Sapporo Wards Real Estate Data
The city of Sapporo, Japan is divided into areas called “wards.” You can think of Sapporo Wards as something close to “neighborhoods.” Each ward can be further divided into specific neighborhoods, but as a general way of talking about real estate, understanding the wards will help you to buy or sell Sapporo real estate or rent an apartment in Sapporo.
For example: Hokkaido is the prefecture, Sapporo is the biggest city in Hokkaido, Chou-ku is the central ward, and Maruyama Koen can be thought of as a neighborhood (within Chou-ku).
Below we offer a guide offering some real estate data on each ward, including average housing prices for Sapporo wards, average rent for Sapporo wards, some notable attractions and the population of each ward in Sapporo.
We will start with Kita-ku (the largest ward in Sapporo), and will work through the list of each Sapporo’s 10 wards, from highest to lowest population to help you begin to get a sense for the real estate in each area.
Sapporo’s Kita-ku (札幌市 北区) is the largest ward with a population of 288,506. It is one of the fastest growing parts of the city, gaining ~4% in population since 2010. Kita means “north,” and it is the northern ward, sharing a boarder with Chou-ku.
- Average Sapporo Kita-ku Apartment Rent: ¥51,067 (~$470)
- Average Sapporo Kita-ku Home Price: ¥22,937,238 (~$211,179)
Kita-ku notable locations include Hokkaido University, Fuji Women’s University, Hokkaido Musashi Women’s Junior College. Kita-ku begins just north of Sapporo Station, which includes access to the JR line. Kita-ku is also served by the Namboku line and the Toho line. Other train stations include Kita-Jūni-Jō Station, Kita-Jūhachi-Jō Station, and several others.
Please see our post on Sapporo Kita-ku Housing Costs for more detailed housing cost information.
Sapporo’s Higashi-ku (札幌市 東区) is the second largest ward with a population of 264,186, and like Kita-ku, it also grew in recent years (3%). And while Higashi means “east,” Higashi-ku is more accurately northeastern, east of Kita-ku, with several other wards lying further to the east than Higashi.
- Average Sapporo Higashi-ku Apartment Rent: ¥50,400 (~$464)
- Average Sapporo Higashi-ku Home Price: ¥24,534,247 (~$225,883)
Higashi-ku notable locations include Sapporo Ōtani University, the Sapporo Beer Factory, Sapporo Factory (which is another shopping area), and Sapporo Otani Junior College. Higashi-ku’s main train service is via the Tōzai Line, and includes the Higashi-Kuyakusho-Mae Station, Shindō-Higashi, etc.
Please see our post on Sapporo Higashi-ku Housing Costs for more detailed information.
Sapporo’s Chou-ku (札幌市 中央区) is the central ward, and with 245,889 inhabitants, it is the third largest ward by population. Chou-ku grew by 13% in the last ten years, which makes it the fastest growing area in all of Hokkaido.
“Chou” means “center,” and it is the center of the city, will all the major train lines passing through it. The city of Sapporo’s government buildings are in Chou-ku, as is most expensive and highly prized real estate.
- Average Sapporo Chou-ku Apartment Rent: ¥63,267 (~$582)
- Average Sapporo Chou-ku Home Price: ¥40,877,193 (~$376,349)
Chou-ku contains the “downtown” of Sapporo and has most of the major shopping, bars, and restaurants, including the Susukino neighborhood (a famous entertainment area). Odori Park is a beautiful park that cuts across Chou-ku. Other parks include Nakajima Park and Maruyama Park. The American embassy is also located in Maruyama. Almost every train system works through Chou-ku, including the JR line, the Tozai line, the Namboku line, and the Toho line. There is also a tram system that runs above ground on the surface streets. Major stations include Sapporo Station, Odori Station, Susukino Station, Maruyama Koen Station, and more.
Please see our post about Sapporo Chou-ku Housing Costs for more detailed information.
Sapporo’s Toyohira-ku (札幌市 豊平区) has a population of 223,373. Second only to Chou-ku for recent growth, Toyohira-ku added 6% to it’s population since 2010. Toyohira-ku is located directly east of Chou-ku, and to the south. Toyohira-ku has lower prices to rent or buy than any of the other largest wards.
- Average Sapporo Toyohira-ku Apartment Rent: ¥50,600 (~$466)
- Average Sapporo Toyohira-ku Home Price: ¥29,140,000 (~$268,287)
Perhaps the most notable attraction of Toyohira-ku is that Sapporo Dome – home to the Sapporo Fighters baseball team. Other locations include the Hokkaido Prefectural Sports Center, Hokkai Gakuen University, Sapporo University, Hokkai School of Commerce, Hokkaido Automotive Engineering College, Sapporo University Women’s College, and the Hokkaido International School. Toyohira-ku includes some access to the Namboku line and extensive service from the Toho line. Major stations include Nakanoshima, Hiragishi, Minami-Hiragishi, Gakuen-Mae, Toyohira-Kōen, Misono, Tsukisamu-Chūō and Fukuzumi.
