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The information below is as of November 2017.
Hokkaido Prefecture provides 13 airports and 35 ports, making it highly accessible to both overseas and domestic destinations. The 90-minute journey between New Chitose Airport and Haneda Airport handles up to 54 flights a day, making it Japan’s busiest domestic air route. New Chitose Airport, Hakodate Airport, and Asahikawa Airport all offer scheduled international flights, and New Chitose Airport is linked to 18 cities in China, South Korea, and Russia. The Hokkaido Shinkansen route between Shin-Aomori Station and Shin-Hakodate Hokuto Station opened in March 2016. Tokyo and Sapporo are now connected in just four hours. In all, Hokkaido offers a diverse transportation network comprising land, sea, and air routes.
Construction work is progressing on expressways and other roads within Hokkaido in order to facilitate automobile transportation. Currently there are 1,105 km of roads connecting the main cities in Hokkaido; after work is completed this will extended to 1,825 km. Access from the main distribution points of New Chitose Airport and Tomakomai Port to different cities is well-established.
Of the 13 airports in Hokkaido, ten provide access to Tokyo and other major cities. In particular, New Chitose Airport offers 30 domestic routes and 18 international routes (as of August 2017) which, combined, service approximately 20.84 million people a year (as of FY 2015). Of these routes, the route between New Chitose Airport and Tokyo International Airport accommodate about 9.6 million passengers a year, making it one of the world’s busiest air routes.
Hokkaido has 35 sea ports and maintains 15 cargo ship routes for destinations outside of Hokkaido. In addition, the Ishikari Bay New Port, Tomakomai Port and others maintain 10 outgoing cargo ship routes.
The Hokkaido Shinkansen extension between Shin-Aomori Station and Shin-Hakodate Hokuto Station was completed in March2016. The route allows travel between Sapporo and Tokyo in just under four hours and has 10 round-trips a day, serving as a more robust transportation line between Hokkaido and the Tokyo metropolitan area.