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Sapporo Transport


Sapporo's streets follow a grid plan, making it fairly easy to navigate. The city has a comprehensive public transport system consisting of buses, a streetcar, trains, and several subway lines. The JR Hokkaido Bus Company operates local and intercity bus lines, connecting downtown Sapporo with popular attractions and neighbouring cities. Tickets can be bought from a dispenser at the front of the bus upon boarding. Multiple-use tickets can be bought at larger stations, such as the Sapporo Station Bus Terminal.

The Hokkaido Chuo Bus Company runs a sightseeing route that travels to several areas in Hokkaido. Reservations can be made telephonically or on the company's website. The city's streetcar line, known locally as the shiden, runs along the south of the city, close to Mount Moiwa.

The Sapporo Station also functions as a hub for JR Hokkaido's railway network, which travels to the city's suburbs, neighbouring towns and cities on the island, and connects to the national network. Tickets can be reserved telephonically, purchased at station vending machines, or at the JR Reservation ticket counters in the station.

The Sapporo Municipal Subway system operates out of central terminals at Sapporo Station and Odori Station. The system consists of three extensive lines and is easily accessible in most parts of the city. Tickets and multiple-ride passes can be purchased at station vending machines. Taxis are widely available but drivers are unlikely to speak English and travellers are advised to have their destination written down in Japanese.

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