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Update:November 8, 2017

Transportation

Subways

There are three subway lines in Sapporo (Namboku Line, Tozai Line, and Toho Line). (http://www.city.sapporo.jp/st/english/routemap.html)

Fares

Fares vary from \200 to \370 for adults according to the distance traveled; elementary school students and younger pay half the adult price, and babies under one year of age travel free. For each passenger of elemtary school age or older, an accompanying child of preschool age or younger may ride for free (same discount applies to the streetcar and bus).

If you transfer from the subway directly to a streetcar or a bus (or vice versa), you can obtain a transfer ticket at a discount rate. In these cases SAPICA cards are convenient because they allow the transfer rate to be applied automatically. IC Cards from other transport systems (Kitaca, suica, etc.) may also be used.

How to use the subway (when using with a purchased ticket)

  • Confirm the fare for your destination using the route maps above the ticket machines, place your coins or bills into the slot and press the fare button to receive your ticket. 
  • Place your ticket in the slot of the ticket gate and walk through, retrieving your ticket as you go. When leaving the subway, place your ticket in the slot of the ticket gate. – the ticket will not be returned. (When transferring from the subway directly to a streetcar or bus, please purchase a ticket for transfer at the ticket machine. Your ticket will be returned to you after inserting it in the ticket gate slot. Please place this ticket in the fare box of the streetcar or bus when boarding.) 
  • Because the Namboku Line and Toho Line at Sapporo Station are not connected, you will need to exit the ticket gates when transferring at the station. Insert your ticket into the yellow ticket machines and take the ticket which comes out, making sure to re-enter into the ticket gates for the line you will transfer to within 30 minutes.
  • If your ticket rate is insufficient for the distance traveled, place the ticket into the slot of the fare adjustment machine located near the ticket gate on arrival. It will indicate the additional amount to be paid. Insert the amount indicated and an adjusted-fare ticket will fall into the tray. You can then exit through the ticket gate using the adjusted-fare ticket. 

Discount tickets

  •  SAPICA
    SAPICA is a rechargeable IC card that can be used as a prepaid pass for the subway, streetcar and bus (service not abvailable on certain buses). By touching the card to the reader at the ticket gate, you can go in and out fast and easy. Every time you use the card at the ticket gate or the ticket dispenser, 10% of your purchase would be added to your SAPICA points.
  •  One-Day Ticket for Subway Use
    This ticket offers unlimited rides on the subway on the day of purchase (¥830 for adults and ¥420 for children). The tickets can be purchased at ticket machines. Insert the One-Day Ticket in the slot of the ticket gate and walk through, retrieving your ticket as you go. 
  •  Donichika-Ticket
    This ticket is an unlimited one-day ride pass for the subway to be used only on Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, and New Year’s holiday (Dec. 29 – Jan. 3). It is priced at ¥520 for adults and ¥260 for children, and can be purchased at ticket machines. Insert the Donichika-Ticket in the slot of the ticket gate and walk through, retrieving your ticket as you go.
  • Commuter passes (teiki-ken)
    A subway commuter pass offers unlimited rides between designated stations during its period of validity. There are two types of commuter pass: one for those commuting to their workplace and one for students; both are available for one- or three-month periods, and can be purchased from commuter pass sales offices located at major subway stations.

Streetcars

Streetcars are called shiden in Japanese. There is one streetcar route, charging a flat fare of ¥170 for adults and ¥90 for elementary school aged children and younger, and free for babies under one year of age. (For a map, http://www.city.sapporo.jp/st/english/routemap.html)

 Streetcars are boarded from the rear and exited from the front. Fares are paid upon getting off the streetcar. SAPICA Cards may be used to pay fares.

 Discount tickets

  • SAPICA Card 
    This IC Card may be used to pay fare on the streetcar. Simply touch the card to the reader upon getting off the streetcar. When using a SAPICA Card, 10% of the fare is saved as SAPICA points on the card.
  • Dosanko Pass
    This pass allows one adult and one child unlimited rides on the streetcar on the day of purchase to be used on Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, and New Year’s holiday (Dec. 29 – Jan. 3). The pass costs \310. Passes may only be purchased on the day of use and can be bought inside the streetcar.
  • Commuter passes (teiki-ken)
    A streetcar commuter pass offers unlimited rides during its period of validity. There are two types of commuter pass: one for those commuting to their workplace and one for students; both are available for one- or three-month periods, and can be purchased from commuter pass sales offices located at major subway stations.

Buses

Several companies provide bus services in Sapporo.While the fare depends on the number of stops traveled, most fares downtown run at ¥210 for adults and ¥110 for children.Enter the bus from the rear door and exit from the front door, paying your fare as you leave. SAPICA cards are convenient for using buses within the city.

Japan Railways (JR)

This is the largest railway system in Japan.

Inquiries about public transportation

The Sapporo City Call Center answers inquiries about public transportation, including connections, fares and timetables.
Sapporo City Call Center (page. http://www.city.sapporo.jp/city/english/information/citizen-contact-center.html)

Taxis

  • Taxis can be found as follows:
    1. Raise a hand to hail one.
    2. Wait in line at a designated taxi stand in front of a station or department store.
    3. Call a taxi company and request to be picked up at the desired location.
  • Many taxi doors are automatically opened and closed. Get in when the left-side rear door opens.
  • When you arrive at your destination, pay the fare shown on the meter. (Expressway tolls are added to the meter fare.)
  • Fares vary depending on the size of the vehicle and the taxi company.

Senior Citizens’ Discount Card (Keiro Pass)

With this pass, citizens of 70 years or older can use the subway, streetcars and buses in Sapporo at discount rates. Notices and application materials are sent to individuals as they become eligible.
Applicants choose the category of the one-year pass ranging from ¥10,000 to ¥70,000 (April – March the next year). Depending on the chosen category, applicants pay ¥1,000 to ¥17,000.