Kitaca (キタカ, Kitaka) is a rechargeable contactless smart card ticketing system for public transport in Sapporo, Japan. Hokkaidō Railway Company (JR Hokkaidō) introduced the system from October 25 2008. Its name means "the card of north (北, kita)", while 北 is also the first character of Hokkaidō (北海道). Like other electronic fare collection systems in Japan, the card uses RFID technology developed by Sony corporation known as FeliCa. The card has an official mascot of Ezo momonga (Pteromys volans orii), a kind of flying squirrel found in Hokkaidō. The mascot is designed by Sora, an illustrator who lives in Sapporo.
55 stations in Sapporo area, including unmanned stations, accept Kitaca.
Credit card function is also considered. North Pacific Bank, the largest local bank of Hokkaidō, considers to include Kitaca's functions to its credit card Clover. A plan to introduce an Osaifu-Keitai compliant mobile payment system was cancelled due to the cost.
Kitaca can be used anywhere that JR East's Suica from spring 2009, including its electronic money function.Since late 2012, the card can also be used in lieu of a SAPICA, a smart card system introduced by Sapporo City Transportation Bureau from January 2009.
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Eniwa is a city in Ishikari Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan. It is on the Ishikari plain, 8 km north of Chitose, and 26 km south of the prefectural capital Sapporo. It is reached through route 36 and the Chitose Railway Line. The town is separated into three major areas: Eniwa in the south, Megumino in the center, and Shimamatsu in the north.
The Hokkaido Railway Company is one of the constituent companies of the Japan Railways Group, and is often referred to using its official abbreviation of JR Hokkaido. It operates intercity and local rail services in Hokkaido, Japan. The company introduced Kitaca, a smart card ticketing system, in autumn 2008.
Hokkaido Air System Co., Ltd., or HAC, is a regional airline that operates scheduled services in Hokkaidō and Aomori Prefecture, Japan from a main base of operations at Okadama Airport in Higashi-ku, Sapporo. It is a private company controlled by Japan Airlines, with 86 employees as of July 2018.
Monbetsu Airport or Okhotsk Monbetsu Airport, is a third class airport located 3.8 NM southeast of Monbetsu, a city on the Sea of Okhotsk in Hokkaidō, Japan. The airport is 15 minutes from the city center and accessible by bus from the Monbetsu Bus Terminal.
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Heiwa Station is a railway station on the Chitose Line in Shiroishi-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, operated by Hokkaido Railway Company. The station is numbered "H04".
Numanohata Station is a railway station on the Chitose Line and Muroran Main Line in Tomakomai, Hokkaido, Japan, operated by Hokkaido Railway Company. The station is numbered "H17".
Naebo Station is a railway station in Chūō-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaidō, Japan. It is served by Hakodate Main Line and Chitose Line. The station is numbered H02.
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The Sasshō Line is a railway line in Japan operated by Hokkaido Railway Company, which connects Sōen in Sapporo and Hokkaidō-Iryōdaigaku in Ishikari District. Its name is made up of two characters from Sapporo (札幌) and Ishikari-Numata (石狩沼田), the letter of which was the terminus of the line until it was relocated to Shin-Totsukawa in 1972.
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The Hamanasu (はまなす) was an overnight express train service in Japan operated by Hokkaido Railway Company, which ran from Aomori to Sapporo via the Tsugaru Line, Kaikyō Line, Esashi Line, Hakodate Main Line, Muroran Main Line, and Chitose Line. The journey took approximately seven and a half hours. Following the withdrawal of the Ginga overnight express service between Tokyo and Osaka in 2008, the Hamanasu became the only locomotive-hauled express service in Japan. The service was discontinued in March 2016.
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