FREEPLUS as an inbound sales portal for Hokkaido bus excursions



CEO: Kentaro Suda

Contact: Daiki Kudoh
Translation/English Contact: Euan McIntosh


FREEPLUS as an inbound sales portal for Hokkaido bus excursions


Hokkaido, Japan: Inbound land operator FREEPLUS, (hereafter referred to as “we”) will collaborate with HOKKAIDO CHUO BUS Co. (based in Otaru, Hokkaido. hereafter referred to as “Chuo Bus”) alongside 19 other bus companies to act as the inbound sales vehicle for Hokkaido bus excursions. We plan to multiply the users of this service through our JAPAN TIMELINE media portal, TERMINAL JAPAN bus travel sales portal and our 1,000 client companies in over 38 countries.


Background & Goals

 Inbound travellers to Japan are increasing year on year; breaking 31,190,000 visitors in 2018. (An increase of 8%) Additionally, the visitors to Hokkaido during the 2018 high season (April~September) increased 13% on the previous year to an all-time high of 1,350,000 visitors.

Having entered the inbound tourism industry in October of 2010, we have welcomed guests through 1,000 companies in 38 countries over the past 9 years. We continue to grow our customer base as Japan relaxes tourist visa conditions and accepts international flights from a variety of destinations.

On the other hand, we are aware of the shift from group travel towards the FIT market and are investing in building access to the Hokkaido region for that market. Through these efforts, we hope to make travel to Hokkaido simpler as part of our goal in accelerating Japan’s tourism development.


Reserving tickets through JAPAN TIMELINE or TERMINAL JAPAN

 ① Visit our reservation page for inbound foreign travellers at the below links:




 ② After registering, purchase the type and number of passes required:














③ Collect passes at a ticketing centre:

Hokkaido Chuo Bus / New Chitose Airport Information Center /

Donan Bus Co., Ltd. New Chitose Airport Center /

New Chitose Airport Northern Traffic Bus Counter /

Hokkaido Central Bus Terminal Sapporo Station Terminal (Bus Terminal South Lane) /

Hokkaido Central Bus Terminal Co., Ltd. Sapporo Terminal /

Hokkaido Sapporo Tourist Information Office (JR Sapporo Station West Concourse)


・Company Name        :HOKKAIDO CHUO BUS Co., Ltd.

・Foundation         :1st March, 1943
・Capital Funds         :2,100,000,000JPY
・CEO              :Mr. Takahito Nikaido
・Address         :1-8-6, Ironai, Otaru-shi, Hokkaido, 047-0031, Japan

・Activities :Coach travel (chartered and ticketed)

Residential moving services

Hotel management

Restaurant management

Public bathhouse management


・Company Name        :FREEPLUS Inc.

・Foundation          :8th June, 2007
・Capital         :715,023,092JPY(Including reserve funds)
・CEO              :Mr. Kentaro Suda
・Address        :Grand Front Osaka, Tower A 29F

   4-20 Ofukacho, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0011, Japan

・Activities         :Japan inbound tourism land operating business

   Hotel management business

   Tourism national acceleration business

   ... and more.


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FREEPLUS Inc. Hokkaido Branch Office