Chitose (千歳市) is a city located in Ishikari Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan, and home to the New Chitose Airport, the biggest international airport in Hokkaido and closest airport to Sapporo, as well as the neighboring Chitose Air Base.
As of May 1, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 96,580, with 48,485 households, and a population density of 155 persons per km 2 . The total area is 594.95 km 2 . The city was founded on July 1, 1958. The city is notable for having a Peace Pagoda, built by the Japanese Buddhist order Nipponzan Myohoji in 1978.
* 1880: The village of Chitose (consisting of a merger of the localities of Chitose, Osatsu, Usakumai, Rankoshi, Izari, Shimamatsu) is established.
* 1897: The village of Eniwa (consisting of the localities of Izari and Shimamatsu) (now a city) splits off.
* 1915: Chitose (consisting of the localities of Chitose, Osatsu, Usakumai, Rankoshi) becomes a Second Class Municipality.
* 1939: Chitose becomes a First Class Municipality.
* 1942: Chitose promoted to town status.
* Post WWII - Chitose hosts a US Air Force base.
* July 1, 1958: Chitose promotes to city status.