45 min ( 1h 20 min from New Chitose Airport to Sapporo + 1h 25min from Sapporo to Asahikawa)
Total ticket price: JPY 5,320 (JPY 1,030 from New Chitose Airport to Sapporo + JPY 4,290 from Sapporo to Asahikawa)

*Round trip bus ticket from/to New Chitose Airport to/from Sapporo is JPY 1,950
*You can buy a round trip bus ticket from/to New Chitose Airport to/from Sapporo at the counter on 1st floor of New Chitose Airport
* In case you make round trip between Sapporo and Asahikawa by JR within 6 days, S Ticket (ticket for round-trip free seating ) with JPY 5,080 is useful and reasonable.
* You can purchase S Ticket at Midorino Madoguchi, JR ticket counter or ask JR information desk in Sapporo station in English

Plan D

All the way from New Chitose Airport to Asahikawa by bus

Total trip time: Approximately 3h 45 min( 1h 20 min from New Chitose Airport to Sapporo + 2h 25min from Sapporo to Asahikawa)
Total ticket price: JPY 3,090 ( JPY 1,030 from New Chitose Airport to Sapporo + JPY 2,060 from Sapporo to Asahikawa)

*Round trip bus ticket from/to New Chitose Airport to/from Sapporo is JPY 1,950
*You can buy a round trip bus ticket from/to New Chitose Airport to/from Sapporo at the counter on 1st floor of New Chitose Airport
*Round trip bus ticket from/to Sapporo to/from Asahikawa is JPY 3,860
*You can buy the round trip bus ticket from/to Sapporo to/from Asahikawa at the bus terminal in Sapporo station

Plan E – Updated in Aug 2018

Direct bus from New Chitose Airport to Asahikawa

The direct bus has been operated the route from New Chitose airport to Asahikawa since Apr 2018 according to official website of Hokuto Kotsu, a major Hokkaido bus company.
Total trip time: Approximately 2h 50min
Total ticket price: JPY 3,500
Four times in a day

*Round trip bus ticket is JPY 6,500
*You need to buy the bus ticket through the website http://www.busnavi-hk.jp/route/taisetsu_liner.html in advance.
The wab page http://www.busnavi-hk.jp/route/taisetsu_liner.html is also introducing the time table as well as the fare details etc.

As stated above, when you go from New Chitose Airport to Asahikawa, the fastest way is Plan A that goes all the way by JR, on the other hand, the cheapest way is Plan D that uses buses from the airport to Asahikawa. Plan E, the direct bus from the airport to Asahikawa is also reasonable choice if you understand Japanese to proceed online booking offered by the local bus company. In the mean time, except the route from New Chitose airport to Sapporo by JR, each ticket by JR or bus provides special discount price for the round trip. If you already have a plan to come back to the airport from Asahikawa via same route, those discount round trip tickets are relatively much cheaper than one way ticket.
Train from the airport to Sapporo is often clouded and no available seat. If you want to secure to sit on the seat for 40 min, I recommend to use the bus for this route or pay additional fee for reserved seat for the train.

-Updated-
Inter city bus pass http://www.hokkaidox.com/en/hokkaido-bus-pass/ is available until 27 Mar 2019. This bus pass covers the routes from New Chitose airport to Sapporo and Sapporo to Asahikawa. Once you get the pass (JPY 6,000 for 3 days pass, JPY 9,000 for 5 days pass), you can reach 20 cities and more than 100 travel spots in Hokkaido by local buses.




The earliest bus and JR from Sapporo to new Chitose airport (as of Apr 2018)

If you don’t join any group tour, then visit in Hokkaido individually, public transportation from/ to New Chitose airport is the most common way to reach/depart Sapporo downtown. As previous my post, bus and JR are popular ways for both local people and tourists so far.

I got a question about the earliest bus from Sapporo to the airport, so also post the answer here as well.

