Sapporo Chitose Airport
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Sapporo Chitose Airport Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • Sapporo Chitose Airport became Japan’s first 24 hour airport in 1994
  • The airport has an older sister in Chitose Airport alongside it which it replaced in 1991 although many of the facilities are still in use
  • Using the Great Circle Route, New Chitose Airport is the joint closest Asian airport to the US

Sapporo Chitose Airport Mini Guide

Why fly Into Sapporo Chitose Airport?
It’s a popular way to get to the city of Sapporo and in fact, the route from Tokyo to New Chitose is the busiest air route in the world. The airport is the third busiest in Japan and one of the busiest in the world handling nearly 20m passengers last year. It’s not far from the city of Sapporo, home of the 1972 Winter Olympics and is still used most in the winter for the skiing season.

Sapporo Chitose Airport

What is the Airport Like?
It has two terminals, the larger being the semi-circular domestic terminal which accepts almost all of New Chitose’s traffic. There’s a smaller international terminal which accepts flights from eastern Asia. With the design of the airport, there’s not too much walking to do despite it being a large airport. It was Japan’s first airport to open around the clock and is also the joint closest airport in Asia to North America.

What are the Facilities Like at the Airport?
The airport is almost like a small town and you could barely describe a service that’s not provided. There are banks and currency exchange facilities as well as lots of shops and restaurants. Many of the shops are Japanese but there are some international names. The same goes for the eateries for most of the passengers are domestic ones who appreciate Japanese food over more international cuisines. If you have plenty of time at the airport, head for the Sky Dreams Museum which is an aviation museum with a difference housing several concept craft.

Driving in Sapporo Chitose Airport

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