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The Sapporo Streetcar (札幌市電 Sapporo shiden ) is a tram network located in Sapporo, Hokkaidō, Japan. It is operated by the Sapporo City Transportation Bureau. The system is sometimes referred to by residents as simply the "shiden" (市電). The first section of the network opened in 1909 as the "Sapporo Stone Horsecar Railway" (札幌石材馬車鉄道 Sapporo sekizai basha tetsudō ); it was electrified in 1918. The Transportation Bureau took over the network in 1927.
- Distance: 8.41 km / 5.2 mi.
- Gauge: 1,067 mm / 3 ft. 6 in.
- Stations: 23
- Double-tracking: Entire line (except at terminals)
- Electrification: 600 V DC overhead catenary
Lines and routes
At its peak in 1958, the network was 25 kilometers in length with 11 lines and 7 routes. However, the network shrank due to increased automobile ownership and the opening of the Sapporo Municipal Subway.
Officially, there are three lines currently in operation. They are collectively called the Ichijō-Yamahana Streetcar Line (一条・山鼻軌道線 Ichijō-yamahana-kidōsen ) or simply the Streetcar Line (軌道線 kidōsen ).
- Ichijō Line (一条線): Nishi-Yon-Chōme – Nishi-Jūgo-Chōme
- Yamahana-Nishi Line (山鼻西線): Nishi-Jūgo-Chōme – Chūō-Toshokan-Mae
- Yamahana Line (山鼻線): Chūō-Toshokan-Mae – Susukino
Almost all trams traverse the entire network from Nishi-Yon-Chōme to Susukino. Other sectional services include:
- Nishi-Yon-Chōme – Nishisen-Jūroku-Jō
- Nishi-Yon-Chōme — Chūō-Toshokan-Mae
- Chūō-Toshokan-Mae — Susukino
Trams run at a frequency of 7 to 8 minutes during the day and 3 minutes during weekend peak periods between Nishi-Yon-Chōme and Nishisen-Jūroku-Jō stations.
The fare is ¥170. Like the subway, the tram accepts the With You Card, a prepaid magnetic card. Beginning in June, 2013, the tram will also accept Kitaca electronic IC cards used on JR Hokkaido trains.
|Line Name||Station||Japanese||Distance (km)||Transfers||Location|
|Nishi-Yon-Chōme||西4丁目||0.00||0.00||Sapporo Municipal Subway: ■ Namboku Line (N07), ■ Tōhō Line (H08), ■ Tōzai Line (T09) (Ōdōri)||Minami 1-jō, Nishi 4-chōme|
|Nishi-Hatchōme||西8丁目||0.44||0.44||Minami 1-jō, Nishi 8-chōme|
|Chūō-Kuyakusho-Mae||中央区役所前||0.85||0.85||Sapporo Municipal Subway: ■ Tōzai Line (Nishi-Jūitchōme, T08)||Minami 1-jō, Nishi 10-chōme|
|Nishi-Jūgo-Chōme||西15丁目||1.38||1.38||Sapporo Municipal Subway: ■ Tōzai Line (Nishi-Jūhatchōme, T07)||Minami 1-jō, Nishi 14-chōme|
|Nishisen-Roku-Jō||西線6条||0.55||1.93||Minami 6-jō, Nishi 14-chōme|
|Nishisen-Ku-Jō Asahiyama-Kōen-Dōri||西線9条旭山公園通||0.93||2.31||Minami 9-jō, Nishi 14-chōme|
|Nishisen-Jūichi-Jō||西線11条||1.30||2.68||Minami 11-jō, Nishi 14-chōme|
|Nishisen-Jūyo-Jō||西線14条||1.78||3.16||Minami 14-jō, Nishi 14-chōme|
|Nishisen-Jūroku-Jō||西線16条||2.15||3.53||Minami 16-jō, Nishi 14-chōme|
|Ropeway-Iriguchi||ロープウェイ入口||2.53||3.90||Minami 19-jō, Nishi 14-chōme|
|Densha-Jigyōsho-Mae||電車事業所前||2.85||4.23||Minami 21-jō, Nishi 14-chōme|
|Chūō-Toshokan-Mae||中央図書館前||3.15||4.53||Minami 22-jō, Nishi 13-chōme|
|Ishiyama-Dōri||石山通||0.26||4.79||Minami 22-jō, Nishi 11-chōme|
|Higashi-Tonden-Dōri||東屯田通||0.61||5.14||Minami 22-jō, Nishi 9-chōme|
|Kōnan-Shōgakkō-Mae||幌南小学校前||1.03||5.56||Minami 22-jō, Nishi 7-chōme|
|Yamahana-Jūku-Jō||山鼻19条||1.28||5.81||Minami 19-jō, Nishi 7-chōme|
|Seishūgakuen-Mae||静修学園前||1.67||6.20||Sapporo Municipal Subway: ■ Namboku Line (Horohira-Bashi, N10)||Minami 16-jō, Nishi 7-chōme|
|Gyōkei-Dōri||行啓通||2.04||6.57||Minami 14-jō, Nishi 7-chōme|
|Nakajima-Kōen-Dōri||中島公園通||2.51||7.04||Minami 11-jō, Nishi 7-chōme|
|Yamahana-Ku-Jō||山鼻9条||2.86||7.39||Sapporo Municipal Subway: ■ Namboku Line (Nakajima-Kōen, N09)||Minami 9-jō, Nishi 7-chōme|
|Higashi-Honganji-Mae||東本願寺前||3.17||7.70||Minami 7-jō, Nishi 7-chōme|
|Shiseikan-Shōgakkō-Mae||資生館小学校前||3.59||8.12||Minami 4-jō, Nishi 6-chōme|
|Susukino||すすきの||3.88||8.41||Sapporo Municipal Subway: ■ Namboku Line (Susukino, N08), ■ Tōhō Line (Hōsui-Susukino, H09)||Minami 4-jō, Nishi 4-chōme|
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