According to the official website of the bus company, the earliest bus to New Chitose airport departs Sapporo railway station at 5:15 a.m and reaches Odori area around 5:18 a.m and Susukino area around 5:24 a.m. It takes about 80 minutes from Odori area and 70 minutes from Susukino to the airport under normal road condition. However, when it falls heavy snow, more cars move slowly and sometimes highway will close. Under this situation, it takes more time to reach the airport. If you go to Hokkaido in winter, especially from Dec to Feb, checking weather condition is very important. In case it falls snow, utilizing JR is much better. JR is less affected by bad weather. The earliest JR train departs Sapporo railway station at 6:02 and arrive New Chitose airport at 6:51.

Approximate departure time at each bus stop (Bound for New Chitose Airport)

Sapporo Station:5:15,5:20,5:40
Hokkaido Government Building:5:17,5:22,5:42
Sapporo Grand Hotel:5:18,5:23,5:43
Susukino(Minami4 Nishi3):5:24,5:29,5:49


Official Time Table by Hokuto bus and JR Hokkaido

By official website of Hokuto bus
By official website of JR Hokkaido

-Updated-

Inter city bus pass http://www.hokkaidox.com/en/hokkaido-bus-pass is available until 27 Mar 2019. This bus pass covers the routes from New Chitose airport to Sapporo. Once you get the pass (JPY 6,000 for 3 days pass, JPY 9,000 for 5 days pass), you can reach 20 cities and more than 100 travel spots in Hokkaido by local buses.

Discount ticket for JR – Move from Sapporo to other cities in Hokkaido

If you are interested in exploring some cities in Hokkaido from Sapporo by JR, would be better to get a discount ticket in advance. It is not available at all areas in Hokkaido, but in case you are planning to visit to major cities like Asahikawa, Hakodate or Obihiro etc. , you can take advantage of some kinds of cheaper train tickets to reach there.
The places you can buy such discount ticket are travel agents or ticket counters in JR station called as “Midori no Madoguchi(みどりの窓口)”. If you starts the trip from Sapporo, I recommend to get the tickets at  “Hokkaido-Sapporo Tourist Information Center” English speaker is stationed.
JR is offering various kinds of cheaper tickets so far, then I listed some major types of discount tickets below. Should you want to know more detail about each ticket or plan to go to other cities rather than below destinations, please directly ask staffs at Midori no Madoguchi.

From/ToTo/FromName of available discount ticket
(In Japanese)
Discount ticket price for limited express
(Discount ticket + additional limited express fee)
Original ticket price for limited expressEffective priod for the discount ticketNotes
SapporoAsashikawaR Ticket
(Rきっぷ)
5,080
8,580
11 days
Non-reserved seat
SapporoNoboribetsuDiscount round trip ticket
(乗車券往復割引きっぷ)
6,990
7,920
6 days
Non-reserved seat
SapporoTouyaDiscount round trip ticket
(乗車券往復割引き
9,410
10,800
7 days
Non-reserved seat
SapporoObihiroDiscount round trip ticket
(乗車券往復割引き
12,950
14,440
10 days
Reserved seat
SapporoHakodateDiscount round trip ticket
(乗車券往復割引き
15,22017,660
8 days
Reserved seat
SapporoKushiroDiscount round trip ticket
(乗車券往復割引き
16,860
18,740
9 days
Reserved seat

Bus stops for airport coach in Sapporo downtown

As my previous post, major options to reach Sapporo downtown from new Chitose airport are JR and airport coach. (You can get taxi at the airport, but Japanese taxi is so expensive that I have not used before. The taxi fare from the airport to Sapporo downtown would be higher than JPY 10,000…) If you choose coach, it is easier to get to your hotel than JR as there are more than 10 bus stops in the downtown.
Two bus companies are operating airport coach currently. The one company, Hokuto kotsu provides a useful website which introduces names of bus stops in the route from new Chitose airport to Sapporo downtown with the city area map.
I prepared the below list which shows the closest bus stops for each hotel referred to the map. Hope the list would be helpful for your trip!

