Sapporo Station

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This article is about the station of JR Hokkaido. For the station of Sapporo Municipal Subway, see Sapporo Station (Sapporo Municipal Subway).
Sapporo Station
Sapporostation south.jpg
South side of the Sapporo Station
Prefecture Hokkaido
(See other stations in Hokkaido)
City Sapporo
Ward Chūō
Year opened 1880
Rail services
Station number(s) 01
Operator(s) JR Hokkaido
Line(s) Hakodate Main Line
Chitose Line
Sasshō Line

Sapporo Station (札幌駅 Sapporo-eki?) is a railway station located in Chūō-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaidō, Japan. It is served by Hakodate Main Line and other lines of Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido), and is also connected to the Sapporo Subway.

Sapporo Station is the starting point and terminus for the limited expresses of JR Hokkaido. It also has the tallest building (JR Tower) in Hokkaido. Sapporo station is developing into a commercial center as large as Ōdōri Park and Susukino.

Lines and trains[edit]

The following lines and trains pass through or terminate at Sapporo Station:

JR Hokkaido[edit]


Sapporo Station consists of five platforms that are raised above street level. These raised platforms serve 10 tracks which run in an east-west direction. Two concourses run north-south below the platforms. It has a commercial facility called Paseo under the ground and JR Tower on the south side of the station.

When the Hokkaido Shinkansen is extended to Sapporo Station, tracks 1 and 2 will be used for the Shinkansen trains.[citation needed]


A reduced-size replica of Sapporo Station 1908

Sapporo Station was opened in 1880 as a Horonai Railway's terminus. A new station building was built in 1881 and it was enlarged as Sapporo developed.

In 1908, the station building was rebuilt because of a fire in 1907. The restored building can be found in the Historical Village of Hokkaidō in Nopporo Forest Park.

The third reconstruction was finished in 1951 and the Sapporo Subway was opened in 1971. An underground shopping center was started in 1972 and a commercial building was opened on the east side of the station in 1978.

Until the 1970s, many passengers from Honshu got off at the station where porters waited for them with the flags of their hotels. However, the number of passengers traveling from Honshu by plane exceeded the number traveling by train in 1977.

The current building was built in 2003. Sapporo Station is now the center of transportation in Hokkaido.


1-4 Hakodate Main Line for Otaru, Teine
5-6 Chitose Line for Minami-Chitose, Shin-Chitose Kūkō, Sapporo
7-8 Hakodate Main Line for Ebetsu, Iwamizawa
  Chitose Line for Sapporo
9-10 Sasshō Line for Ishikari-Tōbetsu, Sapporo
  Hakodate Main Line for Ebetsu, Iwamizawa

Overnight trains: Cassiopeia, Hokutosei, Twilight Express and Hamanasu departs from platforms 3-6.

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Hakodate Main Line
Sōen - Naebo
Chitose Line
Terminus Airport Rapid Shin-Sapporo
Terminus Local Naebo
Sasshō Line
Sōen - Terminus

Surrounding area[edit]

  • Sapporo Station, Sapporo Municipal Subway
  • Sapporo station Bus Terminal
  • Japan National Route 5, (to Hakodate)
  • Hokkaido Development Bureau building
  • Hokkaido University
  • Hokkaido Police Headquarters
  • Sapporo Central Post Office
  • Sapporo 1 building, (Sapporo Government Office building)
  • Sapporo agricultural cooperative association (JA Sapporo), Chuo branch
  • Sapporo JR Tower
  • Sapporo Stellar Place, shopping mall
  • Daimaru store, Sapporo branch
  • Sapporo Cinema Frontier
  • Sapporo Esta, shopping center
  • Tokyu Department store
  • Asty 45, building
  • PASEO, shopping center
  • APIA, shopping center
  • Loft Sapporo, store
  • Hotel New Otani Sapporo
  • North Pacific Bank, Kitashichijo branch
  • Hokkaido Bank Sapporo-eki branch
  • Mizuho Bank, Sapporo branch
  • Aozora Bank, Sapporo Branch
  • Aomori Bank, Sapporo Branch
  • Suruga Bank, Sapporo Branch
  • Daishi Bank, Sapporo Branch
  • Hidaka shinkin Bank, Sapporo Branch

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 43°04′07″N 141°21′02.8″E / 43.06861°N 141.350778°E / 43.06861; 141.350778

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