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Namboku Line (Sapporo)

     Namboku Line
5000 series EMU near Minami-Hiragishi Station
Type Heavy rail
System Sapporo Municipal Subway
Locale Sapporo, Hokkaidō
Termini Asabu
Stations 16
Opening 1971
Owner Sapporo City Transportation Bureau
Line length 14.3 km (8.89 mi)
Track gauge Central guiding rail
Electrification 750 V DC (third-rail)

The Namboku Line (南北線 Nanboku-sen?) is a subway line located in Sapporo, Hokkaidō, Japan. It is part of the Sapporo Municipal Subway system. Its name literally means South-North Line, and it runs from Asabu Station in Kita-ku to Makomanai Station in Minami-ku. The Namboku Line color on maps is green. Its stations carry the letter N followed by a number.


  • December 16, 1971: Kita-Nijūyo-Jō – Makomanai section opens; 1000 series traincars debut
  • March 16, 1978: Kita-Nijūyo-Jō – Asabu section opens; all trains operated in 8-car sets
  • October 1, 1978: 3000 series traincars debut
  • October 14, 1994: Reien-Mae Station renamed Minami-Hiragishi Station
  • September 1995: 5000 series traincars debut
  • June 27, 1999: 1000/2000 series traincars taken out of service
  • August 18, 2008: Women-only cars introduced on trial basis (until September 12, 2008)
  • December 15, 2008: "Women and Children Comfort Car" introduced
  • January 30, 2009: SAPICA contactless smart card introduced
  • By 2014: Platform doors to be installed on all stations

Station list

  • All stations are located in Sapporo.
Station Number Station Japanese Distance (km) Transfers Above/
Below Ground
Total from Kita-Nijūyo-Jō
N01 Asabu 麻生 - 2.2 Hokkaidō Railway Company (JR Hokkaidō): Sasshō Line (Shin-Kotoni, G05) Under-
N02 Kita-Sanjūyo-Jō 北34条 1.0 1.2  
N03 Kita-Nijūyo-Jō 北24条 1.2 0.0  
N04 Kita-Jūhachi-Jō 北18条 0.9 0.9  
N05 Kita-Jūni-Jō 北12条 0.8 1.7  
N06 Sapporo さっぽろ 1.0 2.7 Sapporo Municipal Subway: Tōhō Line (H07)
JR Hokkaidō: Hakodate Main Line (01)
N07 Ōdōri 大通 0.6 3.3 Sapporo Municipal Subway: Tōzai Line (T09), Tōhō Line (H08)
Sapporo Streetcar: Ichijō Line (Nishi-Yon-Chōme)
N08 Susukino すすきの 0.6 3.9 Sapporo Streetcar: Yamahana Line
N09 Nakajima-Kōen 中島公園 0.7 4.6 Sapporo Streetcar: Yamahana Line (Yamahana-Ku-Jō)
N10 Horohira-Bashi 幌平橋 1.0 5.6 Sapporo Streetcar: Yamahana Line (Seishūgakuen-Mae)
N11 Nakanoshima 中の島 0.5 6.1   Toyohira-ku
N12 Hiragishi 平岸 0.7 6.8  
N13 Minami-Hiragishi 南平岸 1.1 7.9   Above-
N14 Sumikawa 澄川 1.2 9.1   Minami-ku
N15 Jieitai-Mae 自衛隊前 1.3 10.4  
N16 Makomanai 真駒内 1.7 12.1  


External links

  • (Japanese) Sapporo City Transportation Bureau
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