Bus stops for airport coach in Sapporo
Bus stops Hotel
Nakajima Park
*This bus stop is for Sapporo down town direct bus only
Hote Kaiko Sapporo Nakajima Koen, Business Inn Norte, Sapporo Kita Hotel, Hotel Lifort Sapporo, Sapporo Park Hotel, Premier Hotel Nakajimapark Sapporo, Hotel VISTA Sapporo Nakajima Koen, Hotel Resol Sapporo Nakajima Koen, Vessel Inn Sapporo Nakajima Koen, Hotel Show Sapporo, Hotel livemax Sapporo, Art Hotels Sapporo, Hotel North City, Sapporo Excel Hotel Tokyu, Hotel Clair Sapporo, Quintessa Hotel Sapporo, Ibis Styles Sapporo, Hotel Relief Sapporo Susukino
Minami 3 Jo Susukino
or Susukino
ANA Holiday Inn Sapporo Susukino, Mercure Hotel Sapporo, Apa Hotel Sapporo Susukino Ekimae, Daiwa Roynet Hotel Sapporo Susukino, Hotel Ronshan Sapporo, Hotel Route Inn Sapporo Chuo, Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel, Toyoko Inn Sapporo Susukino Kosaten, Hotel Rener Susukino, Sapporo Tobu Hotel, L'Hotel de L' Hotel, Rechmond Hotel Sapporo Odori, Watermark Hotel Sapporo, Nest Hotel Sapporo Odori, Hotel New Budget Sapporo, Dormy Inn Annex, Dormy Inn Premium Sapporo, Hotel Sunroute New Sapporo, Apa Hotel Sapporo Susukino Ekinishi, Hotel Relief Sapporo Susukino, Marks Inn Sapporo, Apa Hotel Sapporo Susukino Eki Minami, Sapporo Daiichi Hotel, Apa Hotel Sapporo Susukino, Jasmac Plaza Hotel, Tiara Hotel Sapporo Susukino, Weekly Sapporo Annex, Weekly Sapporo 2000, Hotel Annex, Tmark City Hotel Sapporo, Hotel Kaiko Sapporo, Swanky Hotel Ohtomo, Super Hotel Sapporo Susukino, Business Hotel Line, Toyoko Inn Sapporo Susukino Minami
Odori ParkHotel Resoi Trinity Sapporo, Hotel Okura Sapporo, Rasso Life Stage Hotel, Unizo Inn Sapporo
Hotel Monterey Edelhof SapporoHotel Monterey Edelhof Sapporo, New Otani Inn Sapporo, Sapporo Sumire Hotel, Nest Hotel Sapporo Ekimae, Apa Hotel TKP Sapporo Ekimae, Cross Hotel Sapporo
ANA Hotel SapporoANA Hotel Sapporo, Hotel Pearl City Sapporo, R & B Hotel Sapporo Kita3 Nishi2, Toyoko Inn Sapporo Eki Minamiguchi, Richmond Hotel Sapporo Ekimae, Hotel Moterey Sapporo
Sapporo StationJR Tower Hotel Nikko Sapporo, Toyoko Inn Sapporo Eki Kitaguchi, Hotel Gracery Sapporo, Hotel Rote Inn Sapporo Ekimae Kitaguchi, Hotel Norh Gate Sapporo, Century Roral Hotel, KKR Hotel Sapporo
Hokkaido Government BuildingHotel Tokeidai, Hotel Hokke Club Sapporo,
Sapporo Grand HotelSapporo Grand Hotel, Unizo Inn Sapporo
Hotel Resol Trinity SapporoHotel Resol Trinity Sapporo, Hotel Okura Sapporo, Nest Hotel Sapporo Odori
Tokyo Dome Hotel SapporoNakatono Hotel, Sapporo Classe Hotel, Apa Hotel Sapporo, Hotel Bougainvillea Sapporo, Hotel Leopalace Sapporo, Apa Hotel Sapporo Odori Koen,
Sapporo Prince HotelHotel Tetora Spirit Sapporo, Comfort Hotel Sapporo, International Hostel Khaosan Sapporo, Sapporo Prince Hotel
Royton SapporoHotel Sapporo Geibunkan, Royton Sapporo, Hotel Sapporo Yayoi
Keio Plaza Hotel SapporoHotel Livemax Sapporo Ekimae, Hotel Keihan Sapporo, JR Inn Sapporo, Mitsui Garden Hotel Sapporo, Hotel Polestar Sapporo

Basic information for the airport coach (Updated in Nov 2019)