Please see out post on Sapporo Toyohira-ku Housing Costs for more detailed information.
Sapporo’s Nishi-ku (札幌市 西区) has a population of 217,900 and has experienced mild growth of 3% since 2010. “Nishi” means “west” and Nishi-ku is west of Chou-ku.
- Average Sapporo Nishi-ku Apartment Rent: ¥53,300 (~$491)
- Average Sapporo Nishi-ku Home Price: ¥25,939,850 (~$238,824)
Nishi-ku is primarily residential, with access to local mountains to the south. The JR line passes through Nishi-ku, as does the Tozai line. Major train stations include Miyanosawa, Hassamu-Minami, Kotoni, and Nijūyon-Ken.
Please see our post on Sapporo Nishi-ku Housing Costs for more detailed information.
Sapporo’s Shiroishi-ku (札幌市 白石区) has a population of 212,218 and grew by 4% in recent years. Shiroishi-ku is east of Chou-ku.
- Average Sapporo Shiroishi-ku Apartment Rent: ¥48,167 (~$443)
- Average Sapporo Shiroishi-ku Home Price: ¥25,440,000 (~$234,222)
As we move east across Sapporo, we are less central, there are fewer attractions, and real estate prices are typically lower. The JR line passes through Shiroishi. The Tozai line also provides train service. Major stations include Kikusui, Higashi-Sapporo, Shiroishi, Nangō-Nana-Chōme, Nangō-Jūsan-Chōme, and Nangō-Jūhatchōme.
Please see our post on Sapporo Shiroishi-ku Housing Costs for more detailed information.
Sapporo’s Teine-ku (札幌市 手稲区) is the last of the wards in Sapporo that is growing. Teine-ku has a population of 141,781 and mild growth since 2010 of 2%. Teine-ku is located on the far western edge of Sapporo, northwest of Chou-ku.
- Average Sapporo Teine-ku Apartment Rent: ¥51,700 (~$476)
- Average Sapporo Teine-ku Home Price: ¥21,455,696 (~$197,539)
The southern part of Teine-ku lies very close to Mount Teine (and the ski resort Sapporo Teine – which previously hosted the slalom skiing for the Winter Olympics). There is some really beautiful nature to be found in Teine-ku. Beyond Nature, Teine-ku is the home of the Hokkaido University of Science, Hokkaido College of Pharmacy, Hokkaido Automotive Engineering College. Teine-ku’s train line is the JR line, and the major stations are Hoshimi, Hoshioki, Inaho, Teine, and Inazumi-Kōen.
Please see our post on Sapporo Teine-ku Housing Costs for more detailed information.
Sapporo’s Minami-ku (札幌市 南区) is Sapporo’s largest ward by size, but with only 136,716 people, it has a relatively low population, and has a significantly lower population today than 10 years ago – 7% lower. “Minami” means “south,” and Minami-ku is a southern ward, but also stretches to the west.
- Average Sapporo Minami-ku Apartment Rent: ¥47,133 (~$434)
- Average Sapporo Minami-ku Home Price: ¥14,691,729 (~$135,264)
Minami-ku includes ~60% of the land area of Sapporo. The area includes the full mix of government, residential, and commercial usages, but most of Minami-ku is very low-population density, and includes a lot of natural terrain. Some notable attractions include Sapporo City University, Hokkaido Tokai University, Koen Gakuen Women’s Junior College, Hokkaido Bunkyo University Junior College, the very beautiful Sapporo Art Park (and modern art museum), as well the hot springs in Jōzankei. Train service is via the Namboku Line and major stations include Sumikawa, Jieitai-Mae, and Makomanai.
Please see our post on Sapporo Minami-ku Housing Costs for more detailed information.
Atsubetsu-ku (札幌市 厚別区) is the most far-eastern ward of Sapporo. Atsubetsu-ku’s population is 125,809.
- Average Sapporo Atsubetsu-ku Apartment Rent: ¥51,933 (~$478)
- Average Sapporo Atsubetsu-ku Home Price: ¥24,154,762 (~$222,389)
Atsubetsu-ku is a distant, eastern suburb of Sapporo. Notable attractions include Hokusei Gakuen University and Hokusei Gakuen University Junior College. The JR line passes through Atsubetsu-ku, and additional train service is provide by the Tōzai Line, with major stations including Ōyachi, Hibarigaoka, and Shin-Sapporo.
Please see our post on Sapporo Atsubetsu-ku Housing Costs for more detailed information.
Sapporo’s Kiyota-ku is the smallest of Sapporo’s wards, with a population of 114,213. Kiyota-ku is also very far east, and to the south of Atsubetsu.
- Average Sapporo Kiyota-ku Apartment Rent: ¥48,400 (~$446)
- Average Sapporo Kiyota-ku Home Price: ¥21,269,231 (~$195,822)
Kiyota-ku’s notable locations include Sapporo International University Junior College and Sapporo International University. Kiyota-ku is the only area of Sapporo that does not have train service.
Please see our post on Sapporo Kiyota-ku Housing Costs for more detailed information.
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