Sapporo Station


Sapporo Station
Sapporo Station
札幌駅
Sapporostation south.jpg
South side of the Sapporo Station
Location
Prefecture Hokkaidō
(See other stations in Hokkaidō)
City Sapporo
Ward Chūō
History
Year opened 1880
Rail services
Station number(s) 01, N06, H07
Operator(s) JR Hokkaido,
Sapporo City Transportation Bureau
Line(s) Hakodate Main Line
Chitose Line
Sasshō Line
Namboku Line
Tōhō Line

Sapporo Station (札幌駅 Sapporo-eki?) is a train station located in Kita-ku and Chūō-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaidō, Japan. It is served by Hakodate Main Line and other lines of Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido), and is also connected to the Sapporo Subway. The JR Hokkaido part is in Kita-ku while the Sapporo Subway part is in Chūō-ku.

Sapporo Station is the starting point and terminus for the limited expresses of JR Hokkaido. It also has the tallest building (JR Tower) in Hokkaido. Sapporo station is developing into a commercial center as large as Ōdōri and Susukino.

Contents

Lines and trains

The following lines and trains pass through or terminate at Sapporo Station:

JR Hokkaido

Sapporo City Transportation Bureau

Layout

Sapporo Station consists of five platforms that are raised above street level. These raised platforms serve 10 tracks which run in an east-west direction. Two concourses run north-south below the platforms. It has a commercial facility called Paseo under the ground and JR Tower on the south side of the station.

When the Hokkaido Shinkansen is extended to Sapporo Station, tracks 1 and 2 will be used for the Shinkansen trains.[citation needed]

History

A reduced-size replica of Sapporo Station 1908

Sapporo Station was opened in 1880 as a Horonai Railway's terminus. A new station building was built in 1881 and it was enlarged as Sapporo developed.

In 1908, the station building was rebuilt because of a fire in 1907. The restored building can be found in the Historical Village of Hokkaidō in Nopporo Forest Park.

The third reconstruction was finished in 1951 and the Sapporo Subway was opened in 1971. An underground shopping center was started in 1972 and a commercial building was opened on the east side of the station in 1978.

Until the 1970s, many passengers from Honshu got off at the station where porters waited for them with the flags of their hotels. However, the number of passengers traveling from Honshu by plane exceeded the number traveling by train in 1977.

The current building was built in 2003. Sapporo Station is now the center of transportation in Hokkaido.

Adjacent stations

« Service »
Sōen   Hakodate Main Line   Naebo
Terminus   Chitose Line   Naebo
Sōen   Sassho Line   Terminus
Kita 12-jō   Namboku Line   Ōdōri
Kita 13-jō-Higashi   Toho Line   Ōdōri

See also

Coordinates: 43°04′07″N 141°21′03″E / 43.06861°N 141.35083°E / 43.06861; 141.35083



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