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Although there are no direct flights from the United States to Hokkaido, cheap international connections with All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL) can add domestic discounted connections to New Chitose Airport (Shin-Chitose Kuko, the most convenient to Sapporo) via Tokyo Narita or Haneda, Osaka Kansai, or Nagoya Centrair airports. More than 30 domestic routes link New Chitose, 40 km (25 mi) south of the city, to the rest of Japan, and flights from New Chitose to other parts of Asia are increasing through New Chitose's brand-new International Terminal.
For those without international connections, budget domestic commuter airlines Air Do (Haneda) and SkyMark (Kobe Airport) often have the least-expensive flights to Sapporo.
Japan Railways (JR) runs every 20 minutes or so between New Chitose Airport and downtown Sapporo. The trip into Sapporo is usually made by rapid-transit train (¥1,040; 40 minutes). Hokuto Bus and Chuo Bus run shuttle buses (¥820) that connect the airport with downtown hotels and Sapporo Station, twice every hour. The trip takes about 70 minutes but can be slower in winter. Train service is recommended. Don't make the mistake of getting off at the suburban Shin-Sapporo Station, 10 minutes before Sapporo Station itself.
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