Friday, April 9, 2010

New Chitose Airport (Hokkaido)

New Chitose Airport is the main entry point into Sapporo and Hokkaido in general. The airport is both a domestic and international airport and is quite busy - it's one of the gateways into Japan from Korea. Check out the shopping on 2F in the central plaza. This is a great place to buy that last minute omiyage (gift) - and it's particularly popular to buy lots of fresh Japanese seafood here. Never actually tried travelling overseas with this however... you can get the food packed in very convenient cooler boxes... but seriously, I'd just look.

By Train
To be honest you'll be surprised just how far away it is from Sapporo. To take the JR Sapporo Rapid Airport Express takes just under 40 mins - which is the best way of getting into the city - and costs just over 1,000 yen. If you're taking a car then there's essentially two options

By Car
If you're hiring a car, the quickest way is the Sasson Expressway, however, this is a tolled road, so my suggestion is just take the normal roads in (takes only 10-15 mins longer).

Non-toll road (43 km - 1hr 11mins)

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