Chitose (千歳) is a city of 97,000 people (2017) in Ishikari, Hokkaido. Chitose is one of the gateways to Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Lake Shikotsu and Mount Tarumae. It is home to the biggest international airport in Hokkaido and closest airport to Sapporo
- 1 New Chitose Airport (CTS IATA 新千歳空港), 1 Mimi, 千歳市美々１, ☏ . Customer service daily 06:20-23:00. All international and inter-island flights land at New Chitose Airport. The route from Tokyo is the most heavily traveled in the world, with several dozen Jumbos flying daily on a variety of carriers and flights as low as ¥10,000 one way if you book more than one month in advance. Direct international service to Sapporo is limited to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Sakhalin, Guam and seasonal flights from Macau and Australia, but JAL and ANA provide nonstop service from Narita for intercontinental connections.
Getting there and away:
- By bus – Skybus operates a door-to-door shuttle.
- By train – JR trains run every 15 minutes directly to Sapporo station (36–40 min; unreserved ¥1,040, reserved ¥1,340).
- Chitose Line : Bibi - Minami-Chitose - Chitose - Osatsu
- Chitose Line (branch line) : Minami-Chitose - New Chitose Airport
- Sekishō Line : Minami-Chitose
Chitose is accessed by two expressways with an interchange in the west and another in the north on a separate expressway and the Chitose-Eniwa Junction connecting with the Eastern Hokkaido Expressway in the northwest. Chitose is also linked by National Route 36, National Route 274, National Route 276, National Route 337, and National Route 453.
- 1 Peace Pagoda (halfway up Mount Moiwa). Built by the Japanese Buddhist order Nipponzan Myohoji in 197 to commemorate peace after World War II and can be seen from almost anywhere in Sapporo. It contains some of the ashes of the Buddha that were presented to the Emperor of Japan by Prime Minister Nehru in 1954. Later, another part of these were presented to Mikhail Gorbachev by the famous Nipponzan-Myōhōji monk, Junsei Terasawa.
|Routes through Chitose|
|END ←||W E||→ Yubari → Obihiro|
|Sapporo ← W Junction ←||N S||→ Tomakomai → Oshamambe|