*Ticket price for adult: JPY 1,100(For child: JPY 550)
*Value ticket set
1)”4枚つづり回数券” is a ticket set including 4 pieces of one way trip ticket, which can be also used for two persons on the round trip.
The ticket set price is JPY 4,000 (JPY 1,000 per single ticket)
2)”往復割引乗車券” is a ticket set for one person on the round trip.
The ticket set price is JPY 2,100 (JPY 1,050 per single ticket)
*The first bus from new Chitose airport: 8:40
*The last bus: 22:55
*Buses are operated every fifteen minutes.
*It takes about 70 minutes to 80 minutes from the airport to the downtown without any accident or weather trouble
*Buses from New Chitose airport to Sapporo downtown are operated by two bus companies, Chuo bus and Hokuto Kotsu
*Tickets of Chuo bus and Hokuto Kotsu are valid for both lines
*Tickets including value ticket set are sold at the ticket counter in the airport or by each bus driver

Updated on Jan 2019
Bus stops around Susukino area are a little bit complicated, so let me update some additinal information.

“Minami 3 Jo Susukino” bus stop : For the bus from new Chitose airport to Sapporo central, located on the right next street of Sapporo Ekimae Dori (Street)
Timetable at Minami 3 Jo Susukino bus stop (To Sapporo central)
http://www.chuo-bus.co.jp/highway.en/airport/index.cgi?ope=sap_pole&trjc=8044&trjs=29

*There is another “Susukino” alighting bus stop for the bus heading to Sapporo central, but the bus only runs once every an hour.
http://www.chuo-bus.co.jp/highway.en/airport/index.cgi?ope=sap_pole&trjc=2520&trjs=29

Susukino” bus stop : For the bus from Sapporo central to New Chitose airport, located on Tsukisamu Dori a.k.a Route 36.
Timetable at Susukino bus stop (To new Chitose airport) http://www.chuo-bus.co.jp/highway.en/airport/index.cgi?ope=chi_pole&trjc=2520&trjs=89

Access from New Chitose airport to Sapporo downtown

Most common ways to move from New Chitose airport to Sapporo downtown are bus or train (JR). The merit of bus is there are some bus stops in Sapporo city. In case you choose train to go to downtown even though your hotel is far from train station in Sapporo, you need to take a local bus or taxi from the station to the hotel. If you take bus from the airport, it can directly carry you to bus stops which are close to major hotels in Sapporo downtown.
The merit of train is strictness about time.
Sapporo or other cities in Hokkaido face some troubles due to heavy snow in winter. Closure or speed limit of highways are one of major happenings to annoy people, which could be happened many times during winter season.If you take bus while snow is falling, it may be difficult to guess what time you can reach your destination hotel.
Please kindly refer to following detail information for both bus and train to move from the airport to Sapporo downtown.


1.Bus(Updated in Jan 2019)
*Ticket price for an adult: JPY 1,030(For a Child: JPY 530)
*The first bus: 8:44
*The last bus: 22:57
*Buses run every fifteen minutes until 19:00 and almost every 30 minutes after 19:00
*It takes about 70 minutes to 80 minutes from the airport to the downtown without any accident or weather trouble
*Buses from New Chitose airport to Sapporo downtown are operated by two bus companies, Chuo bus and Hokuto Kotsu
*Tickets of Chuo bus and Hokuto Kotsu are valid for both lines
*There are some bus stops in Sapporo downtown (Please kindly refer to Bus route map and my previous post )
*Boarding point for the bus to Sapporo central is located at 1st floor of international terminal as well as domestic terminal
*You can buy the bus ticket at the ticket machine before boarding and it is also acceptable for the cash payment when you get off.
*No. 65 is the boarding point for the bus to Sapporo central

Ticket machine on the 1st floor of international terminal



Exit at international terminal



No.65 boarding point for the bus to Sapporo central



2.Train (JR)
*Ticket price for an adult: JPY 1,070 (For a Child: JPY 520)
*The first train:6:56
*The last train:22:53
*Trains run every fifteen minutes.
*It takes about 36 minutes to 45 minutes from the airport to Sapporo station without any accident
*Time table for train