Chitose Line

Chitose Line (千歳線, Chitose-sen) is a railway line in Hokkaido operated by Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido), connecting Numanohata, Tomakomai and Shiroishi Station, Shiroishi Ward, Sapporo, linking the Muroran Main Line and Hakodate Main Line. There also is a branch line to New Chitose Airport.

Chitose Line
JR Hokkaido Airport Rapid train.jpg
A 721 series EMU on an Airport rapid service at Minami-Chitose Station
Native name千歳線
OwnerJR logo (hokkaido).svg JR Hokkaido
TypeAirport rail link
Commuter rail
Line length56.6 km (35.2 mi)
Number of tracksDouble
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Electrification20 kV AC, overhead catenary
Route map
JR Chitose Line linemap.svg

Service outlineEdit

The line forms part of the trunk route between Sapporo and Southern Hokkaido. As such, Hokuto limited express trains run between Sapporo and Hakodate once every 1 to 2 hours, as well as the Suzuran limited express between Sapporo and Muroran.[1]

The section between Sapporo and Minami-Chitose is also a part of the trunk route between Sapporo and eastern Hokkaido. The limited express trains Ōzora and Super Tokachi run through.[1]

The rapid trains Special Rapid Airport and Rapid Airport run approximately once every 12 minutes, functioning as the airport rail link between New Chitose Airport Station and Sapporo or Otaru. Since the Chitose Line goes through the most urbanized area in Hokkaido, there are roughly 3 to 4 local train services per hour.

Former servicesEdit

There were sleeper trains between Honshu and Hokkaido, such as the Hokutosei, Cassiopeia, Twilight Express, and Hamanasu.

Station listEdit

SRA: Special Rapid Airport
A: Rapid Airport
L: Local
All rapid trains stop at stations signed "+", some at "◌", and all skip stations marked "-".[2] Local trains stop at most stations but some skip stations signed "◌".
No. Station name Japanese Distance (km) SRA A L Transfers Location (all in Hokkaido)
Tomakomai to Numanohata: officially Muroran Main Line
 H18  Tomakomai 苫小牧 -8.8 + Tomakomai
Chitose Line (Main Line)
 H17  Numanohata 沼ノ端 0.0 + Muroran Main Line (for Oiwake) Tomakomai
 H16  Uenae 植苗 6.4
 H14  Minami-Chitose 南千歳 18.4 + + +
 H13  Chitose 千歳 21.4 - + +
 H12  Osatsu 長都 24.9 - - +
 H11  Sapporo Beer Teien サッポロビール庭園 27.1 - - Eniwa
 H10  Eniwa 恵庭 29.4 - + +
 H09  Megumino 恵み野 31.9 - - +
 H08  Shimamatsu 島松 34.1 - - +
 H07  Kitahiroshima 北広島 40.6 - + + Kitahiroshima
 H06  Kami-Nopporo 上野幌 48.6 - - + Atsubetsu-ku, Sapporo
 H05  Shin-Sapporo 新札幌 51.5 + + +   Subway Tōzai Line ( T19 )
 H04  Heiwa 平和 54.4 - - + Shiroishi-ku, Sapporo
Shiroishi to Sapporo: officially Hakodate Main Line
 H03  Shiroishi 白石 56.6 - + Hakodate Main Line (for Asahikawa) Shiroishi-ku, Sapporo
 H02  Naebo 苗穂 60.2 - - + Chūō-ku, Sapporo
 01  Sapporo 札幌 62.4 + + +
Kita-ku, Sapporo

Airport Branch LineEdit

No. Station name Japanese Distance (km) SRA A L Transfers Location (all in Hokkaido)
 AP14  Minami-Chitose 南千歳 0.0 + + + Chitose Line (Main Line), Sekishō Line Chitose
 AP15  Shin-Chitose-Kūkō (New Chitose Airport) 新千歳空港 2.6 + + +

Rolling stockEdit


The entire line opened on 21 August 1926.


The Chitose-Eniwa section was double-tracked in September 1965, and extended to Kitahiroshima in September 1966.

The Chitose-Uenae section was double-tracked in 1968, and extended to Numanohata in 1969.

The Shiraishi-Kitahiroshima section was double-tracked in 1973, completing the work to double-track the line.


Chitose Station and its approaches were elevated in 1980, and the line was electrified in association with the opening of the nearby Chitose airport.

The Minami-chitose—Chitose Airport branch opened as an electrified line in 1992.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Train Guide". Hokkaido Railway Company. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  2. ^ "New Chitose Airport => Sapporo Travel Information". Hokkaido Railway Company. Retrieved 2020-04-23.

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